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County continues Roaring Fork Fridays

Contact: Jeff Shroll, Eagle County Manager, 970-328-8604, 

Jan. 8, 2020 - Roaring Fork Fridays will continue at full speed into 2020. The program has seen positive results in its first few months as Eagle County managers, elected officials, department directors and other county staff continue to visit the valley at the end of each week for “Roaring Fork Fridays.” New this year, the county has introduced an online Google calendar where each week’s visitor list is updated. It is available at Click on the individual event to see who is attending.

Although the conversations over the past couple months have not always been easy, they have been honest, collaborative, and beneficial for both the public and county officials. Responses from participants include: 

“Thanks for a most pleasant meeting at the new 'Roaring Fork Fridays'. That program is such a great idea!” - Lynne Uhl, Missouri Heights 

“I am writing to say thank you for setting up Roaring Fork Fridays. Already in such a short time we have seen some small but significant responses to these meetings. Everything from filling potholes to striping roadways, every little thing helps. Thanks, we all appreciate your time."
- Brian Flynn, El Jebel 

County staff have also been gratified by the engagement. “I've been pleasantly surprised with the response from community members since we started Roaring Fork Fridays,” said Deputy County Manager Angelo Fernandez. “It has been a great opportunity to hear from the community on what is important to them and we have received positive feedback on our response to their input.”

The county has heard from residents on a variety of issues. Some were straightforward, pragmatic requests, such as re-striping roads and filling potholes. Other discussions included a potential midvalley recreation center, concerns about the Crown Mountain Park funding mechanism, property tax issues for seniors, housing development needs, a possible bike path in Blue Lake, and parking concerns. 

The biggest constituent issue, one that was simultaneously playing out in local headlines, was the fate of the Basalt Recycling Center. After Pitkin County decided to withdraw funding for the recycling drop-off station, residents asked Eagle County to fund it instead. While this initially seemed feasible, Waste Management, the company that operates the facility and transports the recycled materials, doubled the asking price for operating the center from $60,000 to $120,000 per year. The recycling center is open through January of 2020, and discussions about what Eagle County can do to help are ongoing. The county is working collaboratively with the Town of Basalt and other partners to find a solution that works within combined budgets, and provides the greatest benefit to the environment and waste reduction.

“It was clear how valuable this time was for the county to hear concerns personally from residents and for everyone to better understand how waste actually works in our community,” said Eagle County Commissioner Matt Scherr.

Roaring Fork Fridays will continue with visiting officials dedicating time between 9 a.m. and noon for walk up hours at the El Jebel Community Center. They will be available for meetings with organizations, businesses, or local officials to discuss issues, concerns or suggestions related to Eagle County. They will also be available for after hours meetings and community events if given advance notice.

Roaring Fork Fridays is continuing to develop and the county is requesting feedback on ways to improve the program. Email with comments or suggestions.

More about Eagle County’s offices and departments can be found at under the “Departments” tab.