Letter: We know what’s best
Dear Aspen City Council,
Having now lived almost as long in Carbondale as in Aspen (23 versus 25 years, respectively) and having spent many hours of my life in Aspen’s City Hall, as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Open Space Board and as a city councilman, and having up until now restrained myself from entering the fray over whether to keep City Hall in its current location in the old Armory or to build a new City Hall building, I find I must now speak up and join Art Daily, Ann Mullins, Tony Vagneur and Roger Marolt in their mutual agreement that the old Armory should be restored to its former use and glory and a new City Hall should be built on or adjacent to the Rio Grande property.
I do this now because I think I have a lot of credibility when it comes to knowing how to make decisions about Aspen’s future. In the past, as both an appointed and an elected official, I think I helped make many decisions that turned out to be very good. To name but a few, I participated in the following: establishment of view planes and height limits, purchase of the Rio Grande property from Jim Trueman, purchase of Rubey Park, starting the first bus system, and establishment of the mall and the first Open Space Board. Outside Aspen’s city limits, I worked long and successfully for the purchase of privately owned Hunter Creek by the U.S. Forest Service. All of these things have turned out to be good for Aspen.
So, that’s it! Art, Ann, Tony, Roger and now me, we all say: We know what is best for Aspen. Stop your visionless quibbling, restore the Armory to its former historical use, and build a new City Hall in another location!
Finally, let me repeat myself: “No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back!”
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