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Tired of Aspen City Hall’s attacks

Dear Editor:

A very interesting article on the hydro question appeared Oct. 21 in The Aspen Times (“Got a crystal ball?”).

Two items pop out: Do you trust that the city is correct?

Mick’s philosophy: “If you don’t like the message, shoot the messenger.”

The way that Mick has tried to vilify people like Ken Neubecker, an honorable man who cares about the streams, is pathetic. It’s no wonder that many people don’t speak out publicly.

And according to a June 4 article in the Aspen Daily News, “Aspen City Manager Steve Barwick remembers warning members of the Aspen City Council in an executive session on Feb. 9, 2010 about what would happen if they repurposed a 42-inch pipeline between Thomas Reservoir and a proposed hydropower site on Lower Castle Creek as an emergency drainline first and a penstock second. What we said to City Council was, ‘In making your decision here we understand there is going to be public controversy about this, because now you are moving from a penstock to an emergency drainline,’ Barwick said. ‘Some people are going to be confused and you’re probably going to get some accusations related to this.'”

Barwick was right.

A second point in the Daily News article came when Phil Overeynder, the city’s utility director at the time, claimed that the state required the emergency pipeline. However, (quoting the article) “It is not a safety feature that we required,” said Bill McCormick, the chief of dam safety at the Colorado Division of Water Resources.

The second point of the Times article was if you want to raise the ire of Mayor Ireland.

Between all the lies from City Hall and Mick’s personal attacks, it’s no wonder that citizens are upset.

After all the lies, the huge cost overruns with no end in sight and no guarantees of stream protections, it’s time for the voters to say “no” on Referendum 2C.

Charles Hopton


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