MARSHALL FIRE: Community frustrated with rebuild response

SUPERIOR, Colo. (KDVR) – Sunday marked a month since the Marshall Fire broke out, claiming the homes of thousands in Boulder County.

On this anniversary, a new community group called Superior Rising gathered neighbors at the community center to discuss the changes they wanted to see.

John Heckman, co-head of Superior Rising, said: “We’re a month out and it doesn’t seem like much has happened. “Without coordination, we will end up in competition, and right now there are people competing with each other for resources.”

The team wants everyone to come together and share stories, strategies, and frustrations for the rebuilding process.

Some residents took up microphones on Sunday to share the obstacles they are facing.

“My property is there and I wasn’t able to do it last week, I lost a week of work and that week will never come back to me,” resident Paul Williamson said. “I think the first thing we have to do is get the town out of our way, their licensing process is laborious, unrestricted, it’s poor communication.”

“I am equally disappointed. Unfortunately when he was ready to build, he was 74 years old, we shouldn’t have stood in his way,” said Neal Shah, trustee of the Town of Superior. “I don’t think the urgency at the county level is being felt the same way our residents are feeling. If this community group, Superior Rising, can shine more light on it for faster, more amazing growth. ”

Superior Rising has a website where you can find it here. MARSHALL FIRE: Community frustrated with rebuild response

Tom Vazquez

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