Over the weekend there were a series of advisories issued by the national weather service about increasing flood concerns after an ice dam broke on the Roaring Fork River  and Frying Pan rivers

Emergency management officials sent out an alert Saturday evening after jams were spotted and raised concerns about potentially dangerous situations for a second consecutive day.

Saturday night’s alert said “debris along with large chunks of ice will result in sudden rises in water flows” and warned people to stay “out of and clear of local rivers.” There were no t reported incidents of damage or harm to any individuals.

  

Aspen residents who lived within city limits for the entire year of 2018 and who have been registered to vote since at least January 1, 2018 are eligible to apply for a $55 food tax refund, which is now available as an online application.  Applicants are encouraged to apply online to reduce paper use and expedite the administrative process, however paper applications will still be available through this year for residents to print and mail or drop-off.

The City created Food Sales Tax Refunds as an incentive to encourage voters to support a sales tax referendum.  It was intended to reimburse voters for the approximate amount of sales tax that they would pay annually on grocery purchases due to the imposition of a 1% City sales tax.

Application and more information at:  www.cityofaspen.com.

If you need assistance completing the application please visit the finance window, first floor of City Hall at 130 S. Galena Street.

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5pm.  Late applications will not be accepted.

SIn case you missed it late last week Stephen Kanipe, the City of Aspen’s Chief Building Official announced his retirement after  30 years.  Kanipe started with the City of Aspen in 1989 as an entry level plans examiner when the building department was shared between the City and County.

During his tenure with the City, Kanipe championed the City’s energy code development, REMP, and worked to improve processes and find ways to handle the demands of the construction and design community to permit and inspect projects.

Over the three decades Kanipe served the City of Aspen and the building community he wrote and reviewed three books on energy code.  Under his leadership the City of Aspen won the Harvard Innovations in Government Award in 2007 for the REMP program,

Kanipe will be retiring on March 1, 2019.  The City’s search for a new Chief Building Official is underway.  There will be an open house for the community to meet the Chief Building Official candidates this Thursday

Aspen’s Wintersköl celebration will be next Saturday and they are looking for some torch light participants. Aspen Mountain will be the site of a torchlight descent and fireworks display Saturday, Jan. 12 and Skiers and snowboarders are invited to participate in the torchlight descent. Interested participants are asked to meet at the bottom of the Little Nell lift at 7:30 p.m.  Up to 150 people can participate — on a first-come, first-served basis. Children are welcome, those 12 and under will receive battery torchesAll participants must sign a waiver.