I would like to thank the people of Park County for giving me the opportunity to serve them as their District 2 County Commissioner for the last 3 years. It has been a wonderful experience, and one I would like to continue for the next 5 years.
Together we have accomplished quite a bit. Working with Summit County, Breckenridge, and Summit Stage we have added bus service from Fairplay to Breckenridge. With the creation of the Health Services District in South Park we now have a Doctor at the clinic in Fairplay.
We have made available standard engineered plans to anyone who wants to build a small home. These plans include the house, foundation and septic system making it more affordable to build. We are currently working with Habitat for Humanity and a grant from El Pomar to build duplexes in Fairplay which will provide more affordable housing. We hope to expand the program to the Bailey area, all without committing taxpayer money. We are working with the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments on housing issues, and hope to bring our two school districts to the table in order to provide construction training to students who do not wish to go to college.
Bailey has a new community center. It took a long time, but it is now open for business. We have expanded the Colorado State University Extension Service so they now have an office in Bailey two days a week and continue to look for ways to help expand service for seniors in the Bailey area.
We are in the final stages of revising our zoning regulations to allow people to have more flexibility in how they use their property. We are revising our overly restrictive camping regulations to make it easier to use your property in a safe and sanitary manner.
My work as Commissioner extends beyond just the Park County meetings. I am active in the Pike Peaks Area Council of Governments, which provides a large portion of the money needed for senior services. I was elected by the Central Front Range Transportation Region to be their representative to the State Transportation Advisory Committee, where I can push US285, US24 and CO9 issues in front of a statewide audience. I was appointed by the Governor to the State Workforce Development Council where I hope to highlight attainable housing issues. I was appointed by Colorado Counties to serve on the Colorado Works Allocation Committee, where I now serve as co-chair. This committee allocates TANF funds (formerly Aid to Families with Dependent Children) to individual counties. I was appointed by the Minority Leader in the State Legislature to serve on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the 11th Judicial District, and also serve as Park County’s representative to the South Platte Basin Water Roundtable.
My primary passion is to work for Park County. We need to make sure we receive all of the benefits our citizens have paid for through their state and federal taxes. I also want to work for rural Colorado because if we can unite all the counties that are not part of the urban corridor we can better achieve our individual goals.
Our tax resources in Park County are limited, it is my goal to provide the most services we can within the constraints the people of the county give us. I welcome all comments, and hope we can continue to work together to try to make Park County the best possible place to live. I would appreciate your support in the upcoming election.