Perhaps council, City Hall and CDOT have mismatched the EA for the unmentioned bridge plan for the required EIS for the proposed bridge plan. In every CDOT plan, there is also a second proposal: no change, just repair the existing bridge.
Read the NEPA laws and there is a rush to shortcut the NEPA process with an EA, not an EIS. The change of the bridge configuration and the relocation of the traffic lanes to and from the proposed bridge demand the EIS. One of the pluses of an EIS is the study of the economic impact to Grand Avenue and Garfield County buildings if the oversized bridge is built.
The results could be downturn of businesses on Grand Avenue, perhaps loss of retail and restaurant tenants and increase of smoke shops and tattoo parlors. That will affect our family tourism business in retail sales, and in turn, affect city and county revenues by devalued property taxes.
Glenwood Springs is finally beginning to have positive growth again, and somehow the council has been charmed by CDOT to make CDOT happy, not represent the residents and taxpayers who elected them into office. They are ignoring all of the work that has been done for the last three to four decades to build an alternate route by previous city councils.
As SH82 is a regional issue, and regional and state CDOT has only a "one-way" listening capacity, can Citizens to Save Grand Avenue get some assistance to have an intra-valley meeting?
We would be inviting the regional US DOT representative (I-70 ownership initiated this bridge process) to explain how DOT envisions the process of all bridge repairs or changes over I-70 to our state and federal representatives, Garfield BOCC, Eagle BOCC, Pitkin County BOCC and even CDOT's Don Hall. The goal is to discuss regional accesses to the Roaring Fork Valley with an EIS possibly moving SH82 off of Grand Avenue. At a later date, consider utilizing SH133 connecting south for another commercial traffic route into the Roaring Fork Valley.
The so-called immigration reform is not only going to hurt citizen workers, it will ensure that the 11-15 million illegals "living in the shadows" will continue being paid a nonliving wage.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its members in Aspen and Glenwood Springs endorse importing 200,000 low skilled workers annually. With real unemployment way north of 10 percent, the fat cats in Aspen and everywhere else want to flood an already saturated labor market.
And the low-end earners won't be the only ones getting bent over. Oh no, they're going to hand out a multitude of green cards to highly skilled workers too. So now you college grads with the humongous outstanding loans can look forward to cheap foreign competition also.
I for one am sick and tired of the American worker getting screwed by smiling sycophants in Washington. When the Chambers of Commerce say they can't find American citizens for their jobs it's because they offer substandard pay and working conditions that only Third World escapees will tolerate.
Aspen is a perfect example of this greed-driven class warfare. Upvalley gets cheap illegal labor at scab prices while downvalley gets to educate their anchor babies.
The bottom line is both legal and illegal workers are being screwed by the US Chamber of Commerce.