After months of consideration and discussion, the Crawford Town Council on Aug. 7 approved two letters of support.
The first was in support of the North Fork Valley Creative District.
It was addressed to Colorado Creative Industries. The letter signed by Mayor Susie Steckel reads, "Research studies (Champions of Change, 1999) show that students with high levels of involvement in the arts improve their performance at school in many ways, and that the arts are also a means of reaching students not currently being reached, such as those at risk of not learning to their full potential. The arts help narrow the gap between low socioeconomic status (SES) students who are not highly involved in the arts and their higher SES peers. The arts bring families, communities, and schools together through a common sense of pride."
The letter continues, "We recognize the creative sector in Crawford and surrounding areas to be part of our unique identity. The Board of Trustees supports the efforts of the North Fork Creative Coalition works in Crawford. The recent certification of a Creative District in the North Fork Valley will certainly help in promoting the wealth our area has in agriculture, craftspeople, wine industries and strengthen our tourism."
The mayor and trustees pledged to support the Creative Coalition by providing meeting rooms, supporting events, permitting beautification projects and promoting Crawford. Town clerk Jackie Savage will assist the Creative Coalition in collecting the data needed on the local economy and to serve as a liaison with the Crawford Chamber of Commerce as required.
Mayor Steckel announced the next letter of support up for a vote was for the North Fork Alternative Plan for the BLM Resource Management Plan that is currently under revision. She said there would be no time for comments from the gallery. Savage said she had spoken with Jim Ramey, director of Citizens for a Healthy Community. "He is okay with the change to the letter," she said. She emphasized the final sentence of the letter, "While we cannot speak for the entire plan for the North Fork Valley, we do agree with the portion of the North Fork Alternative Plan in regards to the Crawford area springs, wastewater facility and Young's Peak area."
The Citizens for a Healthy Community website, noted the portion of the letter that stated, "While the town recognizes the importance and necessity of energy development, we feel that it must be done in a responsible way. With this perspective in mind, the Town of Crawford is writing to express our support for the North Fork Alternative Plan in the areas related to Crawford, more specifically those aspects of the plan that would impact resources important to the town."
The letter of support is addressed to Bureau of Land Management state director Helen Hankins, district manager Lori Armstrong and Uncompahgre Field Office manager Barbara Sharrow. The trustees voted their approval with only Christopher Brown opposed.blog comments powered by Disqus