Letter: Minturn’s big chance
As business owners in Minturn, we want to encourage you to vote yes on the Battle Mountain annexation on May 20. This vote presents the citizens of Minturn with a unique opportunity to define the future of our town in a way that strengthens and protects the qualities that make it such a special place.
Your representatives on the Town Council thoroughly weighed the issues related to development over the last four years, and, in exchange for the right to develop the property, they required the developer to protect the well-being of the community as well as provide substantial benefits to the town. The value of those benefits is more than $180 million, which will be used to provide a new water treatment plant, new sidewalks, town parking lots, town hall facilities, employee housing, bike path, recreation center, a community scholarship fund.
The development will also provide annual tax revenue, and the developer has offered to provide ski and golf passes for Minturn residents. These benefits will not be available if citizens reject this annexation, which will also take away the right of Minturn citizens to have a voice concerning the development.
We business owners support the annexation of the Battle Mountain development into the town of Minturn and strongly urge citizens to do the same at the polls. Please make an informed decision and vote.
Jay Raiola, My Mountain Realtor, LLC
Mark Tamberino, Kirby Cosmos Barbeque BarRob Rollins, Colorado Mattress
Al Brown, Chili Willy’s
Rich Wilcox, The Minturn Car Wash
Randy Milhoan, Milhoan Studios
Gerard Heid, Heid Remodeling
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