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Help Save Heeney Colorado!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The National Forest Service is considering the relocation of the Heeney Marina to the Cow Creek Campground on the opposite side of Green Mountain Reservoir from the town of Heeney.

Such a relocation could negatively impact the town of Heeney and its residents in several ways:

  1. Boat ownership and lake access are important components to the quality of life for many Heeney residents. Moving the marina away from the population center would mean that many residents would have to drive several extra miles to access and use their boats docked at the marina.
  2. Security is also a concern. The boats that are kept at the marina and the equipment on them are valuable and moving the marina alongside Rt. 9 could increase the risk of vandalism and theft.
  3. In addition to the marina itself, the proposed expansion of the Cow Creek campground and added lighting would create an increase in the noise and light pollution that the residents of Heeney would be exposed to from the other side of the lake.
  4. Restaurant, retail, and lodging businesses of Heeney could be negatively impacted by the closing of the present marina. These business are part of the character of Heeney and loosing them would be a loss to the town as a whole.
  5. Combined, all of the above could mean lower property values in Heeney and therefore a reduction in revenues generated from Summit County Real Estate property taxes.

Some improvements to the Cow Creek and other Heeney campgrounds may be appropriate to facilitate inspections for zebra mussels and to create more convenient lake access for non-Heeney residents. But not at the expense of the current Heeney marina or with added lighting at Cow Creek.

To voice your opposition to this proposal, please contact:

Scott Fitzwilliams – White River National Forest supervisor.

Please also contact the elected officials which represent Summit County Colorado:

  • Governor: Bill Ritter
  • US Senators: Michael Bennett and Mark Udall
  • US Rep : Jared Polis
  • CO Senator : Dan Gibbs
  • CO Rep : Christine Scanlan
  • Summit County Commissioners: Bob French, Thomas Davidson, and Karn Stiegelmeier

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$1 Trillion “Stimulus” Bill

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Regardless of what you think of the $1 Trillion “Stimulus” Bill which President Obama is expected to sign in Denver on Tuesday, you might be interested in the real estate related provisions contained within it.  Here are the highlights:

1) Jumbo loan limits will be raised to $727,000 in high cost areas.
2) An $8,000 tax credit will allowed for qualified real estate purchases.  This is less than the $15,000 first proposed but it is a true credit and not a government backed loan which had also been discussed.
3) There is over $50 Billion set aside for foreclosure mitigation.

In addition to the above, the existing mortgage interest rate deductibility and capital gains exclusions of $250,000 (for singles) and $500,000 (for couples filing jointly) will remain unchanged.

The Bill was passed on a Friday afternoon prior to a holiday weekend having just been completed at 11pm the night before, allowing little time for Congressional Republicans, the Press, or most importantly – We The People to review it prior to passage.

Joe Biden stated “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30 percent chance we’re going to get it wrong”.

So, did they do it right?  And if not, what effect do you suppose that will have on the odds he gave?

Grand Opening!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

This is the launching of the new Amenta.com blog.  Blog topics could include anything but will typically involve Summit County Colorado news and events, with particular focus on real estate related matters.  Please feel free to get involved by posting your own requests for topics to be covered along with your own thoughts on the posts of others.  Also, come back soon for the launching of a Summit County Colorado message forum designed for discussions of more timeless topics than what might be found on this blog.