Palisade board picks Magill for vacancy

The Palisade Town Board voted Tuesday night to appoint Robert Magill to fill the board vacancy created when Trustee Art Silver resigned last month.

Trustees voted 5–0 to tap Magill, who was sworn in and participated in Tuesday’s meeting. Trustee Penny Prinster abstained from the vote.

Magill beat out three other applicants: Patty Hanna; Wayne Reid; and Sheila Smith.

The 44-year-old is the president of Western Slope Wildlife, an environmental consulting firm. He said he has lived in Palisade most recently for five years and lived in the town during the early 1990s before moving away.

Magill said he planned to run for one of five openings on the board next April but decided to apply for Silver’s seat when Silver resigned. He said he spent time reading the town’s comprehensive plan and believes some changes to the plan could be in order.

For one thing, he said, the plan was based on 2005–06 data, information he argues is no longer in line with reality, given the recession. He said he questions whether trying to plan for the next 25 years, as the town’s comprehensive plan does, is feasible, given the boom-and-bust cycle of western Colorado.

“My goal is to improve the community,” he said. “The town has a ton to offer beyond peaches and wine, and I’d just like to do my part to promote it.”


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