Udall asks for commissioners’ help with Good Samaritan bill
FRISCO – Between bites of bagels and sips of coffee at Pika Bagel Bakery and Cafe in Frisco, Rep. Mark Udall, D-Boulder, told county commissioners how they can lend a hand with his Good Samaritan bill to clean up abandoned mines. The bill was of particular interest to the commissioners, who inquired about what they could do to help the bill pass.Udall said he’s going to talk to Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar about his willingness to introduce the bill in the Senate. In the meantime, Udall asked that the commissioners work with state Rep. Gary Lindstrom, D-Breckenridge, to have state legislators pass a resolution in support of Good Samaritan bills in general.Doug Young, Udall’s district policy director, said the county can also communicate its support of the bill to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.Commissioners Bill Wallace and Bob French, the two commissioners in attendance at Friday’s informal meeting, were enthusiastic about carrying out the suggestions.Wallace said the county is so supportive of the bill because of the polluted Summit County mines like the Pennsylvania Mine in the Peru Creek drainage.”The problem is if the county takes over that mine in an attempt to clean it up, and it doesn’t work, then the county is liable and can be sued,” Wallace said.Wallace added that Udall’s bill would allow anyone who wants to clean up a mine to do so, and then if it doesn’t work, they wouldn’t be held liable.Udall said Gov. Owens had not embraced the bill. “I’m frustrated,” Udall said. “But it’s really important, and we’ve got to keep after it.” Udall and the commissioners, along with Young, assistant county manager Thad Noll, local Democratic party chairman Sandy Briggs and Democratic activist Don Parsons discussed issues ranging from the lynx population to the Interstate 70 corridor.”I’d love to join the effort to say to CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation), ‘Come on, let’s start on the small things as we work toward the vision of the future,” Udall said of the 1-70 corridor improvements.Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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