Silverthorne drops median issue
August 13, 2008
SILVERTHORNE ” The Town of Silverthorne no longer plans to create legislation affecting street evangelist Brother Nathanael’s presence on medians.
Though initially proposed “in response to a public safety issue … public discussion on this matter has evolved into a discussion of 1st Amendment issues,” town manager Kevin Batchelder said in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon.
The proposed ordinance to prohibit “staying on the median” was removed from the town’s council Wednesday evening agenda.
Nathanael said he is “very pleased” with the decision but would like an apology.
“I really want to thank the Lord, and I want to thank the people of Summit County for standing behind Brother Nathanael and his message for hope,” he said.
Silverthorne assistant manager Ryan Hyland declined comment regarding Nathaniel’s desire for an apology.
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The ordinance was drafted on recommendation of the Silverthorne Police Department in concern of pedestrian safety on medians; it was not in response to any town council direction, according to the press release.
Nathanael said police officers have been giving him trouble the past four months, but that he had planned to come to the meeting willing to compromise.
“I was going to go there with an olive branch,” he said. “I always look for the middle ground.”
Nathanael spreads his message to Silverthorne by standing and waving on a median at Blue River Parkway and Interstate 70.
Nathanael will be away from the county next week as he travels to Las Vegas, Nev.
He said he received a call from a man offering a plane ticket and week-long hotel room to spread hope.
“He wants me to bring it to all the median strips in Las Vegas,” he said.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.