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For immediate release: May 20, 1994
Contact: Joseph Vigorito 258-7892
John Lewis 258-3877
Nederland Citizens to Fight Cryonics Ban
(NEDERLAND, Colorado) The Freeze Tax Waste Committee, a group
of concerned Nederland residents, has proposed a referendum to over-turn
a recently enacted town ordinance that outlaws cryonics in the Town
of Nederland. On Friday, May 20, members of the Freeze Tax Waste
Committee delivered a statement of intent to Nederland town officials
which says that they plan to circulate petitions to place the referendum
on the ballot. When the petition is approved, the citizens will
have 15 days to collect enough signatures to place it on the ballot.
Once the statement of intent is filed, the new ordinance cannot
be enforced until the issue is brought to a vote of the people.
Joseph Vigorito, director of the Freeze Tax Waste Committee decided
to put the matter to a vote of the people because it will save the
town of Nederland at least S 100,000. "Wasting taxpayer money
to ban cryonics in the town is ridiculous," says Vigorito.
"Putting this on the ballot will put the issue to rest once
and for all."
On Wednesday, May 17, the Nederland Board of Trustees adopted
emergency ordinance #379. The ordinance makes it a
nuisance to "keep bodies" on your property. It gives the
town legal power to enforce the nuisance law and assess the cost
the property owner. The ordinance was aimed at Norwegians Aud Morstoel
and her son, Trygve Bauge who are currently storing
the body of Morstoel's father on dry ice in Nederland. Bauge has
vowed to fight the town, taking the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court,
Bredo Morstoel remains frozen in a tough shed in
This situation inspired the highly-acclaimed film
in the Tough Shed"