Sopris Elementary ball fields lose GOCO grant, win city backing anyway |

Sopris Elementary ball fields lose GOCO grant, win city backing anyway

Great Outdoors Colorado’s (GOCO) most recent grant funding announcement brought good news for the town of Carbondale, and not so good news for the city of Glenwood Springs.A grant for construction of a track at Roaring Fork High School was approved; but a grant for a ball field complex at Sopris Elementary School was denied.The city of Glenwood Springs, which currently has an agreement with the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District to construct a ball field complex at Sopris Elementary School, was denied a $125,000 GOCO grant for the project. However, the agreement does not require grant approval for construction of the project. “We’re planning on going ahead with construction,” said Mike Copp, Glenwood Springs city manager. “We’re still on board.”Final costs for the project have not been determined. Plans include a youth and an adult softball field and two youth soccer fields with outfields. The project is scheduled for completion by early fall of this year. “We’re hoping to have it complete by then,” said Copp.The town of Carbondale’s recreation department was awarded a $60,000 GOCO grant for construction of an all-weather track at Roaring Fork High School. The track, to be built over the existing but dilapidated track, is being built under an intergovernmental agreement between the town of Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District. It will be used primarily by the school district and, when not in use by the schools, will be open to the public. “I think everybody was pleased that GOCO saw fit to give us the money, and we are looking forward to working with the school district to re-surface this track,” said Carbondale town manager John Hier. The project is expected to cost $250,000, with the district contributing the land and $75,000 in construction costs. The town of Carbondale will pitch in $95,000 plus $20,000 in staff time. In addition, $3,500 in private donations will go toward the project. Construction of the track was originally scheduled to begin this May, with a fall completion date. Since grants weren’t announced until June 12, the school board opted to delay construction until spring of 2003 to insure that necessary funds would be in place prior to the time construction began. The only other all-weather track in the district is located at Glenwood Springs High School. In other school district news, board members recently:-Discussed options regarding construction of affordable housing on school district property. The district is seeking to build up to 27 low-cost housing units on land adjacent to Basalt High School for district employees. The board is considering its options, including whether to sell or lease units, and whether or not to go through the town of Basalt’s subdivision approval process. “It’s a complicated process,” said board president Robin Garvik. “We’re trying to figure out the easiest, simplest, cheapest way” for the district to build the project. “We recognize the need (for affordable housing) and want to get the project under way.No decisions were made and discussion of the project is scheduled to continue at the July 10 board meeting.-Adopted the 2002-03 budget. The budget, which reflects a 6.5 percent program funding increase over the 2001-02 budget, is subject to review and refinement until Oct. 15.

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