Recent strong winds have dislodged some bricks near the top of the Paonia Masonic Lodge. Citizen Jason Ross notified the Town of Paonia and attended the April 23 council meeting to receive an update.
Ross was concerned that someone could be injured by falling bricks. A bench is located right underneath the damaged section of the building. Building official Chad Gartman and town clerk Barbara Peterson tried to reach someone in charge at the lodge. The town also put up signs and a fence to block off the area.
After a phone conversation by Gartman and someone he believed to be Daniel Gannon of the lodge, a letter was posted at the lodge about repairs needing to be made.
But whoever Gartman spoke with, it was not Gannon. Gartman received false information which led to a letter with inaccuracies posted at the lodge.
The real Gannon attended the May 14 council meeting. He had been deeply offended about the content of the letter. Gannon is the Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Colorado.
"I had the unfortunate experience of receiving a letter from one of your employees," he began. Gannon then read the letter out loud pointing out inaccuracies.
Gartman had written that he was having difficulty finding the proper person to contact at the Masons.
Gannon said the town attorney has also been his attorney for 40 years. Gannon is on the city and county records as being the person to contact for the Paonia Masonic Lodge. Gartman said he spoke with Gannon who told him he had not been affiliated with the Masons for a couple of years.
"He never spoke to me and I have been a Mason since 1974," Gannon said. "I don't think this person should represent the town."
Gartman sent Gannon a letter of apology on May 14 stating, "There must have been some kind of mix up or confusion on my part when researching information on who to contact and who I actually talked to. I was only attempting to do my due diligence and sincerely apologize for any offense taken. I, in no way, intended to misrepresent or provide factually inaccurate information. My only concern was the safety of the building, the people who use it and the general public."
Gannon stated the repairs will be made once the town issues a building permit.blog comments powered by Disqus