Citizen Advisory Committee members named; meeting scheduled for Jan. 9
Town Council is moving forward in the process to implement the will of voters and establish a process for Castle Rock’s elected at-large Mayor. While the 2017 Special Election changed the overall structure of Town Council, the original citizen-initiated petition did not identify a few critical elements. Now, a Citizen Advisory Committee has been established to advise Council on next steps.
The committee was authorized at Town Council’s Dec. 5 meeting. Since then, applications have been received and interviews were conducted. Seven community members have been selected to serve on the committee.
The members of the Citizen Advisory Committee are:
• John Lamb
• Siegfried Guentensberger
• Michael Hays
• Kathie Shandro
• Randy Reed
• Linda Baumann
• Michael Waggoner
Additionally, three alternates were appointed: Tim Arvidson, Max Brooks and John Berry.
The committee’s purpose will be to advise Council on certain necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new Town Council structure. Because any changes to the Charter require voter approval, another election will be required. Before a special election is outlined, the committee will review and advice Council on:
• Qualifications for Mayor, such as age, voting status, duration of residency in Castle Rock and the number of signatures required to get on the ballot
• Election date the Mayor will first be elected
• The timing to complete the necessary re-districting to six Council districts
The committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Town Council Chambers to discuss their recommendations. This will be a public meeting. Download the agenda at CRgov.com/agendas
Due to community interest, there will be time for public comment. That public comment will be limited to 1 hour, and each speaker will be allowed 4 minutes to address the committee. Following its meeting, the committee will present a formal recommendation during the regular Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16.