Cole for at-large seat

Three public-spirited men — all with experience on either the city or county planning commission — are vying for the at-large seat on the Grand Junction City Council in the April 7 election. Roland Cole wins our endorsement.

Cole brings a wealth of experience in municipal government. In addition to serving seven years on the city Planning Commission, Cole served on the City Council in Commerce City for many years. He was on the board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments and was chairman of the E-470 commission which helped plan that interstate bypass.

Additionally, while in Commerce City, Cole worked with Adams County on the future of an unincorporated area that is analogous to unincorporated Clifton in Mesa County. He has more experience in that regard than either of the other two at-large candidates.

Beyond his experience, Cole was the most forceful advocate on behalf of the city’s comprehensive plan, which it is developing in cooperation with the county. The city’s existing growth plan is obsolete in many areas, he said. The new comprehensive plan, being crafted carefully and with substantial public input, should provide “an update we can all live with,” he added.

On the city’s need for a new public safety building, Cole offered the most detailed ideas of the three candidates.

“First I would look for outside funding,” he said. Like every other candidate, he said a scaled back, phased approach would be better than the single giant proposal rejected by voters last November. But Cole was also realistic. “I don’t know if it can be done without a tax increase,” he said. Once the economy improves, it is likely the city will have to ask voters for some sort of increase to fund the project.

Sam Susuras and Bill Pitts, the two men running against Cole, are both honorable men who would no doubt serve the city well. But we believe Roland Cole has the most to offer right now.


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