Final Thoughts And Thanks Before Election From Fire Service Co-Chairs
While we will not know the results of the Fire District election until next Tuesday, we want to thank those who have worked for the past two years in support of creating the Estes Valley Fire Protection District for the betterment of their community.
First and foremost, Fire Chief Scott Dorman and the fantastic volunteer firefighters of the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department on whose behalf we labored. Their early and continuing support provided the focus and inspiration for the campaign.
The Town of Estes Park’s Board of Trustees and the Town staff: Mayor Pinkham and the Board of Trustees’ unanimous support, and the assistance of the Town staff in jumping the numerous legal hurdles with the County Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners, the Larimer County Elections office, and the courts to get the initiative before the voters this November. Jacquie Halburnt, Lowell Richardson, Jackie Williamson, Cyd Deats, and Sandy Petrie all provided their expertise in navigating the labyrinth of the county government. Rob Helmick on the Larimer County Planning Commission staff, our liaison with the county, provided outstanding counsel to the committee. Here in the Estes Valley and in Larimer County, we are very fortunate to have elected officials and governmental staff truly interested in serving the total community’s best interest.
Following the court certification for the initiative to go on the ballot, the Fire Service Initiative Committee became the Campaign Committee. We have had the pleasure of working with this dedicated group of citizens who continue to put the community needs above their own individual needs, even if it means it may cost them a few dollars. The committee members deserve the thanks of the entire community: Jim Austin, John Baudek, Will Birchfield, Fred Day, Bob Dekker, Sue Doylen, Dorla Eisenlauer, Bruce Johnston, Bill Pinkham, Sue Pinkham, Lowell Richardson, and Frank Theis.
Before we could even start the campaign, we had to have a plan. For the first year, another dedicated group gave of their time and efforts to consider a huge variety of options in an effort to come up with a plan that was fair and equitable to everybody. That task force created the innovative and unique plan for this campaign. Thanks to those task force members who got this initiative started: Jim Austin, Kelly Claypool, Bob Dekker, Scott Dorman, Sue Doylen, Dorla Eisenlauer, Wil Finch, Bruce Johnston, Lowell Richardson, Bill Van Horn, and Frank Theis.
The community also owes a debt of gratitude to the nine individuals who put their name on the line as candidates for the five Fire District Director positions. Although only five of the nine can be elected, all of those willing to serve their community are to be commended: Fred Day, Sue Doylen, Bud Duryea, Bob Cheney, Steve Laing, Paul Mueller, Bob Obele, Jack Rumley and Frank Theis.
And last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank our supporters throughout the community: the generous donors, campaigners, sign displayers, and all of those citizens who offered encouragement for our efforts in our daily contacts throughout the Estes Valley.
Fire Service Initiative Co-Chairs