Leaders elected to special districts for fire, sewer services
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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Upper Blue Sanitation District election of Robin Theobald and Barrie Stimson Tuesday recorded the highest voter turn-out among four special-district elections.
“It was a very interesting election,” district manager Andy Carlberg said.
Some 691 ballots were cast, which was an increase from about 550 ballots cast for an election of four board members in 2008. Though special district elections tend to involve low-key campaigns, this one included automated phone calls and postcards among other devices to get out the vote.
Carlberg investigated rumors of malfeasance by a district employee, but he found no wrongdoing.
Stimson and incumbent Theobald are both to serve four-year terms on the five-member board.
“I’m pleased with the outcome and really gratified that so many people were interested in what’s going on in the sanitation district,” Theobald said. “And I think that David Jefferson brought up some things in his campaign that we’re going to address as well.”
Jefferson received 266 votes, falling short of Theobald (416 votes) and Stimson (321 votes). Jefferson ran for the board in 2008 and lost by only six votes. He did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.
Stimson came in fourth among eight candidates in last year’s Summit School Board election for three seats.
He said Wednesday he anticipates serving the district’s constituents.
“I’m looking forward to going forward and working hard in a district that’s already being very well run,” he said.
Stimson lives in Blue River, the community south of Breckenridge that annexed to the district in February 2009. Construction is likely to begin this year expanding sewer lines into the town, which has roughly 680 residents.
He said that over the course of his campaign he learned that many people living outside the Town of Breckenridge – such as in Blue River or several neighborhoods outside town limits – had assumed they weren’t able to vote in the election.
“I want people to know that if they pay a sewer bill, they’re in the district,” Stimson said.
In Lake Dillon Fire Protection District, board President Tom Hill – who has served the district and its predecessors for the past 15 years – “found himself the odd man out for the three available seats,” according to a fire district press release.
Jim Cox and Rob Sollenberger are both new to the board, while incumbent Jerry Peterson has been involved with “various incarnations of the fire department since 1963,” according to the press release.
The Frisco Sanitation District election showed the lowest turn-out, with less than 100 people voting to use $397,682 in grants on a disinfection system for the treatment plant.
The Red, White and Blue Fire District election drew 493 voters to elect Teresa Perkins, Gary Gallagher and Arch Gothard III to four-year terms, and James Keating, Jr. to a two-year term.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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