June 7, 2012
Rick Johnson, second from right, Colorado Northwestern Community College Board member, speaks during a special meeting Thursday about a proposed land transfer to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District for a fire training facility. The motion died for a lack of a second after about 15 community members voiced opposition to the proposed transfer.
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A resolution granting land for a $1.5 million fire training facility in Craig met an obstacle Thursday night during the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board meeting. A motion was made to accept the resolution with the Craig Rural Fire Protection District. However, all four college board members present — Richard Haslem, Mike Anson, Rick Johnson and chairman Jim Loughran — declined to second the motion. CNCC Board member Earlene Sauer was out of the area and did not vote. Haslem said a "significant number of people” contacted him in the weeks leading up to Thursday’s meeting. “And 100 percent of the people that contacted me did not want us to do this,” he said. For that reason, “I cannot nor will I support the resolution to transfer the land, on a personal basis,” he said. About 15 local residents attended the college board meeting to voice opposition to the proposed transfer. “I’m not against the facility,” longtime local resident Pete Pleasant said. “I’m against the location proposed for the facility.” Pam Foster echoed his words. She said she's not opposed to a fire training center in Craig, but “I do think there are much better locations for it,” she said. She argued that the nearly 15-acre parcel south of The Memorial Hospital could be used for purposes more suited to the surroundings. “I would very much like to see you vote no on this tonight,” Foster said. “I do think there are a lot of other locations within Moffat County where the burn tower and the fire house could go and still be very appropriate.” Craig resident Jim Simos joined in speaking against the training center, which is the fire district's proposed first phase of a second station. “We’re just a handful of people here, but you go out on the street and the people that really are against it are more than just a handful," Simos said.
The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board allowed a proposal to transfer land to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District for a new training facility to fail during a special meeting tonight. A motion was made to accept a resolution, which would have granted the fire district a nearly 15-acre parcel upon which it would have built a training tower and live fire simulator, or the first phase of a second station. However, college board members declined to second the motion after about 15 people turned out to the meeting to oppose the land transfer. “I’m not against the facility,” said Pete Pleasant, a longtime Moffat County resident. “I’m against the location proposed for the facility.” For more on this story, see Friday’s Craig Daily Press or visit www.craigdailypress.com.