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Sunday
Mar062016

Exclusive: CRIME WAVE IN TOWN OF PALISADE, COLORADO?  

VetTheGov recently received information regarding a CORA request for specific sex crime stats within the town limits of Palisade, Colorado.  Well for only $45,000.00 you can possibly obtain the detail but the below letter proves a small town of 2,500 residents doesn't really want to air their dirty laundry!  Since 2011-present there are over 15,000 calls for service and potentially 3,000 of those sexual in nature. This small town surely has some big crime issues.

Below is the breakdown of all the calls in the Town of Palisade since 2011.  Some highlights to note are the over 826 Traffic Stops as this indicating Revenue Generation is on the rise, Suicide calls, Sex related calls, Sex offender confirmations regarding correct address on file, DUI arrest and DUI related calls, Assaults in progress, Fraud, and Burglaries and Burglaries in progress.  Overall 2015 placed a huge burden on the towns ability to keep pace with this current crime wave!

 

Lastly the Colorado Bureau of Investigation keeps track of local annual stats of major crimes and total arrest. The 2015 data hasn't yet been released but 2014 arrest of 87 adults and 24 juveniles should in and of itself raise your eyebrows. Based on the 2015 town stats above this trend looks to still be on the rise.

The town's board of trustees and town staff have adopted a progressive approach to place the Town of Palisade on the map. Let's just say they have done their jobs as these police stats speak very clearly to the destruction this progressive direction has caused and will continue to cause. Using the following equation (Number of Crimes in 2014 approx. 488 / Population of 2500) x 1,000 = Crime Rate Per 1,000 population. The Town of Palisade has approximately 195.2 crimes per 1,000 residents!!! For comparison, the City of Grand Junction in 2014, had 10,043 total crimes reported with a census estimated population of 60,210 residents for a ratio of 167 crimes per 1,000 residents.  

Monday
Aug312015

UPDATE: Town of Palisade Out of Cash! Obtains $200K Loan!

In a previous story from VetTheGov regarding the progressive march in Palisade to bankruptcy, it was mentioned in a letter from the town treasurer of the looming shortfalls. Instead of cutting overhead and expenses as most businesses do when cash flow troubles begin, the town simply opens up a revolving line of credit for $200K and not one person even shows up and dissents at the board meeting. Things must be on a perfect track for the this small progressive community. Remember town manager Rich Sales has a $91K salary and is just trying to make it to retirement age and then he will pass the mess left behind forward to the next promising progressive. The way the town clerk gets so highly touted in Palisade she might just make for a perfect replacement. With $50K net proceeds touted from another successful festival spending campaign, why the need for more cash infusion? The answer is simple, PAYROLL!



In the meantime watch for the next Grant action in Palisade that will eventually add more to the unsustainable budget woes being felt in the small progressive town of Palisade. Yes it's sad to see but unfortunately this is happening all over the country. No worries as any size government these days are too big to fail and you tax slaves will be on the hook for the next big bailout. Many small businesses have already moved on from the pay to play small community squeeze but somehow the peach town news exploits just keeping singing the progressive praises and surely this will bring in society's best to save this dying "progressive" town.

Picture below from Peach Town News story. How interesting that the Bank of Colorado donates a small portion to receive a larger portion on the local taxpayers backs. Come on Palisade tax slaves, keep a close eye on these gangsters!!! Will any town taxpayer hold the gangsters accountable for the recent $115K check for the fire department that will be used to cover payroll instead of helping the fire district? Is anyone willing to hold any officials accountable these days? So long as the local elite get theirs and a little love is spread around to keep the masses calm and the checks keep coming in from the Feds, well not too much to worry about that a local trip to the Palisade medicinal brownie shop or a bottle of prescription meds can't fix! Enjoy Slavery readers as these gangsters will enjoy very nice retirements!

Mayor Roger Granat, left, and Treasurer Joe Vlach, center, receive a check from Scott Holzschuh of the Colorado National Bank for sponsorship of this year's Ice Cream Social. Thanks for the Ice Cream, Scott! Thanks also to all the growers that donated their deliclious Palisade peaches for our enjoyment. Photo by Bill Hoffmann.

Friday
Aug142015

EXCLUSIVE: Mesa Valley 5-2-1 Drainage Authority Dysfunction to Cost Taxpayers well over $250 Million?

VetTheGov has received quite a bit of information regarding storm water drainage in the Grand Valley that is set up to be the next big government created problem gone worse only to be fixed by big government imposed taxes. To set the background quickly and to keep the points short since otherwise this hot story would take several parts to get all relevant information out to the public. VetTheGov offers the following information to make your own decision as to who is responsible and ultimately who will pay.

The Grand Valley Drainage District (GVDD) was established in 1915 and has authority over 100 square miles that includes 128+ miles of open drains and 130+ miles of piped drainage facilities according to their About Us web page. The main purpose of the district is to allow excess and runoff water from agricultural irrigation canals to be fed back to the Colorado River thus alleviated high water tables and higher salinity being forced upward to the fertile topsoils. This system has operated well over 100 years until urban development entered the equation along with EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) which is now in Tier II compliance. So to simplify permitting and to streamline implementation of the Tier II regulations in the valley the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority was established in 2004. VetTheGov must note that the irrigation runoff waters, typically high with Nitrogen/Phosphorus aka Fertilizer, are exempt from the CWA at this point in time.

Since 2004 the entity has not been very effective implementing the requirements of the CWA and therefore caused the current war between GVDD, Mesa County, and all the municipalities included in the 5-2-1 pact. Studies were conducted by the 5-2-1 up until 2009 when then Commissioner Meis stated the county had no more money to fund the studies. The war continues to involve stormwater drainage from all county and municipalities storm runoff of "regulated water" according the CWA into GVDD's piping that currently has over 28 points back into the Colorado River not included natural washes. GVDD has written a multitude of letters to all who will listen and held multiple meetings to gain the attention needed for the existing problems of capacity. GVDD has made it clear to all entities that they will no longer allow storm runoff from the county or the three other municipalities in the valley unless they pay to do so. See letter below from GVDD to Board of County Commissioners dated November 7, 2014 which gives a very telling scenario!



None of the local governments responded to the letters sent by GVDD, so GVDD decided they had the legislative authority to impose storm fees on their own and adopted resolutions 2014-110, 2014-111, and 2014-112 on April 22, 2014 to begin this collection process based on the all the storm water studies conducted in previous years and to help pay for studies never finished since 2009 Commissioner Meis decision along with the several critical upgrades already discovered. GVDD anticipates an additional $2.6 Million in annual collections in which a majority will be saved for future projects and anticipated huge revenue bonds for a federally mandated Municipal Separate Storm Water Systems called an MS4 to be added county wide with current estimates well over $250 Million. This topic will make for interesting debate and likely litigation/mediation since Commissioner Pugliese recently mentioned Mesa County has another $3 Million to trim off of next years budget.

