Barbara Yost: For shame, Dillon!
April 23, 2009
I have been so disappointed in the behavior of the town of Dillon toward the owners and the residents of the lower Yacht Club condominiums. Our development is located on Tenderfoot and Gold Run Circle in Dillon. We are not the wealthiest folks in the county, but we love and take care of our development.
Recently I received notice of a town of Dillon meeting to present citizen concerns about a construction project that will greatly disrupt the lives residents and owners alike because of its effect on the already limited parking at our development. I was puzzled to notice that this was not to be a meeting of record. It would be an after-the-fact meeting. Not a nice thing to do to the citizens, not a nice thing to do to the contractor.
I learned from a neighbor that the project contract was to be awarded at an earlier meeting of which owners and residents had not been informed. I was annoyed, but I rearranged my work schedule and attended the town council meeting with the contract on the agenda.
When the project of our concern was discussed, it became obvious that the owners of the single family homes across the street had been given careful attention with private meetings, offers to move trees for them, etc. In our case, not only had meetings with our homeowners’ association not been initiated, but the meeting finally scheduled with our representatives had been unceremoniously cancelled.
It felt odd that one town person stated that since there have been parking problems at the Yacht Club condos for years, undertaking a project that would further impact our parking by 25 percent would not make things worse. It still amazes me that the town plans to park construction equipment, blocking our access and expects a significant number of our residents to park in the town center and walk down the hill with our groceries, or our small children, our aging parents or grandparents. For shame!