Glenwood will be giving thanks . for fireworks
Leftover turkey sandwiches, shopping, football and … fireworks?Yep. In order to avoid losing nearly $4,000 in cancellation fees, Glenwood Springs rescheduled its Independence Day fireworks show for Thanksgiving weekend. The show has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30. The day was chosen by the Glenwood Springs City Council Thursday night to celebrate the first big Christmas shopping weekend of the season, two days after Thanksgiving. Also, Mayor Don Vanderhoof kiddingly pointed out, “My birthday is on Nov. 30, so I’d like it to be on Nov. 30.”Nov. 29 and 30 were suggested by the Downtown Development Authority and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association as good dates to light fireworks and boost tourism and shopping dollars on Thanksgiving weekend. Council went with the Saturday night show because other events are planned for Nov. 29. The show was postponed because of extreme fire danger in the area in July. But according to the company that was hired for the show, if the show is rescheduled, it must be within the 2002 calendar year. If the fireworks are canceled outright, the city would have to pay a 30 percent cancellation fee. The whole show costs $12,000. The exact time of the show has not yet been determined. Normally they’d be shot off when it gets dark, but it gets dark much earlier in November.Also, in the unlikely chance that no snow falls between now and November, the fire ban could still be in effect. It is unclear if the city would be forced to pay the 30 percent cancellation fee if the fire ban is still in effect. But chances are that there will be some snow on the ground by then and the fireworks show will finally light up the sky. In other business: -Gerald Hart, the chairman and a long-time member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, recently resigned from the board because he is moving out of Glenwood Springs. A permanent member, designer and builder Dean Arneson, and an alternate, general contractor Robert Dean Kurk – who recently moved to Glenwood Springs from California – were appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday. -Transportation Demand Management consultant Shelley Kaup announced she is resigning from her position as consultant. No explanation was given at the City Council meeting. -City Council agreed that they would annex the Cardnell Ranch just west of town, which will clear the way for DHDH LLC to submit an application for a development planned for an area north of the river that, without the ranch’s annexation, could not be annexed. The decision does not preclude the developers from going through the normal motions, but lets them know that if the concept is approved, that it would be legal for the city to annex it. Some neighbors opposed the idea of manufactured housing being built nearby, but council members asked them to save their arguments for the project’s coming reviews by the Planning and Zoning Commission and in City Council. -Nine people were appointed to the Ad Hoc Airport Committee. It is charged with finding the best and highest use for the airport land.-City Council was presented with the first copies of the draft 2003 city budget.
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