Letters to Editor

Water flow

Dear Editor:

Reference Pagosa SUN, Dec. 4, 2008, Dam completed at Stevens Reservoir.

This article states possible nearly 10-year moratorium on inclusions of new service areas into district could be lifted late 2009, early 2010.

Folks, do you continue to read, hear: cut back on water usage, we may continue to have a drought, etc., etc.? I read this, hear this, and actually it’s not only a Pagosa PAWSD issue, it’s a state, nation, world issue. If you agree to protect how we let our water flow, call or write PAWSD board and express your opinion: PAWSD, 731-2691, P.O. Drawer 4610, Pagosa Springs, CO 81157.

Thank you,

Pam Morrow

Free soak

Dear Editor:

My name is Irene Williams. I lived in Durango for 18 years. I married late and my husband’s federal career has moved us seven times in the last 12 years.

 We own a property developed with an engineered septic, etc. in Holiday Acres.

 We are in Casper, Wyoming, and built a house in Cody because in the summer it reminded me of Durango 30 years ago, but sold it because it’s not “home.”

 We fully intend to retire in Durango or Pagosa in a few years.

In Thermopolis, Wyoming, a town of 4,000, is Hot Springs State Park. There are two privately owned hot spring resorts with outdoor pools, slides, etc. and one the state runs. It’s located in the middle of nowhere between Cody and Casper.

 The one the state owns allows people to shower, use a locker, and soak inside or out. No frills, but no fee. A person is limited to 30 minutes.

If tourists and retired people alike could soak for free the town would benefit in the long run. Paying $18 up for most tourist or retired people is too much!

 It may make the difference on us moving to Pagosa in three years and staying for the rest of our lives. Our four parents are still living, and soaking or knowing we could soak for 30 minutes would be great.

The other resorts would still benefit from more people stopping and wanting all the frill.

Irene Williams

Editor’s note: Use of geothermal water for a “soaking” facility is predicated on the possession of the water rights needed for a project — public or private. Currently, available rights held publicly are not projected for free, public recreational use, nor is there any plan for a public entity — state or local — to invest in construction of a facility.

Fair enforcement

Dear Editor:

Our daughter “almost” achieved her dream of owning her own home. She is a single mom and works hard.

She was given the opportunity to acquire a beautiful manufactured home with the stipulation that it be moved within two weeks as construction was progressing on that site.

She asked to put it on our property and we agreed. She spent two weeks getting all the permits she believed she needed. She hired people to grade and prepare the property for the placement of the home. It arrived, and Road and Bridge came out and okayed the parking and driveway area. San Juan Basin Health approved the area for the septic system. She had the I.L.C. permit; even the planning department was surprised at that. Everything was going great, and then someone from Building Inspections saw it being moved and called a halt. She thought she had gotten all the permits necessary.

Now the planning department will not allow it on the property, as we have 1.42 acres and not 3, and are zoned agricultural. None of the other departments she got permits through evidently, had any knowledge of her needing any other permits. By this time, she has already spent over $15,000 and now cannot move into it.

She has talked to the planning department numerous times, even asking for a three- to five-year variance, giving her time to save up and move it to another piece of property. Again, a no. This home would add value to the property and the area, not lower it.

Has anyone driven out on Hurt Drive and seen houses in a piece of property, surrounded by a dozen plus old cars and trucks, or the abandoned old trailers, or more than one building on other pieces of property that are certainly not three acres? We moved to Aspen Springs nine years ago to avoid all the covenants and CC&Rs we had dealt with in California. What happened to helping single moms and their children get ahead and realize their dreams?

If these are the rules, then they should be enforced with everyone.

So her only option: give up her dream and sell the home and rent an older trailer in a crowded neighborhood with more rules that are either not fair or enforced.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Sheryn Young