I wanted to thank all of the members of the community who showed up to the Glenwood Springs City Council meeting on Thursday, May 11.
There was a full house of locals who were there to share their passion, as well as their concerns, for the future of our town. Most of the comments during the public input portion of the meeting had to do with the proposed plans to improve or replace the Grand Avenue Bridge as well as the proposed Access Control Plan.
Many citizens expressed their concerns that until we have a local traffic and pedestrian crossing "master plan" it appears a bit premature to consider CDOT's proposals for the bridge as well as any Access Control Plan. And asking the people of Glenwood Springs, and our guests, to bear the burden of a regional transportation problem, down our main street, is unacceptable.
Up to this point it was a typical City Council meeting when the public is allowed, and I thought "encouraged," to bring their problems and concerns before council. It was just after the public input portion of the meeting when the mayor, Mr. Steckler, invited members of council to make any relevant comments if they would like. For a moment things proceeded as usual. A few council members made a few comments, in response to some of the public input, and some didn't.
It was when it came to Councilman Ted Edmonds' turn to comment that I was blown away. Instead of taking this opportunity to positively respond to his constituents he chose to criticize those that just finished speaking because they didn't run for city council? Other than the instantaneous murmuring, from the audience, there was a very loud and disappointing silence from the mayor as well as council. This type of attitude has no place on council. Mr. Edmonds, at the very least I believe you owe the community an apology, and beyond that you could probably use a dose of "soul searching" to see if your obvious frustrations are interfering with your ability to "represent" the people of this community.
I wanted to write a letter to the editor to express my sadness, frustration and disappointment with CDOT and the Glenwood Springs Canyon construction. I have driven the canyon to the Vail Valley for 10 years and never can I recall construction and two-way traffic beginning before winter was over and road conditions improved. It is a horrible decision to begin so early, and obviously due to the recent deaths in the canyon it needs to be reconsidered. Just this past week all of us commuters are forced to endure dangerous, narrow roads with no shoulders while the construction workers are not even present and the equipment is laying under inches of snow. The canyon presents enough dangers with falling rocks and sharp corners that I sincerely CDOT reconsiders this early work in the canyon for the safety if us all!