Hotchkiss voters have spoken

By Wendell A. Koontz


Dear Editor:

The 2016 Town of Hotchkiss election is complete. I want to thank the citizens and community for their interest and participation. This election garnered unprecedented attention from the local and national media from the New York Times to NPR. It appeared to me, after most of the interviews, that the reporters were actually more interested in the controversy of marijuana and coal mining than in the real issues the voters were going to have to decide.

My congratulations to Jim Roberts, Larry Jakubiak, John Marta and Mary Hockenbery for their election to the board of trustees. We have a very solid board with experience and skills over a very wide range of disciplines. My thanks and best wishes to Dustyn Foster as he completes his term of office. Dustyn has never been afraid to roll up his sleeves and get things done as evidenced with the mine timber planters project. We wish him and his growing family the best.

We've heard from the citizens of Hotchkiss that they do not want a retail marijuana industry in town. I'm asking that the proponents respect the outcome, just as they would want the voters decision respected, had it been for allowing retail sales. I think we have better things to focus our time and efforts on now.

There is no doubt that the North Fork is experiencing some tough economic times. But we've seen hard times before. I am confident that Hotchkiss will endure and prosper. We have a great community with many talents and an abundance of critical thinking skills.

Wendell A. Koontz
Mayor
Town of Hotchkiss