April Fools’ Day: Breckenridge forms committee to study feasibility of feasibility study
April 1, 2017
In a bold move to address moose attacks, the Breckenridge Town Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to a feasibility study that would determine the feasibility of a study into whether or not trying to reason with the animals would be feasible.
The measure, which advanced to its second of five readings Tuesday night, came on the heels of four stakeholder meetings with various groups and two community-wide surveys designed to gauge the public's interest in conducting a feasibility study before proceeding with a feasibility study.
"You can't just rush into these things," said Mayor Eric Mamula. "First, you have to ask yourself, 'Is this feasibility study actually feasible?'"
If the measure advances on its next four readings, the town would enter into a contract with Feasibility Analysis Partners, a newly formed subsidiary of Frisco consultancy SE Group.
The Summit Daily attempted to set up an interview with Feasibility Analysis partners to discuss the project, but due to scheduling conflicts it proved infeasible.
To address concerns over the transparency of the study, the town will be running an ad campaign outlining the process used to arrive at its preliminary decision, town spokeswoman Kim Dykstra said.
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"This is really just another example of how committed to transparency the town of Breckenridge is," Dykstra said. "Here's another: I had a bowl of Raisin Bran and a grapefruit for breakfast this morning. You want another? I didn't think 'La La Land' was all that great. There, I said it. Transparency."
Not all residents were convinced, however. Slats Grobnik, who lives in Montezuma but enjoys weighing in on issues countywide, said the preliminary decision was hastily made.
"Listen, I've lived in Summit County for 67 years, way before Vail Resorts moved in and busied up the place," he said via HAM radio from his fortified mountain compound. "And back then, council didn't just decide to study the feasibility of a feasibility study. We had weeks and weeks of rancorous public debate before we would make that kind of decision."
Potential obstacles to reasoning with the moose could be getting close enough to them without being attacked, overcoming the human-moose language barrier and coming up with an effective way to appeal to the moose sensibility — although this wouldn't be known until after at least two rounds of feasibility studies.