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Silt candidates explain views on Renewal Authority, economy

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

SILT, Colorado – In the April 3 municipal election, four candidates are running for three open seats on the Silt Board of Trustees. The Post Independent sent them a questionnaire to learn more about their experience and their vision for Silt’s future.

Running for four-year seats are incumbent Sonny Fernandez and political newcomers Jeffrey Lavalla, Leanne Richel and Keith Richel. (The Richels are husband and wife.)

Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre said ballots have been sent out for the mail-only municipal election that culminates on April 3. She recommended that ballots be completed and mailed back to Town Hall, with the proper postage, no later than Thursday, March 29, to ensure they will be delivered by election day.

Late voters should plan to hand deliver their ballots to Town Hall no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3.

Replacement ballots can be picked up at Town Hall from from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.

73, retired

20 years in Silt

1. Civic Association member 1978-85 in Riverdale, Md., assisted organizing street and residential cleanups; Silt board of trustees incumbent

2. Silt is virtually the center for all outdoor activities. Easy access to fishing areas, hunting … all outdoor activities. Nothing has been done to promote Silt, such as advertising in various sporting magazines. I would try to contact various outdoor recreational organizations in an effort to gain information on what would be the best way to advertise Silt.

3. I’m still trying to come up with some feasible ideas to bring some type of beneficial, income-producing businesses into Silt.

4. I have to give this question some serious thought before speaking up.

36, upholsterer and stay-at-home dad

Six years living in Silt

1. I have never held a public office before.

2. I feel that the town of Silt has a need for commercial growth, but in a controlled and managed way.

3. I feel that the town should have the URA. But it should only be used in extreme cases, after all meetings and negotiations have been exhausted, not as a means to make it happen.

4. Did not answer.

31, delivery driver for Orrison Distributing

Four years living in Silt

1. I have never held a position on a public service board.

2. Where this town needs to be in 10 or 20 years. Is it going to be a housing community, or is there potential to make it a retail or commercial destination? Solution: talk to members of the community and see what they want, then make solid, realistic goals and work towards them.

3. If it is used in its most simple and designed form to help the community grow, it can be a wonderful strategy. Once personal feelings and special interest come into play, it is no longer a useful tool.

4. Making the most of the retail and commercial services that Silt already has to offer. If we as a community can’t help our local business, then bringing in more of them may not be the best road to travel down.

28, homemaker

Four years living in Silt

1. I don’t have any previous public service history.

2. My biggest issue is that there is a pretty good population of people here in Silt, lots of them are families, and yet there is nothing for families or children in Silt to do. The lack of a recreation department or community programs available for the citizens makes it hard for people of the town to connect with each other as a community, forcing Silt citizens have to commute to other nearby towns for those amenities.

3. I feel there are other options and possibilities for promoting growth in Silt without having an Urban Renewal Authority. However, I am not 100 percent informed on how they are going to go about it right now, based on what talks occur behind closed doors. If used correctly, it can do a lot of good based on what the definition of an Urban Renewal Authority is.

4. I have heard a lot of ideas thus far from many citizens about trying to get a single unique store or business in town. That would bring in people from other towns just for what that one business has to offer.

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