VetTheGov went to the Mesa County site to look for it's Storm Water Management Manual (SWMM) and it linked directly to the City of GJ site for it's municipal codes and so it appears Mesa County has adopted the city's SWMM.  In the city code the following appears in Chapter 28:

28.12.100 Post-construction BMPs.

Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Drainage District, and the Town of Palisade, who are members of the Drainage Authority, have obtained permits to discharge stormwater under the Colorado Discharge Permit System (permit numbers COR-090031, COR-090077, COR-090006, and COR-090005, respectively). The terms and conditions of the permits set forth minimum requirements for stormwater management programs including construction site stormwater runoff control and post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment to reduce pollutants in all stormwater runoff to the MS4

This is a telling code as well:

28.52.010 Introduction.

A large number of agricultural irrigation facilities exist in Mesa County, and many have historically intercepted runoff from rural and agricultural areas with little consequence. However, the development (urbanization) of these areas results in storm runoff of much higher peak flows and larger total volumes. In addition, water quality of the runoff is often adversely impacted by this urbanization. As a result, the traditional practice of utilizing irrigation ditches, drains, and reservoirs for stormwater control must be reexamined on a case-by-case basis.

A question to consider asking the city and county is for actual documentation of the MS4's mentioned in the city code as the definition states the MS4's are owned and operated by the city or county. It is clear with this issue at hand neither the city or county own or operate an MS4 system.

Now imagine, if you will, you are an elected official running for re-election and this hits your radar screen. Well you have the safe non-election year officials step up and play the smoke & mirrors game and then blast it off the radar screens until folks get their new tax bills from GVDD and the real rage begins. By then the elected are hoping their paychecks are solidified in re-election bids and the smoke & mirror capers complete the deflection of bad news for the local tax slaves up until this moment. Hence we move on to the smoke & mirror capers, county commissioner Scott McInnis and city councilman Duncan McArthur.

In response to the GVDD's multiple attempts to get the City of GJ and Mesa County's attention, the below letters were drafted by Scott McInnis and Duncan McArthur using their grandiose titles but not on city or county letterhead. Interesting to note these letters were emailed using the Mesa County administrative assistant Stephanie Reecy. The letters by McInnis and McArthur suggest that our state elected offer new state legislation to fix years of kicking the can down the road and let the next generation deal with the past and current poor management decisions of an out of control clueless government. Sound familiar? See the letters below and a follow-up clarification email to the entire council by McArthur explaining why he took the lead speaking on behalf of the city council. There is no doubt McArthur and McInnis have put the city council and county commissioner board and the local tax slaves in a very interesting position and will be fun to follow the street sweepers on this one. 

Date: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 2:01 PM -0700
Subject: Fwd: GVDD's Letter
To: "Barbara Traylor Smith" , "Belinda White" , "Bennett Boeschenstein" , "Chris Kennedy" , "Duncan McArthur" , "John Shaver" , "Martin Chazen" , "Phyllis Norris" , "Rick Taggart" , "Sam Rainguet" , "Tim Moore" , "Shaunalee Kronkright"

Good Afternoon,

I believe that you have all received a letter from GVDD discussing their fee. In that letter, they mentioned me personally and attributed an erroneous comment that I supposedly made so this email is to correct that statement.

I did make a presentation to WCCA's Board about Commissioner McInnis and I seeking support to have the legislators consider changing GVDD's current form of governance to one that is more representative. In that presentation, I made no criticism of the GVDD Board's competency. My comments has always been that we have an agency that is seeking to collect and spend over $60 million over the next 20 years with effectively no oversight. I also mentioned that, under the current form of governance, GVDD mis-managed its mill levy over the years costing the District millions but that is a matter of record and has even been acknowledged by former District representatives. Both Commissioner McInnis and I have repeatedly stated that we are not saying anyone has done anything wrong. But an organization with over $100 million in assets seeking to collect and spend over $60 million without any effective oversight is a recipe for problems.

With all that being said, you will received a letter this afternoon, if you have not already received it, recommending that the issue of governance be referred to DOLA to study the issue and make their recommendation to the legislators on how the District would best be governed. This takes the political jabs and egos out of the question because that is not what this is all about. It is about how best to serve the citizens of this valley.

Thanks you.

Duncan McArthur

McArthur's email proves he has only his best interest in mind as he wants to push these hard decisions over to DOLA and the state elected to get this hot topic away from local media and tax payer attention and appoint their own hand picked board to continue the kicking of the can down the road. This is the City's sudden Resolution to be adopted here and not sure if ever approved or voted upon. Without the ability to develop land any further due to storm runoff drainage MS4 issue it begins to put strain on builders and real estate agents and of course higher tax bases with the possibilities for the city to ignore their very own codes. 

Scott McInnis attended a meeting with GVDD on January 24, 2015 and asked GVDD for two months to get his technical information together and to get the buy in from Commissioner's Justman and Pugliese. Scott McInnis then instructs county employee Julie Constan to begin a white paper crusade to convince the other commissioners. However five months later the 5-2-1 is being resurrected to its original dysfunctional state but with the added two politically appointed members. Leave no doubt the progressive big government types already sitting on the 5-2-1 board will leave a legacy for the many future tax slaves that will pay dearly for this Juntion Dysfunction!

The concept offered by McInnis and McArthur, who sit on the current appointed 5-2-1 board, is to continue the 5-2-1 dysfunction by adding two more to the board making five that will be all be appointed via the good ole boy political network that always take care of friends in the mesa county elite ranks. Since Scott McInnis now has $500K to contribute to the valley via his 10-year Western Way PAC funding, he could play savior for the 5-2-1's poor planning since its inception. So far from the recent PAC pay outs it appears local bank fees, investment gain taxes, CMU, cell phone calls, and recently Patrick Davis of "Colorado Liberty Alliance" for $15,000.00 are the token winners so far. Side Note VetTheGov found this interesting article about the Colorado Liberty Alliance as a hit tool used to take out TEA party candidates within the republican party and specifically Marsha Looper who was running against Amy Stephens aka"Amycare" who gave us our current bankrupt and high cost federal healthcare exchange in Colorado. 

