Brian Wray: Let Silverthorne council do its job
The election for Silverthorne Town Council earlier this year has come and gone. The council members were either re-elected or won their respective races. We have the council in place to look after the citizens’ interests and make tough decisions after thorough thoughtful evaluation and public discussion of all the issues involved. I believe in our system of representative government. And, I feel confident the current group serving are responsible, thoughtful representatives and do not take their responsibilities lightly. Not all citizens are able to attend each and every town council meeting, read the multiple pages of legal documents, nor understand the town charter and needs of the entire community. Let’s let the town council elected officials do the job we elected them to do.
No one values personal property rights more than me. I also dislike hearing the words “eminent domain.” However, I feel the landowners are hiding behind antiquated verbiage from 1963 that didn’t anticipate the growth, transportation and recreation needs that did not include the word “bicycle”. This infrastructure is key to the safety of our citizens to keep them off busy, traffic-jammed roads. A countywide recreation system is greatly desired by the majority of the citizens and guests who use it. The intent of the easement in questions is for public access. There is a easement for this, the intent was always in place to allow the public to use the river edge property.
I don’t view this as a property rights issue since the town already has the easement. Therefore I will be voting “no” on my ballot to avoid costly future processes on issues I feel the elected town council members are qualified to make. I don’t want to tie the hands of this group, now or in the future, to make decisions that benefit the majority of our citizens. I feel the unintended consequence of the current ballot issue would be to give council members responsibility without authority. I hope you will join me with a “no” vote and encourage the parties involved in the current issue to talk face to face and negotiate a solution that works for everyone vs. changing the town charter and all future processes.
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