Chuck Leathers: Time for Town of Dillon to step up |

Chuck Leathers: Time for Town of Dillon to step up

Chuck Leathers

Tuesday, Evergreen Rd. is closed by another water main break in Dillon Valley, essentially cutting a large population center of Summit County off from access. The worst-case scenario Town of Dillon officials have discounted for months is here.

The Town of Dillon is afraid to just move a D9 Cat in there, open the road, send the bill to Walgreens or the developer and let the chips fall where they may. Possibly this is because the town has liability for approving the Dillon Ridge engineering that led to the first disaster.

Yes, I know that Little Beaver is outside of town limits, but the problem stems from inside town limits and the town has a moral and legal responsibility for the spillover. It’s going to be hard for Dillon to argue that they can’t afford to fix Little Beaver when they have just decided to spend $2.2 million on the marina, largely collected from Dillon Ridge sales tax. Of course, Dillon Valley residents can’t vote in Dillon and are all just a bunch of renters anyway, so Dillon can afford to ignore them.

Guys, there’s a school down there. Some of your kids may even go there. Obviously the town can’t run its own affairs. It’s time for the county to take action to end this travesty. Or failing that, maybe the Colorado National Guard.

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