Yellow Scene endorses Joe Wilson
when it comes to vision and leadership, we believe Joe Wilson has proven himself to be effective and efficient. And we believe he deserves another term. Wilson is staunchly focused on pursuing commercial services and development in town, which is badly needed for the future. That means outreach, and he’s put in a lot of time and energy into reaching out to potential businesses. He’s a big-picture person, and we feels that’s what we need right now. If re-elected, we’d like to see him work to bring the board together. Divisiveness on the BOT has become an issue, and as a mayor, we’d like to see him focus on ensuring that debate is healthy, that decisions are inclusive and that all policies are for the good of residents. With all that said, we’ve appreciated Cheryl Hauger’s work during her two terms, and we hope she stays active in the town happenings.
Yellow Scene endorses Paul Ogg, Jonathan Hager and Dan Woog
Paul Ogg is an academic, and that’s often the role he takes on the board (he does have his Ph.D. in molecular biology, and he’s an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines). Ogg sees one of the community’s biggest challenges as maintaining Erie’s small town feel while increasing commercial businesses and upping sales tax revenues. He’d like the next board to “creatively and aggressively pursue properties needed for our long-term financial security,” so that the town’s borders are solidified, but he’d also like to see a strong focus on commercial development in the coming years. And we love that one of his major priorities is to extend Erie’s trail network to isolated portions of town and appreciate his well thought out goals for mitigating the negative impacts of the oil and gas projects in Erie.
Jonathan Hager currently serves on the planning commission, and we like his stance on commercial development: he supports the longterm build-out plan for Erie, and he’d like to see current development standards maintained. And while some of his opinions and stances differ from Mayor Wilson and some trustees, we believe that Hager will be an asset to the discussions happening the future. “First, I will work to change the culture on the board to eliminate divisiveness and establish a cooperative and cohesive team,” Hager wrote in his YS profile.
Dan Woog serves on the Erie Economic Development Council and he’s a small business owner. Woog is focused on maintaining quality of life, while being strategic with development: “We will maintain our quality of life by pursuing large commercial development on the highways surrounding our community while offering space for smaller retailers near the Four Corners area as well as Old Town,” Woog said in his YS profile. We also think that, as someone with a young family, he’s a great person to have on the board as the fracking discussion continues, ensuring that the board takes the lead in helping protect air and water quality.
Yellow Scene votes Yes
Continuing the 4 mill levy will ensure the town completes the trail network and protect natural areas. Both have been identified as highly important to residents.
Yellow Scene votes Yes
2b gives residents in Northridge the option to purchase a segment of land between their yards and a ditch for $1 on the terms that the land-owners maintain the property and that the town holds an easement on the property. The town currently does not maintain the property, so it would allow home-owners to add the land to their yards.