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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – It looks like there will be at least one contested race among three seats up for election this fall on the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education.Daniel Biggs of Glenwood Springs was certified Thursday as a candidate for the District D school board seat, currently held by Myles Rovig. Rovig, who had announced his intentions to seek re-election earlier, also turned in his nomination petition this week.”I’m a dad with nine kids, one who just graduated and eight still in district schools,” Biggs said. “If anyone should get involved, it’s me.”Biggs works as the human resources director at Valley View Hospital. “To bring that perspective to the school board I also think would be a healthy thing,” he said.One other prospective candidate in District D had taken out a petition last week, but as of Thursday no other petitions for that seat had been turned in, Re-1 administrative assistant Cyndy Hallford said.Today is the deadline for candidates to submit nominating petitions with the requisite 50 signatures of school district voters. Hallford requests that petitions be turned in by 1 p.m. so that she has time to verify signatures.Incumbent school board members Debbie Bruell in District B and Bill Lamont in District C will not be seeking re-election. Matt Hamilton of Carbondale is running in District B and Phil Weir of Glenwood Springs is running for the District C seat.No other candidates had emerged in those director districts as of Thursday. The Re-1 school district includes schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, at its Aug. 23 meeting, approved plans for a new house at the Oasis Creek subdivision in north Glenwood that included several variances to the city’s hillside preservation ordinance.Local attorney Scott Balcomb, working with architect Rob Classen, had asked for variances from Glenwood’s Hillside Preservation Overlay Zone to build a 2,748-square-foot house on a 0.6-acre lot in the subdivision.Because the slope on the lot exceeds 20 percent, it comes under the HPOZ provisions. Several neighbors objected to the variance requests, saying they compromised the city’s hillside preservation goals and that the lot Balcomb wants to build on is essentially unbuildable.The planning commission approved variances for setbacks, building height and the length and height of several retaining walls.Several new conditions related to landscaping were added by P&Z in approving a special use permit and allow the variances for the house to be built. The decision could still be appealed to Glenwood Springs City Council. Otherwise, the P&Z decision will stand.
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