With a hearty "Let's rock and roll!" Hotchkiss mayor pro-tem Larry Jakubiak called to order the town council meeting on June 8 promptly at 6:30 p.m. Seated next to him was Marlene Searle, town clerk extraordinaire (seriously -- it's on her name plate).
With the absence of Mayor Wendell Koontz and deputy clerk Ginger Redden, who typically run the meetings, Jakubiak and Searle were back in action together once more. The two served the council for 18 years together, while Jakubiak was a trustee for 10 years and mayor for eight years. They jokingly referred to the evening as "retro night." The two bantered throughout the evening as they ticked through a 32-item agenda. Toward the end of the evening under new business, Jakubiak tendered his resignation from the council, citing health reasons. He will serve through the Aug. 10 town council meeting.
The rest of the council seemed disappointed, but understanding. "I'm really sad to hear this," said Trustee Mary Hockenbery. Jakubiak replied, "I may be back. You never know."
With his resignation, the town is now accepting letters of interest from citizens who want to serve on the council. In order to be considered, a citizen needs to be at least 18 years old, have lived within the Town of Hotchkiss for one year, and be a registered voter. Letters of interest may be dropped off at town hall or mailed to PO Box 369, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. The person selected to fulfill Jakubiak's term will serve until April 2018.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.