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Cedaredge town administrator resigns

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Town administrator Kathleen "Katie" Sickles submitted her verbal resignation effective Monday, Nov. 20. Katie has accepted a position with the City of Ouray as an interim city administrator. The Board of Trustees accepted her resignation and appointed Greg Brinck interim town administrator. The Board of Trustees indicated that a formal search will be conducted for the town administrator in 2018.

Brinck was hired as a Best and Brightest Intern through a Department of Local Affairs grant program in January 2016. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a master's in public administration May 2017 and the grant program concluded September 2017.

"I was fortunate to have lived and worked in such a great community," said Sickles. "At my hire in April of 2006 I knew there were some steep slopes to climb."

Since April of 2006:

• A major project to replace waterlines throughout town improved water delivery.

• Reinstated a project with additional grant funds to enhance the triangle now known as SW Centennial Plaza adjacent to Pioneer Town.

• Revised the budget format and process for accountability.

• Police department staffing has stabilized.

• Electorate approved a sales tax raise to fund major street improvement and approved the Home Rule Charter.

• Town permanent records from 1907 are digitally available to the public online.

• Main Street enhanced with streetscape/landscape and Westador streets rebuilt and paved.

• Water utility billing software is being used to analyze the system and better monitor water conservation measures.

• Golf course $700,000 debt was eliminated transparently by selling the domestic water asset to the water fund.

• The golf course is operating with minimal subsidies in relation to other municipal golf courses.

• The wastewater treatment facility was designed and built with almost 80 percent grants.

• Conflicts with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association regarding raw water collection and treatment was settled.

• Jay Avenue bridge was replaced with 70 percent grant funding.

"There are many more accomplishments in the last 11 plus years; however, the one that I will remember is the transition of the animal shelter from the town to the Friends of Cedaredge Animal Shelter, a nonprofit. This transition was successful due to burying past differences, leveraging the strengths of both organizations and seeking a partnership to provide a valuable service to the community."

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