Dolores City Council appoints two new council members – The Journal
Candidates submit letters, introduce themselves and answer questions from administrators
On Monday, the Dolores board voted to appoint two new members to fill vacancies on the board. They chose from three candidates.
Chris Holkestad and Kalin Grigg received the two highest votes and were appointed to the board positions, which serve terms until April 2024.
Former board members Jeff Sand and Todd Andrews resigned because they moved out of town. They were elected to the board of directors in April.
Holkestad, Grigg and Jerry Whited applied for the nomination. Prior to the council vote, they submitted letters, introduced themselves and answered questions from council members.
Grigg has resided in Dolores since 2005. As chairman of the Dolores Parks Committee for the past several years, he has led efforts for a new playground and worked with city administrators and staff.
Her experience includes creating a civic engagement project at Fort Lewis College that supported the needs of local communities. He was appointed by Colorado Governor Roy Romer to a committee that organized municipal projects.
“Community service runs in your blood,” he said.
Grigg supports access to open spaces and public lands, and said the lack of affordable housing is a critical issue for the city.
“I believe in the direction the city is headed and want to continue to be a part of it,” Grigg said.
Holkestad holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business administration. He has lived in Dolores for six years and works for Osprey Packs. He was a foster parent and served on the board of the Southwest Open School.
Playing an active role in the community has always been important, he said. Issues he cares about are helping the businesses locals depend on, affordable housing, smart growth, water conservation in times of drought, support for renewable energy and growing the tourism base in part. by marketing biking, hiking and camping in the area. The number of empty buildings in the city is problematic, Holkestad said, and solutions should be discussed to find tenants there.
Growth is starting to move into the Dolores River Valley, and Dolores needs to be ready to grow smart and sustainably while maintaining the small-town feel, he said.
Whited has lived in Dolores for 12 years and is the EMS Captain for the Ute Mountain Ute Fire Department and EMS Chief for the Dove Creek Ambulance District. He served on the board of Dolores Planning and Zoning for one year.
“I am an avid seeker and not afraid of difficult challenges,” he said in his letter.
He offered to help the city with new ideas and look for ways to increase communication and information to residents.
He has been a volunteer firefighter and hosted a softball tournament in town for the past seven years.
“I love this city and I want to have a voice and help the community,” he said.
The board agreed to choose the nominations by open ballot, rather than the more cumbersome motion process.
Holkestad and Kalin each received four votes, and Whited received two votes.
The results of the vote, according to City Clerk Tammy Neely, were as follows:
Administrator Val Truelsen voted for Whited and Grigg; Trustee Mark Youngquist voted for Grigg and Holkestad; Administrator Andy Lewis voted for Grigg and Holkestad; and Trustee Shirley Wheeler voted for Holkestad and Whited.
New board members were sworn in and joined the board.