Important meeting |

Important meeting

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, there will be a general meeting of the Pitkin County Crystal River Caucus at the Redstone Inn to present a proposed Master Plan as created by the Caucus Task Force.

As recommended by the Board of Directors a second meeting is scheduled for July 17 for further debate, discussion and vote. Some task force members feel that one meeting is sufficient to discuss it and vote. Others and I strongly disagree.

Any project that has taken this long and had this much discussion deserves informed and thoughtful consideration by the Caucus. This Master Plan will guide the future development in the Crystal River drainage.

A survey of the community was done in April 2001, the results to be used as a guide in writing the plan. The Core Values, Goals and Objectives were adopted easily with little rancor and good give and take and compromise. The Implementing Measures, however were very contentious (as is often said – the Devil is in the details). This project has taken almost three years to complete, resulting in many people dropping out along the way.

The task force was constituted in such a way that any caucus member attending a meeting was part of the task force and able to vote on whatever was being considered (even if it was the only meeting that individual attended) and too often people were recruited to attend specific meetings for specific votes.

Although the plan as it will be presented at the July 10 meeting was adopted by a task force vote, it was far from unanimous. I strongly urge all residents of the caucus to attend this meeting, ask questions, and take time to consider if they want to approve it as presented in full or part, or amend or even reject the proposal.

Copies of the plan are available for reading at the Gordon Cooper Library, Redstone Inn, Redstone General Store and Avalanche Ranch or at An e-mail copy can be obtained from or

If you care about the future of our beautiful valley take the time to read the survey in Volume 1 and the proposals in Volume 2 and make up your own mind. Then attend the meetings; speak your mind and vote. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!

Lee Beck


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