Race for Silt Town Board uncontested
Four candidates are seeking four open trustee seats in an uncontested race for the Silt Town Board in the April 4 municipal election. Three of the four candidates – Tod Tibbetts, Meredith Robinson and Doug Williams – are running for another term. Bobby Hays has never served on the board. Ballots for the mail-in election have been sent out to registered voters. For questions about the election, contact Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre at 876-2353.
Age: 47Occupation: Engineering technicianFamily: Wife, Sylvia; children, Shaun, Anna, Thomas and MelissaHow long have you lived in Silt? 5 years.Why are you running for trustee? It’s something new to me. With the growth around here, I’d like to see it not so condensed like it is now.Previous experience? None. I’m a farm boy – the son of a farmer.What are your goals for the town? Keep Silt from getting too dense in population. I’d like to keep the houses from being so congested. I’d also like to see water improvements.Any changes you’d like to see? I haven’t been involved enough to know.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? As far as I can see, everything is functioning OK.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Yes, right now I do.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? For one thing, I was raised in the community. This is kind of a small farm town and I can kind of reflect what the town has been over the years. I hope to keep growth from getting too ridiculous, although we have to grow.Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.Hobbies? Hiking and walking – I like the mountains.Favorite TV show/movie/book/author? The TV show “CSI” (Crime Scene Investigation).
Age: 58Occupation: Financial services specialistFamily: Husband, Al; eight children, none at home.How long have you lived in Silt? Since 1994.Why are you running for trustee? Mainly because it’s extremely hard to find anybody that will. Obviously, I want to continue some of the things we’ve done and I want to see the town progress and get more advanced than it is.Previous experience? I was appointed trustee in October, 2005. I’ve been on the Silt Area Chamber of Commerce board for eight years as treasurer, vice-president and now president. I felt this was another way to encourage businesses and help them move forward. I was also on the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years and am treasurer of the Congregational Church of the Valley.What are your goals for the town? I truly want to make it easier for businesses to locate here and see more residential subdivisions, which goes hand-in-hand.Any changes you’d like to see? I’d like to make the commercial site plan review an easier process and change the sign code to a more realistic law.Biggest issue you see facing the town right now? Again, to make the process of bringing commercial to town an easier one – I think the town trustees help move things along.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? I make the time – my husband makes me dinner.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? I’m detail-oriented. I’m used to looking at budgets and I’m used to looking at numbers. It helps me to look at the process and I’m able to look at the details.Favorite pizza topping? Black olives.Hobbies? I love to read. And my husband and I like to take long trips once in a while.Favorite TV show/movie/book/author? I enjoy diverse authors, TV shows, books and movies.
Age: 55Occupation: IT technicianFamily: Wife, Peggy; one daughter, Emma KwiatkowskiHow long have you lived in Silt? 10 years.Why are you running for trustee? I enjoy the work and I feel there is more that needs to be done for the town of Silt.Previous experience? Served as trustee all together five years; served on Planning and Zoning Commission and parks and recreation committee.What are your goals for the town? The roundabout project is coming up and there are a number of developments that are looking at coming in. The town continues to need more commercial development and a long-term plan for the irrigation system needs to be addressed appropriately and in the best way possible.Any changes you’d like to see? We’ve had a lot of dramatic changes in the last 10 years and Silt is doing pretty well. There are always things we can do better, but we’ve really weathered the changes rather well. We need to continue to get commercial businesses to come to town, which is a challenge for any community. But the biggest issues are probably residential growth to bring commercial development and dealing with the impacts the oil and gas industry is bringing to our community.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Sure. Historically, I’ve missed two or three meetings, but it’s usually because I’ve been called out of town due to my work. My goal this term is not to miss any meetings.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? My interest in our community and making it better. My family looks at Silt as our long-term community – we have no plans on moving. We have a vested interest in the quality of the community. Also, my experiences in my profession bring a good perspective to the board. I think I represent the interests of the residents of Silt. I’m a homeowner and I think my concerns are also the concerns of my neighbors and others. Plus, I was encouraged by my neighbors to run again.Favorite pizza topping? Tomatoes and artichokes.Hobbies? I’m an avid skier and mountain bike rider. I’m chairman of the LOVA Trails committee, so I have a keen interest in recreational trails around the valley. When we have time, my family likes camping and hiking. I also like taking my dog for a walk.Favorite TV show/movie/book/author? I like to watch Avalanche hockey on TV and my favorite author is my wife (Peggy Tibbetts).
Editor’s Note: Williams was ill and not available to have his photo taken.Age: 34Occupation: SalesFamily: Wife, MichelleHow long have you lived in Silt? 15 years.Why are you running for trustee? There’s still a lot of work to be done. I was pretty frustrated with the way the town was being run, that’s why I got involved. Instead of complaining, I decided to do something about it.Previous experience? I’ve been a trustee for two years; chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission for one year and commissioner on the P&Z for one year.What are your goals for the town? My goal is to have nice, steady growth for the community.Any changes you’d like to see? More commercial growth in town and more amenities for the citizens.Biggest issue you see facing the town? Commercial growth.Do you feel you have the time to commit to the board with meetings and special meetings? Yes.What qualities do you feel you will bring as an elected official? I bring a perspective to a small town because I came from a big city. I saw a lot of things that were done badly. I can help with steady growth for the town.Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni.Hobbies? I’m a science nerd – I really enjoy science and astronomy. Also fishing and golf.Favorite TV show/movie/book/author? My favorite author is James Rollins; favorite TV show is The Apprentice; and favorite movie is The Matrix.
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