Frisco Town Council ignores citizens, property owners
The Frisco Town Council has no regard for property owners’ concerns. The council recently decided to erect large banners on either side of town to announce future events.
Choosing the path of least resistance, town officials erected the north-bound poles for the banner sign right in front of Frisco Bay Condominiums.
The reason given for choosing this location was that it was the easiest place to install such a structure. Many of the homeowners at Frisco Bay chose to live there in spite of the proximity to Highway 9 because of the unobstructed views of Dillon Reservoir and the mountains.
This view will now be impeded for many homeowners with a large, commercial banner sign.
The board of directors as well as several individual homeowners at Frisco Bay contacted the council and the town manager, Alan Briley, almost immediately making a request that the sign be moved to an alternative location.
In the spirit of cooperation, the Frisco Bay homeowners association even offered to participate in the cost of relocating the sign.
Mr. Briley was very receptive to our feedback, and in an e-mail response to homeowners, he indicated that he did not have any problem with moving the sign.
He said the town did not take homeowner concerns into account when choosing the location, and no public notice procedure was followed because they did not feel it was necessary. However, he promised to approach the council with alternatives.
In his council presentation Oct. 28, Mr. Briley provided two alternatives to the current location, and his personal recommendation was to move the sign.
In spite of an offer by homeowners to participate in the cost of moving the sign, a majority of the council chose to ignore the recommendation of its own town manager and voted to leave the sign in place.
The general tone of feedback from the council was that it was its right to erect the banners, and how its decision affected surrounding property owners was of little concern. This is evident by the fact that it would not even consider the presented alternatives.
The town has put into place very strict laws and guidelines for development, including the erection of signs.
Any such request is usually required to go through a public notice procedure.
Any property owner who has gone through the permit process understands how strict these types of laws are in Frisco.
What is disappointing in this case is that the council has chosen to ignore the spirit of its own laws. As a property owner, try erecting a large commercial sign on your own property without going through the appropriate channels and see how fast the town makes you take it down!
For residents of Frisco, I suggest you think long and hard at future elections before casting a vote for current Mayor Bob Moscatelli and Councilmembers Dede Dighero-Tuso, David Amli or Tom Connolly. The next billboard may be in front of your house.
Frisco Bay Condominiums
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