Whitewater planners get go ahead to pursue GOCO grant
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Whitewater park planners here received the city’s blessing to apply for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant that could go a long way in getting that park built. In terms of money, that means the city would be called upon to provide $35,000 to $50,000 in matching funds for the grant, if it’s awarded. “GOCO has been very encouraging this time,” community development director Andrew McGregor said, noting that this year’s application will be the third try to get the GOCO funding for the whitewater park. The application for the grant is due Sept. 3, then city officials will have to wait until December to find out if they’ll receive the funds. McGregor also requested that the city put some money into getting the permits necessary to build the park. “So if we are, in fact, successful in receiving the grant, we could actually start construction by early next year,” he said. Councilman Bruce Christensen spoke in favor of putting city money into the park. “I’d sure like to see us get moving on that before we lose another year,” he said. “I think it would be a very valuable thing for the city.”Council informally directed the city’s staff to move forward on writing the grant and getting the permitting. City manager Mike Copp said money for the whitewater park could probably be taken from the parkland dedication fees charged to developers. In other business, City Council:• Approved a major development permit for Glenwood Meadows. The approval was necessary, but was considered more of a formality by council members. The approval means Meadows developers have a green light to start construction on the shopping center portion of the project. They said they plan to break ground in August and hope to open stores in October 2005. “It’s an aggressive schedule, but something that can be done without too much pain, considering the amount of thought that’s gone into this,” community development director Andrew McGregor said. • The next item up for discussion was a discussion on how to fund the intersection at 8th Street and Midland Avenue. Before the discussion began, however, council called an executive session to discuss a potential lawsuit related to the intersection. No other information was divulged on the possible lawsuit and the matter was set for a special meeting on July 21 at 6 p.m.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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