Lid back off recycle center |

Lid back off recycle center

Greg Masse
Staff Writer

The discussion on a proposed recycling center in south Glenwood Springs will be revived Thursday.

Glenwood Springs City Councilman Rick Davis formally asked that the subject of putting a recycling collection center at the corner of Grand Avenue and 23rd Street be broached again because he was absent from the Oct. 3 meeting, when the center was shot down by council with a tie vote, 3-3.

“I asked if they could bring it back,” Davis said.

If the other council members again vote as they did on Oct. 3, Davis’ tally will break the deadlock.

Davis pointed out that the vote could have been continued by council until this week’s meeting, but since it wasn’t, he requested to have the item placed on Thursday’s meeting agenda.

After reconsidering the recycling center, the agenda calls for the consideration of a lease with the Salvation Army for a temporary day center to also be located at the old service station at that corner. That center could provide a built-in group of people to operate and maintain the recycling facility.

The idea to combine the recycle center and Salvation Army day center was first brought up by Salvation Army administrator Karolyn Spencer. The building would be used temporarily while a new shelter is built at Glenwood Meadows on land donated by Meadows developer Robert Macgregor.

In a letter to City Council, Spencer explained the difference between the “professional homeless that settled on Bong Hill this summer” and the “working poor.”

“We serve only 25 at a time, no transients and no professional homeless,” she wrote. “Our goal is to get people back to work and help them become self-sufficient community members.”

There are some costs associated with turning the building into a recycling center. The asphalt repair is estimated to cost $3,700; it would be about $8,000 for security fencing and $1,000 for a sign. At the Oct. 3 meeting, public works director Robin Millyard told council the city could save almost $10,000 that it would have cost for three roll-off recycling containers by taking advantage of offers from local trash hauling companies to use their receptacles for free.

Transporting the recyclables also would be an ongoing cost, estimated to be $75 per trip to the Pitkin County Landfill.

He was unsure of the volume of materials that would be collected there, as the majority of city residents have access to curbside recycling programs.

The recycling center was supported by residents and council members Dan Richardson, Dave Merritt and Jean Martensen. But the center’s proposed location threatened to be too much of an eyesore for council members Don Gillespie, Larry Emery and Mayor Don Gillespie.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s absolutely the wrong place for it,” Mayor Don Vanderhoof said at the meeting.

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