Letters to the editor
After reading the letter from Susan Moore about the photos of Kelley Cox and Jim Noelker, I had to agree with and add my name to the list of people who think they do wonderful work. I also cut out a lot of their photos and send them to friends and family.
You are lucky to have them on your staff. We are all lucky.
On April 11, United Way lost a true friend in Gene Park, formerly of Battlement Mesa. In the 1990s, under Gene’s leadership as United Way of Garfield County board chairman, United Way raised many thousands of dollars to benefit those in need. With his unending passion and salesmanship, Gene helped build United Way as an integral part of our local community. We will truly miss him and his enthusiasm.
Gene’s legacy lives on. He asked that donations be made to United Way of Garfield County and YouthZone to commemorate his life of giving. In May, there will be a memorial service and golf tournament honoring Gene Park, hosted by the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce.
Donations in his memory can be sent to United Way of Garfield County, P.O. Box 1406, Rifle CO 81650.
Thank you, Gene! You continue to make this world a little better and brighter! I know you will always be there to guide me at United Way.
of Garfield County
On May 4, the board of the Consolidated Metropolitan District (CMD) in Battlement Mesa will be asking the voters in the district to elect two members to the board to fill vacancies.
In addition, there will be a proposal to ask the voters to approve the removal of the cap on the assessment levied on all property owners for operation of the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.
To my knowledge, as of this date, none of the following actions have been taken regarding this election:
The notice of the election does not include information concerning the ballot question for removing the cap on the assessments.
No information has been published on the candidates for the two positions as to their qualifications for the office.
No information has been published or meetings held to explain why the cap on the assessments should be removed.
If this cap is removed, it is my understanding that the CMD board will have unlimited authority to increase the assessment as they see fit. This will impact not only owner-occupied units but also tenants, since rent usually includes this assessment.
Based on the complete lack of information concerning the implications of removing the cap, I urge all eligible voters to reject the proposal to remove the cap on the assessment.
The old Carbondale City Market site would make it possible to centralize a warehouse, a canning and flash freezing facility, and space for a thrift store.
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