VetTheGov will keep all you tax slaves up to date in the upcoming weeks as this surely will play out as one of the biggest political power plays to date in Mesa County. The below picture taken by VetTheGov shows a drain on a Mesa County residential road that has not been cleaned or swept all year which proves at least the 5-2-1 is another government failure! VetTheGov dedicates the drain and names it on behalf of all tax slaves in the valley the McInnis-McArthur Drainage District Trophy Drain since without a doubt these two officials will save us all from the impending implosion. No worries because all these characters are protected by the Government Immunity Act. This will all end with a call for help to Washington D.C. that will keep the Grand Valley under Federal Rule and prove the bigger question of why the local tax slaves need any local officials at all! Stay tuned more to come!

 

Monday
Aug032015

Town of Palisade Provides No Local Police Coverage between 3AM and 7AM Daily

The Town of Palisade currently offers no local police protection between the hours of 3AM to 7AM? daily!

Case in Point

On Thursday July 30th, 2015 a burglar alarm was activated at 105 Stump Ct. Palisade, CO at 6:20AM in which Mesa County Sheriff's Office dispatched a patrol deputy to investigate. The deputy arrived over an hour and a half later well past the 7AM local Palisade police coverage. Luckily the result was a false alarm for business owner JJ Fletcher who made the following statement: "We need better coverage within the Town of Palisade. What are we getting for our tax dollars being paid out?"

VetTheGov asked Mr. Fletcher to call the dispatch non-emergency number and ask why the county responded versus the local police. After several pass the buck phone calls with no real answers given, the town police department admitted no coverage to the citizens of Palisade between the hours of 3AM and 7AM daily.

This simple little alarm call shows miscommunication between the local police department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office since the call should have switched over at 7AM when the local police where on duty. It also leaves a gap of ZERO local police protection if a county deputy has to travel far from his jurisdiction to answer a call in Palisade. What if this were a real emergency or burglary in progress?

If the Town of Palisade can't provide the most requested and needed service to protect it's citizens within town limits, it might be time for these taxpayers to ask some very tough questions of their towns highly paid leadership and what services they actually receive. Stay tuned as VetTheGov will provide CORA request into how many calls for service happen between these gaps of no service.

Thursday
Jul302015

BREAKING: Town of Palisade lacking Cash Flow! Loan Needed to Stay Afloat!

Since VetTheGov has been following the Progressive Town Government in Palisade and their ever desire to Bankrupt the town, it appears by the recent disclosed treasurer's report, reality is setting in and no thanks to marijuana, alcohol, and all the wonderful town events to save the inevitable.  The simple truth is that the town's overhead is way too high for such a small town.  With high salaries, endless personnel issues, and cash losing main events that apparently aren't bringing in the revenue the town so claims, and businesses that see a town government out of control packing up and moving out there is great trouble ahead for this community!

If you run your business like the town runs its business and this news hits, more than likely you would be contacting a bankruptcy attorney or simply doing what most businesses do when cash runs short, cutting expenses fast and furious.  However in a progressive Utopia you just simply double down on spending as noted in the treasurer's report and continue hiring and pillaging the community trough of tax funds.  

See the July 28, 2015 treasurer's report below:

 

Where Palisade is the Fiscal responsibility of your tax dollars???  

Friday
Jun192015

Town of Palisade Progressive Government continues to Stifle their local Business Community

Since VetTheGov has been following the Town of Palisade it has become more and more apparent that the town's progressive socialist patterns are scaring business and tourist away from their Main St and unfriendly business environment. Stir in cozy relationships within the town board, chamber of commerce, and of course the local newspaper and you have the perfect Utopia being set in place. However for business owners in the downtown Main St. area such as the Rose Cafe and Palisade Cafe & Grill, selling out is the only escape plan away from higher local city taxes and regulations. Add in a few more wineries and rumors of additional businesses coming up for sale; typical government employees with no understanding of business; the outlook shapes up for another bankrupted city added to the list of many others. Follow this link to local business properties listed for sale in Palisade and ask yourself why so many are running away from this town.

If one just follows the progressive movement not only in the USA but Africa, Russia, and China, it doesn't take long to realize growing the local town government coffers, collecting paychecks not obtainable in any other similar job functions, and taking care of close friends are top strategies in this little peach town government! Just follow the town administrator originally from Delta and look at the trophy buildings and projects left in their wakes. Yes these trophies are losing hand over fist. The Delta golf course and the towns Rec center continue to lose money. Heck they are still trying to find a high dollar town manager to continue the plunder of local businesses and tax payers. Good Luck Delta but surely they will find a really well versed participant in sustainable government through revenue generation. 

As for the Town of Palisade they have their man and their board well positioned for the ultimate progressive government Utopia. They got rid of the police chief who surely didn't have similar progressive ideas but possibly frightened the town with too much force so the progressive game plan needed softened for the moment. History however will prove heavy handed tactics will continue against those opposed to the plan and many will just give up fighting the progressive machine and move on. Sprinkle in the hiring of Zach Adams to the police department whose mother is Jullian Adams, executive director of the palisade chamber of commerce and member of the town's tourism board and writer for the peach town news, along with Dave Parsons the common law husband to Robynn Sundermeier-Town Trustee, hired on to the town public works department. Note how progressives in positions of power take care of those very close and of course always on the tax payers dime. 

Follow the trio of Rich Sales-town manager, David Edwards-mayor pro tem, and his "partner" Bill Hoffman-guest writer for the Peach Town news to the 2015 annual Colorado Municipal League conference and the private plan continues forth as these convenient relationships learn more and more central progressive planning at this event. These three have taken this road trip together for the past several years. Hmmmm...One must wonder since Bill Hoffmann is not an employee for the town why he shows on the CML conference roster as representing the town. The bigger question would be who paid for Bill's trip? Surely not a cheap one and VetTheGov figures around $5K tax dollars spent for the trio! 

At the CML conference Rich Sales was a presentor for the following session:

Economic Development for Small Communities BRR Breckenridge Ballroom Peak 17 Learn how small- to medium-sized Colorado municipalities can excel at economic development. This session will focus on urban renewal, strategic planning and vision, marketing and leveraging resources, and utilizing existing opportunities as a starting point. Presenters: Brandy Reitter, Buena Vista town administrator; Richard Sales, Palisade town administrator; Monty Torres, Brush! town administrator; Sheryl Trent, Evans economic development director

What a wonderful time these men must have had this past week hanging out in Breckenridge sharing so much valued information of running down a small town with progressive teaching sessions! Wondering what the comprehensive game plan will be moving forward? Revenue Generation will obviously be the highest priority in the coming months. Understand the sessions language by Rich Sales presentation is geared towards growing government and not getting out of its own way. Very Telling Picture in Progressive Palisade!!! 

