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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Tennis players lobbed a forceful request for more playing courts onto the city’s side of the net Thursday, and some said tennis should come before a new golf course.They are disappointed that four new courts promised for the Glenwood Springs Community Center still haven’t been built. The city budgeted $20,000 in 2002 to build the courts.City Council also awarded a three-year contract for recycling bins during its regular meeting Thursday evening.”We need to get this going,” said tennis player Barb McElwee of Glenwood Springs. “We’re really frustrated, and we’re losing hope. We feel the focus of your attention is the golf course.””You don’t see people turning out at meetings for golf. They’re turning out for tennis,” said Mary Nelle Axelson of Glenwood Springs.Al Laurette, the city’s acting parks and recreation manager, said a design for three new courts at the Community Center has been submitted to the city Planning and Zoning Commission.Mayor Pro-tem Rick Davis said three of the four courts can be built once the planning commission approves the design. But the fourth court must wait because that space will be used as a staging area for construction of a pool at the Community Center. Once the pool is finished, the fourth court could be built.Davis also explained the relationship between the proposed golf course, to be built on the oakbrush hillside above Glenwood Meadows, and tennis courts and the new pool.”We are not pro-golf or anti-tennis,” Davis said. Instead, the City Council’s job is to decide how to fit things onto city land, and how to pay for them, he said.”We know the pool will cost about $400,000 a year to operate, and we know in the big picture that we don’t have the funds to do these things. We have to look for ways to pay for recreation,” he said.Financial projections for the golf course show that after an initial payback period, it will make money to subsidize the pool, he said.”We are not oblivious. We haven’t turned our ears away,” Davis told the tennis players. “We’re not out for a golf course just because it’s a trophy golf course. It’s a way to pay for other things.”Recycling binsCity Council approved a three-year contract with Waste Solutions of Carbondale to provide recycling bins for the city’s new recycling drop-off center on West 8th Street.The deal calls for Waste Solutions to provide eight bins that can be cycled in and out, so there will always be bins at the center, even when others are being hauled away for emptying.The city will pay Waste Solutions $175 for each time it empties a bin, but the city does not have to pay for the bins.Recycled materials will be hauled to the Pitkin County Landfill’s recycling program, where officials have agreed to take the Glenwood Springs recyclables for free. However, Pitkin County will charge the city $21 for any loads contaminated with trash.City purchasing agent Sandi Vallario said bins for different materials will have to be emptied from once a week to six times a week.The city has budgeted $50,000 a year for the program, which would pay for 285 “pulls,” the shorthand term used for emptying a bin. That averages out to 5.5 pulls per week.Because the recycling center is new, there is no way for city officials to gauge how much it will be used. Public works director Robin Millyard noted that the recycling center may be moved to Garfield County shops property on School Street, once the city buys that property.In other action, City Council:-Held a work session with the Parks and Recreation Commission.-Learned that the Roaring Fork raw water pump station near Park East has been shut down due to an undiagnosed malfunction, until the high runoff flows subside. -Briefly discussed the city’s lighting ordinance, which is now in full effect. If a resident complains about lighting problems, such as glare and light trespass, the city’s code enforcement officer will require the lighting owner to repair the problem.-Reappointed Thane Lincicome of Carbondale, a downtown property owner, to the Downtown Development Authority board.-Granted a license to encroach for Jeff Isaacson, who operates Jeff’s Italian Ices every summer on the north end of the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.-Heard a conceptual presentation from Corey Stinar of Wickham Gustafson Architects of Fort Collins on a new Total gas station and convenience store at 2119 Grand Ave. The $2 million project calls for demolishing the existing gas station and building a 2,800-square-foot brick and stucco store and canopy to cover four gas pumping stations.-Heard a conceptual presentation from Byron Vinger of Patch-Vinger Construction Co. of Glenwood Springs on plans to build nine condominiums at 110 135 Road in West Glenwood. His plan for a one-way loop access to the nine units would save a 100-year-old tree. Davis advised Vinger to confer with neighbors and get their support.-Approved annexation of a 4.2-acre enclave on the north side of West Midland Avenue.-Passed a resolution supporting a RFTA grant application for $750,000 to purchase a 5-acre parcel at the west end of Glenwood Meadows. The city will match the grant with $300,000 in development work to build 116 parking spaces for a new park-and-ride lot. Another 125 spaces could be built later at the site.-Passed on first reading an ordinance banning firearms from city buildings and parks. People with permits to carry concealed weapons may still do so, said city attorney Karl Hanlon.-Held a closed-door session to get legal advice on potential litigation.Contact Heather McGregor: 945-8515, ext. 517hmcgregor@postindependent.com


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