More recycling center hours may require volunteer help
If Glenwood Springs residents want the city’s recycling center to operate more of the week, they might have to pitch in to make it happen.Mayor Larry Emery said recently that it may fall to volunteers to help operate the center if it is to expand its hours.The center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Council member Dan Richardson had asked city staff to look into the possibility of opening the center more, based on requests from residents. City manager Jeff Hecksel found the city probably could open the center two more hours a week and stay within its $50,000 annual budget. The center is operated with funds the city landfill in South Canyon generates.The city spends nearly $15,000 a year to pay an employee to staff the site, partly to ensure that acceptable materials are dropped off and the site is kept clean.Emery said another option for expanding the city’s recycling options may be through contracts with trash haulers. City residents currently can choose among a number of trash hauler companies. Emery said the city might explore negotiating exclusive contracts with haulers for parts of town or the entire city. Doing so would reduce wear and tear on streets, and also could cut down on bear problems because a neighborhood would put trash out only one day a week, he said. Also, the city could require a hauler to operate a recycling center, or expand the curbside recycling programs it now offers.Many companies don’t accept cardboard, which makes up a large part of the material dropped off at the city center.Last year, the number of users per month at the center ranged from 420 in January to 980 in December. Some months, almost half of users were from out of town.In other city news:– Residents in the Hager Lane area are concerned over the city’s interest in extending its river trail system into their part of town.City Council member Bruce Christensen estimated that about 30 people attended a recent meeting at which the possibility of an extended trail was discussed. Hager Lane is on the west side of the Roaring Fork River, south of the 27th Street Bridge.Council member Chris McGovern, herself a Hager Lane property owner, said residents there are worried about protecting their privacy and safety if a river trail is built in the Hager Lane area.Christensen said residents living along the 12th Street Ditch trail and the existing trail along the Roaring Fork River had similar concerns before those trails were built. But he said they haven’t complained since the trails’ completion because the city honored commitments made to them.”Obviously we’ve got some work to do to, I think, appease the concerns of those people” on Hager Lane, he said.– Council made numerous appointments to city boards and commissions, including:- Jerry Pradier and Steve Shute to the Airport Board;- Tom Boas and Don Kaufman to the Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board, with Ken Jones as an alternate;- Ken Melby II and Bob Pattillo to the Building Contractors Licensing Board;- Mike McCallum to the Financial Advisory Board;- Loren Anderson to the Volunteer Fire Fighter Pension Board;- Mary Nelle Axelson, Marice Doll, Kim Doose and Jean Martensen to the Historic Preservation Commission;- Michael Blair to the Housing Commission;- Susan Cashel and Laura Ayers to the Parks and Recreation Commission, and Savanna Cochran as youth representative;- Joan Baldwin and Colleen Long to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Don Markley as an alternate;- Joe Mollica and Jeremy Heiman to the River Commission, and Jeff Houpt as an alternate;- Floyd Diemoz and Jeffrey Fegan to the Transportation Commission;- Jeannine Ford Artaz and Daniel Rose to the Victims and Witnesses Assistance and Law Enforcement Board, and Willa Soncarty as an alternate.– Emery honored Glenwood Springs resident Morris Buckmaster with a city proclamation recognizing his more than 30 years of service as a ski instructor at Sunlight Mountain Resort.Buckmaster moved to Glenwood Springs in 1925 at age 3, and served in World War II and the Korean War before eventually returning to Glenwood Springs.Sunlight Mountain Resort recently honored him by naming a ski run Buckmaster Lane.”I hope somebody isn’t trying to tell me something,” Buckmaster told council members. “Every other run up there has been named after someone who has died, and I haven’t done that yet.”McGovern praised Buckmaster’s skills as a ski instructor, noting that he taught her daughter when she was 5.Now 32, her daughter “went to Salt Lake City and outskied all the fellas,” McGovern said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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