VetTheGov is betting this below session was attended by all three.

Privileges Under the Colorado Open Records Act (Advanced session) DT Columbine Ballroom A–C Arranged by the Attorneys Section Municipalities routinely receive requests for records that may be protected by a privilege, such as the work product, deliberative process, or attorney–client privilege. Sometimes the records are marked as “confidential,” “trade secret,” or “proprietary.” Join veteran municipal attorneys as they discuss privileges and trade secrets under the Colorado Open Records Act. Presenters: Kendra Carberry, Hoffmann Parker Wilson & Carberry PC; Kathleen Kelly, Light Kelly PC; Geoff Wilson, CML general counsel CLE accredited.

In discussing the current economic flavor from local Palisade businesses, the growing theme is that the town government leaders refuse to listen to any of the non-favored local conservative businesses on ideas to help stimulate the local economy. One has to wonder in the progressive utopia of Palisade if the leaders are just looking for their own personal stimulation. Remember anything goes within the walls of Palisade government as noted in this earlier story

In this Grand Junction Sentinel article back from 2011 where mayor pro tem made the following statement:
“We just want activity downtown, and it concerns me when there are that many businesses that are empty,” 

Well mayor pro tem it doesn't sound like much has changed! It's no wonder the mayor pro tem is looking for legal and illegal activity to come to Palisade. Mayor pro tem if you really want activity in the downtown streets simply remove the huge tax and regulation barriers for local businesses. Remove government employees and trustees with chips on their shoulders that shrug off the local business owners. Most of all comprehend that all of these businesses make the money for everyone's checks within the walls of the progressive government utopia being built in Palisade since they and only they create the goods and services that the town taxes by force! 

Tuesday
Apr282015

A telling conversation between Town of Palisade Administrator and concerned citizen regarding marijuana outdoor grow in Peach Town!

Town of Palisade administrator Rich Sales admits several times in the recorded conversation included below that he makes no decisions for the town only offers arguments for the town trustees. Yet when asked what arguments he made to the town trustees against the marijuana outdoor growing Rich Sales suddenly can't remember these against arguments. The telling part in the audio conversation is Rich Sales defends Rich Sales and his $91K salary plus 25-30% benefit package as he let's his professionally paid staff run wild with what seems zero accountability. 

One of the for arguments surely was the expected $80K+ revenue from medicinal retail sales along with an additional $200K from recreational sales. However through CORA request made to the town the $5.00 per transaction fee shows disappointing and declining revenues. 2012 transaction collections from Colorado Alternative Healthcare were $56,055; 2013 collections were $50,920; and 2014 dropped to $49,950 which equivalents to approx. 27 transactions per day. It's no wonder massage therapy and marijuana are mixed together in Palisade. VetTheGov can only imagine how these two therapies mix. Based on transaction fees paid it's not a happy ending!

As progressive salaries and benefits rise and no cuts from within, the $200K+ revenue from retail operations would be a windfall bonus maker for the town employees and surely would keep Rich Sales paycheck from bouncing. Apparently the town mayor and the rest of the trustees want the HIGH rollers legal and illegal hanging out in Peach Town. Enjoy the progressive conversation!

Tuesday
Apr072015

2012 Civil Court case filed against Town of Palisade gives more insight into a small town government gone Progressive!

As the layers get peeled away in a small town government invaded by progressive thought, it comes with consequences to the taxpayers and businesses within and around the community.  Take for instance the civil case of Cynthia Thompson v Town of Palisade.  What you will read is how a hostile workplace and negative environment was created when the purging of those not sold on the progressive ideals of the town leaders began creating dissention in the rank and file.  However if you agreed with the progressive ideals, its one big anything goes party at the taxpayers expense and of course this poor ladies layoff that paved the way for the now very high administrative salaries in this small town! 

Interesting that the town manager shows so much concern of losing his own overpaid $91K job that he would threaten a concerned citizen she would be his retirement plan if he was forced out!  Listen to the unbelievable conversation here.  In this segment the town manager uses his personal livlihood as leverage for not coming against the towns progressive movement.  But what about Cynthia Thompson's job town manager?  Based on the civil suit it destroyed everything in her life.  Can't these progressive minded folks see the demise they cause from their own hypocrisy?  Horrifying to watch a small town fall to the likes of these cruel characters that not only pick winner and loser businesses but also winners and losers within their crumbling administrative walls! 

Stay tuned as the progressive turmoil of town board members and town administration try and cover up their mismanagement by placing the focus on another sole member not buying into the progressive ideals!   

Saturday
Apr042015

Breaking: Former Palisade Police Chief shares his frustrations with the Town of Palisade Administration and direction of the town!

VetTheGov sat down with former Town of Palisade Police Chief Carroll Quarles about a month ago to discuss the dysfunctional nature of a town he used to police gone wild from within.  Mr. Quarles discussion was a very pleasant and refreshing conversation of Truth and reality of his working in a progressive government.  VetTheGov released this story in which the former chief's name was used as a segway into the devisive politics and accusations that have taken out so many employees during his tenure.  This line from the story was simply used to show how sexual harassment complaints are used in this town to remove individuals that don't fit in to the progressive mindset.  When Mr. Quarles read the story that included his name he was frustrated that it reflected his situation in the wrong light or inaccurate.  VetTheGov reached out to Mr. Quarles and explained that the one line in the story was only being used as a segway into the many sexual harassment complaints and sexual escapades rumored or kept confidential from within the town hall walls and was meant in no way to discredit his service to the community.  After apologies from both parties VetTheGov asked for permission to post his response to the original story and Mr. Quarles agreed. 

Here is former Palisade Police Chief's email received:

Subject: Erroneous Information
Message: In your article, "Things in Palisade aren't so Peachy" you mentioned that my termination from employment was due to a sexual harassment complaint that was investigated by CIRSA. If that is the case, I was not made aware that was the reason for my termination. Would you like the "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey used to say?

Acting Chief Debra Funston was hired by me to fill a full time investigator position at Palisade PD. At the time, we had a Sergeant who became frustrated with me because I refused to allow him to be her direct supervisor. I explained to him that management of a police agency has two basic organizational lines. One is "line function", and the other is "staff function." A line function is a patrol function which is the backbone of all police agencies. A staff function covers everything else, including investigations. As such, investigators do not report to the patrol sergeant as their first line supervisor. In our case, the department was too small to have a more than one investigator. Since the investigator was working primarily day shift, it was appropriate that the investigator report directly to the chief. The Sgt vehemently disagreed, and he was able to convince half the patrol shift that I was wrong, and therefore untrustworthy. This was the beginning of the breakdown between me and the staff, exacerbated by my second in command.

