Town of Mead
Mayor Questions and Answers


Mayoral Question #1:

“If you received a $1 million grant to use for the town in any way you wanted, what would you do with it and why?” - Kendra Hempel-Davies, Resident of Mead: Question #1 (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)


A grant is submitted and justified for a specific project that you need or want to complete. A grant is one of the funding vehicles the government funds ideas and projects to provide public services and stimulate the economy. The federal government typically awards grants to state and local governments that are planning major projects that will benefit specific parts of the population or the community as an aggregate. On most grants, you must have matching funds to even be considered or to qualify. In other words, if we had a $1 million grant a possible scenario would be that we would have at least $2 million for the project with the matching funds.

This relates to Dan Williams’s question that I answered on the biggest challenges facing the Town. I would support a grant to fix our infrastructure that is in much-needed repair. If you put funds into a recreation center, park or whatever you would need continued funding to maintain it for the public safety. These are all areas that need to be researched when any project is initiated and approved. Future maintenance costs and a plan for them need to be developed and approved prior to moving forward.

As a side note, rough numbers for constructing a two-lane, undivided road in a rural locale will cost between $2 and $3 million per mile — in urban areas, that number jumps to between $3 and $5 million. For the repaving, it’s about $1 million per mile.


Mayoral Question #1a:

What do you believe the biggest challenge the Town will face in the next five years (and why)? Obviously, we can't foresee natural disaster, some random event, etc., but as we look forward and plan, what do you see coming up as a challenge to overcome? - Side Question – Dan Williams (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)


Our town faces several challenges that require our focus in the upcoming years. I would like to address these individually.
- infrastructure
- growth
- public safety
- government transparency
- maintaining our Mead quality of life

Infrastructure:

I see the focus and biggest challenge being infrastructure as it will in some way effect most of the others. The cost to build and maintain the Town infrastructure will not diminish over the years it will as we all know increase. We all see the impactfrom our aging roads; this problem is here and needs to be addressed. We also need to focus on a consolidated effort with CDOT, business, and other agencies to install infrastructure on our I-25 corridor so we can attract business to the area that will generate the revenue needed for the Town in the future.

Growth:

We need to control growth because growth is inevitable and cannot be stopped. We need to be smart about development and look at the impacts
to the infrastructure (roads) and the safety of the residents when these are being planned and approved.

Public Safety:

As our Town and the surrounding areas grow the need for law enforcement and first responders increases to ensure our public safety.

Government Transparency:

Ensuring transparency in all actions of the town board and staff is important. I advocated for having all town board meetings recorded thus providing town residents access as well as an established permanent record. My promise to everyone is that we will only convene an executive session when no other alternative is available. I commit that the board will adhere to Colorado Revised Statutes 24-6-402 (4) when and if the need for executive session occurs.

Maintaining Mead Quality of Life:

When all of these work together we ensure that the Mead Quality of Life will be maintained. The quality of life Mead provides is why we all moved to this area, to begin with, and we need a continuous process to manage and maintain it.


Mayoral Question #2:

“Please share your views on how the growth that the past and current board are pushing for is preserving the "rural character" and "small town feel" that the citizens overwhelmingly cited in the community surveys documented in the Mead Comprehensive Plan.” – Brien Sponaugle, Nonresident of Mead (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)


As residents most of us moved to Mead because of the "rural character" and "small town feel". If you look at a map of the area you will see most of the undeveloped land around us and in the town planning area is in unincorporated Weld County. We need to respect, be realistic and understand that landowners have a right to do with the land that they own as they see fit as long as they do not harm or affect the residents around them.

As a town board, and as residents, our need is to have input into this issue. The method to do thisare
through the comprehensive plan and zoning. A key factor that needs to be understood is that without rooftops we will not attract the business and amenities that a lot of the residents are asking for and expecting. How do we balance all of these things to ensure we can keep that "rural character" and "small town feel”? What we need to focus on is controlled growth because growth is inevitable and cannot be stopped. We need to be smart about development and look at the impacts to the infrastructure (roads) and the safety of the residents when these are being planned and approved. We as a board, Town Staff, and with the input of residents need to be active and participate in the process. All residents have an avenue to voice concerns and as Mayor and one vote out of seven on the board we have the responsibility to listen.


Mayoral Question #3:

"What are views on the oil and gas industry and
 also
 fraking as a whole....and why?" – Natalie Martin, Resident of Mead (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)

I am a firm believer in oil independence, our economy, jobs, schools and the safety of our residents and children. That why I am a staunch supporter of Colorado Oil & Gas and will vote no on 112.
Oil and Gas are vital to our Colorado economy. The oil and gas industry supports 232,900 jobs in Colorado which accounts for 6.5 percent of Colorado’s employment. Those workers received $23 billion in wages and added $31.4 billion back into Colorado’s economy.

