Silt trustee Lewis moving to Glenwood
SILT — Town Trustee Dylan Lewis informed his fellow board members Monday that his family is moving just outside of Glenwood Springs, and he will resign his seat.
The July 11 meeting will be his last as a town trustee, a position to which he was elected in April 2014. Sheila McIntyre, Silt clerk, said the town will advertise the position, with the board eventually conducting interviews and selecting a replacement to serve out the remainder of Lewis’ term, which expires in April 2018.
It was a tough decision, said Lewis, a Glenwood Springs native who has lived in Silt for the past nine years. But ultimately his family, which includes a daughter on the cusp of turning 3, needed more space.
“We’re going to miss Silt quite a bit,” he said.
Lewis is the second trustee to resign from the board in the last year.
In August 2015, Jeff LaValla resigned after the home he had rented was sold. LaValla, citing an increasing cost of living at the time, told Town Administrator Pamela Woods he did not think he could find a place to live in Silt in a time frame that would allow him to keep his seat.
In announcing his move Monday, Lewis noted the strong rebound in the housing market in Silt. His home sold in seven days, he said.
Lewis, who established his own marketing firm in 2011, added that while he has clients in Silt, a larger number of his clients are in Glenwood Springs.
“The truth is we just wanted a bigger house, we wanted to be a little bit closer to the ski area because our daughter is going to learn how to ski, and we wanted a little bit more space in case we have a … bigger family,” he said after Monday’s trustee meeting.
Reflecting on his time on the board and his initial decision to seek public office, Lewis said the town is in a good position for the future.
His tenure was not without controversial items before the board, including the marijuana issue. He voted in favor of approving the town’s first retail marijuana store. While some may have negative views of the marijuana industry, Lewis said those new businesses contribute much-needed sales tax revenue to the town during a time when the oil and gas industry is hurting.
Silt saw a record year for sales tax in 2015, and the town in 2016 is ahead of its year-to-date collections numbers from that year. Lewis noted that it’s unclear how much of that can be attributed to the marijuana businesses, but said overall he thought the businesses have been good for the town.
He also pointed to the ongoing efforts by the Town Board in bringing a grocery store to Silt.
“I had some ideas and an opportunity to make the town I live in a better place, so I think the board in the first two years here moved in that direction,” he said. “I think Silt is poised to move forward for bigger, better things, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
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