Letter to the editor: Letter to the BOR
After attending the meeting in Carbon County concerning the property around Scofield Reservoir I felt I needed to write a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation concerning the situation. Here is that letter.
Dear Mr. (Bruce) Barrett:
A couple of months ago I attended a public meeting at the Carbon County Fairgrounds regarding the issue of the Scofield Reservoir cabin lot owners.
I commend you for the way you handled yourself in such a professional manner in what was a very tense and unfriendly crowd of property owners. I must admit, though, had I been one of those owners, I would have become quite unnerved at the prospect of losing a family lake front property that had been owned for decades on that beautiful setting at Scofield Reservoir.
I believe these folks bought their properties in good faith and relied on the best survey and title data available to them at the time. You may remember that I suggested a possible future course of action would be to have the federal government grant them a perpetual right of use and have the property owners agree to hold the federal government harmless in the even of the "2500 year flood" that may swamp the existing cabin lots.
I believe that every one of them would agree to such an arrangement and welcome this type of outcome.
My personal feelings are that personal property rights are a most sacred gift from out founding fathers and are the most basic tenet of our free society.
I wish to be of assistance to you and my constituents in Scofield and look forward to the future dialogue as we go forward with what will be a favorable outcome for these folks.
Would you please invite me to any discussions on this matter and I will be happy to attend.