After Funston was hired, and working day shift, we had many opportunities to discuss cases and put out internal fires caused by the Sgt. There were also times when she, I, and the records clerk (also a female) shared many "war stories". One of the stories I told concerned a former police officer who was immature in many ways, especially concerning women. The town had a woman employee who had very large breasts. It was obvious to anyone who watched this officer when speaking to this female employee that he was focused on her breasts, and never looked at her face except fleetingly. Now, I didn't just bring up this story out of the blue. We were talking about sexual harassment as a problem in our culture. Neither of the women were offended by the remarks, and I never heard any complaints.

Several weeks passed, and I directed the Sgt to conduct a field training program for Funston. During this program, the Sgt was very critical of her. He accused her of not completing her reports, being a coward, and anything else he could think of to create a rift between us. I asked him for a written complaint, based on actual evidence, and never received one from him. I asked him if he expected me to discipline an employee without any proof about the things he was complaining about, and he said that he did. I disagreed, and did not discipline her.

A month before I was terminated, the Sgt filed a complaint with the Human Resources department about my having sexually harassed Funston. I was contacted by Rich Sales and given a copy of the complaint. Funston had not signed the complaint, only the Sgt did, who was allegedly reporting it on her behalf because she was afraid of retaliation. I recognized right away that I was in a pickle. If I tried to talk to Funston it would appear that I was trying to subvert the investigation, and perhaps be retaliating against her. I decided to take a chance, and scheduled a meeting at Riverbend park with her in one car and I in another. I told her to turn on her recorder, which she did. The entire conversation was recorded by Funston.

I told her that the Sgt had filed a complaint of sexual harassment against me on her behalf. I did not ask here any questions about the complaint, or try to pressure her about the complaint at all. I showed her a copy of the complaint, and she was surprised by it. She said that she had repeated the story to him when the were on patrol, and that he had used it to make his own complaint without her knowledge, while using her as the tool to have standing with the complaint. I told her that if I was guilty of any such behavior, I should not be the chief, and should be fired. She recorded the entire conversation, and I never mentioned it to her again, and until this day, we have never talked about it. But, here's what happened:

When the human services rep interviewed her concerning the complaint, she told him that I had never sexually harassed her. She said that she had never seen or heard me make any disparaging remarks about women, make innuendo or hint at sexual situations. She told him the context of the conversation I described earlier, and reiterated that there was nothing sexual about it. However, she retained an attorney who sent the town administrator a letter expressing his concern for his client's treatment by the Sgt, and that he would be keeping close tabs on the way his client might be treated by the town in the future. In other words, "back off".

That is the truth concerning the "sexual harassment" complaint made by the Sgt. I have no idea whether CIRSA investigated the complaint, but my guess is they did not since the complaint was unfounded at the beginning. CIRSA would only get involved if there was a settlement of some sort, which to my knowledge, did not happen. Of course, many things have happened since I left, and apparently, this "rumor" that I was fired for sexual harassment is one of them. What better way for Sales and Co. to protect themselves from political fallout for firing a well respected and effective police chief? I'm not perfect, but I never sexually harassed anyone...ever. 

My termination was a direct result of my inability to keep my mouth shut about the advent of the legal marijuana business in Palisade. Here's what happened:

Robert Melot is a self described entrepreneur who moved to Palisade in the early 2000's. He developed a subdivision just east of Palisade High School, and also built an office building where Fruit and Wine Real Estate, the Distillery, and Canyon Winds Winery are now located. He also built a office building just north of the Distillery and Winery. He leased some of the office Space to the Colorado Association of Vinters, and the other half of the building was vacant. The real estate marked crashed in 2008, and Melot was having a hard time making ends meet. A vintner from Denver wanted to open a new tasting room at the vacant space in Melot's building. The vintner went through the planning process, and when the Town Board heard arguments concerning impacts to the neighborhood, it denied the permit.

The regulation of alcohol is well established in laws concerning zoning, parking, sewer, noise, traffic mitigation, etc. No such rules applied to the marijuana industry at the time. Melot was whining about the town putting him out of business, and Tim Sarmo, the town administrator at the time told me he felt sorry for Melot because the bankers were getting ready to foreclose on his business. The town had not done the right thing concerning the tasting room. I had no dog in the fight, so I made no comments.

The above situation took place in May, 2009. In October that same year, I received an email from Sarmo on Monday explaining that there would be a special meeting of the town board on a Tuesday between the regular board meeting days. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss medical marijuana. The meeting had been posted on the bulletin board just outside town hall, which fulfilled the sunshine law requirement. On Tuesday, Sarmo called me into his office and told me that the board was going to consider approving a business license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Melot's building. He told me that he knew I would not be in support of the license, and that he did not want me to make any editorial comments during the meeting, and just answer direct questions from the board. Having received a direct order to keep my mouth shut, I kept it shut. I was only asked one question during the meeting, which was generic.

The only people who attended the meeting were the trustees, the department heads and clerk, and one citizen: Robert Melot. The press was not there. The applicants were not there. No citizens were there. It was during the world series, and one of the trustees said "I hope this doesn't take long, I want to go watch the game." I knew as soon as I sat down that this meeting had been discussed beforehand by phone between Sarmo and the trustees. By doing it this way, all the discussion was completed, and the sunshine law was not a consideration. The vote was pre-determined. The community was not made aware of the advent of the dispensary. The press was not invited, and the department heads had been kept out of the loop until the last minute to control the possibility of any information being leaked. In the months between May and October, meetings between Melot, Jesse and Dessa Laughman, Tim Sarmo, and Nathan Boddy (Town Planner) had taken place to streamline the process and keep the public out of it. The trustees voted 6-1 to approve.

The local newspaper (The Palisade Tribune) ran an article about the dispensary, and also asked me to comment on it. I wrote a rather lengthy response which was not in favor of it, and I was pretty sure I made it clear what I thought of how the process took place. Sarmo and the trustees were livid! If not for the Whistleblower Act, I'm sure I would have been fired. Sarmo was too smart to fire me, but it was clear that I hadn't endeared myself to him and the trustees. Be that as it may, the dispensary is now the goose that laid the golden egg in Palisade, and I am just a bad memory. How is any of this relevant?

