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Letter: Tired of Martin’s disdain toward City Council

Gerry VanderBeek
Glenwood Springs

Remember the movie line I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore”? That is exactly how I feel after taking in John Martin’s latest bout of hectoring and lecturing GWS City Council on a purported lack of due diligence on the planned move of the FedEx distribution center to the Glenwood Springs airport.

Especially grating is his cavalier attitude toward the severe traffic impacts on South Midland Avenue and the inconveniences to the residents of South Glenwood, not to mention the daily student, teacher and parent commutes to and from Sopris Elementary School. But wait: To add insult to injury, the BOCC has offered a laughable pittance of $600,000 as mitigation for required improvements of Midland and Airport roads. This penny-pinching is even more galling considering the county’s multimillion-dollar improvement bonanza of questionable utility on Four Mile Road at Deadman’s Curve.

His disdain and arrogance toward City Council and the community of Glenwood Springs are all the more vexing since Mr. Martin has enjoyed the services and generous amenities of living in our city for several decades.

My hope is that City Council will vigorously oppose the county’s decision on this FedEx move and that in two years’ time the voters will dispatch the commissioner to his overdue retirement after his 16 year reign as unofficial czar of the Garfield BOCC.


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