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An invitation from the mayor

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the city of Aspen and the Aspen City Council, I want to personally invite all residents to attend one of the small focus groups the city is hosting from June 19-23, and June 26-30.

We want to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions. The issues you choose and your perspectives on them will provide the agenda for the large town meeting at the Hotel Jerome on July 19. Aspen is your community. We want to know how you want Aspen to look, feel and function. Your participation is vital to shaping Aspen for today and for the future.



The planning for these community meetings has been ongoing for several months. It is only by coincidence that they are running simultaneously with the moratorium. Although unintended as part of the process during the moratorium, the information we receive will be valuable to the issues city council will discuss during the moratorium. In no way will these community meetings delay the work city council must accomplish in a short period of time.

I am sorry the Aspen Times editorial (June 14) took the position that City Council should listen to only one point of view ” a point of view The Aspen Times supports. I would think the Times would support the city’s efforts to maximize public input. The city’s interest is to hear all points of view. One can never assume the most vocal represent the majority, and one can never assume that silence is agreement.




We look forward to your participation and your ideas. Please contact Mitzi Rapkin at 920-5082 or e-mail: mitzir@ci.aspen.co.us.

Helen Kalin Klanderud

Mayor, Aspen


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