Letter: Arensman can create better climate for business
Russ Arensman is my choice for Ward 1 in the upcoming City Council election. Russ currently serves with me on the Glenwood Springs River Commission, a citizen board that advises City Council on river access, city lands adjacent to rivers, execution of the River Trail Master Plan, and on pedestrian and bicycle mobility in general.
In the current campaign, much has been made about his opponent’s business experience. But Russ is no stranger to business, having been self-employed for part of his career. And more to the point, Russ understands that trails, parks, river access and pedestrian bridges are not just expensive amenities for locals — they are essential to the economic wellbeing and growth of Glenwood Springs.
Russ was appointed to the River Commission shortly after his first term on City Council — he couldn’t stay away from public service. He has been a strong and creative advocate for our project to restore the riverbanks at Two Rivers and Veltus parks and to enlarge the boat ramp at Two Rivers. He has been active in promoting improved transportation connections, especially for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, both in our town’s neighborhoods and in relation to the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement project.
Redevelopment of the confluence area has long been one of Russ’s areas of interest. He’s in favor of public-private partnerships in creating a vibrant and economically vital combination of parkland, civic space, housing and restaurants where tourists and locals alike can recreate and enjoy the river environment.
Russ Arensman’s experience and his commitment to community make him the better choice for Ward 1 City Council member. He is not just a business advocate; he’s someone who knows how to create a better climate for business.
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