Letters to the Editor: Nov. 15, 2012

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198-foot tower
Dear Editor:
There is a special use permit application in the works to erect a 198-foot cell tower on the Golf Course/Flag Creek road near town. We have the following concerns:
Is this tower at this location necessary? Have any other sites been explored?
If this tower is allowed will others follow?
Are there health implications to be considered from radiation, especially being so close to town?
Do we as a community want our landscape forever altered?
As one of the adjoining landowners, we know the construction of this tower will negatively affect our property value, as well as that of our neighbors. We feel it will affect the entire community in other adverse ways also.
If you have concerns, please see the ad below for how to make them known.
Thank you.
Les and Sue Sprod

Thank you
Dear Editor:
Wrapping up the Capitol Christmas Tree and sending it out on its journey across the U.S. was quite the logistical experience! Everything went “according to plan” and the beautiful Engelmann spruce is headed to Washington, D.C. However, without the help and support of our business community and the citizens of Meeker, the local celebration would not have been as successful as it was! We would like to thank the following people for their tremendous contributions and volunteerism during the Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration:
The Capitol Christmas Tree planning committee; Meeker Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; ERBM Recreation and Park District; U.S. Forest Service employees; Sisters Partridge and Griffin, missionaries with the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Kathy Sizemore; Gary and Laurie Zellers; Margie, Leif and Addie Joy; Katie Conrado; Joe Fennessy; Crystal Reinhard; Rhawnie McGruder; Alicia Watt; Verna and Merle Mullet; Heather Burke; the Meeker Hotel and Café staff; Meeker Police Department and the Town of Meeker; RBC Sheriff’s Office and courthouse maintenance department; Cassie and Jeff McGuire; Ty and Caitlyn Shepherd; Kim O’Connell; Deloy Cook; Brad Cook; Regas Halandras and Michele Morgan; Alan, Rhonna and Jarett Waldref; R&T Oilfield Services and the Ridgeway family; Redi Services; Marvine Ranch; White River Electric Association; Eastern Rio Blanco Lodging Tax Board; Pioneers Medical Center and the Streaker drivers; Rio Blanco Herald Times; Pat Daggett and The Upstairs Gallery; Meeker Drugs; Wendll’s Wondrous Things; the Meeker Fire Department; Todd Morris and the fireworks crew; Santa and Mrs. Claus; Shoe-bop the Elf; Frank with KRAI 93.7 FM; the Seussical kids; MHS art department; Bill Jordan and the fairgrounds crew; Shawn Bolton and Bolton Construction; Carly Thomson; Jeff, Kris, Julia, Zach and Bullseye Eskelson; the Meeker Elementary School fifth grade music students and their instructor Anna Todd. I’m sure we’ve missed a volunteer or two, and if we did, please know we appreciate you and everything you do for your community!
Also, we would like to take a moment and thank each of our Parade of Lights entries. You all put so much work into your floats and really embraced the holiday spirit (even though it was before Thanksgiving!) and made that an event to remember. We thank you all for participating!
Katelin Cook and Beth Willey
Meeker Chamber of Commerce

Thankful veteran
Dear Editor:
On behalf of VFW Post 5843 and all the veterans in our community, I want to thank you all for the Veterans Day greetings. It was an honor to carry our colors in the parade of lights, the grade school, the middle school and the high school. I want to thank the chamber for the “meal for the veterans.” This is a very patriotic community and I am proud to be part of “our community.”
Tom Kilduff
Past Commander Post 5843

Tie to bedrock
Dear Editor:
I’ve been asked a few times lately, “How’s your house doing? How’s it holding up? Are you having construction issues? Do you feel it was built properly?”
Well, I would like to set the record straight. My house is doing fine considering what it’s been through. It held up better than any other type of home would have. I don’t feel we had any construction issues and am certain it was built with great integrity and skill by Renninger Log Homes. Especially Luke, who takes a lot of pride in what he does.
The problem was the soils engineering and the foundation engineering. It wasn’t designed right for where it was built. It should have been on pilers and piers from the start because we in Meeker live on an alluvial fan. Lots of silt, sand and clay. Some of which expands and some of which dissolves when exposed to water. I personally feel this is where the failure was. The engineering, the inspection and the code not making it mandatory in Meeker on the alluvial fan to build on posts, pilers or piers. If I was to tell anybody one thing about building here it would be to make sure you’re tied to bedrock. We’ve known this in Meeker for 100 years, so it should never be a problem. Any questions please call Randy Ridgeway at 970-878-4077.
Randy Ridgeway