Steamboat Springs Oak Creek voters might be staying home in April.
Four Oak Creek Town Board seats were to be up for election, along with the position of mayor. However, the town has not received more nominating petitions than open seats. In fact, only two nominating petitions were filed by Monday’s deadline.
On Thursday, the Town Board voted unanimously to cancel April’s municipal election pending any affidavits of intent to run as a write-in candidate. If the town has not received any affidavits by March 16, those who submitted nomination petitions by Monday will be considered elected. Mayor Nikki Knoebel and Trustee Wendy Gustafson successfully submitted petitions for their current positions. Trustee Wes Woodford is not running, Trustee Chuck Wisecup did not submit a petition by the deadline but said he would accept appointment and Trustee Dawn Smith resigned in February.
In the event of a canceled election, the town would solicit letters of interest for Town Board positions, Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said. She said the Town Board likely would consider any submitted letters in April.
The Oak Creek Planning Commission also has a vacancy.
“When business was good, before the bottom dropped out, there was a lot more interest,” Trustee Bernie Gagne said when asked about the lack of interest in town positions. But he also noted that the Town Board’s workload has diminished, crediting Page-Allen’s work as town administrator. “The demands are much less” on potential Town Board members, Gagne said.
“Maybe it means people are happy with the way things are going,” Knoebel said.
Also on Thursday, the Town Board unanimously approved a letter of support for Flying Diamond Ranch’s conservation efforts. The ranch is applying for a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to conserve almost 300 acres between Oak Creek and Steamboat Springs, according to a letter submitted to the Town Board.
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