Palisade OKs sale of town’s property
Palisade voters Tuesday night gave town leaders permission to sell the town hall property, the first step toward moving town offices into the old Palisade High School, which is being renovated into a Civic Center.
By a count of 342 to 106, residents gave the OK to sell the roughly half-acre property at 175 E. Third St. for no less than $350,000. Town Administrator Rich Sales hopes to use that money to continue the renovation of the former high school and relocate there all administrative offices, except for the Public Works Department.
Voters also re-elected Trustee Penny Prinster, elected Trustee Robert Magill, who was appointed last year, and elected two new trustees, Cody Butters and Amanda Rich.
Rich and Butters, who will replace trustees Jim Harkreader and Michael Krueger, received the most votes with 273 and 268, respectively. Harkreader and Krueger chose not to run for re-election.
Magill, who was appointed last year to replace Trustee Art Silver, who resigned, received 248 votes. He, Rich and Butters will serve four-year terms.
Trustee Penny Prinster was re-elected with 221 votes. Since she received the least amount of votes of the four winners, she’ll serve a two-year term.
Those four beat out Robynn Sundermeier (196 votes), Wayne Reid (181), William Tedrow (153) and Anthony Cipperly (80).
Mayor Roger Granat, who was unopposed in his bid for re-election, won a four-year term with 358 votes.
Voters in the city of Montrose rejected a 0.2 percent sales tax to fund a $22 million, 74,400-square foot multipurpose recreation center Tuesday.
Referred Measure A, to raise the sales tax for the center, failed 56 percent to 44 percent.
Jason Ullman of Friends of the Montrose Community Recreation Center said he expected the margin to at least be closer if not get over the top. There was no organized opposition to the proposal, Ullman said, noting supporters were optimistic after an ambitious campaign in which they knocked on doors and worked to get out the vote.
“The community has overwhelmingly supported a rec center as far as a need for one,” Ullman said.
Now supporters have to regroup and decide on a different way to meet that need, he said.
The proposal would have increased the sales tax paid in Montrose from 7.65 percent to 7.85 percent.
The project also would have included renovating the city’s current aquatic center into an indoor fieldhouse containing a multisport indoor turf field capable of hosting soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football and laser tag events.
• In City Council elections, Bob Nicholson captured the District III seat, Kathy Ellis won in District IV and Judy Ann Files captured the at-large seat.
Efforts to banish plastic-takeout bags from grocery stores produced two close votes with differing results in Carbondale and Basalt.
Carbondale voters approved the ban, and a 20-cent fee per paper grocery bag, by a 27-vote margin, 718–691. But in Basalt, an identical proposal was defeated by 38 votes, 401–363.
• Also in Carbondale’s election, newcomer Allyn Harvey and incumbents Pam Zentmyer and John Hoffmann won the three seats in a crowded race for town’s board of trustees. Zentmyer led with 757 votes, followed by Harvey with 701 and Hoffmann with 700. Bill Lamont came in fourth in the 10-person race, with 673 votes.
• In Basalt, town trustee Jacque Whitsitt defeated Glenn Rappaport, 418–341, in the race for mayor. Rick Stevens (445 votes), Herschel Ross (394) and Robert Leavitt (392) were elected to the town board in a five-person race.
De Beque residents voted 65-52 to approve a 3 percent use tax on construction and building materials, a measure aimed at helping offset the impacts of energy-related growth.
The town projects the measure could raise $200,000 in its first year. It applies to goods purchased out of town but used in De Beque.
The town says that where energy-related companies build offices or shops in town, the tax could help pay for related needs such as road improvements.
• Wayne Klahn defeated Jerry “Red” Berry to be mayor in a 57-44 vote.
• Stephanie Douglas (82 votes), Dale Rickstrew (72), Cinda Rexford (66) and Patrick Cole (63) won seats as town trustees. Also running was Gary Ball, who got 61 votes.
• Voters approved measures authorizing the town, if it chooses, to sell the De Beque Fire Station building and property, plus a house where the town marshal lives.
In a closely contested race, sole incumbent Sonny Fernandez was the top vote-getter as four candidates vied for three seats on the Silt Board of Trustees. According to unofficial results, Fernandez received 177 votes, followed by Keith Richel with 170 and Jeff LaValla with 166. Leanne Richel fell just short of winning the third seat, getting 163 votes.
Only 26 percent of ballots were returned in the mail-in-only election.
Former town trustee Robert Gordon and incumbents Patrick Stuckey and Mary Metzger won election to three seats on New Castle’s town board. Stuckey received 282 votes, Gordon 258 and Metzger 248, with former incumbent Merle Means finishing a close fourth with 241.
A measure on the ballot to ensure funding for 24-hour care at the Basin Clinic passed overwhelmingly, 88–26.
Voter approval of the measure ensures one city in the sparsely populated West End of Montrose County will continue funding the clinic, which provides the only medical services in the remote region of the Colorado Plateau, 104 road miles from Grand Junction, 86 from Montrose.
In Delta City Council elections: District A incumbent Robert Jurca edged challenger Gerald Roberts, 649–627, for the at-large seat; Ray Penick handily defeated Frank Tranchina, 917–327, in District A; and District B incumbent Mary Cooper and District C incumbent Bill Raley were unopposed for re-election.
• Voters rejected a measure to amend the city charter. Referred Measure 2A, which was voted down 652–635, would have clarified the council’s powers in regard to entering into long-term contracts.
Olathe residents re-elected Rob Smith as mayor and elected three town trustees.
Smith defeated challenger Linda Steele 97–49, according to final, unofficial results released around 8:40 p.m. Smith will serve a four-year term. Incumbent Kirk Shiflett and newcomers Dolores Killen and Jacob Foreman were unopposed for seats on the board of trustees. Each will serve a four-year term.
• Voters approved by 97–43 margin to allow the town to publish by title only ordinances adopted by the Town Board, rather than publishing the ordinances in full in the newspaper. Town officials say the change will save the town money. It also will require residents to go to Olathe Town Hall to request and view copies of the ordinances in full.