Tim Sarmo was a former employee of the Department of Local Affairs. So was Rich Sales. They have known each other and been friends for over 20 years. When Sales was fired from his job with the City of Delta, Sarmo hired him as the Assistant Town Administrator for Palisade, a position that was created by Sarmo. How convenient that he hires his long time friend to be his replacement, which the trustees were more than happy to rubber stamp. I admit I was taken in by Sales. He was pleasant where Sarmo was not. He seemed to want to hear what his staff had to say, where Sarmo didn't. He seemed to want to put to rest the turmoil surrounding Mayor Walker's recall, and other political issues, where Sarmo didn't. He treated me fairly, when Sarmo didn't. So, I was more than glad to give him a glowing recommendation to the Trustees when he was "competing" with a panel of applicants for Sarmo's position.

Within just a few months of Sales taking over as town administrator, his demeanor toward me changed. He would receive an erroneous complaint from the Town Treasurer/Human Resources head, and without asking me my side of the issue, write me a reprimand. When he would serve me, I would tell him what really happened, and the reprimand was withdrawn. Things got so bad between the police department and the treasurer that I finally told Sales that I had had enough. I told him that the Town treasurer was an officer of the town, and as such, reported directly to the Trustees. Consequently, since he (Sales) was not able to get her under control, I would take the issue directly to the trustees myself. He asked me not to do that, and I stood down...for a while. Finally, the treasurer, who also administered the health insurance reimbursements for employees, refused to honor one of the officer's request for a reimbursement for some small piece of therapeutic clothing. The same article had been reimbursed for one of the other officers. When the treasurer told him no, he asked her why she had approved the other officer's request. She said, "I was in a good mood that day. I'm not in a good mood today."

Sales was in Glenwood Springs when this happened. I had communicated via email with the treasurer who became quite agitated at me. I forwarded the emails to Sales, and to the Trustees. This made Sales very angry. This was about 6 months before I was fired. Now, I'm no rocket scientist, but I can see where Sales was too quick to discipline me without all the facts, and refuse to discipline a treasurer with all the facts. I can see where I stepped on his toes by going over his head, which I had told him I intended to do if things didn't change. So, I shot myself in the foot so to speak. All of these things are taking place at the same time I'm having issues with the Sgt concerning Funston.

In early October, 2012, I had finally had enough of the Sgt, and I told Sales I was going to fire him. I had caught the Sgt lying to me about another personnel issue concerning officers under his supervision. I told Sales this on Monday the 10th, and was fired on Wednesday the 12th. He called me into his office and said this: "I've got some bad news for you chief. Today is your last day." I not so calmly asked him why. He said there was no reason, that I was an at will employee and that the town could end our relationship at any time without cause. I knew this to be true, so I packed my bags, and left that same day. Ask yourself, Mr. Vetter, if I had been guilty of Sexual Harassment and had been terminated for such foolishness, wouldn't Sales and the Trustees be in a better position to defend themselves against the outcry of an angry public? How easy would it have been to simply say so? Yet, they waited, apparently until the dust had cleared, and somehow leaked it to someone. If CIRSA had investigated the complaint, and decided to settle out of court, wouldn't that settlement be part of the public record at some level? The town contracts with CIRSA for insurance coverage. They do not pay CIRSA for investigations CIRSA conducts based on potential payment of claims. Your insinuation that the town spent money because of the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is not true. Funston was in a position to file a complaint of "Creating a hostile work environment" based on the Sgt.'s behavior. Whether she did or not, I don't know. So if CIRSA investigated anything based on a sexual harassment complaint, it had nothing to do with me. If they paid a settlement, I would check into hostile work environment complaints by Funston against the Sgt.

If I were Funston, I wouldn't comment on any of this, especially since she is now the acting Chief of Police. Yet, it would be interesting if someone were to ask her if I had harassed her, just what she would say. If she has any integrity at all, she would say, "No."

Here is a video clip where Mr. Quarles explained the same situation during a meeting to discuss a possible run for Mesa County Sheriff.

Now you have the rest of the story and hopefully draws more attention to the inside dysfunctional operations of progressive small town political agenda gone awry!  Could these same reasons of standing up against the towns obvious direction of marijuana based businesses be the demise of the new Palisade Police Chief?  Sure seems like the situation playing out like many in the past!  Stay tuned more to come!

Friday
Apr032015

Town of Palisade & Colorado Alternative Healthcare violating Colorado Anti-Trust Law?

While VetTheGov has secured several CORA request from the Town of Palisade there has been an apparent theme regarding marijuana as the new source of revenue for the city since they have such high administration cost to cover and to fund their progressive utopia building process.  The problem the Town of Palisade finds itself currently is that in their rush to create revenue they have not thought through the violations of the Colorado Constitution and the Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) of creating a monopoly situation for the owners of Colorado Alternative Healthcare/Palisade Apothecary.

C.R.S. 6-4-102. Legislative declaration

The general assembly hereby finds and determines that competition is fundamental to the free market system and that the unrestrained interaction of competitive forces will yield the best allocation of our economic resources, the lowest prices, the highest quality commodities and services, and the greatest material progress, while at the same time providing an environment conducive to the preservation of our democratic, political, and social institutions.

C.R.S. 6-4-105 Monopolization and attempt to monopolize

It is illegal for any person to monopolize, attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person to monopolize any part of trade or commerce. 

Town of Palisade adopted and refined codes that have allowed ONLY Colorado Alternative Healthcare to operate outside of the Legislative Declaration of a competitive free market system regarding competitive forces by minimizing medicinal operations within town limits to a single entity.  But what's most compelling in this monopoly State law violation are found in emails, board meetings, planning sessions, meetings with the town manager, and the owners of Colorado Alternative Healthcare prior to conditional permits being awarded to just one business.  If your business is making bank on the monopolization town ordinance, it only makes sense that you would protect the nest egg!   

C.R.S. 31-15-103 states the following: 

Municipalities shall have power to make and publish ordinances not inconsistent with the laws of this state, from time to time, for carrying into effect or discharging the powers and duties conferred by this title which are necessary and proper to provide for the safety, preserve the health, promote the prosperity, and improve the morals, order, comfort, and convenience of such municipality and the inhabitants thereof not inconsistent with the laws of this state.

Therefore the Town of Palisade is in direct conflict with a State Statute and the Colorado Constitution since a town ordinance can never ever conflict with a State law.  Town of Palisade Ordinance 2014-14 is in violation of State law and must be challenged for that cause.  Free market competition must be allowed and not restricted in the Town of Palisade.  Colorado Alternative Healthcare along with the Town of Palisade must be investigated for criminal activity immediately by the Attorney General's office for manipulating town ordinances and votes for monopolized gain by both entities!

