I attended the last session of the Chamber of Commerce’s public meeting concerning the bridge and Access Control Plan. I appreciated my opportunity to speak for more time than three minutes.
Ed Rosenberg outlined the problems with the bridge and traffic plan and its solution. Especially the pedestrian aspects. It was the most concise and eloquent opinion that I’ve ever heard over the years. I hope he will be at the open house at the Community Center Tuesday, April 2, so the rest of the public can listen to his views.
That same evening after having dinner downtown, I drove around Glenwood Springs to see how the restaurants were doing. The Meadows restaurants and the restaurants out of downtown were not busy, while the restaurants along Seventh Street and Grand Avenue were full. People were walking everywhere and coming across our pedestrian bridge. The downtown is healthy and needs only the city and CDOT to increase the pedestrians’ ability to cross our streets without being subservient to Highway 82 traffic.
I urge you to support Steve Bershenyi for Glenwood Springs City Council. Steve has shown outstanding leadership for the city on many important issues. He is an independent thinker, not beholden to special interests, and considers carefully what is best for all of us. Steve’s vision for our town is forward-thinking, and I believe he will help lead Glenwood to a more prosperous future. Let’s keep moving forward: Please join me in voting for Steve Bershenyi. This is an important election – don’t forget to vote.
About Lyle Beattie, candidate for councilman at-large:
Lyle spent his working career for the betterment of his community, as a businessman and civic leader. He worked in concert with other business people through the chamber, in service organizations, and city government. He’s a tireless individual who loves people, personally communicating to encourage, learn or instruct; and on a business level to accomplish tasks or resolve differences.
He (at age 87) received training and authorization by Pima County, Ariz., to mediate legal disputes, helping opponents solve their differences before going through costly litigation. One Glenwood businessman spoke of a meeting he attended back in the ’80s where Lyle was present. The arguments went on for an hour, each side becoming increasingly bitter. After reaching an impasse, Lyle spoke, and in 10 minutes time, the parties were calmed down, understood each other, and could come to a compromise. He is good at seeing the intentions behind arguments, and solutions. His presence in council chambers would be invaluable in these days.
As a businessman, he developed West Sixth Street Its usefulness isn’t disputed today. During one of his two mayoral terms, he and council worked with CDOT to widen Grand – Sayre Park southward – to four lanes. He took considerable flack for the removal of the mature trees that formed a canopy of green over the two-lane road that was South Grand. Nobody today would argue the need for four lanes through there.
Lyle’s a visionary, where it comes to what is right for Glenwood. A consensus being impossible, elected officials must be trusted to act on the city’s behalf, else the state will dictate. As he’s stated, Lyle sees first things first, and applies his full attention to the matters at hand.
Lyle’s a visionary, often before his time. Governor Hickenlooper just praised RFTA for converting its fleet to natural gas. 40-plus years ago, Lyle had the city fleet converted from gasoline to L-P (natural) gas. Cleaner burning, much greater gas mileage. But there was opposition about the inconvenience of filling up over on West Sixth Street.
There’s still time to vote for Lyle.
Kerry B. Smith
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