Letter to the editor: No reason to change charter

Posted 10/26/17

As early residents and successful business owners, we recognized many years ago, how special Castle Rock is... but it's not been perfect. Growth brings prosperity and consequence. Our schools have …

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Letter to the editor: No reason to change charter

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As early residents and successful business owners, we recognized many years ago, how special Castle Rock is... but it's not been perfect. Growth brings prosperity and consequence. Our schools have grown, the variety of businesses has flourished, parks and recreational opportunities have expanded.

Impacts to town services are challenging to the town and residents alike. Traffic congestion, construction delays and historic preservation are things we encounter every day. Not once have we said to you, don't come, you aren't welcome - instead we've worked hard as a community to create a place where your family can live and flourish and where jobs and businesses continue to expand.

But I am fearful of what this election may bring to our future. As a registered voter, you will be asked to change how we have successfully governed this great town. You will be asked to downsize the number of elected town councilmembers from seven to six. You will be asked to elect a mayor to replace that seventh representative. Currently, a representative is elected from each of the seven districts. From the seven elected council members, they elect a mayor and mayor pro tem to lead their meetings, to be their spokesperson.

Since the town charter was written in 1987 a vibrant, successful town has occurred. As the chairman of the citizens' committee that wrote that charter, let me assure you that it was discussed, debated and sometimes even argued over. It continues to serve our town well. You are here, part of this great town, welcomed to enjoy all that Castle Rock offers. We don't need to fix and change our form of government.

This form of governance is not broken - please vote no.

Stanley Mikelson

Castle Rock

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Tom Jeanette

It is simply not true that Prop 300 changes our form of government. We will remain a council/manager form of government with a "weak mayor" with a seven member town council that governs our town.

What does change is that the voters of Castle Rock will have a direct say in who represents them as mayor. The candidates will have to face our town residents and business operators, addressing issues such as growth, infrastructure, debt, services, and have to describe their vision of Castle Rock.

While there's absolutely no evidence that our town's success since 1987 has been due to having an appointed mayor, we have indeed seen the negative effects of a secretive town government that fails to welcome involvement of its citizenry.

As we continue to grow and mature as a town or city, with an anticipated population of over 140 thousand residents, we need to evolve our government into a more responsive body that as a whole represents Castle Rock, not just HOA communities or Chamber of Commerce members.

I urge our residents to support Prop 300 and then vote for a Mayor of Castle Rock.

Friday, October 27