Byers Peak annexation should be decided by electorate
To the Editor:
Jane Mather and I submitted a petition template to the Town of Fraser this past Thursday to allow for voter review of the recent action of the Fraser Town Trustees to annex the Byers Peak property southwest of Fraser. The request to schedule this election was a very difficult decision for me to make. I mean absolutely no disrespect to our current Board, but rather believe strongly a decision which will affect town resident’s pocketbooks and quality of life for the next 35 years needs to be reviewed by town citizens.
The template for the petition should be returned to us by Thursday, June 27. At least 50 signatures must be obtained before a July 6 deadline. If you are a registered town elector (not just a town property owner) with an interest in this issue, please contact me by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. By signing a petition you are not expressing an opinion as to the development, you are agreeing this question is important enough to warrant being decided by town voters. Background information can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/FraserFRD. You can call me at 726-4099, or Jane at 720-201-4487. Jane and I do have printed information available.
There are many reasons we have decided to take this important step. Many are based on the process, which saw the public given several chances to express their opinions in public sessions held before the developer and the town provided their input. Following these two important sessions, the public was not given the chance to respond to the case provided by the Town trustees and the developer. The public was not given an opportunity to discuss this important issue with our representatives, even though there is case law saying we should have been able to have these conversations.
It is important to note that neither Jane or I oppose this annexation. We both believe, along with many other citizens, many aspects of the development are flawed. Most importantly, granting what constitutes a no bid contract for $4.5 million in town fee credits for the construction of a pond is not a good way to protect town taxpayers.
One other example bears examination before a full review is considered during the time leading up to an election. Several times town staff made the point our regional sewer plant is more than able to serve 2,000 new taps in the annexation. In fact, this past April the plant was operating at close to full capacity because of “infiltration”. Simply put - spring run-off floods Winter Park and Fraser’s antiquated clay sewer lines with cold water every spring. Cold water hampers the natural processes which allow our plant to function. If this continues we will be faced with higher utility bills to expand our plant and/or fix our infrastructure even without the addition of 2,000 new sewer taps. Infiltration has been a major problem every spring.
If you are a registered town voter, please consider signing the petition which will allow this important issue to be reviewed by town residents.