What’s taking so Dam long?
While newly-constructed barriers continue to keep traffic off the Dam Road, red tape is the real reason it is not open. Talks between Denver Water and county officials are pointing to the re-opening of the road, which gives us hope, but we are beyond frustrated at the delays.
Both the federal government and our county law enforcement know of no credible threat, and Denver Water has backed down from its initial statements that known threats forced a closure of the Dam Road.
So we continue to ask the simple question: When can we open the road? There is no good answer, other than “Politics.” This is not acceptable.
We hope if Denver Water is not willing to meet our county’s request to open the road, our county will do it anyway. If Denver Water wants to keep the road closed, we would feel better if a judge who is accountable to the public decided, not a Board of Directors who have shown little consideration to Summit County’s citizens.
Until representatives from both groups reach a conclusion, though, the public will be left in the dark. It’s not a good feeling, especially when they are talking about life-and-death security factors. Lawyers have enacted the Rule 408, which allows settlement negotiations to continue frankly without making the negotiation details public.
While we understand the need to keep information about the Dam’s infrastructure away from eyes of terrorist groups, both domestic and international, we encourage the public to continue to voice their concerns about the closure of the Dam Road and the way Denver Water treats our county. Local officials have told us they are listening.
As far as we know, both issues ” communication and the road closure ” are far from being settled and, until then, we recommend a large amount of skepticism. In all of our public blindness to the hush-hush talks regarding public safety and trust, publishing our skepticism is the only action that makes sense.
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