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Dear Editor,I am sick to death of all the talk about “misinformation circulating about Carbondale candidates” that is coming from the folks supporting Scott Chaplin and Russ Criswell. There is no misinformation. Forming an Economic Roadmap Group (RMG) was a great idea. The plan resulting from all their hard work was a set of recommendations intended to help the town decide our future direction. So far? So good. The plan includes many elements; one relates to building square footage size. In the beginning, the RMG recommended a soft-cap of 60,000 square feet. There was mutual agreement from the town, the developer of the Crystal River Marketplace property, and the Economic Roadmap Group to work together to come up with an equitable solution for that property, based upon the RMG recommendations. All seemed good, but this is where sides begin to form? All of a sudden, the RMG decided they didn’t want a “soft-cap” and stated that their recommendation was a “hard-cap” of 60,000 square feet for building size. Changing the direction like that was just plain wrong. What happened to the open working relationship? It seems like certain members of the RMG had no intention of open discussion with the developer and decided to throw a curveball with the hard cap as a way to discourage the developer. As this curveball began to fly, John Foulkrod, Stacey Patch Bernot, and Michael Hassig all questioned the sudden change and continued to stress the importance of staying on task and maintaining an open and transparent dialogue. What’s wrong with that?I urge you to re-elect Michael Hassig as mayor and John Foulkrod and Stacey Patch Bernot as town trustees. Vote for Barry Maggert for the final trustee seat. They all support open and transparent dialogue. We must remain open as we move forward deciding Carbondale’s future.Bev RainesCarbondale resident and landlord

Dear Editor,Vote for small-town character in Basalt and Carbondale – to me, this means determining an acceptable growth rate, and then finding innovative ways to ensure we stick to it. When the Basalt Planning and Zoning commission worked on its 1999 Master plan, I was of the minority opinion that we should set a growth rate limit (e.g., 3 percent per year). Also, I was a strong advocate of the goal to preserve the last remaining ranches, which boarder Basalt, Willits, and El Jebel, and to reward the families that shepherded these ranches for generations. I regret to say these goals were not met in the six years that I participated as a public official. I am pleased that there are strong candidates to help realize these and other goals that could lead to sustainability before our laissez-faire growth rates result in the midvalley and Carbondale doubling in the next 10 years with sprawl and big-box that doesn’t pay its way.Jon Fox-RubinBasalt


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