Performance is the issue
I welcome this opportunity to speak on behalf of the Committee to Recall Mayor Moore. This is not about Tod Tibbetts vs. Dave Moore. This recall is all about the voters evaluating the performance of the mayor.In my 10 years as a public servant, I have been on Silt’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the town board. I am serving my second term as mayor pro tem, which is a position voted on by the board. I have served with four mayors, four town administrators and many trustees. All, except Mayor Moore, have taken their Oath of Office seriously. Because of the dedicated service of many in the past, Silt has grown and prospered into the fine community it is today. We have a town government that continues to deal with the challenges facing all communities in western Colorado. In any organization there are disagreements, but when everyone follows the rules and puts the interests of the community ahead of their personal interests, these disagreements are worked through and the community is better for it. All this changes when the person at the head of town government decides to live by his own set of rules and do what he feels is best without regard for the law.All elected or appointed officials receive training on official conduct. The mayor has received training three times, once for planning and zoning, once as a trustee, and once as mayor. Earlier this year, the board passed an ordinance reiterating the rules for conducting a meeting because of the mayor’s problems in that area. Even with all these efforts by others around the mayor, he has continued to violate town ordinances, and a recall is the only option which involves the voters.There are two areas where the mayor’s actions have caused enough concern to members of our community to form the recall committee and bring this information to the voters. He has violated the Town Ethics Code during board meetings and has broken town ordinances because of inappropriate dealings with town employees. There are also concerns about his general performance as mayor. As the facts surrounding these issues can’t be condensed to fit in this writing, the committee has put the information together and it is available online at http://www.siltnet.net/recall/viewfiles.asp, or copies can be mailed to those interested by calling 876-2196 and leaving your mailing information. More timely information about the recall process, updated as needed, can be found at http://fromthestyx.wordpress.com (Editor’s Note: This Web site is maintained by Peggy Tibbetts). I would hope that anyone interested in why this effort is moving forward would take the time to familiarize themselves with this information.When voters elect town officials, they expect them to serve their needs in a manner that respects the law and helps our community move forward. When that doesn’t happen, they should also expect officials to see the problems, inform the people and let them decide. As an elected official, it is my duty to help bring this information to the public because the committee feels it’s the right thing to do, and the voters of Silt deserve nothing less. That’s what this recall is all about.”If we don’t stand for something, we may fall for anything.” Tod Tibbetts is a trustee and mayor pro tem of Silt.
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