For those that doubted the safety of hydraulic fracturing, I would like to point out that multiple studies have been conducted on the safety of fracking on groundwater, our environment, or the president’s health in the area. I also have had the pleasure of visiting a drilling and hydraulic fracturing site with Anadarko and was truly impressed with the process and safety precautions that are taken to ensure public safety.

I want to pass this on and make sure everyone is educated on the change. The setback ban on oil and gas is no longer initiative 97, it will be Proposition 112. As we all know this proposition will affect jobs, the Colorado economy, schools and much more. Get the word out and ensure your family and friends are educated and understand the impacts.

On a side note, I am a constitutional Republican I do not agree with impacting or infringing on the Property Rights of United States Citizens. You have the rights to do with your property as you see fit unless you have legally signed that right away. We cannot affect the farmers and landowners who own these mineral rights.


Mayoral Question #4:

“How do you plan on involving residents in the
 decision making process of our town?” - Kendra Hempel-Davies, Resident of Mead (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)

I have always advocated for residents to be active in the community and decision-making process. This will not change when I am elected Mayor. I encourage the residents to attend all Town Board Meetings, become a member of the parks and recreation committee, go to the planning commission meetings, and get involved. Every decision made by the board and town staff affects each and every person in the community. We should not be running for office to advance our own personal goals or agendas, we are here to do the will of the people we represent. It is also important that I will represent all residents and not just the vocal minority. I would also like to do something similar to the Coffee with the Mayor but expand it to Coffee with your Board of Trustees. Come and let the Board of Trustees know what is on your mind and what you would like to see. We work for you. I am open to any avenue that gets the residents engaged in a productive manner to keep Mead, a great community it is.


Mayoral Question #5:

“What do you feel are the biggest concerns in Meads future?” - Kendra Hempel-Davies, Resident of Mead: Question #5 (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)


There are several concerns that our small town will face in the upcoming years. We will need to focus on infrastructure, growth, public safety, government transparency, and maintaining our Mead quality of life. With all of these and more, I see the focus and biggest concern being infrastructure as that will in some way effect most of the others. The cost to build and maintain the Town infrastructure will not diminish over the years, but it will increase as we all know. We can all see the impact from our aging roads; this problem is here and needs to be addressed. We also need to focus on a consolidated effort with CDOT, businesses and other agencies to install infrastructure on our I-25 corridor so we can attract businesses to the area that will generate the revenue needed for the Town in the future. We need to control growth because growth is inevitable and cannot be stopped. We need to be smart about development and look at the impacts of
the infrastructure (roads) and the safety of the residents when these are being planned and approved. As our Town and the surrounding areas grow, the need for law enforcement and first responders will increase to ensure our public safety. All of this ensures that we maintain the Mead quality of life. The quality of life Mead provides is why we all moved to this area to begin with and we need to ensure we can manage and maintain it. I hope this answers your question and provides you with my views on what is needed. At the end of the day, I work for the residents of Mead and I want to hear from you, so we can all work on this together.

Mayoral Question #6

“Colleen--if I may: I am following the Vote Yes for Public Safety - Mead 2B Facebook page.
If you can respond as a Mayor candidate: what will you do to expand goods and services to Mead? Currently all TOM residents give their sales revenue to the Town of Firestone’s grocery store and gas (King Sooper’s/Safeway), Walgreens, restaurants and fast food. Some residents choose to go to Longmont OR Loveland. I personally rather give to the TOM.

My opinion, the TOM needs to bring in more goods and services to make 2B happen. Because the TOM residents see development of housing, there has not been any mention about growth of services and good in the future or planning of.

Until the TOM gets on board with recruiting goods and services, my humble opinion is the TOM does not have anything I specifically patronize to see an additional 1%. This will be a hard decision--for me.”  - Brenda Hall, Resident of Mead: Question #6

Brenda, thank you for the question and I have been having a few issues with my FB page, so I apologized for the delay. You are 100% correct that the Town of Mead needs to expand and encourage retail businesses along the I-25 corridor. The Mayor is only one vote, but I guarantee to do what I have done the previous four years and what I continue to do today as the President of the Mead Chamber of Commerce, be an advocate for the Town of Mead. I will lead this effort by working with the other board members, Town Staff, local business and landowners to understand issues and roadblocks that are preventing what we need. As a board and as a Town, we need to talk to businesses to understand exactly what is keeping them from developing in this target rich environment. As a board and Town, we may need to look at our Town processes to see if they are inhibitors and we also may need to look at the building codes and incentives we offer. I believe 2B will solve our short-term needs with the revenue the town is currently receiving from Ritchie Brothers and the other businesses that are in the Town of Mead’s umbrella. I do not see the 2B initiative looking at the longer-term cost increases that are inevitable to our infrastructure and first responder needs. We as a board and Town need to push for business growth and we need to look at spending to ensure we are funding the projects that allow this growth to happen without impacting the Town residents.

