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Spring things on agenda

Carbondale’s board of trustees considers dandelions, classic cars and spring cleanup at tonight’s meeting.The Carbondale Environmental Board has applied for a park permit for the annual Dandelion Day celebration at Sopris Park on May 19. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alcohol will not be served, but there will be live bands and other activities.In a memo to trustees, the public works department is asking that no solar collectors be included because they damaged the turf last year.The Valley Cruisers have applied for a park permit at Sopris Park for their fourth annual car show, on June 8. The group is expecting 100 participants. Alcohol won’t be served, but ’50s music will be broadcast.Clearly, Carbondale’s cops love the cruisers. In a memo to trustees, the police department said, “This is the best use of Sopris Park all year.”The trustees have their work cut out for them regarding the spring cleanup.Ordinance officer Lark Anderson said that last year, traffic at times was backed up from the firehouse parking lot, where Dumpsters were located for free dumping, onto Highway 133.The cleanup day was wildly successful in terms of volume. Anderson said 100,000 pounds of trash was brought in, but the event ran $6,000 over budget because extra Dumpsters had to be called in.Anderson’s memo to the trustees lists five possible options for this year’s cleanup day:-Check IDs and allow only in-town residents to participate;-Check IDs, let only in-town residents participate, and charge a fee;-Check IDs and charge only out-of-town residents;-Charge everyone a fee of $10 for trucks and $20 for larger loads;-Advertise that the cleanup day is for in-town residents only, and hope for the best.This year’s spring cleanup day will be held at Town Hall on Saturday, May 4.Other agenda items include swearing-in for new Mayor Michael Hassig, new trustees Scott Chaplin and David Rippe, and returning Trustee Fred Williams.The meeting starts at Town Hall at 7 p.m.


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