Midvalley secession gets focus
The grass-roots committee on Eagle County boundaries will have an open meeting for the public on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Basalt High School Recreation House.
The committee is made up of some 15 citizens who either want to see the midvalley secede from Eagle County and join either Garfield or Pitkin counties; or create a county of its own. Another option under discussion is to forge a better relationship with Eagle County commissioners.
The secession idea arose out of concerns that Eagle County government, based in the town of Eagle, is not responsive to the needs of the people who live in the small sliver of the county in the Roaring Fork Valley. Some complain midvalley constituents are not being heard, others say Eagle County doesn’t share the philosophical land-use and development views held by residents in Basalt, El Jebel and surrounding areas.
“I’ve heard people fully expect this all to fizzle away,” said John Freeman of Basalt, the grass-roots committee’s newly appointed chairman.
But the committee’s last meeting indicates that, if anything, the topic is sizzling, Freeman said. Many different points of view were tossed on the table, he said.
Wednesday’s meeting will concentrate on creation of a mission statement, as well as establishing a formal name for the committee. There will also be formation of additional subcommittees, and an invitation to the public to join the grass-roots effort.
In addition, data from Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle counties will be presented regarding registered voter populations; county taxes and fees; county services and expenses; and land and roads – both public and private. Philosophical views on land use will also get discussion.
Basalt town trustee Steve Solomon will be a guest speaker at the meeting.
The number for the Grassroots Hotline is 920-2285.
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