High drama in little Basalt | AspenTimes.com

High drama in little Basalt

As a kid, one of my favorite TV shows to watch after school was "The Three Stooges" — mindless buffoonery.

"Dallas" was another TV show not so much about buffoonery, but where deception and payoffs ripped off both big and small with a swagger.

In Basalt, there is a full cast of paid engineers, planners, advisory boards and architects who have played varying roles in bringing confusion to the town. Carrots dangling with the gravy train still running.

Today, some of these what I call "developer paid moles" are advising the council to delay completing the final design for the town-owned, 2-acre river parcel until the town approves a development proposal for the privately owned parcel that the taxpayers have already invested over $5 million in and around.

You get what you tolerate, Basalt. If the council had any spine, they would stop playing their roles as helpless developer patsies and finish the area they now own to serve the public and make the developer design around what best serves the public rather than allowing the park design and completion to be driven by the development consortium's private profit motives.

Mark Kwiecienski

Basalt