Mr. Nyquist's Hoa Letter Reflects A Culture Of Control
When a Wild Pointe homeowner's spouse remarked that "we have to live here," indicating that a media interview could possibly cause trouble through harassment or denigration, it was not clear to this reporter what could happen or why. After all, Wild Pointe has houses costing $400-$600,000.00 on its five acre lots with people who can presumably afford them living there. Such people, one can reasonably believe, have access to attorneys and other resources, and are familiar with the Bill of Rights.
So it is interesting to note that Karl Nyquist, the principal player before the County of the Elbert and 86 Water District, is the Vice President of the Wild Pointe Homeowners Association, and he and David Pretzler, the HOA President, have terms of 30 years each. Together, they control the official and the unobtrusive face of the Community. Their meetings are not frequent enough; they listen to concerns from stray dogs to road issues; there is no committee empowered to act on their behalf; reaching them by e-mail, which is vetted through a management company, is impossible. HOA meetings, to an outside observer, are designed to be ineffectual: mere window dressing. The only representative of the residents on the Board of Directors is the Secretary/Treasurer. On the HOA website, a Ms. Kristen Crookshanks is listed. I have been told she was replaced a year ago. Whoever this person is, he/she would have handsful of complaints, handsful of ineffectual response or deliberate caginess.
What brought this Iron Curtain scenario of Western Elizabeth to my attention was a letter from Mr. Nyquist, advertising the "water district" that would "ultimately supply renewable water to Wild Pointe and Elbert County." It would not only help other communities; it would bring business to the area. With business, all kinds of cool things could happen, like better fire protection. Would it affect Wild Pointe homeowners? No: it's a separate company. It would affect other people.
There was no mention of any additional Wild Pointe fees. After all, those other folks would pay; not Wild Pointe. What if the Water District went belly up? Wild Pointe wouldn't be liable because it's a separate entity. Would the additional water supply be given to natural gas and oil companies for fracking? No, Mr. Nyquist says, because they haven't been in meetings with gas and oil.
Mr. Nyquist's letter, which certainly looks like it bears the support of the Homeowner's Association since it's on HOA stationery, urges all homeowners to support the passage of Amendment 3. It's odd that he doesn't mention the $50 Billion that's already been pledged toward it and the fees that he'd charge. It's odd that he doesn't mention the fact that his pipeline would affect people in southern Colorado or that the Elbert and Hwy 86 Water District could possibly pollute the Dawson Aquifer. Maybe those aren't important points to Mr. Nyquist.
What does stand out, however, in looking at this man who proposes to move an existing resource around without replenishing it in any significant way, is that he is holding Wild Pointe as his fiefdom. Residents of the community who have spoken to me have only done so with the guarantee that they would remain anonymous.
Is this someone whom we would like to control our water?
By William C. Thomas
Karl Nyquist at the 7/27/2011 BOCC Meeting