South Bridge, local preference on Glenwood Springs City Council agenda again |

South Bridge, local preference on Glenwood Springs City Council agenda again

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City Council has a couple of important items on Thursday’s agenda.

Council plans to tackle a couple of major issues -the South Bridge project’s future path and changes to the city’s local preference code. Both have been the topic of much debate in recent weeks and months.

Council postponed a decision regarding what the next step would be for the South Bridge project in December.

Council was expected to choose one of six possible options, presented to them by Jacobs Engineering consultant Craig Gaskill at a work session in December. However, council instead voted 6-1 in favor of postponing a decision to adequately assess the available options. Councilwoman Shelley Kaup was the single vote not to postpone a decision.

City Council voted not to move forward with the environmental assessment in November, while the Board of County Commissioners voted to recommend that the city not move forward with the project under the current project scope of “emergency” and “local land use access.”

Glenwood Mayor Bruce Christensen requested the item be postponed to the Jan. 7 meeting to allow council additional time to discuss with city staff if the city would be required to repay the approximate $840,000 of the $5.2 million in federal funds already spent on the project if no assessment is complete.

Questions regarding if the city continues with the assessment, at what point could the city stop work and not be required to repay the funds already spent, was also of concern to Christensen.

The six options presented to council include everything from stopping work altogether, to developing a new scope of work for the project. Other options include moving forward with the environmental assessment, compiling minimal documentation of work already completed, or developing an Environmental Overview Study (EOS), which is basically a report of work completed to date.

Some of the options could require supplemental funding from the city, but most of options would be covered under the existing $1.2 million contract with Jacobs Engineering.

Council will also be discussing proposed changes to the city’s current local preference code.

Councilors received a draft version of the new local preference ordinance that would change the city’s current definition of “local” businesses, contractors or subcontractors, among several other alterations.

After rejecting the bids for the Wastewater Treatment Facility project at its Dec. 17 meeting, council decided that updating the city’s local preference ordinance should be completed before the project is rebid.

The City Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.

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