Participants in the 17th annual Silverton Kicksled Rodeo take off in the epic
Ben Hur race around the block in downtown Silverton on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Photo by Ray Dileo/Silverton Standard
Six running for four Town Council seats
With time running out to qualify for the ballot, at least six candidates are now poised to run for four Town Council seats in Silverton’s April 1 election, according to Assistant Town Clerk Anita Steck.
Steck said Wednesday afternoon that Kevin Baldwin, Malcolm MacDougall, Pete Maisel and Barbara Renowden had submitted petitions, and that two others — Nicole Bellman and Karla Safranski — have taken out petitions but have not yet returned them.
Those wanting to run for Town Council have until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, to submit petitions with at least 10 signatures of registered voters in order to get their names on the ballot.
The Silverton Standard and Silverton high school students will host a Candidates Night Forum Tuesday, March 18, from 7-9 p.m. at Town Hall.
Pot businesses show no interest in San Juan County so far
Marijuana-related businesses will be allowed in San Juan County effective March 23, but officials said they have yet to receive a single inquiry from anyone interested in such an enterprise here.
Meanwhile, the Silverton Town Council, in approving ballot language for its proposed taxes on retail marijuana sales and growing facilities Monday, estimates the taxes would bring in up to $80,000 this year if approved, based on annual marijuana sales in town of $2 million and wholesale growing facilities producing an equal dollar amount.
Town voters are being asked to approve a 1 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana and a 3 percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana production in the April 1 election.
But a separate ballot measure asks voters to repeal the ordinance passed in January to allow marijuana-related businesses in town.