A town resolution proposed last October that would have imposed trespass penalties for misuse of Cedaredge Golf Course property by neighboring homeowners was a "mistake" by the town staff, the town board now says.
The proposed resolution "got some people nervous," Mayor Pat Means said on Jan. 6 during a special town board meeting.
So in an "attempt to let things quiet down", the mayor and five trustees have signed a "mea culpa" letter and are circulating it to residents in the golf course neighborhood; the Deer Creek Village Owner's Association, Inc., and property owners located within the Deer Creek Village subdivision. "Let us start over," states the letter, asking residents to work with the town to "come up with a good neighbor policy."
The proposed resolution now being called a mistake had been defended at the town board's Oct. 17 meeting. At that session, Means said, the document was "based on the historical misuse of town property. People are storing landscaping material on the golf course (property). If you build a fence, you have to stay on your own property. That is what we are saying."
At the same October meeting, Town Administrator Katie Sickles said, "There are activities going on at the golf course that shouldn't be going on. Staff is telling us there are a lot of activities going on at the golf course that are affecting the condition of the course, (which) the whole community is paying for."
The proposed resolution included 27 stipulations of prohibited activity at the golf course that would make people subject to the municipal code's trespass ordinance. The stipulations were taken directly from golf course neighborhoods' homeowner association rules, Sickles explained at the time.
Now, three months after the resolution was first introduced, Means told the DCI in an email last week, "I want to quell the unrest, based on a false perception of our intent. We trustees have had phone calls from property owners, I have been told the draft resolution is circulating around the golf course neighborhoods ..."
The January letter, signed by the mayor and trustees and dated Jan. 6 states, "The (town) staff mistakenly gathered up every known (homeowner) covenant in the area and typical standards from other Western Slope golf courses with the goal that we, the board of trustees, would eliminate unnecessary parts before any type of policy was considered."
Trustee Nancy Sturgill, who was not at the Jan. 6 meeting, did not sign the copy of the letter provided to the DCI.
The trustees' letter asks golf course residents to ignore copies of the draft resolution that have been circulated.
The letter states, "The golf course property can certainly be enjoyed by all citizens of Cedaredge, but the grounds are reserved for those who pay for the privilege." It also points out that golf course staff have witnessed "dump trucks driving across, construction dumping, dog feces, landscaping encroachment, equipment delivery, lawn care and maintenance on the golf course that eventually costs the golf course additional dollars and staff time to mitigate. Also, occupying the golf course for activities other than golf-related activities can present unsafe conditions."
Means notes that along with the "new start" the matter will drop off of the trustee's public agenda and recommence with discussions between town staff and golf course resident representatives beginning in February or March.blog comments powered by Disqus