Dust not yet settled on controversial Fraser campaigns
November 8, 2013
To the Editor:
Fraser Mayor Peggy Smith, a college recreation major, has exhibited very unsportsmanlike conduct during this election campaign. A game official would have expelled such a player.
Worse than unsportsmanlike is the treatment of 'team' member, Eileen Waldow. Mayor Smith excluded Eileen's name from a public list of town trustees who had "negotiated in good faith" for the town. Discrediting her because she expressed a different opinion than the rest of the board is a very dangerous precedent for town government. Discrediting a fellow board member is also against the town's written policies and procedures.
As for Mayor Smith's accusations that the process has been "held hostage by people that don't have a stake in the community" I (and we) have done more over the past decades than most will ever know about for local families, the business community and the environment. That list is way too long to print here.
As a Fraser property owner, I pay the same taxes, water fees and sewer fees and am subject to the same regulations as a resident. Because I (and others) sleep outside the current town boundary, the mayor and other town representatives have made it clear that I (we) are not welcome participants in the town. Those of us who sleep outside the town have spent our sales tax dollars in town and like it or not, have been part of the fabric of the community for many years.
As mayor and representatives of Fraser, unsportsmanlike campaigning reflects poorly on all town representatives and the town and shows a true lack of community spirit. I have been disappointed to see these actions in the community in which we all have a stake.
Editor's note: According to Fraser Mayor Peggy Smith, the six Fraser board members who voted in favor of the annexation started up a "Focused on Fraser's Future" campaign with individuals' own funding, in favor of the annexation. Board member Eileen Waldow voted against the annexation in town proceedings, therefore it was felt she would not want to be included in a pro-annexation movement. "It was not to imply that she had not negotiated in good faith," Smith said, "She just wouldn't want to be a part of the campaign effort." Smith, who has an MBA degree in finance and an undergraduate degree in recreation from DU, said the "held hostage" quote was actually a quote former mayor Fran Cook as well as other former Fraser mayors wanted included in a letter of hers to the newspaper.