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Looking for a summer job? The Town of Carbondale has several positions open in different departments, including parks maintenance workers (one of which is a full-time position), lifeguards and swim instructors, recreation assistants, recreation center climbing instructors and seasonal vegetation managers, according to the latest report from Town Manager Jay Harrington to town trustees, employees and others. For the parks department jobs, contact Russell Sissom at 970-510-1327; for jobs at the town swimming pool, contact Margaret Donnelly at 970-510-1280; for rec center positions, contact Will Tempest at 970-510-1279; for the climbing instructor positions, contact Jaime Wall at 970-510-1214, and to work on seasonal vegetation management, call Mike Callas at 970-510-1331.
The streets crew last week worked with the town’s concrete contractor to prepare and pour some of the curbs and valley gutters on the Meadowood project at the south end of town. They also swept streets, patched potholes and assisted the utilities department with some issues in the ditches around town.
The Town Arborist planted some trees, cleaned up the 133 right-of-way, performed tree and planting bed maintenance and cleaned up some debris from the storms this week. The Garden Squad has two events coming up. Tuesday, May 28th from 4-6 PM and Saturday, June 1st from 9-11 AM. Volunteers interested in helping should meet at 4th and Main.
Up at the Red Hill Trails project, construction of the downhill-specific bike trail is complete. The county signed the IGA on Monday and town officials are working with Roaring Fork Engineering to satisfy the CDOT clearances for the road and parking lot improvements.
The Parks Department has been working on removal of trash and dog waste from town trails, parks, and open spaces, and reports that bathrooms in parks are now open. In addition, crews worked on installing a new pump at Hendricks Dog Park, and re-programmed the men’s bathroom doors at Thompson Park; and performed additional fence repair necessitated by vandalism of the electric fence on the east side of Delaney Nature Park to keep the cows out of the park. Many cows had been getting through the breach in the electric fence.
Town fields are currently too saturated for use, officials determined last week. All users were requested to stay off the fields until at least May 26, “if not longer if it continues to rain,” Harrington wrote in his report.
The John M. Fleet municipal pool is getting into its summer mode, with modified hours through June 7 (see the website at
Sign-ups for trash hauling under the town’s new, consolidated trash disposal regime, are scheduled to begin in June. A new “trash” phone line has been established at 970-510-1202 and an email address of reportedly went into operation last week.
On-site training for the new online utility payment system was to begin this week. All online utility payers will be able to sign up after June 4 with the new vendor through the Town website.
The ditches are running smoothly, with a few minor changes throughout last week. Staff responded to an overflow condition last weekend which was a result of the Ella ditch overburdening the Carbondale Ditch at Sopris Ave and Snowmass Drive. This flow of water was initiated without our knowledge. The ditch that runs through the Town Center (across from Peppino’s) area was cleared of a large root ball which was restricting the flow from the 4th street lateral across Main Street.
A resident took it upon himself recently to adjust one of our ditches three times, resulting in downtown flooding and staff callouts. We will continue to install locks wherever possible on our ditch system to prevent these types of occurrences.