by Pam Zubeck
This is not your best homework assignment. Once again the RBA feels compelled to enter a discussion that is best left up to the community it was expected to support. The Broadmoor history is marked by several different owners with different issues and opportunities to assist this city. The current owner has not demonstrated his compelling need for this property, nor our compelling need to transfer it to a private entity. You should be ashamed to admit that our parks property has been ill maintained. We need to investigate why it was not maintained rather than argue that we are unwilling or unable and therefore it should be traded. Should/can we say the same for the rest of our parks in the city?It's worth noting that the RBA is quite active in politics and has given thousands of dollars in City Council and mayoral races through its political action committee. Murray was not supported by the RBA PAC when elected in 2015.
We have no need of the property being offered and the Barr trail is part of a current legislative action that gives permanent easement of the trail to the USFS in return for Emerald Valley land exchange. So we need to take this property completely off the list. The Bear Creek property should be assigned to the County, since it is adjacent to their park and taken off the list. The accessibility of the property west of Muscoco is questionable at best but not in our best interests to own. We still have no cost-benefit analysis of the Manitou Incline. The public has clearly stated it is not in favor of this transfer. We should let them vote as they did in 1885.