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Glenwood City Council to discuss incentive program for construction trades

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” City Council will discuss an economic incentive program focused on creating work for local construction contractors at their regular meeting Thursday night at City Hall.

A memo to City Council from Glenwood City Manager Jeff Hecksel stated that the city has attempted, over the past eight months, to make investments to shore up the local economy and create work for local companies. The memo detailed two very specific actions the city has taken which include; spending capital reserves to continue construction projects that would provide work for local contractors, and the city has authorized additional funds to be used to market Glenwood’s tourism industry.

According to the memo, the construction trades have been one of the industries most affected by the current recession.

Hecksel explained to council that in the past three months the city has been approached by commercial developers who have had difficulty receiving loans that has resulted in several halted projects.

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A program was developed which is intended to provide a more accelerated rebate schedule as well as a slightly larger incentive, the memo read, and is aimed at creating jobs for the local construction contractors.

The program’s intent is to use local businesses for construction services and supplies on contracts which exceed $25,000. The city intends to give local businesses an advantage in the bidding process so that funds will most likely be kept within the local economy.

City Council will also have three new members on the board, as Stephen Bershenyi, Leo McKinney, and Matthew Steckler will be sworn in at tonight’s meeting.

Bershenyi, a blacksmith/artist, who ran against Garfield County Commissioner John Martin last fall for the commissioner seat will be filling the “at-large” seat vacated by Dave Johnson.

McKinney, who is a CEO and owner of Glenwood’s Harmony House will replace Dave Merritt in the Ward 5 seat representing south Glenwood Springs. Merritt could not run again due to term limits.

Steckler was uncontested for the Ward 2 seat currently held by Chris Chadwick, who is not seeking re-election. Steckler works for the market data software company CQG.

Each of the seats have four-year terms.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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