Glenwood Springs to discuss waste management, street names and rising electricity charges

Glenwood Springs may soon have a policy of dedicating streets to honor individuals as well as a hiking trail behind Walmart, according to Thursday’s city council agenda.

In response to a request to name a street after a “specific person,” city staff are asking council to create a street dedication policy, city documents say.

If approved, city staff could work with the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority to ensure the new street names don’t sound too similar to other street names in Glenwood Springs, limiting confusion among dispatchers. emergency and first responders.

During its regular session, council could also consider an update on the Sopris View project and the trail system, which could include a trail easement on land behind Walmart known as Sopris View.

Located in the unincorporated county of Garfield, the original plan was for the existing owner to provide the land to Aspen Valley Land Trust, which could then transfer ownership to the Bell Rippy project developer, Four Points Development, according to court filings. town.

If the project goes ahead, Glenwood Springs would be responsible for owning a trail easement through the property for a future trail system, according to the council agenda.

The city council must also review the state’s coal seam mitigation project plan for South Canyon, and council members could authorize the state Department of Mine Reclamation and Safety to proceed. City documents did not provide additional information about the state’s project plan, but said the impetus for the project was the 2002 Coal Seam fire.

As this is the first meeting in April, two council work sessions are planned. During the morning work session, scheduled for 8:30 a.m., the council must discuss affordable housing and possible rate increases for users of the City network.

City documents say Glenwood Springs has not raised power rates in five years, despite rising green power generation costs, rising transmission costs and several utility improvement projects. capital expenditures completed to increase the resilience of the electrical system.

A study by the city’s wholesale electricity supplier recommended the city increase its electricity rates by about 5% over the next two years, according to city documents. If rates are increased by about 5%, the supplier suggested that the city consider adjusting electricity rates for inflation.

In a presentation on affordable housing scheduled for the morning business session, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Representative Kathryn Grosscup and Community Builders Executive Director Clark Anderson are set to discuss strategies affordable housing as part of an educational preparation for a contract application that the city council might consider. later in April.

City Council could also discuss moving Glenwood Springs’ waste collection system to a franchise or “single hauler” model during the afternoon business session, scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

“Franchising offers the opportunity to improve waste tracking, reduce contamination rates in compost and recycling loads, and increase education about waste-related issues,” the city documents say. .

Reporter Ike Fredregill can be reached at 970-384-9154 or by email at [email protected]

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