Commissioner Chris Richardson-
Do the Right Thing For A Change
"I believe in limited, effective, and open government..."
Well, so do I. How is it possible the Commissioner I voted for mentions his wife on his Website, but doesn't mention she is a Realtor/Broker, and his wife mentions her husband on her Website but doesn't mention he is a County Commissioner? Would that have changed my vote? Most probably. How does that not carry the perception of "omission by design"? How is it the Commissioner I voted for is on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth School District where he will soon vote on a projected school in the Independence PUD. If each family has just 1.5 kids in that PUD, that's 1,400 more kids in Elbert County schools allowed or disallowed by a County Commissioner vote. That is more than the "perception" of a conflict of interest me thinks.
Colorado Revised Statutes section 24 - 18 - 109 3(a) addresses the issue of conflicts of interest by local government officials and provides:
"A member of the governing body of a local government who has a personal or private interest in any matter proposed or pending before the governing body shall disclose such interest to the governing body and shall not vote thereon and shall refrain from attempting to influence the decisions of the other members of the governing body in voting on the matter."
I do not see any way that BOCC Chris Richardson should have a vote in the matter of Independence. It is my firm belief he should recuse himself from the project completely. (Editor Note: And maybe save himself and the county from another lawsuit).
- Wayne Ordakowski
Andrea Richardson's Less Than Adult Behavior On Exhibit at County Fair
This is only a slice of the incident. The recorder wasn’t on when Andrea stomped up and began ranting shrilly. And it was off getting blueberry and chocolate ice-cream by the time two deputies from the Sheriff’s Department showed up (apparently someone called 911).
I’m writing this letter in response to an incident that occurred at the Elbert County Fair on Thursday, August 3, that I witnessed and that requires some clarification. Additionally, I was only moved to write this letter in light of an attempt by a small group of local Republicans to spin this incident into something it was not.
Briefly, Andrea Richardson (wife of County Commissioner Chris Richardson), approached a group of citizens tending the SOD (Stop Over Development Elbert County) booth at the fair. Her first comments, spoken forcefully, were, “Do you know who I am? I’m Andrea Richardson, Chris Richardson’s wife.” Incidentally, she was wearing a name tag appearing to represent the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce. From that point on, she was aggressive and defensive in her language and her actions, finger pointing and raising her voice at citizens both inside and outside of the booth. She accused the citizens of spreading rumors about her husband’s impartiality regarding the proposed Independence development, soon to be heard before the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
Some pertinent facts:
-contrary to statements made by a small group of negative pot-stirrers who choose to divide rather than unite, the SOD booth was NOT paid for or part of the Elbert County Democratic Party. Rather, SOD is a bi-partisan group of concerned citizens who are opposed to high density overdevelopment which does not fit the rural nature of the rest of the county, nor is it similar to any properties in the immediate area of this proposed development.
-the concerns raised regarding Mr. Richardson involved his conflicts of interest while insisting on being a member of both the BOCC and the Elizabeth School Board. He cannot carry out his fiduciary obligations to both boards at the same time. He can’t serve two masters.
-contrary to additional statements made, Andrea Richardson was not provoked by any members of SOD. She clearly had an agenda as she approached the SOD booth which the audio recordings of the incident support.
While Andrea Richardson clearly has a right to her opinion, she chose the wrong place and the wrong time to express her concerns.
Thank you to the group of citizens surrounding the SOD booth for remaining professional and polite during this unfortunate meltdown.
If you’d like to know more about our group, visit our Facebook page - SOD Elbert County.
The Elbert County Comprehensive Plan
The Elbert County Comprehensive Plan is under revision; your ideas, concerns, and input are needed. There are 2 remaining citizen input meetings scheduled, as follows:
- .the Comprehensive Master Plan Meeting #2 originally scheduled for 6/14 has been postponed to the September 13th date. Meeting #3 will be rescheduled soon
Please visit https://www.elbertcountycompplan.com, which provides us with the activity calendar, upcoming Agenda, review of prior meetings, polling opportunities, maps, documents, status of the comprehensive plan, and a “Contact Us” link to share your ideas. Watch for smaller public meetings hosted by HOAs, churches, and other organizations.