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Aspen City Council this week approved a restructuring of the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board of directors over the objection of a current board member, Chris Council, who said the change is “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” while asking that the matter be kicked to the next city council, which assumes power next month.
Four out of five city council members disagreed and approved the resolution, which has been in the works for over a year. If Pitkin County commissioners, who have already approved the change on first reading, give final approval later this month, then it will be a done deal — with the new APCHA board structure taking effect Aug. 1.
The APCHA board currently is made up of eight appointed citizens, one of whom is an alternate, and its decisions on housing authority guideline changes must be approved by both city council and county commissioners. This structure has been criticized for its inefficiency, since it can take years to get all three boards on the same page to approve policy changes.