Tuesday’s Glenwood Springs election results are in… Past city councilwoman Shelley Kaup was the top vote-getter among 4 candidates for an open at-large council post. She outdistanced 2nd-place candidate Charlie Willman with 811 votes, to his 724. Riviera Supper Club owner Jonathan Gorst was 3rd with 211 votes, and ex-councilman Rick Davis ended up with 198.The contest for the 5th Ward council seat went to Jonathan Godes, with 272 votes. He easily surpassed Amber Wissing and Don Gillespie. Rick Voorhees won the the 2nd Ward spot by default, since he didn’t have any opposition.
And legal pot will soon cost more in Glenwood. Local voters decided Tuesday by a nearly 400-vote margin, 1205 ballots to 813, to slap an additional 5 percent sales tax on weed. Hidden in that measure, the ability voters just gave the city to hike that tax as high as 15 percent, without needing another vote. And it’s going to cost those in the weed business more just to move their product. Glenwood voters said yes, they want an extra 5 percent excise tax to be levied on wholesale transfers of marijuana. Just taking it from a grow or testing facility to a Glenwood Springs store will cost those merchants that additional 5 percent. And both taxes get tacked on, over and above existing Glenwood, Garfield County, and state sales taxes, along with special state taxes.
It took a long time earlier this week, but late Monday night, Aspen City Council voted 4-nothing in favor of a new subdivision for its city offices that are in the process of being built. That, after designers reworked the image of the new building a bit, after being asked to make it more welcoming. Some members had found the original plans presented a building that looked too “institutional.” Council took the vote late in the evening due to citizen and frequent opponent Toni Kronberg detailing her concerns about the proposed new offices. She claimed at great length the building would be out of compliance with local rules. The City Attorney and community development staff disagreed, and again the building was unanimously approved.
10-year local Bennett Bramson has been named interim director of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, according to the organization’s board. A search committee’s also been appointed– its task to hire a new permanent exec director. Bramson says his experience as a downtown business owner and local volunteer have equipped him to in his words, “hit the ground running” in the interim position. He’ll also be expected to assist with the transition to the new permanent director.