At 5 p.m. tonight, Aspen Valley Hospital’s board of directors will meet to appoint a new member to fill a vacancy on the otherwise publicly elected body.
The new member was picked without public input, and the person’s identity has not been revealed yet.
A vacancy was left on the board when former President John Sarpa stepped down in May to become the hospital’s interim CEO. When that happened, remaining board members began circulating names amongst themselves of who they thought would be a good replacement, and a handful of candidates were interviewed privately. The board didn’t place advertisements seeking applications for the vacancy.
The new appointee will serve out the remainder of Sarpa’s term, which ends next May.
The hospital has been in the spotlight lately as a high-profile dispute between surgeons has increased scrutiny on the contracts the hospital has with its doctors. The board is also looking for a permanent CEO to replace David Ressler, who announced in April that he would be stepping down to take a job in Arizona, after a nine-year run at AVH.
County residents are being asked to fill out a survey about Internet access that will be used as part of a plan to improve broadband service in the mountains.
Pitkin County is part of a regional effort that could greatly improve local and regional broadband service across eight counties. Local officials agree that there is a deficiency in broadband connection in the mountains. According to broadband project consultant Paul Recanzone, Colorado’s northwest region has reportedly fallen behind its neighbors in terms of broadband performance and is mediocre compared to its Front Range counterparts in terms of broadband speeds, reliability and costs.
All community members are urged to complete a short survey to help build a good information base for a plan that will help the region leverage sufficient access to broadband. The survey can be found Pitkin County’s website homepage under “Community” by clicking on “Take the Broadband Survey.”
Questions include home and/or business address, who your current Internet provider is, and what your data speed is. All data will be kept confidential.
The project is funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund.
The city of Aspen is looking for citizen input on the Neale Avenue corridor in order to make improvements for vehicle traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well as for storm water drainage. Share your thoughts at an open house at Herron Park on July 10 from 12-1 p.m. or July 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. You can also learn more about the project and provide input online at www.aspenpitkin.com  and click on “Open City Hall.” On this link you will find maps and design proposals.