Keep SPET choices
There are always rational, often situational, arguments for relinquishment or assumption of power. Yet history has shown, power ceded is seldom, if ever, returned.
Our specific purpose excise tax choices have been, by convention, determined by the voters. This year, as always, our community is dealing with an elected determination of appropriate SPET items and appropriate capital allocations. However, this year we are dealing with a concept of bundling various SPET items, either into a single group, all or nothing, or into various clusters. I have read some very well-crafted arguments, by people I respect, in favor of bundling. They may be correct. They may not.
Bundling is a strategic decision. It fundamentally transforms a critical process designed to invest capital into our community. Once those decisions are ceded there is a slim likelihood direct power will ever return to the voters.
If the SPET process is to change, that change should be determined separate of and independent from a normal SPET election, not concurrently. Likely those advocating for specific SPET items are the very few truly interested in that shift right now.
Treat this year as all others, and set aside a subsequent process to publicly, and singularly, vet the notion of bundling.
No stopping zones
This letter was originally sent to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners. —Ed.
The moose jams along the first half-mile of Moose-Wilson Road are more than a matter of concern.
I know there are several options being considered “in the future” to protect wildlife along this corridor, but there are some options that could and should be considered immediately to relieve this congestion and protect these moose.
I personally have requested in the past that signage be installed stating “No Parking, Stopping or Standing.” The response I got when I made this request a few years ago was basically: Viewing wildlife is a major attraction to visitors. People are allowed to stop, park, get out of their vehicles and view/stalk the wildlife.
Well, let me tell you, too many of these visitors are totally thoughtless and clueless about respecting wildlife. They are also inconsiderate about private property and have no problems walking right past “Private Property, No Trespassing” signs. I have personally called the Teton County sheriff and Wyoming Highway Patrol about traffic jams where people are all over the highway, parked in the roadway and trespassing on our property.
It is not just tourists in their private vehicles, but it is also tour buses and vans, including Teton Science Schools, contributing to this congestion. These wildlife scenic and educational concessions should know better.
Wyoming has no law against stalking wild animals. Our national parks sure do. No way is this allowed in Grand Teton National Park.
Teton County needs to follow suit and take the lead in getting the law consistent with our national parks. It is only a matter of time when someone (a child) will be hit by a car, road rage will happen and people or our wildlife will be hurt or, even worse, killed. Car doors fly open, people run to the other side of the road. Children are not always properly supervised. Stupid happens. I witness it with every moose jam in front of our property.
It’s time for more signage. No stopping, no parking, no standing and “Critical Moose Habitat” along this first half-mile of Highway 390 are just a couple of suggestions. Locals trying to get to and from work along this corridor are lacking patience anymore. Horns are blasting, and drivers are yelling out their windows.
You were elected to make these decisions and take action to protect the wildlife and citizens of Teton County. Please do your job.
If you don’t live in the middle of a city where riding a road bike can be dangerous and cumbersome, you can’t appreciate the absolute thrill of being able to ride out of your garage and connect safely (because of the new roundabout) with dozens of miles of paved pathways.
Everyone, not just riders, should express their appreciation to the voters of Teton County, who approved SPET funds for the pathways, the National Park Service and its representatives at Grand Teton National Park, and the tireless volunteer advocates at Friends of Pathways for what we have in the valley.
Where else in this country can one cycle for miles through such marvelous surroundings? The pathway system is truly a wonderful community asset.