Printed letters, March 7, 2013

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Michael Russell, you have been reading too many Chamber of Commerce road signs. No one is trying to take the land on the river without just compensation. I know this because I have been involved with Brady Trucking and Chuck Johnson VP of Brady in an attempt to get the City to pay for the Appraisal so a land swap or outright buy out could happen.  If you want to know the truth, and not the Chamber propaganda, come to KAFM Thursday evening at 6pm to attend the “Honoring the Riverfront” and the history behind why we must compensate this local company. Make sure you let me know you are there.  My name is Benita Phillips and I am President of Western Colorado Congress of MESA COUNTY.

David Ludlum, I do not think it is respecting business in this valley to vote against 35 years of work and $100 million of taxpayer money to now stop that vision for the want of 12.43 acres on the river.  I have been working with Brady Trucking through Chuck Johnson VP of Brady Trucking to get the city to pay for an appraisal of the property so a land swap or outright buyout can be initiated. Brady’s business would be better served by acquisition of properties adjacent to their office and work shop area.  They would prefer that or even a swap for industrial land closer to the I-70 corridor. The Chamber of Commerce, specifically Diane Schwanke, framed what was perceived as a “private property” issue.  I cannot disagree. But in the past, the same entities you announced as supporters of “Measure A” were supporters of all the work done over 3.5 decades. Lions Club has donated a lot of talent, money and time over those years. It is like says you are against it now because you are against the people of this valley.  Your business is the people of this valley.  Can you imagine what GJ would be like now if 35 years ago people and organizations like yours kept the riverfront as it was…where would your business be now? You would have no business my friend.  Come to KAFM Thursday at 6 pm to learn about the real reason the riverfront is important to your businesses and to the community and why one should vote “NO” on Measure A.

The issue with the use of the Brady property is the extended future of Grand Junction and its livability.  There is only one riverfront, while there are numerous appropriate places where Brady could do its business without adversely impacting the beauty and usability of the river corridor. Maintaining low-key development options and compensating fairly for their property will allow a comprehensive river corridor plan that will increase the livability of Grand Junction for ourselves and for our children’s children.  It’s important to keep a long range view of our community and what will benefit us all.

If people want to control someone else’s private property they should pony up the money and BUY IT!

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