Attend tonight’s Red Feather Ridge forum |

Attend tonight’s Red Feather Ridge forum

Russ Arensman

Dear Editor,

This evening’s forum on the proposed Red Feather Ridge annexation presents an interesting contrast between the supporters and opponents of this controversial project.

Speaking on the developer’s side in favor of the project will be Mayor Don Vanderhoof, project attorney Lee Leavenworth and Red Feather planner Jeff Vogel, all of them (except the mayor) paid employees of Oklahoma’s Mid-First Bank.

Speaking on the other side will be City Council member Dan Richardson, architect Dean Moffatt and myself, a business and technology journalist. None of us – nor the dozens of other volunteer members of Community Voices for Responsible Growth – are paid for the many hours of work that have gone into bringing this project to a public vote next month.

Why are there no citizens (other than the mayor) willing to step forward to support this project and participate in this debate? Could it be that there really is precious little local support for this project, which will add to the city’s traffic and tax burden, violate the spirit of the city’s comprehensive and land use plans and cram nearly 100 additional houses onto rural land currently outside the city’s boundaries?

If you’d like to hear both sides of the issue and ask questions of your own, please show up at the City Council chambers from 6-8 p.m tonight for a lively debate.

Russ Arensman

Glenwood Springs

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