New Castle election coming up
During the mail-in ballot election on April 4, New Castle voters will choose a mayor and three councilors to serve four-year terms. To serve on town council, one must be a registered voter, 18 years of age or older on election day, and a town resident for at least one year prior to the election.Nomination petitions may be picked up from the town clerk’s office starting Monday, Feb. 13. Petitions need a minimum of 15 signatures by registered voters residing within town limits and be returned to the town clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Friday, March 3. Persons who have not registered to vote must do so by 5 p.m. Monday, March 6, at the Garfield County Clerk’s Office, the courthouse annex in Rifle, or the New Castle Town Hall. Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters (who voted in the last presidential election) on approximately March 10 and returned by mail or in person to the town clerk’s office by 7 p.m. April 4. Absentee ballot applications are available at the town clerk’s office and at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org. Applications will be accepted until the close of business March 31. Those wishing to receive an absentee ballot by mail must file the application in the town clerk’s office by the close of business March 24. Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. election day.Park improvements questionAt the Jan. 17 town council meeting, council will consider putting a question on the April 4 ballot of whether the town should borrow up to $810, 000 to construct improvements at a community park east of Kathryn Senor Elementary School, without increasing sales tax rates. Dr. Charles M. Jones DaySaturday, Jan. 14 has been proclaimed Dr. Charles. M. Jones Day in New Castle. The Town of New Castle created a proclamation for his 21 years of service to the First Baptist Church, and community service including being a municipal election judge, and membership in the Friends of the New Castle Library, the New Castle Home Rule Charter Commission and the New Castle Senior Housing Committee. Dr. Jones has retired from the church. He and his wife, Nancy, have moved to Grand Junction. Leo Club induction ceremonyThere will be an induction ceremony for the Coal Ridge High School’s Leo Club at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the high school. Please RSVP on or before Jan. 23 to club advisor Karen Wood at 625-6727.The Coal Ridge High School Leo club began with nine members when the new high school opened last September. The club currently has 27 freshman and sophomore members and is the youth project of the New Castle and Silt Lions clubs. In just a few short months, the new club has participated in projects such as organizing the Wetlands, Phase II project. The Leo Club also rang bells for the Salvation Army kettle drive, caroled at the Silt Senior Housing facility, bought snow boots and gloves for a Hurricane Katrina family, packed food boxes for LIFT-UP, and helped with senior meals, the Harju benefit dinner, and Angel Tree gifts. Kay’s “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext 513 or e-mail email@example.com.
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