Delta Mayor Ed Sisson reports that contract negotiations with city manager candidate Mark Collins are nearly complete. He expected to have signed documents in his hands as early as Tuesday afternoon. The next step will be formal approval by the Delta City Council.
Collins was one of two finalists brought to Delta for interviews with city council and staff members Monday, July 6. He is currently the associate vice president for administrative operations at University of Wyoming, and previously served as city manager in Gunnison, Grand Lake and Lander, Wyo. He has lived in Laramie for 10 years, two as city manager and eight with the university, and said he is looking forward to moving back to the Western Slope of Colorado. He has also missed working in city government.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.