Mayoral Question #7

The outcome of this election could create yet another vacancy on the town board.  How would you proceed knowing the three choices for filling that possible vacancy are:

 1) Another special election that could cost Mead up to $5,500.
2)  Leave the seat empty until the next town election in 2020
3) Appointment by the board


- Brigette Reed Rodriguez, Resident of Mead: Question #7 (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)

The Town of Mead is a statuary town that operates under Title 31, Article 1, Section 203 and Article 4, Part 3 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. We have an elected mayor and a board of trustees composed of the mayor and four or six additional members elected at large.

According to our Town of Mead Municipal Code, ARTICLE II - Mayor and Board of Trustees states the following for Trustees’ terms, qualifications and filling vacancies. 

According to this we only have two options special election or appointment.  My vote would be to not spend the funds on a special election but to do an appointment to the board through the same process we have used in the past.  Ask for candidates, hold interviews and have the entire board vote to decide the person who would fill the vacancy.  This would then become an open seat for the 2020 regular election cycle to be filled.

“Sec. 2-2-100. - Trustees; terms.

At the April 2, 1974, election, six (6) Trustees shall be elected. The three (3) candidates for Trustee receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected for four-year terms, and the three (3) candidates for Trustee receiving the next highest number of votes shall be elected for two-year terms. At the next subsequent regular election and at each regular election thereafter, the three (3) candidates for Trustee receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to serve four-year terms and candidates receiving the next highest number of votes, in descending order, shall be elected to fill any unexpired term or terms. A successor appointed by the Board of Trustee or elected to fill any vacancy shall serve until the next regular election, at which time a candidate shall be elected to serve the unexpired term.
(Prior code 2-4-2; Ord. 316 §1, 1997; Ord. 438 §4, 2002)

Sec. 2-2-110. - Trustees; qualifications.

Each Trustee shall be a registered elector who has resided in the Town for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the date of election or appointment. Any person who has resided within an area annexed to the Town for the time prescribed in this Section shall be deemed to have met the residency requirements for the Town. If a Trustee ceases to reside within the Town limits, he or she shall be deemed thereby to have vacated his or her office and the Board of Trustees, after adoption of a resolution declaring the office vacant, may proceed with the appointment of a successor as provided by law.

(Prior code 2-4-3; Ord. 316 §1, 1997; Ord. 438 §5, 2002)


Sec. 2-2-120. - Filling vacancies.

In the case of death, resignation, vacation or removal for cause of a Trustee during his or her term of office, the Board of Trustees shall by majority vote of all members of the Board of Trustees appoint a successor within sixty (60) days of the vacancy; if the Board of Trustees has not appointed a successor within sixty (60) days of the vacancy, the Board of Trustees shall call for an election to fill the vacancy as provided by law.

(Prior code 2-4-4; Ord. 316 §1, 1997) “

Mayoral Question #8:

The mayoral race and 2B are of particular importance and great interest locally on the upcoming ballot. Can we please get this question on the list of Mayoral Questions?
2B will increase both SALES TAX and USE TAX. As a candidate for mayor can you help voters understand the difference between the two, and why when the most common state collected use tax is zero you advocate increasing Mead’s use tax to be among the highest in the state?  - Jeff Morgan Resident of Mead (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)


Difference between the two:

According to Colorado.gov every state that has a sales tax also has a “companion” tax for purchases made outside the state through online, telephone or catalog ordering services.

Sales Tax:

The sales tax is a tax on the sale at retail of tangible personal property and certain taxable services.  This is a sale to the end user, i.e. the ultimate consumer of the product or service.

Tangible Personal Property: First, the term "tangible" means that the item is perceptible to the senses. You can see it, feel it, touch it, etc. To be more specific it is something that takes up physical space. Next, the term "personal property" is any property that is not "real property".

Use Tax:

In Colorado, this “companion” tax is called “use tax.” To be compliant with tax laws, the purchaser of goods from outside Colorado must report and pay use tax when sales tax is not collected by the seller on a taxable item, such as clothing, electronics, appliances or other tangible property.

Taxpayers owe use tax when they store, use or consume a taxable item in Colorado for which they did not pay sales tax. This most commonly occurs when a purchase is made from an out-of-state seller either over the internet, through catalog sales or by a Colorado resident traveling in another state. 

Why when the most common state collected use tax is zero:

Colorado state use tax is the same rate as the sales tax. With proof of payment, sales tax paid to another state may be credited against state use tax due in Colorado for a particular item. Use tax is also collected by some local governments and special districts.

