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Letter: Not a candidate for Snowmass Water and Sanitation District board

I was surprised to see the board as well as The Aspen Times mention my name as a potential candidate for the open seat on the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District board. I apologize for talking it for granted that by not submitting a letter of application nor showing up for the last meeting I still might have been under consideration.

Though I had expressed an interest in the appointment due to my affinity for public service and a desire to contribute, I decided not to apply for the following reasons, all of which are equally important.

1) Family responsibilities and concerns. Aging parents as well as their ill health will require more than our typical visit once a year. Timing of these visits is unknown. This decision was made after I had expressed an interest in the appointment.

2) The on-and-off return of the hip problem that forced me to retire at age 68 from my property management business helped me decide that I do not need to sit in meetings, some of which can be rather long.

3) After a "bunch" of years being on boards at four different levels of local government, I think it is time to let others step up and represent our community interests. I have done my part, thanks to the support of so many of you in the community.

Additionally, I have a clarification for The Aspen Times article: I actually negotiated the purchase, not the use of Ziegler Reservoir. Though I take an appropriate amount of credit, as negotiator for this important, long-term investment in our communities infrastructure, which also resulted in the discovery of the "mammoth dig," I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that this would not have been accomplished without the technical advice of Kit Hamby, our then- and current district manager, and Bob Trout, outside legal counsel, who provided the advice and structure necessary to make the purchase possible. Also, mention must be made and thanks given to Peter Ziegler and the Ziegler family for their willingness to work through the long and complex process required to consummate the purchase. I state this because the others mentioned above have not been publicly recognized.

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Jack Hatfield

Snowmass Village

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