Not all issues raised concerned the BOCC or the water concern. Some marginally suggested it; others added to the discussion. Dottie Witkop, who explained that her brother had died at age 51 from his work with geothermal energy, wondered aloud about Nyquist's claim
Almost all those commenting mentioned, in one way or another, that citizens were in the Exhibit Hall missing work and sacrificing wages in order to stop something that should have been stopped long before.
by William C. Thomas

A t the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Meeting today, August 24, 2011, held in the Exhibit Hall on the Fairgrounds in Kiowa, before an estimated 1,200 citizens, Commissioner Del Schwab revealed that Karl Nyquist and his partners had "withdrawn petition" as of August 23rd, and Amendment 3 to the Elbert and Hwy 86 Service Plan was no longer an issue.
The withdrawal came in a Faxed letter, Schwab said, sent from Miller and Associates, Nyquist's counsel, and addressed to Senior Elbert County Planner Richard Miller and County Attorney Mark Sheffel. There was no vote because there was nothing to vote on by the BOCC.
Mr. Schwab then admitted that such a proposal as that submitted by Nyquist "took a lot of time" for study on the part of the County staff, elected officials, and citizens, and in future, "we'll have some measures in place if this sort of thing comes up again." He promised that the Planning Commission will be "better informed" as well. He was likely referring to the fact that on July 13th, when the 3rd Amendment came up before the BOCC, it received the endorsement of the Planning and Health Departments without any additional scrutiny, having been added to Amendments 1 & 2, which were already passed.
Mr. Schlegel then explained that what was seen as a "lack of leadership" by commissioners and their reticence on how they felt regarding the issues before them was because if they spoke their minds, they would have to recuse themselves from voting. He went on to promise that "new ideas will be put up for everyone to see."
Mr. Schlegel had previously commended "Bob Thompson" for pointing out that Elbert County was not the "fastest growing" county in Colorado, on the County website, (See: "Fastest Growing; Should We Be Worried?"), corrected the name when it was pointed out that Robert Thomasson had brought up the point. Mr. Schlegel did not mention that the information was available on this website.
Following Schlegel's comments, the meeting was opened to public comment, much of which was greeted with applause; almost 75% of it critical of the County Commissioners for letting the issue get as far as it did without adequate information or publicity. Lisa Zimmerman accused the BOCC of trying "to slide this under the County's nose." She was echoed by Nancy
Jim Whistler, who had done an economic analysis of the issue, (see "A Financial Analysis), wondered why finance wasn't paramount in consideration to accept or reject; Lisa Lewis wondered why the BOCC seemed more accessible to the developer than to the citizen.
Robert Thomasson accused Commissioner Schlegel of a conflict of interest, (See "Commissioner Schlegel's Conflict Problem"), since Schlegel is also a member of the "Elkhorn Ranch Water District," which, Thomasson said, Schlegel "never disclosed." Commissioner Schwab, Thomasson went on to say, violated his responsibility as a Commissioner by holding "previous conversations" regarding his vote with constituents. Thomasson then recommended the removal of County Attorney Mark Sheffel, who, he said, "does not allow open records. It's a dog and pony show," he concluded.
Not all issues raised concerned the BOCC or the water concern. Some marginally suggested it; others added to the discussion. Dottie Witkop, who explained that her brother had died at age 51 from his work with geothermal energy, wondered aloud about Nyquist's claim
that he would build homes powered by geothermal energy and whether
anyone had studied the risks; Debbie Trujillo asked why a County Water Advisory Board wasn't in place; Jack Cavanaugh described the dangers to homeowners of fracking; Rick Blotter asked about conflicts of interest on the Planning Commission; Patty Sward pointed out that Elbert is the only Colorado County not to have a reservoir for "sustainable" water.
"Largest County Commissioner Meeting Ever" Could Have Been Avoided
Former Sheriff William Frangis suggested that Nyquist be billed for the County's time in dealing with Amendment 3. That was echoed by many, who added ideas about reimbursing all assembled for their time, estimated by Marie Soderberg, at "400,000 hours."
--- Nyquist Withdraws Proposed Service Plan Amendment
Delaney, Dean Lindsey, Karen DePew, Larry Ross, Rich Scaduto, and Raylene Owens, all of whom wondered why they were not notified about the issue and why measures weren't in place to stop the amendment before citizens had to rally. Patty Sward pointed out that there were regulations in place already, but they had been ignored.
State Representative Cindy Acree Spoke Briefly