Has The County Commission Lost Their Mind?
Apparently being a tax paying citizen is not a requirement to serve on the planning commission.
Guest post from a concerned citizen
According to this morning's Standard-Examiner, two new members were appointed to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission. One of them, John Howell, is a long time valley resident. The other, Tryge Simpson, stands to gain PERSONALLY if his property is sold to the people who want to open the Green Valley Academy on his property.
This conflict of interest is absolutely unacceptable and completely outrageous. We cannot take this lying down.
The issue of a conflict is not something new to the Ogden Valley Planning Commission. Many will recall the lengthy saga of Jamie Lythgoe, granddaughter of former Powder Mountain owner Alvin Cobabe. Jamie was appointed just prior to Powder Mountain applying for a massive rezone and when the issue of a conflict was brought up, Ms. Lythgoe refused to recuse herself.
As for Mr. Simpson's appointment, it is widely known that the directors of the Green Valley Academy would like to purchase the home of Tryge Simpson (rumor has it that the folks at the GVA have Mr. Simpson's property under a purchase contract). Unfortunately, the property taxes for the said property are delinquent to the tune of $6,458.24. An adjacent parcel is delinquent $175.31.
Wouldn't one think you would have to be in good standing with the County in order to be appointed to this position of responsibility?
What say ye humble folks of Ogden Valley about all of this?