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Letter: Keep Silt a safe and desirable place to live

As many of you know, I am running for re-election to the Silt Board of Trustees. My family has lived in the Silt area since 1865 and as you can imagine there have been many changes in Silt during that time. I relocated to Silt in 1987 and raised my children here. They attended the old Roy Moore Elementary School and graduated from Rifle High School. All of them currently live in Silt and are raising their families here.

I was elected as a Trustee in 2010 in a time of turmoil in Silt. As a member of the Town Board we alleviated a $275,000 deficit in the Town budget and have turned that around and now have a $1.8 million reserve fund equal to one year’s budget if ever needed.

As a board we have been instrumental in building sidewalks and paved paths so that our children do not have to walk in the streets on their way to school. Through an extensive grant program we have purchased 132 acre Silt River Preserve on the south side of the Colorado River for the enjoyment of our citizens. We are planning to build a boat ramp and make fishing access better in that location. We have started our downtown improvement project to make our downtown more attractive for small business. We have brought in the Dollar General store and have a Subway coming this spring. There is also a 200-space RV park including a water park and rental store on the south side of I-70 that is currently under construction. We have completed phase one of the skate board park, built a regulation size BMX track, resurfaced the tennis court, built new horseshoe pits, leased the old Roy Moore Elementary property, built a state of the art sound stage where several big name bands have played. These include Highway 101, Little Texas, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many local bands. This is a partial list of our accomplishments.

Never before in Silt has there been a more progressive board. We have created an Urban Renewal Authority to assist new business’s in relocating to Silt I am committed to Silt and will continue to work towards fulfilling my goal of making Silt one of the most desirable places to live. I will work towards getting a grocery store, new business along our Main Street, and new and rebuilt recreational opportunities for our citizens, and most importantly to provide a safe and secure environment to raise our families.

I am respectfully asking for your vote for Paul Taylor for Trustee so that I can assist in making the future of Silt a great experience for everyone.

I am endorsing Rick Aluise for Mayor, myself, Bryan Flemming and Aaron Diaz for trustees.

Please vote for the future of Silt.

Paul Taylor


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