New BOCC poisedfor heavy lifting |

New BOCC poisedfor heavy lifting


The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is set for the next two years with energized Democrats sweeping in Bill Wallace and Bob French to join Republican Tom Long, who ran unopposed.Congratulations to the electeds.We did not endorse French, but we believe he will be the solid county commissioner his ardent supporters have predicted from the day he was nominated and appointed to the vacancy created when Gary Lindstrom was appointed to the state House.Already, French is sinking his teeth into Interstate 70 issues and taking an active role in a regional planning group trying to get something done to ease congestion.It used to be in Summit County that you had to be a Republican to be elected to a county office. While that seems to hold mostly true for the offices of sheriff, clerk and recorder and treasurer (the assessor is a Democrat), the BOCC looks like it will be up for grabs for years to come.Who knows. Maybe some day a Green Party candidate will win. We salute Tom Castrigno for injecting his views into the campaign. More than 3,000 voters agreed with him.The beauty of the BOCC is that party affiliation has nothing to do with decision-making. Over the years, we’ve seen Long, Wallace and the now-departed Lindstrom act on what they think is best for the county.We expect the new alignment will continue that journey.The issues are many. Denver Water is coming after more water. Summit County needs more water storage. Some neighborhood wells are going dry.Diversity will continue to be a factor in how we employ people and how we care for them. The Summit Housing Authority is still searching for a secure source of funding. Day care is still a crisis looking for a solution.Buildout is around the corner. More and more second homeowners are spending more and more time here. That means growth as a different kind. The residences are here, but no longer so empty.Yet, as Wallace pointed out the other day, the county is still coming to terms with the go-go growth eras of the 1980s and 1990s. Commissioners French, Wallace and Long have much work to do.

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