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A forgotten good neighbor policy

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Dear Editor:

A couple of years ago, the Cedaredge town manager, golf pro and golf course maintenance manager asked to speak with representatives of the two homeowner associations that surround the Cedaredge Golf Course.

The subject was the creation of a "good neighbor policy." While the meetings did end with a signing ceremony, the document's title was "Agreement to Occupy Adjacent Lands" or something else just as friendly. It included a limited resident walking policy, a no dog walking clause, and I think it gave us the right to cross country ski on the course when it is closed in winter. We did not reach anything resembling a "good neighbor policy." I have recently been told that the document at the signing ceremony was never enacted. It is very clear why. Of the four homeowners who participated with the town on the failed document, one signed, two (including myself) said they would not sign and one agreed to sign as a witness. Lost in this failed attempt to come to an agreement were three pages of issues and suggestions from the golf course residents. That list continues to be completely ignored by the town and the golf course.

Soon afterward, the golf course published the results of a survey that gave the course just about the highest score they could get (97 percent). When I asked why I never saw the survey I was told that it was only done in the clubhouse. They deliberately excluded the dissatisfied golf course residents and found another way to appear to be a good neighbor.

Our town needs to communicate better about what they are doing and what they are not doing. The last time I attended a Cedaredge trustee meeting, I was told that the trustees were not there to answer my questions. Issues brought up by our residents and taxpayers concerning our town-owned golf course or any other town-related issues should receive written answers outlining the town's position.

I was a member (members are now called access fee payers) of the Cedaredge Golf Course the first two years I lived here. I also made a tax-deductible contribution of $250 to the course to help with maintenance. I have not been an access fee payer for the last four years and I will not be an access fee payer next year. That is a loss in golf course revenue of over $10,000 for just my wife and myself. The only recourse I have to protest the maintenance issue that I have with the golf course is to withhold my business until that situation is resolved.

The golf course needs to start to be run as a business would operate and with transparency.

I do hope that the town will make a second attempt to create a "good neighbor policy" and I hope it can be agreed to as the good neighbors we all want to be.

David Blanchette
Cedaredge

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