City swats gadfly
A regular gadfly at Aspen City Council meetings faces a trespassing charge after allegedly using a city building without permission.Toni Kronberg was allegedly doing some painting for a project in the Rio Grande Plaza meeting room Thursday afternoon when bright-yellow paint leaked onto the room’s carpet, prompting the trespassing allegation from the city.Assistant city manager Ed Sadler told police about the stained carpet and said Kronberg did not have permission to use the meeting room, according to a police report. He also said he has a long list of incidents involving Kronberg and city properties, including telling her to leave the Sister Cities room in City Hall and unauthorized use of the city’s copy machine.Sadler also told police that the city has had to add or change various locks in City Hall because Kronberg was in the building without authorization. When asked about the issue yesterday, Sadler said he would not comment on the specifics of those incidents.”She uses City Hall without authority – that’s as far as I’ll go with the specifics,” he said. “It’s not the first time we’ve had to talk to her about this.” Kronberg couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday. According to the police report, she told police she believes city officials spilled the paint on the floor when they moved her things outside.She also told police she feels like the summons for trespassing is part of an ongoing case of “intimidation and harassment” against her from the city. Kronberg is staunchly against plans to build a visitor center on the corner of Galena and Main streets, saying that the proposal does not include enough parking and could threaten the future of the grassy park plaza next to the Pitkin County Library.During the last month she’s been campaigning actively in favor of repealing the city’s permission to develop the plot of land near the library – including setting up a Halloween display in the plaza that included a number of stuffed animals, a few scarecrows, spider webs in trees and ghosts made out of white sheets. In a letter to The Aspen Times (page 11), Kronberg claims that she easily cleaned up the paint, but Sadler told police he went by the meeting room Friday morning and said the carpet was still stained.Kronberg told police she feels that the trespassing charge is unwarranted since she didn’t do anything criminal, and that she’d like to file harassment charges against Sadler. A police officer told Kronberg to document harassment and intimidation incidents for a report.She is scheduled to appear in municipal court to face the trespassing charge on Nov. 10.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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