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Palisade Seats Re-elected Mayor, New Trustees

In the April 23, 2024 Palisade Board of Trustees meeting, town officers swore in re-elected mayor Greg Mikolai, and three new trustees: Rick Fox, Sarah Matchett, and Jeff Snook. Departing from the board were Mayor Pro-Tem Ellen Turner, and trustees Bill Carlson and Thea Chase.

Mayor Mikolai takes the oath of office.

When asked for comments on the recent election Trustee Fox stated, “I am honored to have been elected to the Town of Palisade Board of Trustees. I take this responsibility very seriously and will do the hard work the voters of Palisade have entrusted me to do with them, and on their behalf. It will always be a small town legend that I’ll always love to tell that Jeff and I tied, twice in one election. I am grateful to Ellen for her years of service. I know she will still be involved in issues dear to her. I am grateful, too, for Lu’s (Frederick) hard work to benefit the Town of Palisade. I know she will continue to leave her positive mark on everything she touches.”

Mayor Mikolai said that, “I am very pleased and humbled that the citizens of Palisade saw fit to return me to office for a second term. The town accomplished much over the last four years, and with this new board we should see even more progress in the future.”

After Mayor Mikolai took a few moments to give thanks and present plaques to each of the outgoing trustees, and a short break for refreshments, the mayor and the trustees were sworn and seated. In their first order of business, the new board unanimously elected Jamie Somerville as Mayor Pro-Tem. The new board then voted unanimously to amend town blackout dates for Peachfest to last over two weekends, and to grant an easement to Xcel Energy at 470 W. 4th St. on the west side of the community garden area.

The new 2024 Town of Palisade Board of Trustees. From Left to Right: Trustee Jeff Snook, Trustee Nicole Maxwell, Mayor Pro-Tem Jamie Somerville, Mayor Greg Mikolai, Trustee Rick Fox, Trustee Stan Harbaugh, Trustee Sarah Matchett. (Credit for all photos in this article: Niccola LeBaron)

During the public comment section of the meeting one resident brought forward a complaint about long running code compliance violations at 549 Milleman St., and two residents who live on north River Rd. expressed their concerns to the board that they are unable to get connected to Clearnetworx Fiber Internet, even though they reside in the town boundaries. Town employees stated they would look into the concerns which were raised, and provide updates at a later date.

Another highlight of the meeting was the special recognition of Palisade Town Manager Janet Hawkinson, who was selected as 2023 Manager of the Year by the Colorado City & County Management Association. Janet was selected for this award over 173 other municipal and county managers in Colorado and it’s a testament to the fine work she has done on behalf of Palisade over the past six years. The Palisade Post is working on a special feature about Janet, and we will be publishing it shortly.

Congratulations to Palisade Town Manager Janet Hawkinson, 2023 Manager of the Year! (Photo Credit: Town of Palisade)