I attended the county planning meeting on May 21. The attendees posed relevant and serious concerns over what the railroad is proposing, including the fact that its pre-emptive advertising is full of contradictions.
The group was unable to get the representatives of the railroad to commit to anything. They stayed firm on what they are proposing, even though they are in contradiction. One of the railroads ads stated that its approval will be based on only three events this entire year, but when asked to document this with the commissioners, they refused. The attitude of the main spokesman for the railroad was aggressive, snide and displayed an uncaring posture. We felt that he thought this project is a slam dunk and that our input does not count.
My question was: Does his company do EPA evaluations on any of their projects, including this one? The answer was no, even after he stated that they do numerous studies on their proposed projects. One of the planning ladies said the county does not require EPAs. Why not? This should be at least a requirement by both the Planning Commission and county commissioners. When asked why, this spokesperson side-stepped the question and answered that if they did not get approval, they would be in a pickle. The railroads ads contradict what the railroad spokesperson said at the meeting. There is also a TV ad that relays a different message regarding the 2012 schedule.
The railroad has been pressing its agenda with all of its advertising. I hope the commissioners are not intimidated or railroaded into approval of this Dino Train. You must carefully read the transcript from this meeting. I hope there is a transcript. General notes would not relay how bad an idea this Dino Train really is.
I am a 38-year resident of the Animas Valley. I am calling this Dino Train Another Roadside Attraction because approval will open the gates to the ruination of the Scenic Animas Valley.
The dinosaurs suffered a mass extinction 65 million years ago. If you support the railroad, the Animas Valley may well be sharing the same fate. La Plata County will not see the amount of tax revenue that the city of Durango will, at the expense of the Animas Valley. Please save the Animas Valley.
Vote to reject the Dino Train. We dont need Another Roadside Attraction!