6-4-117. Enforcement - criminal proceedings

(1) The attorney general shall prosecute all criminal proceedings for violations of this article, whether by indictment or direct information filed in the appropriate district court.

(2) Any natural person who violates section 6-4-104, 6-4-105, or 6-4-106 commits a class 5 felony and shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-401, C.R.S.

(3) Any person, other than a natural person and a governmental or public entity, that violates section 6-4-104, 6-4-105, or 6-4-106 is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one million dollars.

6-4-114. Enforcement - civil damages

(1) Any person injured in its business or property by reason of any violation of this article may sue therefore and, if successful, shall recover any actual damages sustained by such person. If the violation alleged and proved is determined by the court to be a per se violation of this article, such person may recover three times the actual damages sustained by such person.

(2) In any action brought pursuant to this section, the court, in its discretion, may award the prevailing party its expert fees, the costs of the action, and reasonable attorney fees.

(3) No damages, costs, expert fees, costs of investigation, civil penalties, or attorney fees may be recovered from a governmental or public entity, or from any official, agent, or employee thereof acting in an official capacity, or from any person based on any official action directed by such governmental or public entity.

Stay tuned as VetTheGov will be filing papers and evidence in District Court along with copies to the Attorney General's office demanding action be taken to investigate and remove the restrictive non-competitive language found in the Town of Palisade's illegal ordinance and the manipulation behind closed doors!

Thursday
Apr022015

Update: Town of Palisade: Not so Peachy these days

Since this original story was written, local Grand Junction media and specifically the Peach Town News has mentioned the material brought forth but only responded to a few of the issues raised.   

The first topic Peach Town News tackled were the sex offenders in Palisade and the safety of the kids.  The Town knew there was a problem so they are forced to make new routes for the kids to travel versus not allowing sex offenders near school zones.  Surely this one act resolved all safety issues for the kids since nothing mentioned the re-arrest of these sex offenders.  VetTheGov did find in the 2015 town budget that revenue is collected from sex offenders registering in the town limits.  $120.00 - $140.00 of annual revenue doesn't seem close enough to cover the expense of buying property and building a sidewalk to veer away from the sex offenders who can also live and walk near the same sidewalks anyway.  Stats supposedly prove that sex offenders don't often re-offend however the many re-offenders from Palisade tell a different story.   

The Sunshine Laws for clarification allow for meetings between a single board trustee and town administration.  However in the eyes of impropriety it appears on face value that these meetings are being held without knowledge to the other board members based on email communications received via CORA.  With two board meetings every month and numerous unison votes, who is manipulating who in these off schedule meetings?  One thing is for sure in a town of only 3000 people, the administration is being well compensated by this board.  From 2015 Online approved budget:

Town Administrator - $91,117.00 + 30% benefits
Admin Asst - $33,840.00 + 30% benefits
Town Clerk - $54,829.00 + 30% benefits
Town Treasurer - $62,026.00 + 30% benefits
Deputy Treasurer - $39,285.00 + 30% benefits
Public Works Director - $74,216.00 + 30% benefits
Public Works Foreman - $50,920.00 + 30% benefits
Police Chief - $68,400.00 + 30% benefits
Fire Chief - $68,400.00 + 30% benefits
Facilities Manager - $54,037.00 + 30% benefits
Community Development Director - $55,925.00 + 30% benefits
Rec Events Coor - $42,899.00 + 30% benefits

The median income in Palisade is 42,099.00.

Speaking of liquor licenses in Palisade and liquor establishments which there are several, there is only ONE medicinal marijuana location.  The owners of this facility are making bank because of a monopoly position of no other competitors allowed until the town reaches a population of 6000.  Based on several emails obtained via CORA the owners of the medicinal facility are very nervous of rumors of applications being filed by potential competitors.  Surely just the tourism of travelers into the town should allow for more competition in a true free market system we are told we have.  Peach Town News there is recreational marijuana sales in your town you just don't know about it or being oblivious it goes on.  Even the town Mayor was concerned about the High Rollers coming to town!  Surely the more pressing issue with Sustainability being at the forefront of discussions these days because of the hyped climate change religion, water demand for the incoming wave of grow houses might just instill the hypocratic oath by all who jumped on the marijuana bandwagon!  VetTheGov wonders how all the agriculture farmers in Palisade will enjoy the higher consumption of water needed for weeds?  Anyhow Palisade you will find your alcohol and marijuana and sex offenders have maxed out your law enforcement budget and just might be one of the reasons your police chief has been placed on leave since the town would rather spend money on other more important issues like asbestos abatement!

If the town truly profited from the events the Peach Town News raves about then it would be a huge winner for government profit/revenue.  However based on the 2015 budget referenced earlier, the biggest event the Bluegrass Festival Brings in 185,000.00 to the town coffers.  The sad news is it cost the taxpayers $309,872.00+++ to put on this event.  The news gets even worse when you look at your tourism account which has been a losing venture ever since Palisade started selling medicinal marijuana!  Also pay close attention to the climbing Liability expense that grew from $49K in 2011 to $80K in 2014 & 2015.  Any more sexual harassment issues and this one will blow up even higher!  The electricity usage is getting out of hand as well.  Look closely at the increases in just a couple of years.  So much for solar saving the tax payers.   

The Town of Palisade is another example of big government progressives behaving like vultures and then move on to destroy the next small town!  Detroit gave us the perfect picture of a corrupt progressive government bankrupting and destroying a community.  Looks like Palisade is next in line!!!  Hard to believe the Palisade community supports this board and top heavy administration!

Saturday
Mar282015

Town of Palisade: Not so Peachy these days!

VetTheGov over the past few weeks has spent some time focusing on the Town of Palisade government.  Palisade is one of those communities still small enough that any mishaps from within and everyone knows what happened before the story hits the local papers.  Yes the rumors are still floating around town about certain town officials but no one really wants any more press since the marijuana operations have already divided the town.

VetheGov will lead off with the most recent CORA request made on Monday March 24, 2015 at 9 AM for the mayor, town manager, and town clerk's calendars from the last 12 months along with any special meetings called by the board of trustees but especially any private meetings called between the mayor and the town manager.  The reason for these specific request is that the town manager and the mayor have been spending lots of time together lately and there are specific Colorado state statutes C.R.S. 24-6-401C.R.S. 24-6-402 that get violated when these special secret meetings occur.  In addition to the open meeting statute violations the town government also missed the 72-hour window regarding the specific CORA request on open meetings.  The town requires all employees to sign an Oath of Office to support the Colorado Constitution, the Constitution of the United States, and the Colorado State Statutes.  It's the typical we are immune syndrome of not following the law and having unchecked power beholden to the town leaders from the board of trustees.  This happens when the taxpayers within the town limits become too lazy to keep their elected in check!

