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Georgetown seeks candidates for mayor, board positions

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Town election will be April 3

By Ian Neligh

Georgetown is gearing up for its regular town election on April 3, with four seats on the town board and the mayor’s position up for election.

Petitions are available at town hall for anyone interested in self-nominating, and those interested in running have until March 2 to collect the signatures of 10 registered voters. Candidates are required to have lived for one year in the ward where they’re running and to be registered voters.

The positions available include mayor (police judge), currently held by Matthew Skeen; the Ward 1 town board seat currently held by Keith Holmes; the Ward 2 seat currently held by John Jennings; and both Ward 3 seats, currently held by Ed Hoover and Tim Allen.

Ward 1 is the historic residential area on the south end of town from 1st to 8th streets; Ward 2 is the center of town from 8th to 15th streets, and Ward 3 is the north side of town near the lake.

Town board members and the mayor are not paid. If all incumbents choose to run and are not challenged, then the town will cancel the election.

Balloting will be at the courthouse, 405 Argentine St., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 3.

A second term

Skeen said that while he would like to run for a second term, he has not made an official decision.

“I think the town is in a situation where there are a lot of things that are kind of halfway done that need some continuity, and I would like to be able to do that,” Skeen said.

Skeen said he would make his decision in the next couple of weeks.

“I haven’t concluded yet that I’ll be able to, but I really want to,” Skeen said.

Georgetown wants to improve signage, and has received funding to extend sidewalks and streetlights along Argentine Street. The town hopes to attract more traffic by making routes to downtown from Interstate 70 more accessible.

Also, a developer plans to put a hotel, apartments, single-family homes and commercial development on the Berry Foundation property at Georgetown Lake. A restaurant and/or brewery also could be in the cards, along with an “artists’ village” and a neighborhood marketplace.

Skeen, a longtime Georgetown resident, ran unopposed for mayor in the town's 2015 election, replacing Craig Abrahamson.

Duties

In 2013 the state legislature approved an amendment to the town’s territorial charter, the last of its kind in Colorado, to update Georgetown’s governing document for the 21st century.

The changes included limiting the powers of the mayor, eliminating some of the charter’s more colorful historic provisions, and letting the board appoint replacements for selectmen who step down rather than hold an election.

“What that means, of course, is the police judge’s job has been reduced, at least the description,” Skeen said. “The police judge chairs the Board of Selectmen, and that’s about it.”

Skeen said the police judge’s job is to assist the Board of Selectmen in making decisions.

“I think it is still an important job,” Skeen said. “I believe it is to study the issues, to know what’s going on … and present issues in an organized fashion to the Board of Selectmen, so they can make their decision.”

Contact Ian Neligh at couranteditor@evergreenco.com, and check www.clearcreekcourant.com for updates and breaking news.