Summit County Government - Colorado
Two meetings have been scheduled in April. The first is a meeting of the “Working Group” scheduled for April 11th from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the BLM Kremmling Field Office. The purpose of this April 11th meeting is to discuss and refine recommendations that will be presented to the larger meeting of “Stakeholders” on Thursday, April 17th.
The second meeting, is a PUBLIC meeting hosted by what has been known as the “Stakeholders”. This second PUBLIC meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Board of Education Room in the Kremmling Elementary/Middle School. The purpose of this PUBLIC meeting on the 17th is for the PUBLIC and the “Stakeholders Group” to review PUBLIC comments received regarding the draft plan and to consider recommendations from the “Working Group” regarding the future management and direction for this plan. Those who have participated in the “Stakeholders Group” will be asked to establish next steps for the formulation of a Lower Blue River Cooperative Management Plan.
Because some of the Comments, found on the website, shown above, in "Compilation of Public Comments Received as of March 13, 2008 [PDF]", are "Class IV-V" Opinion Level, the April 17 PUBLIC meeting should be an adventure, to say the least. There are some pretty strong opinions made in those Comments...
Colorado Whitewater made Comment 14, Patrick Tooley (CW) made Comment 15 and American Whitewater made Comment 38. Mine are Comments 13 and 16, "the Comments with the photographs"
Take a look, in particular, at "Lower Blue River Working Group Meeting notes – March 26, 2008 [PDF]", at the above website, to see who, on the Working Group, is in charge (read: in control) of actually writing up the Management Plan... then ask yourself.... "Who's the 'legal expert'?" "Who's paying for the 'legal expert'?", "Who does John Kossler represent?" and "Who represents Recreational Users on either the (especially) Working Group or the Stakeholders Group?"
My bet is that you'll have a "Class 0-I" response.
I have a whole raft, no pun intended
, of questions I'll be asking, raised by the Comments.
How about you?
Hope to see you at the meeting. If you come, wear your helmets!