Vernon Gugin has an issue with the Town of Cedaredge and took to the sidewalk to exercise his First Amendment rights.
Under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
On Saturday, March 17, Gugin marched up and down both W. Main Street and S. Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge carrying a sign picketing town hall and making his issue with the town known to the public.
According to Gugin, on Sept. 23, 2011, he accidentally drove his car off the Cedaredge Public Works loading dock, causing $800 in damage to the car.
Gugin said he asked the town to pay for half the damage and they refused, but did refer the matter to the town's insurance company.
Eventually the issue ended up in small claims court, but, according to Gugin, "it was thrown out." The town has since billed him for court costs and attorney's fees in the amount of $2,760, which Gugin said he is not going to pay.
Gugin said that if there had been a warning sign posted or a cable across the loading dock, "I wouldn't have driven off of it."
According to Gugin, a lot of people stopped and talked to him during Saturday's march, expressing an interest in his issue. Gugin said that, starting on Monday, March 19, he is going picket again in front of town hall, and will continue to do so "for as long as I can."blog comments powered by Disqus