Questions arise over ‘secret’ numbers associated with Glenwood Springs’ 7th Street project

Post Independent (Glenwood Springs): Last Thursday’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting discussion regarding the ongoing Seventh Street beautification project was anything but pretty.

The discussion, which caused some “unpleasantries,” in the words of some council members, was intended to allow council to give direction to city staff on whether to send out to bid Phase 1 of the project, which involves installation of a new sanitary sewer line.

Without it, the subsequent five phases of a long-term Seventh Street redevelopment and beautification project that’s to come in the aftermath of the Grand Avenue Bridge completion could not commence.

Councilor Shelly Kaup said she was “surprised” and “baffled” over the lack of specific costs tied the project, questioning what she said is a lack of public transparency in pushing the project forward.

Councilor Steve Davis asserted at the meeting, “I resent the accusations that there’s not transparency,” while Councilor Rick Voorhees exclaimed, “I don’t get it!”

And Councilor Todd Leahy expressed, “This is one of the most frustrating things I’ve done in seven years [on council].”

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