Weld County Commissioners become first to approve new High Plains Library District trustees
April 10, 2017
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Jail kitchen remodel — The Board of Weld County Commissioners on Monday bought local, opting for the second-lowest bidder to do the county’s jail kitchen remodel. The cost difference ($190,292 vs. $183,000) is less than 4 percent, so Greeley-based Growling Bear will do the work. The county charter asks that the county gives preference to local companies for county contracts.
The Board of Weld County Commissioners on Monday became the first local government entity to approve new trustees for the High Plains Library District, approving six new trustees with varying terms.
The approval during the board's Monday meeting comes after nearly three years of disagreement and litigation, which itself came after Weld Commissioners joined other governing entities in trying to replace library board trustees against the library district's wishes.
The various government entities, including the library district, the county and smaller municipalities, including Ault, Fort Lupton and Eaton, spent about $300,000 on litigation.
The other municipalities include the Fort Lupton Re-8 School District, Greeley, Evans and Hudson, and all will have to approve the nominees.
"I'm hopeful we're at a spot to get this concluded, move on, and let the library do what it's supposed to do," commissioner Mike Freeman said.
Freeman was one of nine members of a nominating committee that nominated the six potential library board trustees, calling the process "very good."
Further, Freeman said nominating committee members all agreed to lobby for approval of the trustees to their respective boards.
The following nominees were approved by commissioners Monday:
» John Damsma — Region 1 (Erie, Frederick, Firestone), term expires Dec. 31, 2021.
» Rosalie Martinez — Region 2 (Gilcrest, Hudson, Keenesburg, LaSalle, Lochbuie, Platteville, Fort Lupton), term expires Dec. 21, 2019.
» Kenneth Poncelow — Region 3 (Mead, Johnstown, Milliken, Berthoud), term expiring Dec. 31, 2020.
» George Conaer — Region 4 (Greeley, Evans, Garden City), term expires Dec. 31, 2019.
» Mary Heberlee — Region 5 (Ault, Eaton, Pierce, Nunn, Carr, Rockport, Lucerne), term expires Dec. 31, 2021.
» Bob Grand — At-large, term expires Dec. 31, 2020.
Freeman noted the process has gone on for some time, and some of the nominees first submitted applications in 2014.
During the ensuing years, the library district board was barred by court order from making big decisions. If the trustees are approved by all municipalities, they will likely first be tasked with enacting rule changes agreed to as part of the lawsuit settlement, which called for, among other things, the nominating process used in this case.
Tyler Silvy covers city and county government for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at email@example.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.