Bill Dvorak's numerous and serious Violations on the Arkansas
More Dvorak Violations and Revelations
I’m supporting and voting for Greg Felt in the County Commissioner race. I’ve known Greg since coming to the Valley some 25 years ago. He runs a good and responsible business, has donated his time to many public causes, and is a good guy. In addition, Monarch Ski Area ownership also supports Greg.
Let me too state that I am an unabashed and strong proponent of Chaffee County. I think it is the best valley in the state to enjoy all out of doors activities. And, Salida and BV are the last real mountain towns in Colorado where people can; live, work and play.
In September, I was made aware of some serious allegations regarding Bill Dvorak. These involve payroll tax liens and serious administrative and safety violations on the river with the governing body, the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife division.
Let’s review the tax liens. Dvorak did not pay payroll taxes for 4 years that totaled some $80,000. He collected trip fees from clients, employed raft guides, but did not pay his REQUIRED share to the government. This is not a mere oversight, but reflects on the severe lack of financial and administrative stewardship, of a business owner, and his own financial security. A review of rafter days for the river indicates that despite operating a rafting company for over 40 years, Dvorak Whitewater is not even in the top 30 on the Arkansas.
Now comes a “raft” of administrative and safety violations for Dvorak on the Arkansas. Refer to website http://dvorakriverviolations.com that houses these violations and liens with the documents obtained from each agency.
Violations are for: unqualified guides who lacked CPR cards, proper training, first aid and minimum experience levels for guided trips. Additionally, rafts were found to lack proper flotation devices, first aid kits, and rescue ropes.
Further, Dvorak failed to use proper markings on his boats and did not permit them. Criminal trespass violations were frequent. Rationing limits for the amount of rafter days allowed on the river were systemically broke too.
For numerous and repeated violations on the river, Dvorak was placed on probation 3 times in the last 9 years. Dvorak claims to raft commercially on eight rivers, each with their own governing body. Time did not allow investigation of any violations on those rivers, but one could certainly speculate of problems.
Let’s be clear too that upon discovering these tax and river issues, I called Bill Dvorak. Bill dismissed the issues as non-relevant to the Commissioner race and had no problem with them being brought to light. I believe a person’s lack of running a responsible business is pertinent to that persons running for elected office. Do we really want to have a guy with this kind of poor track record in his own business as a County Commissioner? Please review the website and make your own judgement.
I’m voting for Greg Felt.
Bob Nicolls Monarch Investments Monarch Ski Area