Pan and Fork

Yesterday, the Basalt Town Council voted unanimously for a property tax, but they decided to hold off on the decision to pay town employees more.

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The final votes that trickled in early Wednesday morning were not enough to sway the outcome in Basalt. Residents rejected two ballot measures that would have had the town purchase land to create a park on the Pan and Fork mobile home site, and developers are ready to step in.

Elizabeth Stewart Severy, Aspen Public Radio News

Unofficial results indicate that Basalt voters narrowly rejected ballot questions related to buying the former Pan and Fork mobile home parcel. Tuesday night results show that about 52 percent of voters said “no” to the town buying the land to build a park, and about 55 percent voted against park-related improvements.

Aspen Public Radio News

Basalt has three questions related to parks, open space and trails on November’s ballot, two of which are connected to each other and one that stands on its own.   

Ideological differences were clear last night in a debate over the future of Basalt’s Pan and Fork property.

  Basalt residents will vote in coming weeks on the future of an old mobile home park.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax, and the multiple questions in Basalt about the Pan and Fork land parcel, will both have effects on art-focused nonprofits. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with Gena Buhler from the Wheeler Opera House and Genna Moe from The Art Base to see how each would be affected by November’s votes.

Elise Thatcher

  The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation has agreed to take a loss in selling land to the Town of Basalt. The CDC owns land along the Roaring Fork River that the town is eyeing to turn into a community park. A ballot measure posed to the voters this fall will ask if the town should buy that land for the appraised value  - $2.9 million. Currently, the CDC owes more than that amount on the land, and would be taking a loss.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

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Politics is heating up in Basalt and now that the town manager up and resigned, the government  and its elected leaders are facing heavy scrutiny.

The first in a series of public open houses regarding the Town of Basalt’s controversial River Park begins tonight.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Vail Resorts bought Whistler this week for $1 billion. How that will affect attracting guests to Aspen/Snowmass is a question industry observers are asking.

 

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Madeleine Osberger/Aspen Daily News

  The unveiling of what’s now being called the “Basalt River Park” by a citizen’s committee earlier this week has turned some heads and raised some eyebrows. At $8 million dollars, elected officials and fiscal conservatives are wondering whether it’s worth it. Joining news director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times.

Elise Thatcher

The Basalt election keeps getting hotter. With two weeks until the end, voters have been dropping off ballots at Town Hall, and controversy over yard signs continues.

Barbara Platts

Three Town Council seats are up for grabs in Basalt’s spring election, and the mayor’s post is also in contention. Aspen Public Radio hosted a candidate forum last night at the Basalt Regional Library. Candidates staked out their positions and answered pointed questions.

Barbara Platts / Aspen Public Radio News

News Director Carolyn Sackariason moderates the two hour, live broadcast of APR's Town Hall Candidate Forum with five candidates running for three open Basalt Town Council seats and two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat.

Valley Roundup 3-4-16

Mar 4, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

The Carbondale Town Trustees this week approved a new City Market that will be larger than the one that’s there now and will include a fuel station.

Cdale to get new City Market, fuel station

 

Elise Thatcher

  Basalt leaders have chosen to pursue a certain amount of development for part of the Pan and Fork parcel. But the decision is nonbinding and comes less than a month before a pivotal election.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation is raising concerns about Basalt’s latest plan to handle the Pan and Fork parcel.

Elise Thatcher

There have been positive and skeptical reactions to Basalt’s decision Tuesday night to pursue putting a Pan and Fork parcel question on the fall ballot.

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