My Stance on 2B

As a mother and grandmother, the most important thing to me is the safety of my family, friends and neighbors. Although I am a strong fiscal conservative I am supporting this bill because we need to ensure our first responders have what they need in a time of crisis to support the residents of Mead. This sales tax increase will be earmarked specifically for and only for public safety, improving and maintaining our roads and bridges, and creating safe routes to schools for our children. This initiative is not to go into a general fund and is not designated to build parks or trails. As your Mayor, I will ensure the funds are allocated, tracked and reported so we ensure transparency in our Government to the residents.


Mayoral Question #9

Why do you feel that you are qualified to be the Mayor of our Town. What leadership skills do you possess? – Chris Cartwright Resident of Mead (from the Mead Uncensored Facebook Page)


For many years, I have been an advocate for our citizens and community by bringing passion, dedication, accountability, honesty, commitment and a willingness to do what is right to ensure the best possible service is provided.  As your next Mayor, I am accountable to the citizens and to the Board of Trustees.  I am committed to provide the best possible service with the enduring interest for our community in the forefront, while devoting the time and effort to the duties as Mayor. I have a proven track record of working with people, leading meetings, and communicating effectively.  Not only will I bring these qualities but bring critical professional and business skills every day to ensure our Town is seen always in a positive light.

You can find most of my areas of leadership and what is important to me on my website:  www.colleenwhitlowformayor.com.  There is also the list of endorsements, mayoral questions and my blog.

WHO I AM!

  • Mead resident for 19 years
  • 10-year military veteran stationed at Clark Air Force Base and Langley Air Force Base supporting Operation Desert Shield/Storm
  • Graduate of Saint Leo University; member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society and the Kappa Gamma PI Society
        -  Received degree while serving my country overseas and as a single parent
  • Leadership Program of the Rockies Graduate (2017)
  • Former COO of Janus Consulting Inc. and Project Manager at IBM
  • Married 25 years to husband, Jim, and mother to Joshua and Tiffani

MY MEAD, MY FOUNDATION!

  • Former Town Trustee – (2014 – 2018)
        Boards and Commissions
        -  Mead Urban Renewal Authority Commissioner (2016-2018)
        -  Denver Regional Council of Governments Director (2014 – 2018)
            - Performance and Engagement Committee Member, Administration Committee
              Member, Nominating Committee Member
        -  Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee Member – Leadership Level (2014 – 2018)
        -  North I-25 Coalition Representative and Highway 66 Coalition Co-Founder (2016 – 2018)
        -  CO 66 Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) Elected Official Representative (2016-2018)
        -  Colorado Women In Government - Acting President - (2016 – 2018)
        -  Colorado Women Leading Government Member (2014 – 2018)


  • Other initiatives and interests include:
        -  Downtown Mead Farmers’ Market (2014 – 2017)
        -  Embrace-a-PLACE Program (2016- Present)
        -  Mead Downtown Development District (2017- Present)
        -  Mead’s Little Free Libraries (2016- Present)
        -  Breakfast with Santa (2015 – Present)
        -  Cow Pie Bingo (2015 – Present)

  • Contributor:
        -  Downtown Mead Streetscape (2014 – 2018)
        -  Downtown Beautification Flower Project (2014 – Present)
        -  Art in Public Places (2016 – 2018)
        -  Taste of Shakespeare (2015 – Present)
        -  Taste of Mead (2014 – Present)
        -  Colorado Main Street Program (2015-2018)
         - Northern Colorado Gold Star Memorial (2017- Present)

  • Participant:
        -  9Health Fair (2014 – Present)
        -  Mead Motorhead Car Show (2014 – Present)
        -  Community Day & Sugar Beet Festival (2014 – Present)
        -  Veteran Stand Down (2014 – Present)
        -  Unity in the Community (2014 – Present)
        -  All American Beef Battalion (2016 – Present)
        -  Habitat for Humanity (2010 – Present)
        -  Coordinator for local disabled veterans (2000 – Present)

  • Other Leadership Roles
        -  Mountain Fire Rescue Board of Directors (2017 – Present)
        -  Mead Area Chamber of Commerce – President (2015 – Present)
        -  Rotary Club of Mead – Past President (2017-2018)
        -  Carbon Valley VFW Post 9741 Auxiliary – President (2017 – Present)
        -  Singletree Ranch Estates Home Owner Association – President (2014 – Present)


I have the background, education and experience that is needed to move Mead in a positive and professional manner.  I also believe that one person can make a difference, but a team is what gets the results.  Everyone needs to remember that every board member including the mayor has the same voice and equal power.  If we do not work as a collective and accept success and failure as a collective group, we will not achieve the results the residents expect.  So my experience, education and professionalism is my answer to “Why do you feel that you are qualified to be the Mayor of our Town. What leadership skills do you possess?”

I will close out my answer with a quote I have lived by for many years and I believe that it defines a leader better than any other.  “Leadership is not defined by the position you hold, but rather by the influence you have when you hold no position”