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Saguache News – January 5

Town Trustees: Serving Ain’t for Sissys

No matter where you turn, when the discussion comes to politics, everyone seems to be shying away. But that never solved anything. And in small rural communities like Saguache, Town management is the axle that keeps the wheel turning.

So with the New Year, comes the reborn hope for democracy, along with the following information from Saguache’s Mayor Pro-Tem and Trustee Luana Lovato regarding the town’s upcoming election this April and the positions that are open.

Swearing in Saguache Town Board April 2016

All elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the State Constitution, as did these elected Town Trustees did in April 2016. Photo Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

A Public Service Announcement Submitted by Luana Lovato, Saguache Mayor Pro-Temp

The Town of Saguache needs citizens to run for the Office of Town Trustee, or Mayor. During the last election cycle, I challenged the citizens of Saguache to consider running for a position on the Town Board. I was so happy to see citizens step up and run for office.

The Town of Saguache has made great strides in the last 6 months and is headed in a good direction. It would be awesome if citizens decided to become involved in the future of our Town and run for office. Petition packets are available beginning January 2, 2018, and must be returned with the required verified signatures by January 22, 2018. Packets are available at the Town Hall located at 504 San Juan Ave., Saguache Colorado. There is a very short window to collect signatures on the petitions. All you need is a minimum of 10 signatures.

Saguache Town Hall post

The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Anyone interested in giving back to our wonderful community and help direct the future of Saguache should definitely run for office. These are very important appointments for our Town. 2018 TOWN OF SAGUACHE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS The Town of Saguache Regular Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years by polling place ballot locations. For the 2018 election that date will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. At each election, eligible electors can vote for candidates nominated to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees.

Eligibility Requirements (C.R.S 31-10-301) to run:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election (Tuesday, April 3, 2018).
  • Candidate must be a registered voter by the time of the candidate’s nomination.
  • Candidate must be a primary resident of the Town of Saguache for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election.
  • Candidate must maintain residency throughout the term in office.
  • Candidate must have resided within the State of Colorado for at least 22 days prior to the election.
  • Candidate must be properly registered with the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder.
  • Candidate may not be a candidate for more than one office at the same election or hold two municipal offices.

There are a number of Saguache Town positions that need to be filled in 2018.

  • The Mayor of Saguache
  • Town Trustees (5 out of the six positions need to be filled)
    •  (3) four-year positions
    • (2) two-year positions.

The three four-year Trustee positions (2018-2022) shall be awarded to the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals will fill the two positions with a term expiration of 2020.

Candidate packets can be obtained at the Saguache Town hall at 504 San Juan Avenue. For information regarding the election and the election calendar please click the link below or contact the Town Clerk at 719-655-2232 or by email at townclerk@townofsaguache.org or visit town hall.






Latest News – April 25

Special Session Tonight Regarding Town Administrator

Tonight, Monday, April 25 the Saguache Town Board has set a special session meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss whether to go forward and hire a Town Administrator. This meeting is open to all public and will be held at the Town Hall located at 504 San Juan Avenue.

The newly seated Saguache Town Board is from left to right: Kate Vasha, May Engquist, Loren Aldrich , Mayor Greg Terrell, Wyoma Hansen, Amber Wilson, and Susan Collins. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

The newly seated Saguache Town Board is from left to right: Kate Vasha, May Engquist, Loren Aldrich , Mayor Greg Terrell, Wyoma Hansen, Amber Wilson, and Susan Collins. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Recently the Town of Saguache received a $98,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). This grant money is specifically earmarked to enable Saguache to hire a town administrator. At tonight’s special session, if the majority of Trustees vote no, then the town will need to return the grant money to DOLA.

According to the town’s website, Akia Tanara has been working under a contract to jumpstart projects like repairing local sewer lines.

Saguache Town Administrator Akia Tanara

Saguache Town Administrator Akia Tanara

While the town’s old system is not leaking sewage, the pipes do allow sub-irrigation water to get into the system, causing the sewer lagoon to take in over the amount of effluent allowed by the Colorado Department of Health and the Environment. If the problem is not fixed, the town will likely be required to build a multi-million-dollar waste treatment plant. The DOLA grant pays 75 percent of a town administrator’s salary the first year, 50 percent the second year and 25 percent the third year.

The former town board who initiated the possibility felt that this grant makes it possible for the town to hire an administrator without taxing the town budget. The hope is that the position of Town Administrator can be self-sustaining.

“One of the major responsibilities of an administrator would be to write and administer grants for projects—for instance, to fix the sewer system, pave streets and remodel the Community Building and add a commercial kitchen,” said Saguache Town Mayor Greg Terrell. “Not only would grant money pay the lion’s share of the projects costs, but various grants also allow us to add up to 15 percent of the total amount to cover administrative costs. That means the actual cost of an administrator could be zero.”