During the recent candidate forum, Trustee Hudziak called the recall election a “joke”. Trustee Hudziak received 394 votes during the 2014 election. The Frederick Recall Committee gathered over 300 signatures on her recall petition alone. So, Trustee Hudziak, are you saying that these signatures and the concerns of the residents are a joke? This must mean she thinks democracy is a joke, too. This elitist attitude towards the residents of the Town needs to stop. Trustee Hudziak needs to be recalled.
Bruce Griffith for Frederick Trustee
I am Bruce Griffith and I am running for Frederick Trustee (Donna Hudziak position). There is an election scheduled for September 5th for all residents of Frederick. I sincerely hope that you will look at 2016 finance documents and the 2017 budget before you decide how you will vote. The recall is not about elected officials doing anything illegal, it is about deficits and issues that have resulted in lawsuits against the Town.
I would be a lot happier if reserves were kept in the bank to pay for expenses like flood repairs in 2013. One of the Trustees suggested that the reserves are currently too high and should be put to work for the Town. If it is going to work that way, can’t we find uses that are more beneficial to the people of the Town than Board retreats, long-distance conference trips, wayfinding signs . . . and lawsuits? Maybe something like fixing the streets or buying police equipment?
So what about growth? I am neither pro- nor anti-growth. It seems to me that we can attract the kind of profitable business and jobs into the area by making sure the Town is clean, in good repair and well kept, has inexpensive and reliable infrastructure, and low taxes. This seems much more important than putting up gateway monuments and wayfinding signs. I hear more about data communication problems than any other topic. Maybe we should spend more effort trying to find a free market solution to fix high-speed data and less effort on trying to fix an electric grid that doesn’t appear to be broken. I ask for your vote for me on September 5th.
719-470-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
David Adams for Frederick Trustee
Town of Frederick Voters,
I am running for the upcoming Frederick recall election for the position of Trustee (Fred Skates position). I decided to get involved after attending some of the past board meetings and witnessing the lack of transparency and public discussion to address citizens’ concerns on proposed projects. I am sure most are aware of these issues.
If elected my objectives would be:
• Help provide more transparency for public input into town projects.
• Abide by the zoning code that protects individuals and provides guidance for developers.
• Ensure adherence to governmental accounting standards for reporting budgets and operations.
• Work to develop planning for the type of town we want to have in the future.
My wife and I moved to Frederick 9 years ago because we were impressed with the community and would like to help keep it the pleasant place to live that it has been so far.
Although retired, my past experience includes 32 years as accounting manager or financial analyst for various companies. Responsibilities included capital investment analysis, sales and property taxes, and governmental reporting compliance. I ask for your vote for me for Trustee on September 5th.
Rusty O’Neal for Frederick Mayor
As a long-term resident of Frederick, I have made the decision to run for the position of Mayor in the upcoming September 5th special election. Frederick’s Comprehensive Plan states, “The Town of Frederick enjoys access to Rocky Mountain vistas and maintains a unique small-town charm.” This statement is a core value of mine and will be the basis of my decision making process.
Finances – It may be necessary for a town to spend more money than it is receiving; however, any deficit spending would need to have clear reasons that are communicated to the residents of the community. These reasons would have to be based on public safety or infrastructure. There has been some discussion of a small tax increase to improve our police department. Such a tax increase may seem necessary; however, if the priorities of the budget could be shifted from advertising and cosmetic improvements to public safety and infrastructure, it would not be required. Infrastructure such as storm sewer and streets are another vital role of government. Deficit spending may be necessary in lean years to rectify flooding issues in old town Frederick and to widen or replace roads that do not meet the needs of the community. Tax increases are sometimes needed. I have supported and voted for bonds and mill levy increases such as the bond issue to build our new high school and K-8 school.
