JC Brigham: A ‘no’ vote is a vote in favor of the recpath | SummitDaily.com

JC Brigham: A ‘no’ vote is a vote in favor of the recpath

JC Brigham

I am deeply disturbed because of the discord that has escalated in my neighborhood. It was a quiet, neighborly place, unusual for Summit County. But seven – yes, SEVEN – homeowners in this neighborhood do not want to see the Blue River Trail recpath completed and are going to extreme ends to selfishly stop completion of the path at the expense of the enjoyment of thousands of locals and tourists. They have cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars in the loss of grant money, legal fees, litigation, and payoffs. It is so confusing to me why one family in particular would go to such expense to have metal signs made: “Private property, NO Biking” put up and hire lawyers to debate the legal definition of “footpath.”

Silverthorne has a legal easement through the area, the town would be liable if anything happened to anyone (if litigation is what they are worried about), a recpath enhances property values, especially in a world struggling to be green. And in the same vein, the referendum to be voted on August 14 is skewed. A NO vote is a vote FOR the bike path; a YES vote is a vote against the bike path – this needs to be made very clear.

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