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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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