Seven candidates vying for Meeker board, mayor seat

MEEKER | Seven of nine candidate petition packets were returned to Town Clerk Amy Tupy for the town’s municipal election in April.

Mayoral candidates are Kent Borchard and Rodney Gerloff. Trustees candidates are incumbents Wendy Gutierrez, Melissa Kindall and Travis Day and challengers Matt Scott and Jared Harvey.

ELECTION 2020: Town of Meeker Board of Trustees

Mayoral candidates: Kent Borchard, Rodney Gerloff

Trustees candidates: Wendy Gutierrez (incumbent), Melissa Kindall (incumbent), Travis Day (incumbent), Matt Scott, Jared Harvey

At the Jan. 21 board of trustees meeting, the board reviewed a request to split the cost of a consulting firm with the ERBM Recreation and Park District to conduct a study for future river enhancement projects between Sulphur Creek and 10th Street. The proposal would cost the town approximately $15,000 for a “conceptual plan for improvements.”

Mayor pro temp Travis Day expressed concerns about the proposal.

“I don’t like the way this is written. I feel like it leaves it open for them to do a bunch of streambed enhancements. The algae committee is trying to get rid of any structures in the river,” Day said. “I know there’s been a lot of people who would like improvements into the riverbed for recreation and stuff. I don’t think we need to be spending money that’s potentially for streambed improvements. This [proposal] leaves it open for everything.”

Town Manager Lisa Cook said she could revisit the proposal with ERBM Executive Director Sean VonRoenn to remove references to streambed changes and bring it back to the board.

“I don’t like the way this is written. I feel like it leaves it open for them to do a bunch of streambed enhancements. The algae committee is trying to get rid of any structures in the river.” ~ Mayor pro temp Travis Day on ERBM’s request to split the cost of a consultant for river enhancement projects

The board approved a special event liquor permit for a fundraising dinner event Feb. 8 for the Meeker International Ecology Program. Funds raised will help send students to the Galapagos Islands in June for an educational trip.

Trustees also approved an ordinance that will allow for administrative approval to reissue existing liquor licenses without requiring licensees to get on the agenda. In cases where there is a noncompliance issue, license renewal applicants would still be required to get board approval. Special event liquor licenses also require board approval. The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after publication.

The board approved a tavern license renewal for Chipper’s Downtown Bar and Grill.

Trustees moved to direct staff to get prices and information for carpeting the third floor of the Town Hall building. The Town is working out a lease with Colorado Northwestern Community College for the use of the upstairs area previously occupied by county departments.

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