Love with a small town

Mesa County officials and those with the town of De Beque aren’t exactly cozying up to each other like romantic teenagers. But their relationship is considerably warmer than it was a few months ago, and that’s welcome news. Nobody is well-served when two government entities butt heads, refuse to communicate and end up in court.

That’s what happened with De Beque and Mesa County due to several annexations that De Beque approved over the objections of Mesa County.

One reason for the changing relationship is that Mesa County lost in two lawsuits over the town’s annexations and ended up having to pay De Beque’s court costs. It has since asked the court to put a third lawsuit on hold.

That’s good. We have argued since the beginning of this fracas that it was a mistake for the county to sue one of the municipalities within its boundaries unless every other avenue for resolving the issue had been explored.

The other reason for the thaw is Bennett Boeschenstein. The man who has held a variety of planning jobs in this valley over several decades has been hired by De Beque to draft a comprehensive and annexation plan for the town.

Boeschenstein understands the history of community planning in this county as well as anyone. Furthermore, he has always taken a pragmatic approach to matching planning rules with community needs.

We hope he can develop planning documents that will meet

De Beque’s needs, and further improve its relationship with Mesa County.


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