More popsicles this weekend
Dear Editor:We all love stories, especially if they are filled with “f… off” freedom of speech issues. The expression used by City Council candidate DeVilbiss was said to me first thing in the morning as we were preparing to set up for the burger and popsicle Burlingame picnic. Ranch manager Roger Hollowell did not even arrive for popsicles until several hours after this incident occurred. It happened after I politely invited DeVilbiss, Frank Peters, Mick Ireland, Rachel Richards, City Council candidate Marcia Goshorn, and David Guthrie to please come into the Soldner’s yard and share the picnic with us, as our intention was for everyone to check out Deer Hill and the Bar/X Ranch in a community setting before voting on the annexation question of the Bar/X Ranch for major free-market and affordable housing development. I also explained to the HOPE gang that when the demanded permit was bought, it was made very clear “there shall be no parking on county roads” and “there shall be no activity in the construction area of Harmony Road.” As permit holders for the event, we took our commitment seriously and even hired a flagger to ensure the safety of the intersection, where the HOPE group had set up their tent and lawn chairs. When I tried to explain to the group that they were in both prohibited sections and that our flagger could not perform his duties, that is when DeVilbiss exercised his freedom of speech right to tell me to “F… OFF!” Knowing that I would not be able to enforce the conditions of the permit, I called the sheriff to inform them of the situation as the event was held under the Soldner’s insurance policy. To make a long story short, many thanks to the Soldners for their extreme generosity to open their yard for the community so that we could take a look at the proposed land use for the Bar/X Ranch if the land is annexed into the city.For those who were unable to attend last weekend’s great event, this Saturday and Sunday, between 1 and 3 p.m., I would like to invite members of the community to “take a drive in the country” and check out the site. Popsicles will be provided while they last. Please take Highway 82 to the Maroon Creek Club Stage Road entrance. I do apologize to ranch manager Roger Hollowell and others for the nastiness created when they were turned away by the tent and lawn chairs contingency. To those who were able to walk the site, thank you for your support. Toni KronbergAspen
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