Cathy Gammel: Put Silverthorne recpath on west side |

Cathy Gammel: Put Silverthorne recpath on west side

Cathy Gammel

For the Silverthorne Town Council about east side placement of the bike path, please consider the points below.

> Too many old trees will be removed, changing the experience, view and feel of the path. An west side location would not destroy as many mature trees.

> Town council is again willing to give away our wetlands. The last trade approved by the Army Corps was given to another county. What about our local wildlife? We now have moose regularly walking down to the river through our neighborhood. How will a raised boardwalk affect our neighborhood moose, the porcupine family and others critters that live around us?

> Why are we spending money building a path on the east side of the river when our master plan is to build the town core experience on the west side? A west side path would help attract customers to our local businesses and help create a “town feel” that we all desire.

> Just because something can be done legally does not mean it is right to do. I think most of Silverthorne taxpayers would prefer our elected officials reach a compromise rather than stick stubbornly to their plan and go to court at our expense to do so.

> In these tough economic times, our elected officials must be willing to compromise plans and reconsider decisions in favor of fiscal prudence. The cost of legally taking this land, fighting the homeowners and trading away our wetlands and natural trail seems to be a too high. Please consider you are elected. Please reconsider your positions carefully and represent us well.

Please prudently move the bike path to the west side of the river and leave our neighborhood path alone for the trees, moose and the wetlands.

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