Pitkin County appoints new Lenado task force
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Fifteen people, including three representing government, will comprise the reformed Lenado Task Force, which will be assigned to come up with recommendations for travel and parking in the tiny community east of Woody Creek.
The group, renamed the Woody Creek Road Safety Task Group, will include the Pitkin County engineer, a representative of the Sheriff’s Office and a representative of the U.S. Forest Service, and they will each be voting members, Pitkin County commissioners agreed Tuesday.
Commissioners also appointed a mix of Lenado and Woody Creek representatives, plus representatives of the snowmobiling community and backcountry skiing interests. The group will include: Ben Dodge, Christina Holloway, Daniel Delano, Heather Rydell, Linda Luke, Mark Bedell, Ron Baar, William Brown, Clifford Little, Howard Vagneur, Bug Mead and Brandon Cohen.
There were 17 applicants, and facilitator Robert Shultz suggested the group be limited to 12 members, but commissioners opted for 15 instead.
A dozen members would give representatives of government a voting bloc of 25 percent, noted Commissioner Rachel Richards.
“I think what we have before us is heavily overloaded with Lenado people. I don’t think that’s right,” Commissioner Jack Hatfield said.
Richards also argued that Lenado landowners Daniel Delano and Frank Peters both be appointed; the duo have filed a lawsuit against the county over the parking situation in Lenado, where vehicles towing snowmobile trailers often line the road in the wintertime.
Her colleagues were satisfied with appointing only Delano; Peters is actually out of town until the end of April, making his participation a moot point.
The group is expected to hold four meetings. A majority recommendation to commissioners, as well as a minority opinion, may be issued.
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