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Silt board looks into home rule

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff

Silt town board members agreed to explore the possibility of becoming a home-rule municipality in 2006. Town Trustee Dave Moore initially brought up the issue at a board meeting in March.After going over a home rule packet the Colorado Municipal League provided, trustees directed staff to provide a timeline and look at all the legal aspects of switching from a statutory to a home rule municipality, according to Town Administrator Rick Aluise.If the idea is pursued, voters would be asked to approve the formation of a home-rule commission in the April 2006 municipal election and approve the home rule charter in the November 2006 general election.In other town business, the town of Silt once again sent Stillwater Ranch developers a letter of default for being in arrears on an $8,630 bill to the town for administrative work in connection with the subdivision.”It’s the same thing – they’re behind on a bill,” Aluise said. “Different month, different amount.”The developers of the proposed subdivision south of the Colorado River, are still involved in complicated legal matters after the owner of the Valley Farms property, Roger Dixon, filed a lawsuit saying SWD was in default after numerous missed deadlines and he wanted them off the property. Dixon since has died, and the matter is still in litigation.SWD has also missed several deadlines with the town, including a Dec. 31, 2004, deadline to show proof of financing for the subdivision project.Stillwater Ranch was approved by voters in a special election in 1997. The proposed subdivision is slated for a 36-acre parcel and include 1,200 single- and multifamily homes, two 18-hole golf courses and a number of other amenities.Representatives of SWD have maintained that they hope the legal problems will be solved and they still intend to go forward with the subdivision.


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