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Great job on concert

Don Lemos
Woody Creek

One hour before the Aspen City Council meeting of Jan. 12, I received a phone call from Mayor Klanderud informing me that the Aspen Skiing Co. was to present a proposal to hold a concert in downtown Aspen that would close several streets.

This street closure would block access to my two parking lots, shutting down my business for two days.

I was not able to attend the meeting, but told Helen that I was “not happy” about this. At the meeting, which I watched on GrassRoots TV, the council suggested that the Skico “work something out with Lemos.”

After many e-mails, many phone conversations, and much time and money spent, this was finally accomplished. I am the owner of one of the lots, and the manager of the other.

To obtain a satisfactory arrangement with the Skico that included alternate parking for my customers, I, the owner of the other lot and his representatives were put through much work and aggravation. Our feeling, however, was that it was for the good of Aspen, and we would rise to the occasion, which we all did.

On Tuesday evening, my wife and I drove to town to see the “Offspring” band. Upon hearing them play, and being part of the positive energy of the crowd, I actually got chills, and it wasn’t from the 15-degree temperature, but from a feeling of excitement.

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This made all the hassles worthwhile, and I want to congratulate the Aspen City Council, the Aspen Skiing Co., and Avalanche Concerts for doing something really positive to bring some vitality back to this fabulous place I call home. Thanks you guys, you did good!

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