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Letter: Be the mayor you were elected to be

Be the mayor you were elected to be

I read, with dismay, the article about Mayor Jacque Whitsitt’s objection to the community plan for development along the river in Basalt. The community has worked in a process to express what it desires and what it feels would revitalize Basalt. That is a process, presumably where give-and-take occurs, and no one gets everything they want. Now we are down the road in that process, and the mayor disagrees and wants something completely different? Poor leadership at best; sabotage of her own process at best. I agree we don’t need high-end housing nor employee housing on the river, but that can be negotiated with the developers. Some housing still may be necessary to get the other amenities we want. It feels like the mayor is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Open space, while very important, will not boost the vitality of the town alone. I believe we are preserving plenty, and we need the hotel and other amenities as requested by the community and proposed by the developer. Please reconsider your stance, madame mayor. Be the leader you were elected to be, and facilitate a dialog that represents the majority, not just yours.

Kathy Hegberg


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