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Stillwater still hanging on

SILT – Things went favorably for Stillwater Ranch developer Dennis Carruth when town trustees recently opted to revise the agreements with the project instead of revoke them.In a meeting held in July, trustees voted to revoke the PUD for the long-awaited Stillwater Ranch, saying the developers had defaulted on the existing plats and requesting that they start over.Carruth, a principal of SWD, LLC asked that the revocation be lifted as it was hindering his ability to obtain financing.On Monday, Sept. 11, the board passed a resolution amending the agreements, including the PUD, special districts and the Intergovernmental Agreement, instead of revoking them.However, Mayor Dave Moore was not happy with the outcome of the meeting and said he believes the special districts should be dissolved.”Districts to me are designed to provide services that otherwise or could not be and should not be provided by the developer,” Moore read in a statement at the meeting. “I don’t want a special district of any kind in the PUD unless it can be proven without a shadow of a doubt that it is needed. And the only need that I see is the need for Mr. Carruth to be assisted in the expense of doing business in the town of Silt without paying for it or sharing the expenses.”Moore has said repeatedly that the newly proposed agreements do not reflect what the voters approved in a special election in 1996. The master plan for the 1,472-acre subdivision included 1,198 single-family dwelling units and 162 townhome and condominium units. Two golf courses, hiking and equestrian trails, a community center, swimming pool and some commercial development were also part of the project.Carruth has maintained that the plans are still the same.In recent months town staff has been working with Carruth to hammer out the differences and move the project forward, actions which Moore commended, but pointed out it had been 11 years now since the subdivision was approved.”We want your PUD in Silt, but it has been 11 years and the dancing and music have ceased and now the curtains are opening and you are on center stage,” Moore said. “We are the audience waiting for the performance that you promised us 11 years ago and that is none other than the Stillwater PUD. Eleven years and the show has finally arrived – we hope.”According to Aluise, SWD, LLC has until December 7, 2006 to reach a final contract with Valley Farms Inc, of Texas, which owns the property for the subdivision south of the Colorado River. After that, the developers have one year to begin construction on the project.”This is an either/or situation,” Aluise said. “But we’re working very diligently. They’re working hard on their end and we’re working hard on our end.”


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