City Earns High Praise for Public Works Projects
The City of Aspen recently garnered three awards from the American Public Works Association’s Colorado Chapter.
The City received top honors for the Rio Grande Recycling Center, in the solid waste operations and management category; the Urban Runoff Management Plan, in the public works administration category; and the Construction Mitigation Program, in the sustainable design/construction management category.
The Rio Grande Recycle Center was recognized specifically for its innovative and collaborative design process. The City’s Urban Runoff Management Plan was recognized for presenting cutting-edge practices and policies, specific to cold climates and confined spaces, in an easy-to-use format. The plan ultimately will reduce the impacts of development and redevelopment on the Roaring Fork River.
The Construction Mitigation Program was praised for allowing Aspen to retain its resort atmosphere while letting construction to proceed as quickly as possible. The program’s unique aspects, such as the neighborhood notification program and an interactive GIS map that shows where construction is occurring in town, are what set Aspen apart from other applicants.
“We are thrilled the City of Aspen was recognized for these three, vitally important projects,” said Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland. “Even though public dollars are tight, we are making the most of taxpayer dollars by completing projects that help this community, our environment and the quality of life we enjoy in Aspen.”
City Receives Award for Financial Reporting
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Aspen for its comprehensive annual financial report.
“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management,” said Stephen Gauthier of the Government Finance Officers Association.
In particular, City Accountant Alice Hackney was recognized by the organization for meeting and demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the City of Aspen’s financial story in its annual report.
The Certificate of Achievement was judged by an impartial panel of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.