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Summit donates $5,000 to help Granby

KIM MARQUISsummit daily news
Special to the Daily/Mark Fox The $5,000 goodwill gesture suggested by Commissioner Tom Long will be withdrawn from the county's cash reserves and sent to the Granby Community Relief Fund

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Board of County Commissioners decided Monday to help the town of Granby in Grand County recover from the rampage of an armored-bulldozer driver.The $5,000 goodwill gesture suggested by Commissioner Tom Long will be withdrawn from the county’s cash reserves and sent to the Granby Community Relief Fund.

The fund, managed by the Granby Chamber of Commerce, will help affected businesses and employees of the 13 buildings wrecked on June 4. The driver eventually turned a gun on himself.Upon hearing of the donation, Granby Chamber director Sharon Brenner thanked the commissioners. She said checks are being received from as far away as New Jersey and as close as a local business owner whose building was destroyed in the rampage. Brenner said the money will help employees and business owners directly affected by the destruction caused by Marvin Heemeyer, who was reportedly angered by local zoning decisions.

“The funds will help businesses rebuild what insurance doesn’t pay for,” Brenner said. “It will also help replace three to four citizens’ cars that were crushed.”Brenner said that many Granby residents live from paycheck to paycheck, so the funds will support employees who lost pay due to the closure of businesses.”It will help them refresh the money they lost,” she said.

Donations are being tallied and will be dispersed in the next few weeks after the seven-member board reviews applications.In addition to public and corporate funding, Brenner said many smaller donations of $100 to $200 are being received. For information on how to help, call the Granby Chamber of Commerce at (970) 887-2311.Immediately following the incident, Summit County SWAT team members arrived in Granby to assist. Granby is a town of approximately 1,500 located 60 miles north of Silverthorne.

The next day, Summit law enforcement agents protected wrecked buildings and helped direct traffic away from the mangled Main Street. Summit County officials also offered public works equipment and services.- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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