Apr 19 2010

La Veta Workshop

Published by at 9:43 pm under General Information

Tonight was the Town Workshop.  Workshops are typically not for purposes of public debate.  They are intended to be a forum whereby Town Board can discuss and  evaluate  procedural issues, planning issues and budgets.  But attendance tonight compelled the Board to allow public comments as well.  No votes or formal action was taken.

The  Workshop was on how the Trustee vacancy should be filled.  The vast majority of the group attending,  were in favor of next highest vote getter (recent 1st place loser) former Trustee Tracy Webb being elected. They felt no other alternative should even be considered?   A few new Town Board members expressed disagreement with that new approach.  There are no guidelines or ordinances regarding the proper procedure to follow.  Charges of politics, agendas and Golf Course bias were plentiful.  The somewhat one-sided lopsided audience opinion may be due to the election majority assuming there was no need to attend a workshop study handled by the board. That missing group is evidently ready for town to proceed with town issues as they see fit.  

 Town Board seems to be equally divided over the choice of first place runner-up versus invitations of interest from any new applicant, for final considerations.  Vacancies in the past have been filled by first requesting letters of interest.  So can’t the Board agree on some other local non-issue,  non-polarizing,  non-controversial  individual and reach a majority  consensus?  It seems to me that this issue may have already become unresolvable and unfortunately may require a new special election to fill that one seat vacancy.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “La Veta Workshop”

  1. Politically Incorrecton 20 Apr 2010 at 3:08 am

    Tracy Webb lost re-election. Period.

    La Veta already made their choice in the last Election Don Keairns, A businessman with moderate views, was elected Mayor of La Veta by a large margin over a 30-year incumbent.
    Two Trustees were defeated for re-election and replaced with pro-business candidates.
    I feel that the new Trustee should be more in line with the new members on the Board.
    If there wasn’t so many candidates running, Tracy Webb wouldn’t have been anywhere close to being the highest vote-getter.
    Whether supporters of the old Board like it or not, La Veta is changing course with the majority’s support.

    The best thing the Trustees can do is accept letters of interest and appoint someone that is more in line with the people that were elected wide margins.

    If not, they should have a Special Election and La Veta can voice it’s opinion by a large majority again.

  2. WWon 20 Apr 2010 at 12:50 pm

    The town voted for a change in direction and the board should begin moving in a new direction as soon as possible. Since a long standing precedent is in place they should set a deadline for filing of letters of interest, vote on the new trustee and move on. The sooner the better. The longer they drag this out trying to “please” the most people, the more divisive they allow the situation to become.

    I’m curious… if the board contains 7 trustees, does the mayor have a vote in board proceedings? Does the mayor function as a voting member of the board?

  3. Politically Incorrecton 20 Apr 2010 at 4:54 pm

    In response to WW:

    Yes, the Mayor presides over Board meetings and also functions as a voting member so the Board has an odd number of members so they can pass legislation without ties, unless, of course, for some reason there are only 6 Board members at the moment!

    The 3 old members of the Board and the 3 new members are struggling over the power of majority when the 3 new members rightfully deserve that Trustee on their side after seeing the overwhelming mandate victory for change.

    Prepare to put your voting hat on again, this one’s going to a Special Election.

  4. Jerryon 20 Apr 2010 at 6:30 pm

    That’s correct P.I. And stay tuned for my new update post later tonight after the regular Town Board Mtg.

  5. Politically Incorrecton 21 Apr 2010 at 12:36 am

    In response to Jerry:

    I read your latest post and I am furious, Laurie Irwin has made a huge mistake.

  6. WWon 21 Apr 2010 at 10:20 am

    I guess that’s my confusion. If the board has 7 members then the mayor makes it 8 votes which could lead to voting ties.

  7. WWon 21 Apr 2010 at 11:46 am

    Never mind. I see that the Mayor is one of the seven trustees.