Land Use – Frederick has a strong growth plan. As Frederick grows, there will be more and more controversial projects brought to the town. Any major waiver or variance that deviates from the Land Use Code should only be granted on the basis of public safety and welfare. It should not be financially based for the town or the developer. As a resident in Firestone, I supported a multi-story apartment complex adjacent to our home after the developer adhered to the Land Use Code and addressed the concerns of residents. Minor waivers are a necessary part of growth. I would support minor waivers that have the support of residents that it affects directly. As a member of the Frederick Planning Commission, I have voted for minor changes to developments that did not adhere to the Land Use Code, but had the support of the neighboring residents.
Transparency and Public Awareness – As the community grows, it will become more and more necessary for the town to communicate with its residents before, during, and after items are brought to the Board. A lack of transparency by town staff and Board members has been the root cause of many of these issues. Other neighboring communities have a strong Planning Commission that residents use to voice concerns on projects that are going to be presented to their Board. This provides the opportunity for developments to be refined to suit the needs of the community. I have had a town staff member tell me directly that providing full Planning Commission agendas to the residents is a “waste of money and the people don’t care.” Unfortunately, this is the current attitude towards many of the concerns of residents of Frederick by town management.
I have lived in Frederick for 11 years and in Colorado for 21 years. I have been involved in land use issues in neighboring communities and have witnessed how effective and ineffective Boards function and communicate with their residents. There has been a lot of misinformation from Donna Hudziak, Fred Skates, Tony Carey, and their supporters. I am not anti-growth, anti-apartment, etc. I am Pro-Frederick. Please look for your ballot in the mail and vote Rusty (Richard) O’Neal for Mayor.
Rusty (Richard) O’Neal
These three local government leaders are plundering OUR tax money at an unconscionable rate that will undoubtedly place the Town of Frederick into a budget deficit. A budget deficit that will only be cured by one thing – a significant tax increase.
The 2017 town budget spells out plans for an increase in revenue by raising our taxes in 2019. See the attachment here 2017 - Planned Sales tax increase
The only way the town can sell its residents on a tax increase is to tell us we don’t have any money. We won’t have any money if they continue to squander any money being set aside in our reserve accounts.
We have pointed out the many issues that are at hand and the reasons for this recall election. You may or may not agree with the land use issues, or the use of their authority to increase their electric footprint. One thing is certain, the spending is completely out of hand. It is time our community comes together and demands accountability. It is time for a change and we are in favor of the recall of Mayor Carey, Trustee Hudziak, and Trustee Skates.
The Town of Frederick Board of Trustees has set a September 5, 2017 date for the recall election. The ballots will be mailed out in August and will be due by September 5th. Anyone interested in running for office can obtain a nomination petition packet at Town Hall from Meghan C. Martinez, Town Clerk.
A link to the Town’s website can be viewed HERE
Once again, the Town of Frederick has been caught red-handed. This time, they have been caught pilfering water from the Countryside Home Owner’s Association. You can read about it HERE
Tipple Parkway has become a magnet for town corruption. There are currently three issues that exist on Tipple Parkway alone:
1. Sonic Drive-In – Alleged Illegal Development
2. Agilent Technologies – Alleged United Power Electrical Encroachment
3. Countryside HOA – Water Theft
When will this stop?
This is a copy of the letter that United Power’s legal counsel sent to the Town of Frederick’s counsel. The $1.95 Million price tag came directly from United Power. This letter is well worth reading since it confirms the site in question is the Agilent Technologies site where the encroachment is being alleged.DavidsonLtrFrederickEncroachment
The electrical encroachment issue between United Power and the Town of Frederick appears headed to litigation. The Town of Frederick leadership is once again taking a position of denial. How long will they continue to deny responsibility on this issue? Will another two million dollar hit to the town budget wake up the voters? United Power is keeping the residents updated since the town will not.
Go to United Power for more information about this important issue.
The Frederick Recall Committee received official confirmation from the Town of Frederick Clerk’s office that no protests had been filed against our recall petitions. This means that the recall election will be held. It seems that the Town of Frederick Board of Trustees will continue to cancel regularly scheduled board meetings so they will not have to vote on setting a date for a special recall election. These actions are expected, though. They continue to dance around the issues and deny that spending over $5 million more than allocated by the budget is perfectly acceptable.