Gillespie: Promises were kept
I have a working relationship with the citizens, the county, the city staff and the Colorado Department of Transportation, which has paid off in getting things done.
You can ask anyone that I have worked with that once I get on a project, I don’t let go until it’s finished or is well on its way to being finished, i.e., relocation of Highway 82.
My initial goals were to better inform the public on current projects and future city plans, along with solving traffic problems. This was accomplished by televising the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings and communicating to the citizens personally the city’s plans.
Second, the purchasing of property needed for the right-of-way to relocate Highway 82 was a huge step to convincing CDOT of our intentions.
The certificates of participation (COPs) is not about whether you play golf or even like golf. It’s about the best way to finance a business investment and was recommended by the city’s Financial Advisory Board.
Our citizens and tourists have a huge appetite for recreational needs and the COPs is the way to get them (pool, kayak park, golf course) built in a reasonable time at the lowest cost.
In the future, golf will be a means by which we can help finance these needs without pulling from the general fund. This will truly be an investment, like the landfill and the Electrical Department, that will make the city even stronger financially in the future.
Remember the golf course is not a “done deal” until the figures come in to justify the building of the golf course. We should go on with the other needs whether the golf course can be built or not. The driving range alone would be a revenue stream for the city.
Just because I don’t always agree with someone, I do listen and consider your comments.
The next few years will be a crucial time for the city. Many projects are just starting or will be starting and they will need my experience as a councilman and member of several commissions to make decisions based on your needs.
I have always brought common sense and the needs of the citizens to the table. It has been my pleasure to serve you these past four years, and I am ready to serve you another four years.
Please vote for me, Don Gillespie, your council member at-large.
– Don Gillespie is a candidate for the At Large seat on the Glenwood Springs City Council.
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