Vail Daily letter: Minturn Town Council is not accountable |

Vail Daily letter: Minturn Town Council is not accountable

Frank Lorenti
Minturn, CO, Colorado

Well it looks like I am making an impression on trying to hold the 87 percent and Lubert-Adler accountable in Minturn.Let me set the record straight with some facts.

1) I said Ginn never had the water. Ginn and the Minturn council said he did.

Frank was right; they were wrong.

2) I said there were to many outs for Ginn. The council said there were none.

Frank was right; the council was wrong.

We were promised millions the day after the vote if the citizens voted “yes.” Now, almost two years after the “yes” vote, not one penny to the citizens.

3) I said Ginn never had to clean up the Superfund site. The council said he did.

Frank was right; the council was wrong.

Maybe with more dead fish and more political pressure, he will clean up.

4) I said the project was not a viable project, too big.

Frank was right.

Dean Adler has now admitted to not building the two golf courses and reducing ski area and reduce buildings.

5) If the 87 percent had listened to me, years ago, we would have millions of dollars by now with a smaller economically realistic project being built today, controlled by Minturn and environmentally friendly.

6) I am trying to improve Minturn and the opponents that voted for the $180 million fantasy are upset that I never compromised my values and that I told the truth that they did not want to hear.

7) The Minturn council refuses to officially or publicly ask Adler for any money. I know because they have turned me down numerous times when I ask them to.

Ordinance 10 states, “if both parties agree,” we get the money no matter what.

Also, actions speak louder than words, and by not giving us money then Adler’s actions say he is not committed to the Minturn citizen.

8) Here is another option for the Minturn council: Bond around the lawsuit and we can get the money.

Two legal options to get the money and the Minturn council refuses.

9) I said it would be more expensive to live in Minturn. The council said that wasn’t true and they would lower taxes.

Frank was right; the council was wrong.

We have higher property taxes, higher sewer rates, higher water bill. We pay the same water rate but we get 5,000 gallons less water per SFE. So if you need that 5,000 gallons, then your bill will be higher.

I tried to get the council to give us a tax rebate, but they refused, numerous times. Instead, they gave staff bonuses and raises.

10) Minturn needs to build the sewer plant. The sewer plant creates jobs, gives the town free land, keeps our rates low.

The 13 percent, as I have said before, deserve credit for standing with your convictions and voting no.

I am just trying to hold the others accountable.

Personally attacking me, threatening me and spreading vicious rumors about me does not get the citizens any money. Writing letters and putting political pressure on the council and Dean Adler can get us millions of dollars. Redirect your misplaced anger and spend your time and energy to get the money from Adler and improve Minturn.

I would hope there are some of the 87 percent that can now see the truth.

Don Rogers, Vail Daily editor, now says he was against Lubert-Adlers project. Bottom line, we gave Lubert-Adler vested development rights. In exchange he needed to give us money.

Accountability is lacking in today’s world, and in my neck of the world I am trying to change that. See

I will close with some quotes I like:

Frederick Douglass, abolitionist: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

Samuel Adams: “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.”

Frank Lorenti


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