Reporters’ Notebook |

Reporters’ Notebook

“Reporters’ Notebook” is a roundup of quotes, notes, bits and bites gleaned from meetings, events, press releases, e-mails or simply overheard on the street. Some of it is just for fun, and some of it is newsworthy tidbits that did not find a home in the other pages of the paper. Look for “Reporters’ Notebook” each Monday in the Summit Daily News.

“It’s hard to define tourism. In this county, we could include real estate.” – County commissioner Tom Long, trying to define the difference between tourism, the state’s No. 2 industry, and agriculture, the state’s No. 1 industry, at an election forum Thursday.

“Another thing to consider … these people should be spending that money at the dentist.” – Summit Daily News editor and election forum moderator Jim Pokrandt, regarding the clientele at racetracks where video lottery terminals will be installed if voters OK Amendment 33 Nov. 4.

“Thirty years ago, I worked at the sheriff’s office. Thirty years ago, I was chasing this guy.” – Commissioner Gary Lindstrom, regarding the young Tom Long’s tire-rolling escapades at the dump.

“I was always a step ahead.” – Long, in rebuttal.

“These are Summit County’s quote machines, here as resident experts with no opinions.” – Moderator Jim Pokrandt again, introducing the Board of County Commissioners at the elections forum.

“I forgot we had that whole other incentive.” – Breck town councilmember J.B. Katz, when the council was reminded to hurry along the meeting so they could catch the sixth game of the National League championship series. Cubs lost, 8-3.

“Then we have a situation when the guy with the big bucks gets a big sign, and the slug without the bucks gets a small sign … that just doesn’t work.” – Breckenridge Mayor Sam Mamula, regarding a proposed sign ordinance change that would benefit merchants who have more money to spend.

“The classic example we don’t have (of a “statuary” sign) is a big, fat Bob’s Big Boy.” – Breck town planner Chris Neubecker, trying to explain the difference between statuary and monument signs.

“I say next time we appoint a committee for signs and forget the liquor board.” – Councilmember Ernie Blake, after 10 minutes of debate about signs, a discussion that continually gets bogged down in details. The town recently appointed members to a new liquor board that, initially, is unlikely to see much action.

“What precipitated you coming to us?” – Mayor Sam again, to Neubecker, who presented sign code ordinance changes over which yet another nit-picking discussion ensued.

“I had a feeling this was going to happen.” – Breck Town Manager Tim Gagen. Neubecker has presented possible sign code ordinance changes numerous times over the past year, and has been sent back to the drawing board each time because the town council can’t agree on what they want to see in those changes.

“OK, get in our pocket again … what do you want, Tim?” – Mayor Sam, to developer Tim Casey, who wants to help build a second phase of affordable housing units adjacent to Pinewood Village on Airport Road.

“Did you tell them about the lights and raves yet? How about the mosh pit?” – Breck open space advisory commissioner Dennis Kuhn in regards to the possible “unintended consequences” on neighbors of building a freeride park at Grandview Condominiums.

“Can short bald guys do this?” – Open space commissioner Turk Montepare, to freeride proponents Cam Fulton and Ryan Soderberg, who both have full heads of hair and must stand at least 6-foot-3 each.

“Be careful. I think I got married one time down there. He had red hair and an orange dress and we jumped up and down.” – Summit County arts maven Sandy Greenhut, warning Summit Daily News photographer Brad Odekirk about the perils of Uganda, Africa. Odekirk is going to spend two months there working on a farm as part of a Peace Corps effort.

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