In December of 2008, as global financial institutions toppled and real estate prices plummeted, the County spent 4 million dollars on a dilapidated building at the west end of Telluride’s commercial district. To effectively use this high priced property, the existing structure will need to be demolished. Significant additional funds will need to be spent on demolition and then construction of an appropriate building. In a recent conversation with a building owner directly across the street from the County’s purchase, a more sensible alternative was revealed. He stated that, at the time, he would have sold his modern, turnkey, 8,500 square foot commercial building for 3 million 6 hundred thousand dollars.
In the weeks before this 4 million dollar sale, I could find nothing about it in the newspaper. Consummated 2 days before Christmas, this high dollar transaction went virtually unnoticed. You can judge for yourself whether the 4 million dollars was well spent. But there should be no debate whether decisions of this magnitude require more public input.
If elected to serve as your Commissioner, I will seek to improve public awareness by live-streaming Commissioners meetings. Concerned residents, on their computer or iphone can monitor all of the issues without taking time off of work. After each meeting, I will send out an email summary that also alerts residents of upcoming concerns. Not only does this allow interested persons a watchful eye, it establishes a two way communication to let your voice be heard. If elected, I will maintain regularly scheduled and publicized office hours in Telluride and occasionally in Norwood. I believe that the taxpayers of this county deserve the opportunity to speak face to face with their Commissioner.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call me at 970-728-4156.