Flying Heels Coalition objects to Grand County’s plans for medical center on rodeo grounds
November 20, 2008
To the Editor:
(This letter was originally sent on Nov. 18 from the Flying Heels Coalition in Granby to the Grand County Board of County Commissioners, regarding use of part of the 51-acre parcel where the Flying Heels Arena is located for a regional medical center.)
Dear Sirs and Madam,
Your letter was postmarked November 12th, the day of said meeting, and not received by us until November 13th.
In reference to your letter, you stated that the request by Kremmling Memorial Hospital District fit the public use criteria under the patent dated June 25, 1984, Book 352 Page 951, Grand County Court. Our concern is totally based upon the fact that utilizing 51.44 acres for reasons other than the patent is illegal. The patent specifically states that the land is to be used “for rodeo arena grounds and public recreational facilities only”.
In a letter from Ms. Dzielak … she stated that the patentee (Grand County) must remain responsible for all uses on the land. To change the use from rodeo arena grounds and public recreational facilities Grand County must submit a revision of plan development to the BLM and secure prior approval of any such change.
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We collectively disagree with and fight any changes to the proposed use of this patented piece of property. The residents of Grand County have placed a tremendous amount of faith and trust in you, our elected County Commissioners. It is not your privilege to overrule this patent, pursuant to the Recreation and Public Purposes Act of June 14, 1926, (44 Stat. 741) as amended and supplemented (43 V.S.C. 758;869-1 through 869-4. This Land Patent was meant for the good of all Grand County residents as recreation property. A medical facility is not within the scope of “recreation.”
Just for the record, Grand County gave a resolution for use of 35 acres of this patented property to the Grand County Events Center back in 2001. How can the County now change directions when a previous resolution has been granted?
Grand County owns other public property that would be more suitable for a medical clinic. In case you do not know, the county owns more than 10 acres near the Granby Airport that would be a more compatible location with access to the airport for emergency necessities.
Flying Heels Coalition is made up of many user groups. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you personally.
Flying Heels Coalition
Brenda Simmons, spokesperson