Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — A community divided greatly concerns the Alamosa City Council.
Dan Russell’s annexation proposal, which the council found complete in a six to one vote during Wednesday’s meeting, brought the Keep Polston Public (KPP) lawsuit against both him and the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) front and center, prompting passionate conversation between the councilors and the community.
Russell is asking the city to unite the unincorporated roughly 38-acre Polston parcel with the city in zoning districts, according to the annexation application documents. Russell proposes 4.42-acres are zoned commercial business to accommodate the Alamosa RV Resort on the Rio Grande, LLC, leaving a bit more than 33-acres zoned agriculture tucked in next to the Rio Grande at the corner of Highways 17 and 160.
Russell is a defendant on the KPP lawsuit claiming he conducted illegal business with the ABOE, which the group also alleges violated Colorado Open Meeting Laws. The lawsuit, which is scheduled to come before a judge later this month, enabled the district court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), prohibiting Russell from making any physical changes to or selling the property. The existence of the TRO and the lawsuit, a first for the city when considering an annexation, leaves much room for interpretation and a number of unknowns.
If the TRO ultimately does not apply to the annexation, a public hearing on Nov. 6 will further the application process, allowing the council to decide at a later date.For the complete article see the 10-04-2013 issue.
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