Yampa board selects mayor from its ranks

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— Tom Estes has been appointed mayor of Yampa, filling the seat that Brenda Northrop gave up.

After serving six years as mayor, Northrop did not seek reelection and closed her final board meeting April 6 with kind words.

"I want to thank everyone for letting me be mayor for six years," she said. "I enjoyed it very much."

Northrop wants to spend more time helping with her husband's business.

Before Northrup adjourned the meeting, County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak presented her with an honorary Routt County coffee mug for her service.

"The town of Yampa is very fortunate to have had a mayor like Brenda," Stahoviak said.

Town Clerk Janet Ray then thanked Northrop for her hard work and said that she would be missed.


"I will stand up and say to anyone that you've put more work into this than anyone," she said. "I hope the next mayor and all the mayors down the road take a page out of your book."

With that said, Northrop adjourned the meeting. Immediately afterwards, the new board was sworn in. The trustees' first action of business was to find a way to fill the mayor's seat.

Shari Cole nominated Estes' saying: "He's been here the longest and I think he'd do a good job."

Estes responded to the nomination by stating that he wouldn't be able to make all the additional meetings in the county at which Yampa needs representation.

"I would like to take it, but I'm going to (need) help from the board attending some of the meetings," he said. "Like everyone else, I have to work."

The trustees agreed to assist Estes and he was sworn in. However, his elevation to mayor left one trustee position vacant on the board.

The trustees asked members of the audience if they would like to volunteer but nobody stepped up.

The request for a resident to fill the position will be posted at Lombardi's Cafe, Montgomery's General Store and the post office.

Anyone interested should write a letter explaining why he or she would make a good town trustee and send it to the Yampa Town Hall.

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