This week has been full of people asking my opinion on events taking place in Crawford and what we should do. I have decided to publicly answer.
I believe we have an ex-mayor who publicly criticizes the current mayor and council. It's fully within his rights to do so and since he was mayor for 24 years, it's hard for him to let go. Out of that, three individuals have found a way to circumvent the majority voters' decision not to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. They have filed a petition for recall of the mayor alleging misconduct. Their goal is to replace opposition on council with those in favor for personal profit. The proper format would be to put together an initiative to place a ballot question on the election for legalizing marijuana dispensaries. They chose to seize the moment that can allow them to accomplish their goals without majority vote approval, a moment when the town is all abuzz with rumor, speculation and finger pointing. I would like to say, there is no misconduct. The mayor and council serve their positions because of their love for this community. It's not about money. The mayor makes less than $5 per hour and the council makes less than $2.40 per hour. The mayor and this council have strived to look at all options available for the best interest of the people of Colorado.
What should you do? Be like Pam, who brought a very viable solution to council to deal with the dog issues. More people bringing solutions have a better chance at finding what is right. Be like Connie and Lynn, bring an event like the Festival of Trees for enrichment to the quality of life of the people. Quality in life makes for happy people.
I see the same 15 or so people who serve on council, the chamber, Pioneer Days committee, ambulance and fire department. Unite together and be a part of your community. Don't engage in rumor, innuendo and finger pointing that is counterproductive. Expect to have different opinions but be willing to submit to majority rule.
Let's face it. The North Fork Valley economic future is weak at best. The valley's employment situation is shaky and unstable. Everyone would benefit if we unified for our future.
With that said, I request for council to remove me as the hearing officer for any protest hearing. According to the rules, the county clerk may be used. I am unable to abide by a law that requires no proof of allegations of misconduct. The law assumes guilt rather than innocence. I am unable to abide by a law that forbids me from looking at improper motive when judging sufficiency. When I knock on the gates of heaven, I want to say I stood up for right and I did not back down to wrong. I told council that if I had to be faced with the choice of violating law or what I believe in, I would resign. I hereby tender my resignation to be effective in 90 days. Ninety days should be adequate time to find a suitable replacement.
Town of Crawford