Flying Heels Coalition still objects to Grand County’s plans for medical center on rodeo grounds
December 9, 2008
To the Editor:
We are still strongly opposed to the use of the Flying Heels Arena property by the Kremmling Memorial Hospital District. The patent does state the land is to be used “for rodeo arena grounds and public recreational facilities only.”
Many questions brought forward by us, the Flying Heels Coalition, have yet to be addressed. One in particular, concerns Resolution No. 2001-1-11 by which 35 acres at the Flying Heels Arena property is to be used to build a Grand County Events Center (GCEC). The passing of this Resolution provided no timeline. Where do you see the GCEC fitting into the land use plan?
Having Grand County Commissioner Nancy Stuart on the board of the Rural Health Network seems to be a conflict of interest. The feasibility study requested by the Coalition, from Todd Ficken, has not been received. Could it be the study doesn’t show a need for the Middle Park Medical Center? We have stated this before; we believe that the center will be a duplication of existing services.
If the 40,000 square feet and $23 million medical center is built on the Flying Heels Arena property and an incompatibility arises, how will the conflict be resolved? Mr. Newberry and Ms. Parri assured us they did not see an incompatibility. How can you be sure?
Postponing the Planning Commission meeting for another month seems to be an effort to disregard the recommendation of the Commission. We were told it was to complete further legal research. Please provide us the findings of your extensive legal research as we feel those results should be a matter of public record.
Lastly, we would like to express our disappointment with the manner in which County Attorney Jack DiCola gets away with speaking in such a rude, degrading way to the citizens of our county, the taxpayers.
Please reconsider and build the Middle Park Medical Center on another county property.
Flying Heels Coalition
Brenda Simmons, spokesperson