Letter: Time for public interest over CRMS
CRMS just won’t quit. Last year the school requested for the fourth time that the county “vacate,” or give up ownership of, County Road 106, the near-invisible public road crossing the campus. Again, the planning board and the county commissioners said “no,” and directed the school to sit down with the public and work out an access plan.
Members of the public have again objected to the school’s proposal, both on the basis that giving away public land is a poor practice and that the road serves as a well-used route for bicyclists, pedestrians and runners to link a number of existing trails as well as providing safe passage from the Rio Grande Trail, Satank and the Community School to the residential areas west of 133 in Carbondale. It is also an alternate route for Satank should Dolores Way ever be closed during an emergency.
The school never did meet with neighbors, and now has resorted to illegal and questionably ethical tactics to reach its goal. It has rerouted its entrance and is currently building a large sign and landscaping in the totally invisible right of way. Neighbors have requested that the county halt the work until a May 4 county commission meeting.
CRMS is a valuable part of our community and we appreciate its heritage and its economic role. However, it’s time for this public access to see the light of day and to be kept clear of obstacles. It’s time for signposts at both ends of the trail, including the CRMS entrance, that would show the route of the designated trail and ask users to respect the private property through which it passes, much like the Rio Grande. It’s time for the public interest, not the school with a squad of attorneys and hired guns, to prevail. The road should be on trail maps as a connector. There is no excuse for CRMS to hide or block public land. Period. Please come to the May 4 commission meeting to make your voice heard.
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