Actions of Granby Town Board leave much to be desired
February 19, 2008
To the Editor:
I have been very disappointed with the spirit and nature of the actions taken by the Granby Town Board over the last 10 years.
Our mayor and board seem to forget that they are elected public officials whose duty it is to represent the best interests for the town of Granby and not to fuel their own ego-driven agendas. Instead of being helpful and supportive to entities like Mountain Parks Electric and the Granby Rec. Dept. they seem to go out of their way to make things difficult.
Instead of being helpful to main street business owners (who collect a lot of sales tax revenue) with snow removal, they are more interested in sending summonses to local businesses who haven’t removed snow from their sidewalks. The town itself is the worst offender for not removing any snow between Maverick’s Grill and the county EMS Building along the Granby Timeline Posters.
I heard the Town Board had proposed to remove the six trees along this stretch of sidewalk to make snow removal easier for the town. I called and asked them not to do this.
Now the town is out to ban certain businesses ” tattoo shops and pawn shops; this in the face of spending (wasting) money on studies on how to attract new business and enhancing downtown. Studies and grants do not bring in business. Real people with real plans in our free market system do that on their own.
It seems the town has a lot of enhancement money sitting idle ” let’s do something with it, and I mean something substantial more than just some flowers on main street.
Kaibab Park is a mess. How long do we have to look at all that concrete rubble and old ground up tennis court refuse next to the ball fields?
The property down by the Fraser River near the disabled fishing pier is overgrown with weeds. The town put in some T-posts and used chain link fence and call that a dog park. Can’t we do better than this?
Please, could we just think outside the box for a minute and revisit what is really important? Our town government needs to be more supportive and value-driven and run the town more like a private business. We need accountability and action. Maybe the bylaws could be changed so that all property owners and not just residents could run for town board or mayor.
The actions the Town Board and mayor have taken lately are the reasons we have had recall elections and bulldozers in our town.
Dr. Michael Brooks, DVM
Main street business owner since 1990
Wild West Tattoo shop landlord
Granby Rec. Dept. board member