Printed letters, May 15, 2011

The new CNG city garbage trucks smell great, reduce fuel costs and the right-hand drive should be safer. I understand that the diesel budget is one of the largest costs to the city (us taxpayers), so thanks, Grand Junction.

I have an idea that would save taxpayers even more money. Recently, I observed a garbage truck backing up on 28 1/2 Road from Elm Avenue to pick up the trash cans on the other side of the same street. Would it be such an inconvenience for residents to place all garbage cans on the same side of the street? Why travel the same street in both directions? A next-door resident could help elderly persons with their cans, if necessary.

The city has a special program for the disabled customers. The driver will bring the cans to the curb.

This could reduce the fuel cost as much as 50 percent, be much safer, reduce noise and the time spent on the streets. On our street, most homes do this and the others would if it were brought to their attention.

Why not send out a plea with our next bill and set up some sort of system for which side of the street to place trashcans?

Maybe even the U.S. Postal Service could use this system and my mail would arrive before 5 p.m.

City drivers are true professionals and need all the help they can get from their customers.

ROBERT W. WILSON

Grand Junction

Parking and ticketing gave city a black eye

My family and I recently returned from a weekend lacrosse tournament in Grand Junction. I am writing about the lack of parking at Canyon View Park, and the lack of hospitality shown by your police department. Grand Junction should be ashamed of both.

Canyon View Park is wonderful and no doubt a great testament to Grand Junction.

However, the fact that there is not adequate parking for a sporting event, let alone a multiple-event weekend such as the one we attended (tennis tournament and a bike race) makes me want to boycott any future events in Grand Junction.

The city cannot handle the parking at Canyon View Park. It was a mess on the Saturday in question, when most of the teams were there. On Sunday it was a little better.

People were parking on G Road both days, and on Saturday afternoon some tickets were given.

On Sunday, I talked to a young police officer in the morning, asking why he was giving out tickets when there was not adequate parking, and pointing out that on Saturday tickets were given out only in the afternoon. He responded that he “wasn’t working on Saturday”— in a Rambo-esque tone of voice. He was rude and certainly not hospitable.

Given the many families who stayed in local hotels, ate at restaurants and went shopping, Grand Junction did well financially due to the sports activies that weekend.

However when you have an event at a city facility that clearly cannot handle the crowds and parking, why should visitors bother even going to Grand Junction for such an event?

The city takes the lodgers and sales tax, but then tickets the people who attend?

Do something about the parking at Canyon View Park. Please do not lecture me about the safety issues on G Road. There was no other place to park, and I do not want to put people in harm’s way.

That weekend was clearly a black eye for the hospitality of Grand Junction. The community has too much going for the city to have this situation happen.

LEARY O’GORMAN

Carbondale

Art Colony residents thank downtown helpers

Thank you to all the downtown Grand Junction Art & Jazz Festival attendees, art patrons and security guards who rushed to our aid on Sunday when an incredible blast of wind toppled seven of our art displays.

They stabilized the displays that were still standing, chased prints pinwheeling down the street, picked up paintings, swept up broken glass and helped us pack up and load our vehicles. Wow!

To those patrons who missed us, our shared studio at 562 W. Crete Circle, Suite 101, is part of the Open Studios Tour this weekend. We’ll be open from noon to 4 p.m. today We hope you’ll come to see us.

And we’ll definitely plan on seeing you at Art & Jazz next year.

SARA ALYN OAKLEY

Artist in Residence and 25 other resident artists

The Art Colony

Grand Junction



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