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Recall election now set for Feb. 10
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Posted on December 24 2014, 1:27pm by Mark Esper in Local News category

The recall election targeting Town Trustee Karla Safranski has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10.

And in a resolution approved by the Town Council on Monday night, Dec. 22, the deadline for petitions from those interested in running for the Town Council position must be filed with Town Hall by Friday, Dec. 26. That’s a change from what town officials were saying just last Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, Dec. 23, Mayor Chris Tookey said no one has yet even taken out petitions to run for Safranski’s seat.

The Town Council approved the election schedule changes in a 4-0 vote, with trustees Safranski and Malcolm MacDougall absent.

The Feb. 10 election is open to qualified Silverton residents, who have until Dec. 26 to submit petitions with 10 registered voters to get on the ballot. The petition forms are available at Town Hall.

Last month petitioners submitted more than 170 signatures seeking the recall of Trustee Safranski.

The petition targeting Safranski lists seven reasons for the recall effort, including “voting to waste town resources in pursuing an agenda to terminate Public Works Director Gilbert Archuleta.”

“We had an election date set for Jan. 27,” said Interim Town Administrator Mark Garcia. “But looking at the dates and requirements for petitioner circulation as well as mail-ballot requirements and so on we thought it would be more advantageous to push the election to Feb. 10.”

Garcia said that in the absence of a Town Clerk, County Clerk Ladonna Jaramillo will conduct the election from her office at the San Juan County Courthouse. Ballots will be mailed out 15 to 22 days prior to the Feb. 10 election and voting may also be conducted at the clerk’s office on Election Day.

Two days of reading state statutes have goine into this on my part,” Garcia said. “I know this hasn’t been easy.”

Meanwhile, the town has received no letters of interest in filling the Town Council vacancy left by the Nov. 26 resignation of Tracy Boeyink.

And Trustee David Zanoni sounded off on what he said was a lack of communication from Town Hall. He pointed out that Boeyink’s letter of resignation was dated Nov. 26 but it was not even on the agenda at the Town Council’s Dec. 8 meeting, where Boeyink was absent but no town official bothered to explain why.

The letter of resignation finally came before the Town Council at its Dec. 15 meeting.

“If I don’t listen to what’s going on in the street I don’t know what’s going on in this building,” Zanoni said. He said it amounted to a “lack of respect.”

Garcia said that “we have a limited staff and we’re doing the best we can.”


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