Downvalley districts readying ballots
Several downvalley agencies are holding elections this spring. Terms on the districts’ boards are four-year commitments, and all the board posts are unpaid positions.
The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District is geographically the largest of the special districts, comprising Eagle, Gypsum, parts of Edwards and the northern part of the county.
Board members whose terms expire this year are Chris Williams of Edwards, Cherie Curtis of Edwards and Deb Jordan of Eagle. If no one enters the race, the remaining board members will appoint individuals to any vacant positions.
The Western Eagle County Ambulance District covers nearly as many square miles as the recreation district, stretching up the valley from eastern mouth of Glenwood Canyon to Wolcott, then north up Highway 131 and the Colorado River Road. The terms of board members Nettie Reynolds of Gypsum and Jon Asper of Eagle expire this year.
District manager Tom Kelly said last week nomination forms have been submitted by Reynolds and Brian Schofield, a Gypsum resident who runs the fire rescue squad at the Eagle County Regional Airport. Asper said this week he was considering seeking another term on the board.
Asper is the chief and administrator of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, which also has two board seats available this spring. Asper said incumbent board members Roxie Deane and Kathy Moeger are expected to seek new terms.
At least four people will seek three seats on the Gypsum Fire Protection District board this spring. Fire chief Dave Vroman said incumbents Sam Tatham, Tammy Conway and Pam Schultz have all submitted nomination forms. Local resident Rocco Laguardia has also submitted his form, and Vroman said last week he was aware of two more people who may run.
The polling place in Gypsum for the fire board, recreation and ambulance district elections will be at Gypsum Town Hall. In Eagle, the polling place will be the fire station on Third Street for the fire board election, and, probably the ambulance and recreation district elections also.
However, Rita Woods of the fire district noted that any district with no more nominees than positions available can cancel its spring election. That may happen with the recreation and ambulance districts, as well as Eagle fire.
Numerous smaller districts, including the local Soil Conservation District, are all prepared to cancel their spring elections due to lack of nominees.