Jim “Moose” Barrows: Motives behind petition
A petition is being circulated to propose a ballot issue in November to close the Steamboat Springs Airport. Before you sign such a petition please be aware of the following facts:
Mark Freirich, author of the petition, is an attorney representing Walter Scott, a landowner of property adjacent to the airport. The airport was in operation when he purchased the property and his motivation for promoting the closing is conceptually to increase the value of his property for residential consumption.
The very day the airport should close, the city would require an immediate cash dispersal of approximately $17 million. There is no dispute to this and the contention that the property could bring this much on the open market is a huge gamble, especially considering that the entire site is slate and covers the site of the County Landfill for over 30 years. It could instantly bankrupt the city.
Additionally, considering the social and economic implications to the entire infrastructure of the community by eliminating an essential element of commerce and transportation, such action is irresponsible and beyond comprehension.
I have been a resident of Steamboat for more than 50 years. I was able to live here and develop a business because of this airport. Our family has owned and operated a business in Steamboat for the past 60 years, yet I cannot sign this petition because I don’t live in the city. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of residents are here because their first introduction to Steamboat came through this airport. Be responsible and refuse to sign the petition. Be more responsible and express your support before we have to waste thousands to protect a community asset from greedy developers.
Jim “Moose” Barrows
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