November 15, 2006
Dear Governor Elect Ritter,
As Mayors of Western Slope communities, we want to congratulate you on your election as the next Governor of Colorado. This is an exciting time for the State of Colorado and we look forward to working with you to achieve the Colorado Promise.
To this end, we want to encourage you and your transition team to consider a number of issues and characteristics when selecting members of your cabinet, particularly the Directors for the Department of Local Affairs, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Transportation.
As you know the Western Slope of Colorado is one of fastest growing areas of the state. It is currently facing enormous development pressures from oil and gas development as well as residential and commercial development. As Mayors, we have first-hand experience with the impacts this rapid development is having on people, communities, and our public infrastructure (i.e., roads, air quality, housing affordability, and human services).
For Western Slope communities and the State of Colorado to fully benefit from this growth and development, there are a number of critical issues that need the attention of your administration and the Directors for the Department of Local Affairs, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Transportation. Some of these issues include:
To help address these and other issues, we, the mayors of several Western Slope communities recommend that you consider the following characteristics and experience in your choice of Directors for the Department of Local Affairs, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Transportation. We believe these directors should have experience:
Although, you have chosen wisely in your transition team members, because of the scale of the issues facing our region, we want to encourage you to add a Western Slope perspective to your team either in the form of a representative or by talking with us during this transition period.
We look forward to further discussing with you the challenges and opportunities before many Western Slope communities and how state departments can be partners in creating solutions that benefit Western Slope communities as well as all Colorado residents.
We wish you success as you transition toward your role as Governor of Colorado.
Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valley Mayors
This resolution was endorsed
at the Nov. 10th Mayors Meeting. Therefore number 10 was suggested
by the Glenwood Springs City Council and approval by the mayors at their
Feb. 2nd meeting. The resolution has been adopted by
the City and Town Councils of Aspen, Basalt,
Carbondale, De eque, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Snowmass Village,
A resolution of (Local Jurisdiction) in support of a comprehensive statewide energy plan and mitigation of the impacts of oil and gas devElopment:
Whereas, Western Colorado and Garfield County holds significant oil, coal, and natural gas reserves that are currently at the center of extensive exploration, research, drilling, and pipeline construction; and,
Whereas, these natural resources represent a valuable economic opportunity to the oil and gas companies, associated businesses, and communities of the region; and,
Whereas, the supply of natural gas is limited and the technology for oil shale is still developing; and,
Whereas, there is tremendous pressure from national policy and fuel markets to develop these resources quickly; and,
Whereas, although the oil and gas industry is a welcome addition to our regional economy and community, the development of finite oil and gas resources have had and will continue to have profound fiscal, social, and environmental impacts on the health and welfare of the communities in our region; and,
Whereas, our region already has first-hand experience with the negative impacts of a “boom and bust” related to energy development in the early 1980s.
Now, therefore, let is be resolved that:
(Local Jurisdiction) supports policies at the local, state and federal levels to fully capture the benefits and mitigate the impacts from the extraction and development of oil, natural gas, and coal resources.
Let it be further resolved, that (Local Jurisdiction) supports the following actions and policy changes:
INTRODUCED, READ AND PASSED THIS ___ DAY OF_____________, 2007.
Read a news article on the City Council of Glenwood Springs adopting the resolution.
Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance
The Rifle, Silt, New Castle Community Development Plan [Jan. 2006]
The Canary Initiative
Roaring Fork Conservancy
Frank Breslin, Mayor, Town
of New Castle
Bruce Christensen, Mayor, City of Glenwood Springs
Leroy Duroux, Mayor, Town of Basalt
Michael Hassig, Mayor, Town of Carbondale
Mick Ireland, Mayor, City of Aspen
Keith Lambert, Mayor, City of Rifle
Roy McClung, Mayor, Town of Parachute
Doug Mercatoris, Mayor, Town of Snowmass Village
Dave Moore, Mayor, Town of Silt
Dale Rickstrew , Mayor, Town of De Beque
Healthy Mountain Communities
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