Silt swears in recently elected trustees |

Silt swears in recently elected trustees

Ryan Hoffman
Sonny Fernandez shakes hands with his former colleagues on the Silt Board of Trustees Monday, April 18, after unanimously approving a resolution thanking Fernandez for his service on the board.
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

SILT — Newly elected members to the town board were officially sworn in Monday.

For freshly minted trustee Dina Prieto, it was her first meeting. With family members in attendance, Prieto thanked the residents of Silt for electing her to the position.

“I’m very nervous, but at the same very excited to learn from all of you,” she said to her fellow board members.

Trustee T.J. Tucker, who was appointed to a seat on the board last October, earned the most votes earlier this month in what was his first successful election effort, while Trustee Keith Richel was sworn in for a second term.

Mayor Rick Aluise congratulated the three, and repeated previous remarks about the courage it takes to run for office.

Monday was the final meeting for Sonny Fernandez, who opted not to run for re-election. However, Fernandez was unable to get off scot free. Trustees appointed him to continue serving as Silt’s representative on the weed advisory board, after he agreed to continue serving.

Trustees also re-appointed Bryan Fleming to continue serving as mayor pro tem.

And after a roughly one-hour executive session, trustees reappointed several town officials to their positions, including: Pamela Woods as town treasurer; Sheila McIntyre as town clerk; Amie Tucker as deputy town clerk; Levy Burris as police chief; Michael Sawyer as town attorney; and Care McInnis as municipal judge.

Trustee Tucker, who is married to Amie Tucker, abstained from voting on the resolution reappointing her to the deputy town clerk position.

Trustees also gave formal approval of the nine-member memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Garfield County Senior Programs, which includes county-wide meal and transportation services for seniors. First entered to in 2009, the intergovernmental agreement includes Garfield County, Colorado Mountain College, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the other five municipalities in the county.

Under the 2016 MOU, Garfield County will cover 40 percent of the total budgeted cost for the meal service and 50 percent of the total budgeted cost for the transportation service. Most of the remainder of both expenses are divided up between the municipalities based on use. Silt trustees agreed to pay $9,646 for transportation and $709 for meals.

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