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Four Mile annexation would burden city

Hal Sundin
Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The city manager has just announced that watering restrictions, which may become more severe if the drought continues, are necessary because the city does not have enough water to meet the demands of its current customers. Two days later the city’s planning and zoning commission voted 5-2 to recommend expansion of the city’s urban growth boundaries to include the development formerly known as Four Mile Ranch, and to increase the allowed number of building sites from 58 to 149.

The primary beneficiary of this largess would be MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma, which took over the Four Mile Ranch development when the promoters defaulted on their loan. The question is why the city of Glenwood Springs should feel any obligation to help MidFirst pull its chestnuts out of the fire by allowing more intensive development of this parcel.

That would increase the burden on the city’s water supply, which is unable to keep up with the demands of the present users. This decision also sets a bad precedent for developers of other properties along Four Mile Road, who will certainly ask for approval of similar densities.

Please contact your city council members and ask them to place the interests of the residents they were elected to represent ahead of the interests of an out-of-state financial institution which made a bad business decision.

Hal Sundin

Glenwood Springs


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