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Differences separate candidates

Dear Editor:

With two highly qualified candidates for Basalt’s mayor, it comes down to differences. After six years on the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission, watching both Jacque Whitsitt and Glenn Rappaport, I come down with both feet in Jacque’s camp.

Small-town-character differences: Jacque has approved many worthy projects but rejected or recast those that didn’t fit the size, scale, massing and feel of a small town. Glenn’s conception of what fits small-town character seems grandly out of character. He approved a proposed 85,000-square-foot housing complex for the Whole Foods site, whereas she opposed it as too massive.

Building-design-oversight differences: Jacque asks for building-design improvements to fit the “feel” of Basalt. Glenn, despite being a well-regarded architect, almost always has taken a strangely “hands-off” approach. I was disappointed when he declined to request the redesign of the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s River Center. He said, “To say that a building is too big or too little, or weighs too much or doesn’t weigh enough, or is blue or yellow or green – I don’t want to be that guy.” After the River Center redesign was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the council, a Roaring Fork Conservancy trustee told me that the board was very pleased with the redesign for better public use.

Leadership differences: Jacque listens and treats others like a colleague. I find that Glenn tends to lecture to people. Jacque’s style is more efficient and allows for more open communication.

Hopefully both candidates will continue their involvement in our community, whoever wins. But I’m voting for Jacque.

Bernie Grauer


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