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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I would like to thank the Glenwood Springs City Council for not accepting the initial designs of the new library building and the city’s new parking garage. The applicants argued that both the Historic Preservation Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the projects, and according to Amelia Shelley, this delay would cost additional tax dollars.

Yes the two boards did approve the project, but not without some members stating their concerns that the designs did not follow the city’s historical designs for the downtown and that council had already express its desire that the buildings have historical features in their designs.

First of all, I felt both boards were pressured by the applicants that they had to pass the designs before them or face the possibility of the projects being delayed or not being done at all.

Secondly as for as the delay costing the taxpayers more money; I would much rather spend the extra time and money to get it right, not forgetting the city has thrown in $1.6 million towards the library project already.

It was very disappointing to have the applicants (locals except for the architect) back a design that was more in line with something you would see in Aurora than in historical downtown Glenwood Springs.

My thanks to Councilmen Todd Leahy, Mike Gamba and Leo McKinney (along with the mayor’s guidance) and the reluctant applicants for making sure that we would not have a building in our historic downtown for the next 100-plus years that we would have regretted.

Don “Hooner” Gillespie

Glenwood Springs

The candidates for the Carbondale Board of Trustees showed their true colors at the candidate forum Monday night. Pam Zentmyer, John Hoffmann and Allyn Harvey all expressed their willingness to do the work, listen to the people, be aware of the issues, and represent us on the board.

All had informed opinions on keeping our water, air and quality of life intact by fighting against drilling in the Thompson Divide area. All had thoughtful and imaginative ideas of how to move Carbondale along our path to being the vibrant, unique and progressive place we want it to be and to live in.

All showed they understand what most of us want by having voted against the Village at Crystal River. They understood that Carbondale is a small town, and can and should grow to be the best small town anywhere.

There is a clear choice in philosophy among the candidates, and we should vote for Harvey, Hoffmann and Zentmyer.

Three candidates showed themselves to be stuck in the past. Lamont, Esquibel and Cunningham all showed how out of touch they are by admitting to voting for the big, out-of-area developer’s vision for us, called VCR. They did not even have opinions on the massive gas development on our watershed. Where have they been? Why do they think they can represent us?

This is a critical election. This board will be dealing with a comprehensive plan approval and subsequent zoning changes that will guide our future. Vote for those who understand Carbondale and what we value. Ms. Zentmyer is a native of Carbondale, Mr. Hoffmann has lived here 40-plus years, Mr. Harvey was raised in the valley. All have their minds, their hearts and their roots here. They understand Carbondale.

Please join me and vote for Pam Zentmyer, John Hoffmann and Allyn Harvey for the Carbondale Board of Trustees.

Russell Criswell


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