A new home for mobile homes
(This letter was originally addressed to the Basalt Town Council.)Dear Editor:I am a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley for 28 years, a resident of the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park for 21 years and the owner of Tailwaggers Grooming Shop in Aspen for 19 years. I exist in this valley because I have affordable housing in my park which keeps me nearer to the city that has supported me for all these years. The people in our mobile home park can give the same stories. We are an impactive part of the working community.Your surveys have deemed our living area a flood plane and flood zone and that we are in danger of natures repercussions. That we need to move, sooner than later. Our mobile home park has a very unique position in that it is in Pitkin County and surrounded on all sides by the town of Basalt, but we are not incorporated into the Town of Basalt. We get no voting rights in any say about what is to befall us. But we are 51 families that live and support the town of Basalt, and if we were not here, you would feel the loss.David Fiore, the owner of our park, owns 25 acres just outside your Urban Growth Boundary. His position is to develop that area and move our entire population out of harm’s way to our satisfaction. Our mobile home park would be developed into the new entrance to Basalt that would include a 4-acre park along the riverside between the two bridges for all to enjoy.We implore you to exercise the option to loosen the boundaries of Basalt to accommodate this expansion for ourselves and several other needful entities to help us retain our residential status, keep the diversity in the community and finally let us vote in the town that we love so much.Deborah FarrellRoaring Fork Mobile Homeowners AssociationBasalt
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