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We should question caverns tram project

Gregory Durrett

Dear Editor,

Over the years I have often been critical of Mike Copp’s management of the city and its affairs. So it is only right that I congratulate him on insisting on a review of the Fairy Cave and tramway project.

For a case in point: I was a member of the Planning Commission when the Hot Springs Pool came to us with plans for a water slide. When asked how they were going to provide parking for the additional users, they balked and said there would be no increase in people and their cars, but just an added attraction for their present patrons. When asked by a commission member, “When are you going to take responsibility to the citizens of north Glenwood for your patrons’ cars, which now fill the parking places in front of their homes?” counsel and stockholder Charles Stewart said, “Are you people crazy?” Some additional parking was agreed upon, but years later, walking to my brother’s house last Saturday, Pine, Maple and Laurel streets were packed with automobiles from the pool and cave patrons.

For we residents of the old townsite all this new development means is congestion, noise, loss of our life style, and the tax-burden increase to provide services for the large and increasing numbers of visitors. It is my opinion that the sales taxes from the pool and cave do not balance the cost of services their patrons generate.

As for the cave project, the cave has always been here, the owners are joiners to our community, they have the responsibility to leave us as we were, no increases in our parking problems and as little visible clutter on our hillsides as possible as they pursue the American dream of becoming rich.

Sincerely,

Gregory Durrett

Glenwood Springs


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