Aspen City Council

The candidates and issues in the upcoming Aspen election will be debated Wednesday evening. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is holding its forum for the 2015 election at the Limelight Hotel on April 8th from 4:30pm to 8pm. The event will be a moderated forum that will allow the public to hear from city council and mayoral candidates. The mayoral candidates will start at 5pm, followed by the city council at 6pm, and the evening wraps up with a discussion of the charter amendment on zoning at 7pm.

Aspen City Council race: Keith Goode

Apr 6, 2015
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Next week ballots go in the mail for Aspen’s municipal election. Voters will choose from a large pool of candidates to fill two open seats on city council. Keith Goode is one of seven people running. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen.

"Reporter: Why are you running for city council?"

 

Goode: "I’ve been on the Planning and Zoning Board for the last four years and I really have enjoyed my time there. But, the main reason is when I hear people say ‘Aspen’s losing its character,’ I don’t buy that."

Aspen City Council is considering eliminating a longtime housing option for local workers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

It’s called the “Accessory Dwelling Unit” program and it’s been around for decades. The idea was that wealthy homeowners would offset their development impacts by building a separate dwelling unit from the main house so a local worker could live there. But it’s a voluntary program and many of them remain empty. At Tuesday’s work session, City Councilman Adam Frisch told his colleagues that the program should be eliminated.

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At a recent debate, proponents and opponents of a ballot measure disagreed over how often Aspen City Council gives breaks to developers. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason looked into it and has this report.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The Obama administration is requiring oil and gas companies to disclose what’s in their fracking fluid. How is that going to shake out in Garfield County?

Did a town hall meeting hosted by this station on the controversial and confusing charter amendment known as “Keep Aspen Aspen” shed light on the issue enough that voters are convinced one way or the other?

Meanwhile, down in Carbondale a woman who used to co-own a NBA basketball team is suing the IRS for $21 million.

Mountain Edition - March 26th, 2015

Mar 26, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Residents in the Mid-Valley saw federal agents in tactical gear this week. We’ll tell you why.

A police officer involved in a controversial arrest of an Aspen teenager says he’s leaving the department.

Proponents and opponents of a ballot measure to change Aspen’s land use code sound off at a town hall meeting.

A beloved restaurant in Aspen will keep its doors open longer than expected.

And, a popular Aspen bike-sharing program wants to expand its reach.

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Proponents of a land use referendum were the most vocal attendees, at a town hall forum in Aspen last night. Aspen Public Radio arranged the event, which had a panel of speakers for and against the referendum. Of the approximately sixty people in attendance, those in favor of the ballot question, and further restricting development, were more likely to ask questions.

Town Hall Meeting on the “Keep Aspen Aspen” ballot referendum recorded on Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at the Belly Up Aspen.

The forum is moderated by Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason and features supporters and opponents of the May 5th ballot measure that would force a public vote for development variances over a particular threshold.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The Aspen City Council this week chose a brewery/business incubator/TV station to be the new tenant at the old art museum.

The long dormant Buffalo Valley property outside of Glenwood Springs looks like it will become an apartment complex.

A new aerial fire center is coming to the Rifle airport. And the citizens of that town may just get a dose of fluoride in their water.

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The Red Brick Center for the Arts will be Aspen’s second vote center for this spring’s election.

All registered voters will receive mail in ballots, which can be mailed back or dropped off at City Hall. On election day, residents can also cast their ballot at the clerk’s office in City Hall or the Red Brick Center for the Arts. 

Mountain Edition - March 19th, 2015

Mar 19, 2015

Welcome to Mountain Edition.

Elected leaders in Aspen choose a brewery - slash - small business incubator to fill the city-owned Old Power House.

Unstable snow on local ski slopes prompts the Aspen Skiing Company to temporarily close terrain.

A professional cross country ski racer is home from the World Championships. Aspen’s Simi Hamilton looks back on his season.

There won’t be a sentence for a fatal highway 133 crash for another month.

We hear from the head of Colorado’s largest oil and gas organization about why she’s leaving her post.

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If Aspen voters pass a charter referendum this spring, that will mean rewriting the city’s land use code. On Monday, City Council decided to tighten up when developers can build extra large buildings. Council Members restricted exceptions, called waivers, to five percent bigger than the square footage normally allowed, and two feet higher than maximum height. They also removed affordable housing waivers, except for projects benefitting the community or part of the historic preservation program. Council did not change parking requirements.

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Aspen City Council has chosen a public-private model for the Old Power House. Council members decided that what’s been dubbed the “Power Plant” proposal is the best fit for the previous Art Museum building on Mill Street. It's a combination of the Aspen Brewing Company and small business incubator space. It also includes local TV station Aspen 82 and space for meetings and events. Council member Ann Mullins described it as “a unique Aspen mix of fun and work.”

Join Aspen Public Radio for a live broadcast of a Town Hall Meeting on the “Keep Aspen Aspen” ballot referendum, Wednesday March 25th from 5:30-7:00pm from the Belly Up Aspen.

This moderated forum is open to the public and will feature proponents and opponents of the measure along with Michael Kinsley – an architect of the slow growth zoning in Pitkin County.

The town hall is free to attend or listen live worldwide through Aspen Public Radio, on-air or on-line, for this special event.

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When the Aspen City Council makes a decision tonight on who will occupy the old Powerhouse building, how much the tenant will pay in rent will not be a factor. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Who ever is chosen among the five finalists for the space on Mill Street will have to negotiate rent and other financial matters with city officials. The Aspen Art Museum paid the city just one dollar a year to occupy the space.

Assistant City Manager Barry Crook says the lease details were intentionally omitted from the selection process.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The City of Aspen just got the results of an audit of a multi-year parking scam. Elected officials wonder if they should look at other departments as closely.

After three months of analyzing and negotiating, the Roaring Fork School District finally inked contracts with its superintendent and assistant superintendent.

Mountain Edition - March 12th, 2015

Mar 12, 2015

Welcome to Mountain Edition.

The current superintendent of schools for the Roaring Fork School District will stay on board. The decision comes after contention in the community.

Since the recession, Basalt has gained back low-paying jobs. A report details a tough scenario for home ownership.

Dozens of people went before Aspen City Council this week, weighing in on their favorite proposal to occupy the former Aspen Art Museum.

Tension remains between animal advocates and the new owners of Krabloonik Dog Sledding in Snowmass Village.

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The City of Aspen is putting more financial safeguards in place. The move comes after an audit and Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Council wants a closer eye on money, and finances, handled by city staff. A review of what happened during a recent parking scam revealed a number of things. One was the Finance Department turned off a notification system that might have alerted everyone to the parking scam.  Another was City officials couldn’t find a copy of the former parking meter contract until this week. Employees found it after digging through a Truscott storage area.

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There should be a decision next week about who can move into Aspen's Old Power House. Aspen City Council heard comments from more than forty people at a meeting last night. Council is considering a handful of proposals. The Old Power House was formerly home to the Aspen Art Museum, essentially rent free. After a lengthy hearing last night, Council decided to select a new occupant next week.

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A retired Wall Street money manager turned local writer is running for a seat on the Aspen City Council. Andrew Israel says is behind the website AspenSpin.com.  Israel says, if elected, his first plan of action will be to keep city council meetings from going into the early hours of the morning.

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