`No’ on Red Feather Ridge signs take flight | PostIndependent.com

`No’ on Red Feather Ridge signs take flight

by Ryan Graff
Special to the Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Some opponents of the proposed Red Feather Ridge development awoke on Monday morning to find their “Vote No” yard signs missing.

Marg Gerbaz, of 904 Palmer Ave., said a sign reading “Stop Red Feather Ridge, Stop Urban Sprawl,” was stolen from behind a five-foot brick wall surrounding her yard.

Gerbaz also reported that similar signs were missing from the yards of two of her neighbors at the corner of 9th and Palmer.

Gerbaz said she imagined that proponents of the development were responsible for the theft. “Are they afraid of losing that badly?” she asked.

The Red Feather Ridge annexation election is set for June 24.

Guy Harrell, a representative of the Oklahoma City bank developing Red Feather Ridge, said the bank was not responsible.

“We don’t need to lower ourselves to something like that,” Harrell said. “It’s one thing to accuse a bank of profiteering, but stealing signs is where we draw the line.”

Gerbaz hadn’t reported the incident to police.

Glenwood Springs police officer Aaron Munch said police received a report of damaged signs in the area.

Red Feather Ridge is a proposed development on 132 acres on the east side of Four Mile Road. The development has been hotly contested since the property was acquired by MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma City when the original developer defaulted on the loan.

Garfield County approved a 58-lot plan, but the bank sought annexation and zoning into the city to boost the density to 149 lots. City Council referred the issue to voters in a special election after opponents cited concerns about losing the rural atmosphere of Four Mile Road, increased traffic, and use of taxpayer money.

Though upset about the theft and trespassing on her property, Gerbaz already has plans to display new, identical signs provided by the anti-Red Feather group, Community Voices for Responsible Growth.

The only difference, Gerbaz said, is that the new signs, “will be higher in the yard. They’ll show better.”

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