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Bank big spender in RFR election

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – So far in the Red Feather Ridge campaign, MidFirst Bank and its campaign group Glenwood Springs Neighbors for Responsible Planning have outspent their opposition, Community Voices for Responsible Growth, by more than 600 percent.

According to the contribution and expenditure reports, the pro-Red Feather Neighbors for Responsible Planning spent $32,791 on the campaign between March 15 and May 30.

All the money spent so far came directly from Oklahoma City-based MidFirst Bank. The only other contribution was $100 from Leavenworth and Karp, the bank’s attorney for the project.



The anti-Red Feather Community Voices for Responsible Growth raised $7,793 and spent $4,968 through June 3. The group still had $2,825 on hand. There were 65 separate money donations and $1,525 worth of in-kind donations.

Glenwood Springs City Clerk Robin Clemons set Tuesday as the due date for the first contribution and expenditure reports of the campaign.



Mail ballots for the special election were sent out Friday and the initial returns have already begun to stream into the city clerk’s office.

The ballot question asks: “Shall Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Ordinance No. 2, Series of 2003, annexing a 132.181-acre parcel of land adjacent to County Road 117 (Four Mile Road) in Garfield County, commonly known as Red Feather Ridge, be approved?”

A yes vote would uphold the City Council’s 4-3 vote of Feb. 20 to annex and rezone the property, which also extends the city’s Urban Growth Boundary. A no vote would overturn council’s action.

Of the $32,791 spent by Neighbors for Responsible Planning, Sondermann E-Squared Partners of Denver was paid $10,000 for ad design and production; Wandell Press of Denver was paid $3,181; the Glenwood Springs Post Independent was paid $5,968 for newspaper ads; Spectographics of Denver was paid $2,171 for printing; Studio Monkey Business of Denver was paid $2,171 for graphic design work; Campaign Products of the Rockies of Denver was paid $7,794 for mail handling and postage; and Professional Printers of Denver was paid $144 for stickers.

For CVRG, monetary contributions ranged from $20 up to $1,000.

Of the large donors, Robert W. Lewis donated $1,000, Barbara Stormer donated $750, Gregory Durrett donated $700, the Amichaux family donated $500 and Richard Zeder donated $500. All other monetary donations were less than $500.

The donated services included $1,125 worth of services by Chris Tribble at Versatile Productions, and $400 worth of logo and letterhead designs from Barb Stormer at Glenwood Art and Sign.

Although CVRG’s spending has been on a smaller scale, the types of purchases are similar.

The group spent $2,960 on Glenwood Springs Post Independent newspaper ads; $229 on buttons and signs; $194 on office supplies and copying at Wal-Mart and Staples; $307 on campaign banners; $1,200 on bus shelter ads; and $77 on a voter list.

Red Feather Ridge, or RFR, is a proposed 149-lot planned residential development on 132 acres of land on the east side of Four Mile Road. Of that land, approximately 90 acres would be committed to open space, park and recreation and cemetery uses.

Developers offered $400,000 to help fund the soon-to-be-built roundabout at Four Mile and Airport roads; $2,500 per house for transportation improvements; and $100,000 toward building a park. The development also would include 23 affordable lots on which affordable housing could be built and three lots for Habitat For Humanity to build houses.

CVRG opposes the project. The group says a denser project would bring too much traffic, ruin the rural atmosphere of Four Mile Road and cost city taxpayers money in the long run.

They also say such a dense development shouldn’t be built outside the city’s Urban Growth Boundary.

But Guy Harrell, a representative for land owner MidFirst Bank, has said the land will be developed, no matter what.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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