Letter: New faces needed for Eagle council
Eagle Ranch, CO Colorado
Times have changed in Eagle. It is now time to be more proactive in Eagle’s future. I think many of the newer candidates that are running, especially those that see the value in our downtown ” and in infill for existing areas ” are better candidates than those that support a large regional shopping center. I am supporting Dave Johnson, Yuri Kostik, and either Chris Boyd or Liz Spetnagel.
Dave has a lot of transit planning experience, which can be very beneficial for our town, and Yuri has working knowledge as a town planner. Chris has been a business owner and has served well on the planning and zoning board. Liz adds a fresh approach being a citizen with no hidden agendas. I have known Roxie Deane for a number of years and hold very high regard for her. She is a great person and cares very deeply about this community. However, when it comes to this year’s town board election, I do not feel that she is the right person for trustee. Roxie indeed has done some great things in the past when she was on the town board and as mayor. She was responsible for being part of many positive things like the Sylvan Lake Park, the pool and ice rink and the new medical center. She also was very vocal about preserving Brush Creek and fighting Adams Rib.
However, Roxie seemed to be part of the mindset years ago that Gateway/Airport shouldn’t have been annexed ” if it had been, this would have been a huge source of revenue for us. Eagle Ranch was supported by her (and other board members) with no “workable” traffic plan in place and most of the current traffic problems that we have today are because of that lack of proper planning. Roxie didn’t like the idea of roundabouts, and now we need even more. Most important, she has said that she does not support revenue sharing with Gypsum. Kraige Kinney has also done some good things being on this past board, but I feel that Roxie’s open support of Eagle River Station and Kraig’s comments about how big boxes pay more than small businesses tend to lean towards their approval of Eagle River Station. Whatever financial problems we may have is total backpedaling due to past mistakes. Eagle River Station or any one big project should not be our salvation. I feel that there are other ways to create smart growth without relying on national retail which is always teetering, especially now. Eagle cannot afford a large-scale regional project for many, many reasons, both aesthetically and financially. Support the candidates that want to find other solutions to making out town prosper while keeping it a place where “small town atmosphere” and “quality of life” are still at the top of the list.
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