Derek Franz

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November 14, 2012
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Gypsum appoints new rec committee members

There's some new blood on the Gypsum Recreation Committee.

Town council members appointed three new members to the seven-member committee and re-appointed longtime committee member Pam Schultz. Schultz is also a town council member. The new members are Dave McMichael, Ryan Adams and Carrie Larson. Dave McMichael is council member Tim McMichael's 24-year-old son. Schultz, Dave McMichael and Adams will serve four-year terms and Larson will have a three-year term.

The members were selected from a group of several applicants who responded to a notice posted on town bulletin boards and on the town website. Mayor Steve Carver was absent from the meeting.

"It's nice to have a selection," said council member Tom Edwards. "The whole group was good but we can only pick four."

Mayor Pro Tem Dick Mayne encouraged the people who weren't selected to maintain an interest.

"It will be important for new people to serve in the future," he said.

Schultz was re-appointed because of her experience, which will likely come in handy as the rec committee enters a new chapter.

The committee has functioned as a somewhat informal entity until now. Meetings were irregularly scheduled and attendance by the members was sporadic. Council members decided last month that, in light of the town's growth, it was time to hash out concrete term limits, meeting schedules and bylaws.

Town Planner Lana Gallegos is still figuring out the details. One key intention is to stagger the terms of the committee so that not all seven term limits expire at the same time, thus retaining a percentage of experienced members while changing the group's roster every two years. That's why Larson was appointed to a three-year term.

The remaining rec committee members are George Hudspeth, Drew Raiford and Holly Loff. Those terms expire in 2015.

The rec committee helps the town conceptualize its recreational amenities, such as improving existing ones and considering potential for new ones. The group played a role in acquiring the former private Cotton Ranch Golf Club and turning it into the public Gypsum Creek Golf Course. That had been a long-standing goal for council member Tim McMichael, who is stepping down from the rec committee after serving on it several years.

"The golf course was what I wanted to see happen and I'm ready to let someone else take over," he said.

Lately, the committee is considering ideas for a dog park and whitewater park, among other things.

"I use the Gypsum Rec Center about five days a week - it's great - but I would like to expand on what is outside of it," Dave McMichael said. "There is a lot of land we can utilize for trails and things."

Adams has lived in Gypsum for two years since he got a job at the airport. He said he recently bought a house, started a family and wants to get more involved in the community.

"We appreciate the interest," Mayne said.

Other action

In other action Tuesday night, the town council approved a new five-year contract with the Eagle County Sheriff Department.

Gypsum does not have it's own police force and contracts with the sheriff for law enforcement.

Under the new contract, the town will pay $675,000 for services in 2013 and $750,000 in 2014. The rate will increase by 5 percent for each of the following three years.

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