Week in Review
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The city of Glenwood Springs is asking for people to fill about 26 vacancies in its 13 advisory boards and commissions.On the advisory boards and commissions people can find a chance to add input on city issues without taking up the full responsibility of being a city councilor or city employee.The city said there are two or three vacancies on most of its boards and commissions. The only one without a vacancy appears to be the Downtown Development Authority Board.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County commissioners on Monday approved a new compensation plan that officials say will make job titles across county departments more objective and more consistent with each other.Before the new compensation plan, employees who worked for different elected officials and in some other county departments could do comparable work, but receive significantly varied salaries, said Commissioner Larry McCown. The move by the commissioners on Monday is the culmination of work that began last year, McCown said.”Hopefully it is a significant step for human resources and elected officials,” McCown said.The new compensation plan would bump the county’s current payroll of $15,607,391 to $16,231,959, which includes merit pay increases.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The budget ax has swung the other way for Colorado Animal Rescue.Garfield County commissioners, at their Monday meeting, approved bumping up CARE’s budget by $95,000, helping it to achieve its budget goals from the county this year.Commissioners approved directing $20,000 from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office to the shelter for expenses like increased electrical and gas bills. The money comes on top of $30,000 Sheriff Lou Vallario has already moved to the shelter from his office’s budget. The commissioners also approved a $75,000 grant for spay and neuter programs at the shelter, bringing the county’s assistance to the shelter for 2008 to $275,000, a figure the group initially sought in December.
NEW CASTLE – Two suspected burglars didn’t plan on meeting Jose Sedillo and his hickory stick Monday afternoon.Sedillo, 46, said the burglars only got to take about $250 cash from his home on County Road 214 (Peach Valley) between Silt and New Castle.”The next thing you know he put a big old foot on the door and popped it wide open. I jumped up. He looked me right in the eye. I reached for my bat, and off to the races we went,” Sedillo said.Sedillo laughed about wearing only his underwear, a T-shirt and socks while chasing the burglar outside and up his driveway with the hickory stick in hand.”It’s a good thing they weren’t thongs, eh?” he said.He said he turned back toward the house near the top of the driveway and called 911 after thinking to himself, “I can’t be chasing this guy clear into Silt in my underwear.”
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With some students performing below their actual grade level, Garfield Re-2 School District leaders spent Monday’s board meeting asking themselves how they can improve the district’s quality of education.