Glenwood Springs election and issues letters
Bershenyi supports Arensman
I would like to encourage the voters in Ward 1 to make sure to exercise their right to vote. I am further encouraging all of you to vote for Russ Arensman for city council for Ward 1.
I have known Russ for over 10 years and had the privilege of serving with him on City Council for two years. Russ has always impressed me with his intellect, his insight, and his leadership. He is hard-working and is always prepared, which is no easy task when faced with several hundred pages of information to digest from the Friday before a Thursday council meeting.
The issues we face are critical to Glenwood Springs and to its future. The leadership and ability to work collaboratively that Russ will bring to council will be invaluable to the city and its citizens. Electing Russ to serve once again as the Ward 1 representative on City Council gives the citizens of Ward 1 and of Glenwood a city councilman who will listen to their concerns and serve their interests.
I urge the voters in Ward 1 to vote for Russ Arensman to serve as their city councilman.
Trauger offers real leadership
In the last few months I have gotten to know more about Kathryn Trauger; I have listened to her on many occasions talk about her experiences and what she stands for. Today I took the opportunity to reread the “Our View” column (March 17, 2015) of the paper’s support of council representatives.
I totally concur with the paper, she is a vocal champion, a voice of reason and absolutely practices what she preaches — this is called integrity. However, I choose to look at the “co-opting” concerns differently than the paper does. I believe, as a council member she will bring the knowledge and details from her many hours as a committee member to the next level of application of decision-making at the council level.
She does not have to study and restudy things she already knows. I view her understanding of the details as an asset in knowing the nuances of how the city works. She knows it is time to, and I am convinced she will, move Glenwood Springs forward in a decisive manner and to a brighter future. This is called real leadership.
Vote for Glenwood Springs by electing Kathryn Trauger on April 7.
Lucky that Davis is running
In a year when Glenwood Springs is fortunate to have good people running for contested City Council seats, my pick is Steve Davis. As an owner of Summit Canyon Mountaineering and other businesses, Steve spent many years in the heart of downtown at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. In his construction business, he has spent months remodeling homes in every part of town.
He has spent much of his life floating rivers and traveling around the U.S. and the world. Whatever he’s doing, Steve is always observing, always thinking about to make things work better and look better. Fortunately for us who live here, Steve is now focusing his knowledge and experiences on how to move Glenwood Springs forward.
He understands that protecting and providing access to our rivers, reducing traffic impacts, trail systems, open spaces and a thriving downtown are not only amenities for us who live here, they are economic development tools for attracting the next generation of workers and businesses. Steve works hard, thinks long-term and listens — qualities that will serve us well. Please vote for Steve Davis.
Land swap is good for city
A recent Glenwood election article refers to the city’s request for voter permission authorizing a transfer of land. We consider the proposed swap a win-win for us and for Glenwood residents, but the article creates unnecessary concern. It quotes only Mayor McKinney, the single council member opposed. He is also one of the few members who did not accept our invitation to inspect the properties.
The article mentions our proposal to swap “a piece of land nearer to the street intersection…” In fact, the offered parcel fronts South Grand Avenue, right next to the 23rd Street intersection. If the city obtains the land via a trade instead of a sale, a 23rd Street reconfiguration can be achieved at a much lower cost.
John Stroud’s article implies that we are asking for riverfront property. In fact, we already own land between the river and the possible conveyance. The parcel sits in the lowest-lying corner of the city property, next to our house and including a steep drainage area. I wouldn’t blame a reader for thinking we expected the entire parcel in exchange for one-third acre. Instead, we are hoping to avoid eventual costly negotiations by seeking a fair-value trade that costs Glenwood citizens no land that the public currently uses and allows planning for a safer intersection. We hope readers see past the confusion in the article.
If we vote yes, the city can negotiate, but no council will be obligated to complete a deal. Considering that Mayor McKinney’s initial vote in September was a “yes,” we’re not sure why his solo reservation should be heeded.
Don and Angie Parkison
Trauger’s thoughtful approach
I met Kathryn Trauger two years ago at the Glenwood Springs Community Development Academy. The impression I have gained of Kathryn is that she is a quiet, thoughtful leader. She leads not by talking louder and longer than others, but from a deliberate, thoughtful approach. She always does her homework to learn the facts and she respectfully listens to others’ opinions.
Kathryn has served on many community committees and has chaired the P&Z committee. This shows me that she works well with others and is respected. Let’s see that this diligent community member represents us on City Council. Please vote for Kathryn Trauger for your At-Large representative.
Great experiences with Davis
We have known Steve Davis well for the last 11 years. We patronized Summit Canyon where we witnessed his philosophy of customer service first-hand. Five years ago he and his son, Ryan, were responsible for a home remodel project for us. We found he lived up to his promises to get the project completed on-time and on-budget. He showed a great deal of business integrity in completing our project.
Based on our experience, we believe he will make a great council member — as in his business, he brings integrity, well thought-out solutions to complex problems and he is a doer not a talker. Given the complexity of the problems facing the City of Glenwood Springs these attributes are exactly what is needed on council to move the city forward on the right path.
Electing Steve will help promote an expeditious planning and debating process by putting sound real-world options forward for consideration by the council. Steve goes beyond the drawing board and gets projects built. Special interests do not color Steve’s decisions. Based on how Steve conducts his business and satisfies his clients there is no one better to come up to speed in the critical projects facing Glenwood. Talk is cheap, action is rare.
We need fresh ideas by a committed council member who will discuss challenges, execute decisions and get projects built in a timely fashion — we urge Ward 1 voters to place your confidence in Steve by electing him to City Council April 7.
Suzanne Stewart, Dave Winsor
Accustomed to congestion
“We agree … that unless and until a majority of residents is clearly behind one doable route, it’s not worth the cost of the necessary environmental impact study.”
— Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Tuesday, March 15, 2015
What Floyd Diemoz and others did in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s was not just to advocate highway engineering techniques that would do the least damage to Glenwood Canyon, but also to save Grand Avenue, or some other favorite Glenwood Springs thoroughfare, from the ignominious fate of serving as a four-lane blacktop for I-70. Prior to ’68, Cottonwood Pass, the Flattops Wilderness Area and Glenwood Canyon were all I-70 alternatives. The Cottonwood Pass alternative would have put I-70 right through Glenwood Springs.
Now, the Post Independent suggests the time has come to relegate the idea of a Highway 82 bypass to the past for lack of route consensus. I’ve read this same sentiment in some of the City Council candidate profiles published recently.
Have we grown so accustomed to the reality of traffic congestion on Grand Avenue that we now accept it as a fact of life here? If so, one way we can look upon the past 50 years is as an absence of the visionary leadership necessary to make Grand Avenue more than the de facto “doable route.”
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