Please contact me with your issues that are important to YOU. I have met with the Town Administrator for his opinion and will meet with the department heads in the coming days, but I want to hear from the public what THEIR issues are.
Town and County Planning IGA
I served as a Planning Commissioner in the past and experienced the difficulties in having a joint commission. Originally, the joint Estes Valley Planning Commission was a good idea for the Estes Valley community in mind but the needs of the Town and the County have changed over time. I believe it was time to separate the responsibilities and have a Town Planning Commission and a Board of Adjustment Board to focus on the Town of Estes Park's development issues. This will not only save the Town money due to unreimbursed expenses but allow for the Town to manage itself without outside influence.
Our community has a median age of 58.5. Yet we don't have a mechanism for the seniors to have a direct voice on issues to the Board of Trustees. The Town Board of Estes Park needs to create a Senior’s Advisory Board. We have certainly seen many issues where an advisor board could help to communicate concerns and solutions to the Town Board. A prime example is the Senior’s Center that split our senior community in two. We already have two of too many things. I will recommend and advocate for the creation of this Senior’s Advisory Board to give our largest segment of the Estes Park community the voice they deserve. This Board can be available to hear from the public about important issues such as health/wellness, affordable housing, transportation, home care services and even parking at the Post Office. This Board can make recommendations to the Town Board based on public input gained through their meetings and/or committees. A starting point would be a survey to determine what are top priorities for seniors.
Please send comments to Charley.Dickey@outlook.com check out CharleyDickey.com for more information. Cell: (970) 217-2533
The Visit Estes Park (VEP) Board currently has two Town Board members on their board. They were appointed to help bring transparency and board governance to the board. Since being appointed the board has hired a new CEO, Eric Lund and developed a competent crew to work on the mission of VEP. I believe it is time to transition back to appointed board members or consider elected positions. We know from past experiences that the VEP organization can do a far better job than the town when it comes to promoting the town and the surrounding valley. There needs to be a clean separation between the two avoiding any conflicts but still being supportive of each other.
On the same topic, I also feel that the VEP organization should expand its marketing to include the Estes Park Visitor’s Center. Where better to influence, market and maintain a consistent message. We have great staff and ambassadors already in place, I just think the responsibility needs to be moved to VEP. For this to happen, a financial arrangement needs to happen between the town and VEP to make them whole on the liability they accept. A transition from town to VEP could include a Town payment till an increased bed tax is approved thereby freeing up moneys for infrastructure or even the purchase of open space lands.(Read More)
My name is Charley Dickey and I am running for Mayor of Estes Park. I was considering running for Trustee again but after speaking with many people, I was encouraged to run for Mayor instead. I am lucky enough to know many people in town, so most know where I stand on issues and what I have done to make improvements to the community. I am really an open book and have no hidden agenda or secrets. I ran for Trustee in 2012 after being here a short 2.5 years. I believed that the business community needed a voice on the Town Board. I received 575 votes. In 2016. I ran for Trustee again but with a wider view of the communities needs and issues. I received 849 votes and lost to Trustee Martchink, something I don’t feel bad about what-so-ever. We needed young representation which we are now getting from both him and Trustee Bangs. It has made the Board much better.
That did not stop me from working on bettering our community though. My passion has always been transparency, communication and forward progress improving situations. I have volunteered on numerous Boards, Committees and Commissions.
Unfortunately, not all my experiences were pleasant, and some may have handled them differently. I had two such experiences back to back – the first was the Town Board appointment to the Planning Commission where I served a little more than a year till, I could not tolerate the organizations procedures (not following their own rules). Upon research of the bylaws I discovered the Town was not fairly represented by the position of the Chair. Bringing that up and trying to right a wrong caused major consternation. After I rewrote the bylaws as directed, they were immediately discarded, and a new set written up by the Chair so the Chair could continue and be voted in again. At that point, I resigned rather than beat my head against the wall. I regret not pushing harder to correct the situation. The rules continued to be broken till finally the Chair was removed by the Town and County from the commission for breaking the Sunshine Laws.
My next adventure was the Town Board appointment to the Visit Estes Park Board. If you read the Trail Gazette several years back, there was quite an issue with the Board Members and Executive Director. There were a multitude of issues with the organization that were uncovered with my presence on the Board as Treasure. We had a weak leadership at the Board, a strong Executive Director, a lack of transparency, a good ole boy network and again rules were not adhered to, and a lack of Board Governance. Upon intense criticism from questioning how the organization was run, I was vote out of the Treasurer position. Had it not been for the support of the Town Board, I would have left that situation to be the secret it was. Because of the Town Boards new (at that time) policy on transparent emails – Visit Estes Park was exposed. When I was told the Town and the County were going to remove the entire Board but one (new appointee). I resigned. An audit was performed with a new board in place which found thousands of dollars’ worth of unsubstantiated expenses by the CEO. I was vindicated for my concerns of corruption. Today we have a better VEP because of those actions.
I will continue to be transparent in my dealings with the public and my colleagues as a public elected servant, I believe we owe it to the people. If you want to have a “off the record” conversation. I guess it will have to be a phone call or an old style form of communication – face to face.
By Mayoral Candidate
Charley Dickey(Read More)