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Dear Editor,

My husband and I attended Jan. 8’s special City Council meeting regarding Red Feather Ridge’s application and the proposed annexation of this development, which required changing the city’s urban growth boundary.

How could four members of City Council approve these changes when it was so clear that the majority of people present along with the community at large were not in favor of this plan?

Our City Council members are elected to best serve the needs of our town and should paid better heed to the people they represent.

Our kudos to the three members who were listening: Rick Davis, Jean Martensen and Dan Richardson.

Truly, Red Feather Ridge’s wings should have been clipped.


Laurel Cole

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I am totally appalled at our City Council’s lack of concern for what our citizens of Glenwood Springs want in our town. The approval of the Red Feather subdivision by four of our councilmen is inexcusable.

Even after the public input was overwhelmingly against the project, they still voted in favor of it. This is a slap in the face to every citizen in Glenwood Springs and the Four Mile area. They are saying we don’t care what you think, we are going to do it anyway.

These four councilmen are: Don Vanderhoof, Don Gillespie, Dave Merritt and Larry Emery. Remember these names; these people should be thrown off of our City Council. At the very least you should never vote for them again to represent us, because they do not listen to what we have to say about our quality of life.

I knew the developer didn’t care about our town, but I thought our own City Council members would. But as they showed by their yes votes for this terrible project, they do not care about our community.

If we keep allowing our city boundaries to spread, we are going to end up like every other overgrown, congested city in America. We will never be able to accommodate all the people that are going to want to live in this beautiful town. Sooner or later we are going to have to say `Enough!”

I believe that most of us moved here to get away from the typical city life, and now our own city council is turning our beautiful mountain town into urban sprawl USA.

Unfortunately the majority of our City Council is driven by money, just like the developers. The developers of Red Feather will make millions of dollars from our town and just walk away smiling and leave us with the negative impacts.

I want to separately thank Councilmen Rick Davis and Dan Richardson and Councilwomen Jean Martensen for voting with their hearts and not the city’s wallet in mind. Thank you for caring about our quality of life. The rest of you councilmen should be ashamed to show your faces in town.

John A. Korrie

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

In regards to the Crystal River Marketplace vote, I want to thank Russ Criswell and Scott Chaplin for being the only voices of reason and intelligence.

I am disappointed but not surprised to see the mayor and other trustees sell us down the river (if there is any river left after the drought and the overdevelopment). I am not surprised because they are politicians first.

Secondly, I sincerely hope that the Mountain Folks and others get a vote on the ballot to stop this development or at least get something smaller scale, local and appropriate put in there.

Remember, Carbondale will not improve economically from this development. Not only will we pay for it economically, but we will keep destroying our quality of life.


Betsy Lincicome


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