Kenneth Ligget: What’s best for the Dillon community?
April 27, 2009
Re. Dillon Yacht Club issue: Being involved in politics, I have seen this same thing happen before. The politicians try to bulldoze their way over people and hope for little or no fight. Once the little guy puts up a fight, the politicians have to back down and do the right thing. While this tactic works, it is not in the best interest of the community. The problem here is that the town of Dillon is not a company, it is a municipality set up to serve the individuals, visitors and taxpayers of the city.
Placing the bike trail in the planned location will benefit 19 homes while causing unnecessary risk to 150 individuals. The rest of the county taxpayers and visitors will use the bike path whether it is located in the planned location or on the street. This seems like an unfair balance and cost for 19 homes.
The town of Dillon approved the construction of the Dillon Yacht Club decades ago, when on-street parking was allowed; now it is not. This does not give them a pass to say “We are not responsible.” The town is there to protect the end user of the property, not to allow a developer to build an extra 10 units instead of a parking lot. I am also sure the mindset was that an extra 10 units brings in tax dollars; a parking space does not. The comment that these units were built when most families only owned one car is a stretch and just an excuse to allow the town not to accept responsibility.
With my experience in politics, I can predict how this will conclude. The town will realize its strong-arm tactics did not work, taxpayers will express their interest in saving millions of dollars in construction cost, the town of Dillon and the Dillon Yacht Club will each spend thousands on attorneys and city officials will fold and do what they were elected and hired to do, protect and serve the residents of the town of Dillon, not a few individuals.