In another broad swipe at Green Mountain Falls' Mayor Lorrie Worthey, the board of trustees voted to appoint mayor pro tem Jane Newberry as the public information officer for all media requests dealing with the planning phase of the new town hall.
Trustee Mac Pitrone proposed the motion which passed by a 5-2 vote, with the mayor and trustee Tyler Stevens opposed. Pitrone's motion at the meeting March 5 stems from an article in the Gazette about the new town hall in which Worthey was the source. According to town clerk Chris Frandina, the article contained incorrect information.
As the new PIO, Newberry is also the manager of grants for the town-hall project while trustees Pitrone and Ralph LoCascio were named managers of construction and engineering, respectively.
Worthey's public woes escalated at the board meeting Feb. 19 when the trustees voted to remove the mayor as the liaison to the marshal's office and approved the appointment of trustee Howard Price to take her place. Again, Worthey and Stevens opposed the motion.
While Price has been publicly vocal about the number of speeding tickets issued by Police Chief Tim Bradley (aka the marshal) and his deputies, as the new liaison, he's given up a little ground.
“The board can't tell the marshal to blow off tickets because we have told him specifically what to do (about speeders),” Price said. “We can say `use reasonable discretion.' We have become known as the `ticket capital of Colorado.'”
In a clear-the-air meeting with Bradley that included Newberry, Price questioned the number of the department's agency assists in other jurisdictions. However, Bradley justified the assists as necessary to provide law-enforcement backup for police stops in Ute Pass.
“I still don't like it, think we should spend more time in town,” Price said.
Blazing a new trail with the marshal's office, Price has requested information within 24 hours on issues such as hires, fires and suspensions within the marshal's department.
As the liaison, Price reported that he expects to know when an officer is involved in a fight, pulls a weapon or is threatened, “Or any purchase above $1,000 I want to know about it; or if there are any problems in the operation,” he said.
No longer a vocal critic of the marshal's department, Price has apparently initiated a sense of cohesion and cooperation. “I think we're going to have a strong relationship between the marshal's office and this board,” Price said. “The board wanted answers to questions and I think we're getting them.”
For his part, Bradley seemed pleased. “Thank you,” he said.