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Does Garfield County care?

Dear Editor,

We live in the Westbank subdivision of Garfield County. We bought our home as an investment and are doing all we can to enhance it. We love our quiet neighborhood and respectful neighbors. However, we are very concerned about the atmosphere of this community where we wish to raise our growing family.

Last year our neighborhood was confronted with the possibility of a thoroughfare that would connect Westbank to a new development called Prehm Ranch. At our homeowner’s meeting we were told that an old easement was found on Prehm Ranch which could mean that in addition to Prehm residents passing through Westbank, public access could occur. This thoroughfare would then create a continuous route from West Glenwood, using Midland Avenue, going all the way to Carbondale.

We were advised that if we allowed the road to be private, it would not become public. We find it hard to believe that any homeowner in our subdivision would really want additional traffic, whether public or private.

We have since learned that private roads can legally be made into public roads regardless of any private agreements that are made. Needless to say, this would greatly diminish the very quality which attracted us to this neighborhood in the first place: peace. Furthermore, how will we ever get the future desired value out of our home when a thoroughfare is passing through?

After this issue was taken to court and voted down three times by the county, the developers of Prehm Ranch boldly constructed this thoroughfare, which they casually refer to as a “driveway.” Our immediate reaction was disbelief.

We trusted that the county would carry out the responsibility to uphold its decisions and blockade the thoroughfare. We waited with faith and confidence. I am sorry to say that eight months later we are still waiting.

As we spend time outdoors with our children and neighbors, we have seen everything from cars, construction vehicles, and SUVs pulling boats, going in and out of this “private” road. They show no respect for the posted 25-mph speed limit.

We are confused with the increasing daily traffic (especially on the weekends) due to the fact that there are no residents living in Prehm Ranch at this time. Why, when the county has unanimously voted more than once to deny this “driveway,” have these vehicles been permitted to pass through our neighborhood, threatening the safety of our children?

We are distraught that this is now an issue which Westbank is directly trying to resolve with Prehm Ranch. It saddens us that this has caused dissension in our neighborhood. We are having to dip into our pockets to finance a battle which we believe is not ours. We can’t help but feel anger towards the county for what we feel is their lack of responsibility.


Mike and Simone Hiller


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