At the Sept. 10 council meeting, Paonia trustees voted Sarah Sauter to fill the seat on the town board vacated by trustee Corinne Ferguson after she moved out of the town limits.
Sauter was selected from among seven applicants.
Trustees began the selection process by narrowing the field to three applicants: Sauter, attorney Charles Stewart, and David Bradford, a retiree of the U.S. Forest Service.
Trustee Ross King said the decision was a difficult one. "We are looking to find the highest and best-qualified candidate," said King.
In the final round of voting, Sauter received three votes and Bradford one.
When introduced as an applicant, Sauter said she believes it is her civic duty to be involved in town government.
Sauter is executive director for The Conservation Center, a Paonia-based environmental organization that actively opposes oil and gas in the North Fork area. Mayor Neil Schwieterman asked if, considering her current employment, she foresees any conflicts of interest. Sauter replied that she spoke with town attorney Jim Briscoe and is aware of possible conflicts. "I will be absolutely transparent," said Sauter.
Sauter's seat will be up for re-election in April 2014, along with Wissbeck and Ayers; the terms of King and Goold expire in 2016, and Schwieterman is term-limited to 2016.
In other business, trustees:
• Approved a bid of $59,00 for the engineering services for the project to replace the town's infrastructure on Third Street to Glenwood Springs-based engineering firm, SGM. The town received five bids for the project. In alphabetical order: Buckhorn Geotech (headquartered in Montrose) $71,155; Del-Mont (Montrose), $89,750; Farnsworth Engineering (Paonia), $61,600; and High Country Engineering, Inc. (Glenwood Springs), $118,200.
• Approved a motion to not award a bid for engineering services for the proposed Twin Lakes Campground, located across Second Street from the Paonia Library. Barb Peterson said that preliminary budget reviews show that the money isn't available. Maybe in a year or two, she added.
In addition, it's possible the engineering could have to be redone again in a year or two.
• Approved a liquor license renewal request for Sol Margaritas. Two special event liquor requests were also granted. Margot Richardson asked council to approve consumption of alcohol on Oct. 10, 11, 12 and 13 at the Paradise Theatre, for the "world premiere" of the musical play, "Ladies and Gentlemen, It's the Strolling Scones."
While no one from the Chamber of Commerce attended the meeting, trustees voted to approve a permit for service of alcohol during the annual Mountain Harvest Festival. Alcohol would be served from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Paradise Theatre.
Goold noted that these requests seem to come up at every meeting, and those making the request need to attend as representatives. "These are important things, and here (trustees) are, reading the paper," said Goold.blog comments powered by Disqus