County clerk says Re-1 recall ‘is over’ |

County clerk says Re-1 recall ‘is over’

The drive to recall two school board members to try and save the Glenwood True Value Hardware store is dead. Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf announced Monday that the petitions submitted for a recall of Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board members Susan Hakanson and Bruce Wampler did not include enough valid signatures for a recall election to occur. Glenwood Springs resident Jennifer Vanian submitted the petitions for the recall in June because of the school board’s decision to expand Glenwood Springs High School onto the Glenwood True Value Hardware store property. Alsdorf said the petitions for Wampler’s recall required 1,324 valid signatures, but he received 1,112. The petitions contained 1,894 signatures, but Alsdorf said 782 of them were invalid. Hakanson’s recall needed 1,856 valid signatures, but she received only 1,136. She received 1,875 total signatures, but 739 were declared invalid. “It’s over,” Alsdorf said. “No recall.”She said the petitions contained many signatures of canceled voters, people who wrote incorrect addresses and residents living in other school districts. One petition was rejected outright because it wasn’t notarized, while some petitions contained duplicate signatures. The results of Alsdorf’s count of the signatures effectively renders moot the current effort to save the True Value store from the wrecking ball and change the board’s plans to expand the high school. “I’m glad this process is over and hope we can now get everybody in the community back to being excited about the new high school,” Wampler said, adding that he’s not surprised there were so many invalid signatures on the petitions. “We’re bringing Glenwood into the 21st Century,” he said. But True Value general manager Scott Schlapkohl said that if the board goes ahead with its plans for the school and forces True Value out of business, “it’s going to be a bad day” for Glenwood Springs. “It’s forcing us to close our doors,” Schlapkohl said in a telephone interview from Steamboat Springs, where he is manager of another hardware store. Schlapkohl added that he and store owner Denny Swanson have had little communication with the school district, but alternative locations for the store the district helped them find were inadequate. Though Schlapkohl said he and Swanson had nothing to do with the recall drive, he hoped two new board members would have had enough leverage to reverse the board’s decision to use the True Value property for the high school. Hakanson and Vanian did not immediately return calls seeking comment.Vanian said in June that the loss of the hardware store would cost Glenwood Springs 35 jobs. She called the plans for the new high school a “sprawling structure” that only increases the building size by 25 percent, but doesn’t add additional classrooms. The school district plans to seize the True Value property by eminent domain, Wampler said. True Value rents the building from Safeway, which used to occupy the space, he said. A local family owns the land the building sits on, he said. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext.

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