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Note to Basalt: Chill out!

Last Wednesday, Basalt Councilwoman Anne Freedman took a nearly unheard of step for an elected official by suggesting the recall of other elected officials ” the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District’s board of directors.

It was indeed nearly unheard of and, in this case, uncalled for.

We don’t want to criticize an elected official for showing backbone ” something all too rarely displayed in the world of politics. But in this case Freedman’s frustration caused her to overreact.



The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District was extremely popular with voters, who overwhelmingly created it and a board of directors in November 2002. Residents of the midvalley obviously want to see a park and athletic facilities as quickly as possible ” the Crown Mountain board members included.

But the project must be done right. While it has taken more time than some may have expected, we believe the Crown Mountain board is working hard to get it right.



Basalt officials (and there are others in addition to Freedman) want to see Crown Mountain work more diligently on Basalt’s pet project ” the takeover of the town’s recreation programs. Crown Mountain’s board has agreed to that step philosophically, and there are no indications that philosophy has changed.

Basalt officials need to relax and let the Crown Mountain board finish its most important task ” planning for what should be a great park that serves the entire midvalley. Contrary to what some Basalt folks in and out of government believe these days, the midvalley doesn’t always revolve around Basalt.


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