Board sets recall vote for Nov. 2
The Palisade Town Board voted Tuesday night to set an election on Nov. 2 for town residents to decide whether to recall Mayor Dave Walker.
Walker recused himself from the vote to avoid “confusion and hard feelings.” He stood at the back of the room with his wife, Michelle, while Mayor Pro Tem Michael Krueger presided over the board’s vote.
Krueger said while he respects the rights of the residents, “it’s disheartening that it comes at a time when one of the most exciting things is happening in the town,” referring to the recent award of $7.8 million in federal funding to replace Palisade’s sewer treatment plant.
Two weeks ago, Town Clerk Carol Speakman certified there were enough valid signatures on a petition to recall Walker. No one, including Walker, challenged the sufficiency of the petition.
Recall committee members Joyce Eielson, Jeff Meade and Wayne Reid allege in the petition that Walker hasn’t acted in residents’ best interests and flaunted his power as mayor in an attempt to intimidate others.
The recall’s roots lie at least in part in a February confrontation at The Livery Saloon involving Walker, Reid and others that some claim ended with Walker threatening to close the bar.
Walker responded by alleging the petition was full of lies, and that recall committee members were attempting to divide the town.
Following the Town Board’s vote to set the election date, Krueger said he wanted to remind residents that just as a committee had formed in opposition to Walker, others could create a group in support of the mayor.