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Jon Kreamelmeyer

While thumbing through the May 22 issue of the Summit Daily News, I was surprised to come across a large ad placed by the town of Frisco supporting the mayor and the town council’s point of view regarding recreational development on the peninsula. I’m guessing the intent of the ad was to reassure the citizens of Frisco that everything is OK, trust us, and possibly deter the citizens from signing a petition that will be circulating opposing a golf course, which is in the land-planning phase for this area.

I’m sure the may checked with the town attorney concerning the legality of printing such an ad. But, in my opinion, it’s highly inappropriate to use taxpayer dollars for the purpose of defending a municipal government’s point of view in a newspaper, and possibly discouraging a vote of the people.

Several months ago, the mayor and town council held a community forum presenting the recreational master plan. When the subject of a golf course was presented, the majority of citizens attending the meeting asked the mayor to allow for this controversial topic to go to a vote of the people in the April election. It was even recommended by the recreation committee and stated in the plan to ask the people for a vote, if golf is going to occur on the peninsula. Only two people spoke in favor of proceeding with the plan without a vote. Ultimately, the mayor and most of the council rejected the request of citizens who wanted a vote.

Are the mayor and some council members in fear of allowing the citizens of Frisco to sign a petition and vote on this issue? I would encourage both proponents and opponents of a golf course to sign this petition and put it to a vote. If a majority of people want a golf course, then find a way to finance it and build it. If the majority of people don’t want a golf course, then don’t build it. It’s not that complex.

Yet, continuing to spend public funds for land-planning a golf course (and other amenities), and finding out later that the majority of residents don’t won’t support a golf course, or that it’s not financially feasible, not only violates the intent of the previous citizen’s initiative, but also is fiscally irresponsible.

Jon Kreamelmeyer

Frisco resident and former

Frisco town council member


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