Palisade trustees pick Sundermeier for vacancy

After a couple of votes and a brief swearing in by Palisade Mayor Roger Granat, resident Robynn Sundermeier took her seat Tuesday night as the newest member of the town’s Board of Trustees.

Sundermeier, who narrowly missed being elected to a vacant trustee seat in the April municipal election, was one of five people to be interviewed by the board on Tuesday evening. She and David Adams tied in the first round of voting, but Sundermeier came out on top after a re-vote.

Asked what her main goals will be as a new trustee, she said “preserving what we have here and growing in a smart way.”

“We have a small-town feeling and the biggest reason I wanted to be on the board is so I could see that we preserve our quality of life here,” she added.

Sundermeier said she has lived in Palisade for 24 years and was previously involved with a local landscaping business for much of that time. She also cited a background in entertainment production and was encouraged by the “eclectic mix of people of all ages” in Palisade and what she called a growing music scene.

But mostly she hoped that she could be in a position to help the town exploit some of its inherent opportunities for outdoor activities, calling the town a “diamond in the rough.”

“I think we have a huge arena for tourism here, and (a chance) to bring people into town and keep them here for a few days,” she said.

Sundermeier will serve until the next municipal election, which will happen April 1, 2014. The vacancy on the board was the result of Trustee Robert Magill resigning his seat in July.


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