Jon Zdechlik: Vote NO for Frisco’s future
April 24, 2009
I would like to respond to a few inaccuracies in recent letters to the editor regarding the Peak One parcel. First, Mr. and Mrs. Kearney wrote that when the town purchased the property from the U.S. Forest Service it was to be an open recreation area. Being a member of the town council at the time, there was never a discussion about leaving this area as open space or as a recreation area. What we did do was return the remaining 40 acres of this property on the south side of the bike path out of the Forest Service’s disposable land account and back into the national forest. The council felt this was a wonderful piece of land for future development.
Mr. Cacace writes that the Peninsula Recreation Area will be better served by a yes vote. In 2002 the town council enacted a policy prohibiting the lease or sale of the PRA without a vote of the people ” i.e. the CMC vote.
Being a native of Frisco, I have seen all the changes to what my family calls home. Yes, Mountain Side was where the kids of Frisco played baseball and Jug Creek flowed to Belford and 5th. Yes, there was a matching hillside on the south side of 5th Avenue and Pitkin Street, before it was dozed for Pitkin Townhomes. Meadow Creek Subdivision was a series of beaver ponds and wet lands. Ten Mile Creek was diverted numerous times. No, I was not excited about these changes at the time because somebody was taking MY play areas away. But they were not mine, just because my brother and sisters romped through them. They belonged to the people who have made Frisco a great place to live and raise a family.
I live close to the Peak One parcel and have used it my entire life. I am fortunate to have purchased my home when I did because my family could not afford to live here now. We are also fortunate to have two families who moved in next door to us. They purchased simple single-family homes which I am sure was challenging. I am very excited about the possibilities for the Peak One parcel. It saddens me when I read and listen to the negative comments about how the town has not included people in the process; how the town doesn’t listen to the people’s concerns. As well as how the town council does whatever it wants. I had the privilege to be a planning commissioner and town council member for 12 years. In the end, we listened to everyone and made decisions based upon what we as citizens thought was best for everyone who lived there. I think the town is doing the same now: listening and making a decision based on the community’s current needs.
I encourage you to VOTE NO for Frisco’s future.