TELLURIDE - The San Miguel County Commissioners declined on Wednesday to endorse a proposal to rename the Telluride Post Office after General Norman ‘Stormin Norman’ Schwarzkopf. Because Commissioner Elaine Fischer attended the meeting via phone, the commissioners will discuss the renaming at the next meeting.
Commissioner Art Goodtimes stood firmly against the proposal. “As a Green, I oppose the continuing militarizing of our public infrastructure,” Goodtimes said.
“We recently named the Placerville Bridge after Pvt. Paul Haining, a 20-year old killed in the Vietnam War, who was buried in the Placerville cemetery. That was an appropriate way to honor a young man from this county who gave his life for his country,” he added.
Schwarzkopf, a decorated military general who led coalition forces against Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War, was not a full-time resident of the county. Goodtimes later suggested in a memorandum that the post office be named for Bill ‘Senior’ Mahoney, the first employee of Telluride Ski Resort.
Schwarzkopf was a founding member of the Telluride Foundation, the organization that began the effort to rename the post office. The effort received and endorsement from former Marine Brian Ahern, commander of the Austin Heitt American Legion #12 in Telluride.
Wilkinson Public Library board president Judy Thompson and interim library director Brenda Carns updated the San Miguel County Commissioners on the library’s budget and hiring challenges on Wednesday.
The library, like San Miguel County, is experiencing substantial declines in its budgets on the heels of declines in property values. Total operating revenues at the library are expected to decrease by about $385,000 in 2014 compared to 2013.
“They’re in the same boat we are,” said County Commissioner Joan May. “We’re at the lowest point in the declining property taxes as properties are assessed every two years.”
Carns and Thompson also discussed the initial phases of finding a permanent director. Carns and Thompson hope the library’s board of trustees will choose a permanent director by April. Carns was hired in September after the library board terminated former library director Barb Brattin.