NRO tickets not hoarded for season-ticket holders, officials say |

NRO tickets not hoarded for season-ticket holders, officials say

A Summit Daily News letter writer on Tuesday created a stir by alleging all of the free tickets for the Fourth of July free NRO concert went to NRO season-ticket holders.

He said that left but crumbs for everybody else, a black mark on the town and its tourism efforts.

Not so, say town and Breckenridge Resort Chamber officials. Anybody requesting blocks of four got the tickets, said town communications director Kim DiLallo.

DiLallo is working on a response to the letter.

The new free ticket system was put into place because of keen competition for the limited in-tent seating for the popular patriotic concert.

The Breckenridge Town Council compromised on Tuesday, somewhat, on the issue of burying power lines at the site of the new Breckenridge Building Center.

Owner Jon Brownson can either have Xcel bury the line will his project is under construction or pay cash to the town, which will contract to do the job later.

The compromise is that Brownson would only have to pay cash in lieu at the cost of burying a residential line.

The line crossing his property at the north end of town by Fairview Boulevard is the main trunk line coming into town, a more costly project.

Mayor Ernie Blake proposed that the standard of a residential line be put into a new ordinance that caused Brownson and his attorney, former attorney Steve West, to raise protests.

The ordinance creates the cash in lieu option.

Brownson and West questioned the timing of the ordinance, coming as their approvals were won. They cited the fact many other owners either won a variance to the ordinance or ignored it, leaving power lines up in the air.

They did not request a variance. Their options now are to try for a variance to burying the lines ” not a sure thing and more delay, pay Xcel to do it now or pay the town cash in lieu at the cost of burying a residential line, not the trunk line at stake.

If a Las Vegas gambling house were making book, the odds would be in favor of Brownson paying the cash and moving on.

As we reported yesterday, Brownson wants to build a new building supply story and lumberyard. He would redevelop his current site at the intersection of Main and French.

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