Letter to the editor: It’s time to take back control from Dillon’s unelected officials | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: It’s time to take back control from Dillon’s unelected officials

Kevin Stout

There have been several Dillon Town Council themes over the past eight years: no accountability to voters/residents, a lack of awareness of how decisions impact residents, approving projects without doing financial due diligence and vetting of developers/partners.

Our current council members and mayor are appointed because there were only enough candidates for the open positions. Council members feel no obligation to represent the voters because they were not elected. Residents are a distant priority behind tourists, businesses and town revenue. No balance. No concern for how decisions impact residents.

Ice Castles was placed in a zoned public park (not zoned for use as a four-month amusement park) adjacent to homeowners, creating noise, traffic and trash problems. Council did not insist the park be returned to pre-event condition as was the agreement with Ice Castles.

Extensive commercial parking, including street parking and a lot near the beach, was proposed on Gold Run Circle in a residential area.

Uptown 240 was approved despite the fact that the developer had no experience and had not secured adequate funding. COVID is blamed for a multiyear delay, yet other construction in Dillon and Silverthorne has continued. If the project continues, it will take years to complete it in today’s inflation and supply-chain constrained world.

And then Mayor Carolyn Skowyra and council member Jen Barchers asked us to support the developer/owner because of their personal financial exposure. Clearly these two individuals have a lack of understanding of their role as representatives of the town, not supporters of a developer who was unqualified, underfunded and who has created a multiyear blight on the town.

It is time for the residents of Dillon to take back control from our unelected officials. I encourage you to vote for Dana Christiansen, Tony Scalise and Renee Imamura.

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