County OKs mag chloride contract, plaza security, change to allow infill |

County OKs mag chloride contract, plaza security, change to allow infill

The Garfield County commissioners dealt with a magnesium chloride contract, security systems for the new Courthouse Plaza building and zoning code changes on Monday.

The county awarded a $189,051 bid to GMCO, a Carbondale-based trucking firm, to apply mag chloride to dirt and gravel county roads this summer as a dust suppressant.

Construction of Courthouse Plaza, the county’s new office building across Eighth Street from the courthouse in Glenwood Springs, is slated for completion in August.

Monday, the commissioners approved $18,900 for a security system in the new building. Instead of keys, employees will use cards to enter the building after hours. A similar system is used in the courthouse.

Four motion detectors will also be installed in the building.

County engineer Randy Withee asked the commissioners if they wanted to choose a name for the building other than Courthouse Plaza.

Tongue firmly in cheek, Commissioner John Martin suggested they name it simply, “Fred.”

Commissioner Walt Stowe liked the name, “Larry’s Lair,” for the third member of the commission, Larry McCown.

However, they decided Courthouse Plaza would do just fine as a name.

In other business, the commissioners changed the wording of the county’s zoning code for subdivision expansion.

Currently, the code does not allow for further division of a subdivision. Senior county planner Mark Bean said because of accelerated growth in the county, an exception should be made to this rule.

“Some of the older subdivisions within the county are now located near urban centers, and are thus receiving growth pressure,” he said.

To encourage infill in urban areas and avoid further sprawl in the county, Bean suggested the commissioners allow multi-family housing in commercial zones as well as residential general suburban density, residential general urban density and residential mobile home general urban density.

The change would allow the developer of a subdivision to come in with a request to build multi-family housing in any of those zone districts.

This could occur in West Glenwood, parts of Carbondale and the area south of Rifle and Interstate 70, Bean said.

Despite objections from neighbors in the Mitchell Creek area who said a proposed church will add traffic and noise to the quiet neighborhood, the commissioners approved a conditional use permit for the Sonlight Foursquare Gospel Church at 0355 County Road 132.

The church owns 9.55 acres where it plans to build a new church. The 100-member congregation currently meets on Sundays at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

The church wants to turn an existing 1,500-foot modular building on the property into an office and meeting room.

Bean said when the church is ready to construct its new building, church officials will have to come in for an amended conditional use permit. That will give neighbors another chance to comment.

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