Another event not on the radar was a recent poaching incident involving an elk near the secured Palisade watershed.  No hunting is authorized in this area yet a dead elk was discovered this last November in which the Dept. of Wildlife were called to investigate.  Cameras were installed after the fact and photos obtained pointed to Mike Littleton being seen in the photos but gave no indication he committed the crime.  However public works director Frank Watt and town manager Rich Sales took the investigation into their own hands and tried to force a confession from this public works employee.  Interesting that Frank Watt was involved in a DOW investigation when he himself has had a recent run in with the law.  What was just a another town rumor of a DUI arrest was confirmed by VetTheGov in a CBI report obtained via the internet.  Has Frank Watt been driving a town provided vehicle since the arrest?  Were the board of trustees made aware of the arrest?  How about the town manager knowing?  Maybe the town citizens need more answers on this specific situation!

Next up are the 13 current sex offenders located in Palisade.  VetTheGov located eight sex offenders registered very near Taylor Elementary School on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation website mostly for Sex Assault on a Child.  One of the them even shows Taylor Elementary as their registered address.  Is it no wonder the Town is having issues with repeat offenses.  Here is a KKCO story of a recent arrest. http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/Sex-offender-charged-with-sexual-assault-in-Palisade-220531561.html  2014 had approx. 12 re-offenses by sex offenders all from Palisade.  Must be the socially progressive board of trustees mindset of creating the utopia for anything goes.  Mayor pro tem Dave Edwards could very likely speak to these ideals as he is on many LGBT-GLBT boards and committees and pitched the slogan he wants to be the socially progressive voice in Mesa County when he ran for Commissioner seat back in 2012. 

Since sex seems to be a theme in Palisade these days let's look at a few internal issues that have been rumored or actually had complaints filed.  In 2005 a complaint was filed against former public works employee Rick Hodson in which after the investigation the entire town government were required to take sexual harassment training.  What's interesting in this specific case is that the town along with their retained attorney Ed Sands has replied in a letter that these are confidential issues not to be made public.  But wait aren't these the exact situations taxpayers should know about since they usually end up in lawsuits that the taxpayers are told to settle???  So much for transparency! 

Moving forward to 2012 when then Chief Carrol Quarles resigned under allegations of sexual harassment.  EEOC complaints filed around every corner and CIRSA is called to come in and provide an independent investigation.  But are they truly independent?  Well they only represent the Town of Palisade not the employee involved in the accusations.  Then comes Mike Nordine to save the day in Palisade as the interim appointed police chief yet even he got caught up in the sexcapades in Palisade.  Rumor on the streets were the town clerk and the interim chief were spending lots of time together in the office and away from the office.  By April of 2013 the two of them both filed for divorce within 24-hours of each other and within two case numbers of each other.  During these early months of 2013 the town clerk even had town police called to have her removed near town hall for being intoxicated and out of control.  VetTheGov requested the cell phone records of the town clerk for the past two years in which the town pays $50.00 per month towards the personal phone yet when reviewing the phone records provided over 99% of the calls or text were redacted!  Sounds like great fiscal discipline by the town manager.  VetTheGov also requested emails between the town clerk and interim police chief and only seven were provided.  Maybe the communications in Palisade are done using private phone text messaging but no one will ever know.  The payoff for this behavior was awarded the Deputy Chief rank at the Grand Junction Police Department and continued employment as clerk in Palisade. 

Fiscal discipline and servicing the taxpayers and businesses within the town lately seem to be sold out for marijuana and alcohol but only for winners in the governments eyes.  But take Inari's restaurant in Palisade, Inari's sells liquor in the restaurant and needs a license to do this.  In the past the town clerk has always made it very easy for Inari's to renew.  Yet under the new watch of the newly appointed town clerk there was no longer this type of service provided.  Inari's, due to the lack of service provided from the clerk's office, lost his license for approx. four months almost having to move the business away from the town.  Inari's protested by posting a message in their restaurant business for town incompetence and was publicly called out by trustee Penny "citizen of the world" Prinster to not get his liquor license until he publicly apologized to the town and the town manager.  Trustee Prinster voted no for the renewal liquor license proving the point they have the power based on emotion to pick winners and losers within their community.  Listen to the brow beating here.  So often businesses that pay more than their fair share of taxes must also wax the behinds of those in power in order to make a living.  So it goes in the Town of Palisade. 

Back in 2007 the town was handed the old high school from District 51 school board.  Since then newly installed solar panels and A/C units remain unused and not connected however serviced four times annually.  The building itself is used very little but for whatever fiscally conservative reasons the town continues forth with grants and expenses of a building the town loses on.  But again they get to pick the winners and losers and if they are losers the more money gets thrown that way in order to save face and in order to grow the trophy building collection.   In the meantime the town will continue to hear all the budget shortfalls and needed funds to continue their poor over-spending habits and audacious salaries. 

Since the progressive thought has entered into the equation in Palisade it seems each and every trustee board meeting offers a needed change in either an ordinance or resolution.  Each and every time this happens there is a reason behind the needed urgent change yet these changes often go unchecked.  Lately it seems that marijuana and money are the main driving force behind so many of the changes.  The children within these recreational marijuana retail buying locations will place many of them within school zones and within child care locations causing conflicts with federal and state laws.  So remember Palisade, the trustees and town officials are only looking out for the best interest of themselves and not the kids.  They will make it all sound nice and wonderful but at the end of the day watch the progressive transformation of a non-transparent government taking care of their winners and trashing the losers!   

Stay tuned as more to come from the wonderful Town of Palisade non-transparent all-powerful government!

UPDATE:  Received this email on 3/29/2015

Subject: Palisade not so Peechy
Message: To follow up, the town manager recently placed the Police Chief on admin leave because he was looking into all these allegations. I have to wonder if it was because he was getting to close to finding out the truth.

As a former board of trustee of the town when I asked or inquired into these allegations I was quickly informed that personnel issues where not my concern. I informed them that the town clerk and town manager was hired directly by the board. I was then informed I would be violating the sunshine laws.

Great article, I hope it goes further than a web site the common citizen doesn't know exists

Thanks,
David Adams