Town reviews Re-1 proposal
Carbondale’s Board of Trustees whittled away at issues regarding the Roaring Fork Re-1 School district’s North Face property purchase Tuesday night, and in the upcoming days, discussion points are being sharpened for final negotiations.The next discussion is scheduled for their meeting on Tuesday, July 9.A day later, trustees will hit the road for a face to face with the school board at its July 10 meeting. At that time, officials on both sides have said, they hope to start resolving outstanding issues so the purchase can be completed.The school district placed the property under contract earlier in the year. The price isn’t being disclosed, nor is the closing date, but the property is listed at $5.95 million.One of the biggest outstanding issues is whether Carbondale’s building codes and regulations apply to the 25-acre North Face property on Highway 133. School district attorney Glenn Chadwick, in a proposed intergovernmental agreement with the town, said that under C.R.S. 22-32-124, the school district “is not required to obtain local building permits, and is not required to comply with Town codes and regulation, except as required by said statute.”Carbondale’s attorney, Bob Emerson, has said he disagrees with the school district’s interpretation of the state statute.Point 14 in the proposed agreement addresses C.R.S. 22-32-124 again, and states, “Nothing in this Agreement, in the School District’s application … shall be construed as a waiver by the School District of any of the provisions of C.R.S. 22-32-124.”The proposed agreement calls for C.R.S. 22-32-124 to be applied only to school buildings, and not to proposed housing on the North Face site. Mayor Michael Hassig asked at Tuesday night’s meeting, “To what extent is the total site development subject to a decision by the school board, and to what extent (is approval) reached with the advice and consent of the (Carbondale) board?”The trustees addressed seven of 10 issues brought up by town planner Mark Chain and others Tuesday night, and none of them were completely resolved. Outstanding issues include:-Funding for upgrades to Highway 133 and the Meadowood intersection. Chain estimated that improvements in the North Face area will cost approximately $700,000. The proposed agreement says the school district will pay an equitable pro-rated share for improving the intersection and roads adjacent to the site. Chain is working on a funding formula.-The proposed agreement doesn’t address open space, so that issue is unresolved. Tuesday night, Trustee Russ Criswell said 3.6 acres of open space were to be dedicated to the town in the North Face annexation agreement. The school district doesn’t yet have a development plan for the property, but Trustee Andy Montoya said, “We’re giving up a huge amount of open space that would come to the town.”-The school district is proposing affordable housing for its own employees and for third parties, but does not address deed restrictions, which town staffers have said would keep the housing affordable.-The North Face property may or may not bring with it enough water rights, depending on the school district’s development plan for the property.Emerson cautioned the trustees about the lack of a development plan as it pertains to a final agreement with the school district.”You might be stuck with something you’re not happy with, because there is no plan,” Emerson said.School board members Robin Garvik and Trsi Houpt attended Tuesday night’s meeting with school district attorney Glenn Chadwick. Garvik said they were there in a “fly on the wall” capacity, and didn’t take part in most of the discussions.As the meeting wound down, Trustee Fred Williams asked Garvik how she felt about how the night went. “We have some things to talk about … but I’m not discouraged,” she said.
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