Neighborhood broil heats up

'Cut-and-dry' planning meeting could be anything but routine


— What looked to be a relatively cut-and-dry application for a replat in Old Town may become somewhat more complicated due to a fierce neighborhood feud, say city planners.

The city Planning Commission scheduled a special hearing for tonight to review Kay Sieverding's request for a replat of her property into two lots off of Princeton Ave.

Kevin Bennett, the president of the Steamboat Springs City Council, also lives off of Princeton Ave. and the neighbors have been involved in a variety of disputes, many of which have to do with development code issues.

Most recently, Sieverding claimed the Bennetts, who were proceeding with the construction of a garage and a refurbishing of a log shed this summer, were not complying with city regulations.

Sieverding issued a "notice of intent to sue" to City Council members in December and has publicly claimed the council president is receiving preferential treatment because of his position of power.

Sieverding said she is worried that her vocal opposition to the construction will put her replat in jeopardy.

City Planner Tom Leeson said, though Sieverding's application meets all of the city code requirements and could have been approved by the city planning director after a Planning Commission worksession, the city received written objections prior to the approval.

Those written objections one of which came from Jane Bennett, the council president's wife who has a restraining order against Sieverding forced the city to take the application to a public hearing.

Leeson said the meeting may end up evoking more public reaction than most similar replats because of the neighborhood feud.

Sieverding wants to divide her property into two lots, the second of which would have access from both Princeton Avenue and Pawintah Street. The new lot would be large enough to accommodate a duplex unit.

The idea of a duplex in the neighborhood upset nearby residents, such as Ann and Frank Bradley, enough to make them register written objections with the city.

Leeson said there will likely be at least six people who show up for the hearing.

Neither of the Bennetts will be showing up to the hearing (Kevin because he is the council president and Jane because she says contact with Sieverding causes her distress).

Sieverding, in response to what she claims has been an unjust defamation of her reputation, said she will put her property up for sale and move away from Steamboat Springs after she gets the replat.


dundalk 10 years, 1 month ago

You've just uttered the magic catch phrase from the civil liberties guru, Gary Wall. Maybe you can contact old Gary to investigate the violation of your civil liberties.


id04sp 10 years, 1 month ago

It's really too bad that this particular issue arose in this particular case. Making your opponent seem crazy is a common legal tactic, and in this case, it was not much of a stretch.

Violations of civil liberties by the judicial system are rampant in this state. It's called "Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law" in Title 18 of the United States Code. A judge cannot be held civilly liable for something done within his jurisdiction, but no CRIME is protected by judicial immunity. Otherwise, judges could not be prosecuted for accepting bribes, etc.

The problem is that you have to convince a U. S. Attorney to prosecute the case in federal court. Anything you might try to do against a Colorado judge in a Colorado State Court would be dismissed immediately unless it was some blatant crime of violence or an act of public corruption where money changed hands in return for favors in court -- and then it would probably have to be a government "sting" operation anyway. The legal community is so hooked up with its biggest customers (crooks) that depriving innocent citizens of their rights and property for pay is a way of life. When a crook sticks a gun in your face and demands money, he can only take what you have on you. When a judge slams down the gavel, the "system" can hound you for the rest of your life. I know. Those are the exact words used to demand payment of a fraudulent debt from me. Nobody in the legal system CARES about right and wrong.

People who have been wronged over and over by the judicial system have two choices. Get over it, or take the law into their own hands. Ultimately, those who still have something to lose will get over it, or at least move on. Those who don't will do something like, oh, I don't know, weld armor plate onto their bulldozer and run through town? It's been done . . . .

The system is allowed to persist because honest citizens will not rise up against it. Tyranny triumphs over fear until people will stand up and fight for their freedom, and sometimes, freedom really is just another word for "nothing left to lose."


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