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Tim Corrigan: Deeply committed to Routt County

Four years ago, voters recognized my leadership, business experience and years of service to my community and elected me to be Routt County commissioner.

I replaced Nancy Stahoviak, who so ably served us for 20 years, and I have strived to emulate Nancy’s preparation, dedication and passion for Routt County. My wife, Donna, and I raised four wonderful children here, built successful businesses and became integral parts of our community.

I spent many years working with a great group of volunteers to build a hockey rink in Oak Creek and served as president of the Oak Creek Hockey League and as president of the Central Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League. I had the honor of serving the South Routt School District as a board director for 12 years, six years as its president.

I led efforts to expand and remodel our schools, replace a coal-fired heating system with a state-of-the-art ground source heat system and to build a new Early Childhood Education Center. During my leadership as president, the South Routt School Board was recognized as the “All State School Board” by the Colorado Association of School Boards in 2012.

For 30 years, I owned and operated a construction business employing as many as 30 men and women, successfully completing multiple commercial and public projects in Steamboat Springs and across the Western Slope of Colorado. I paid living wages to our employees and provided steady employment in good times and bad.

Since being elected commissioner in 2012, I have worked to make the critical investments in our future. We have partnered with YVMC, YVEA, the Steamboat School District and CMC to install a $2.4 million fiber-optic backbone network to serve these partners and have produced a strategic plan that envisions extending broadband access throughout the county.

We have made critical improvements to Routt County Road 14, partnered with the Town of Hayden and YVRA to upgrade water systems, and we are working with the city of Steamboat on a shared law enforcement facility. We have expanded access to quality early childhood childcare. We continue these initiatives within existing revenue streams and without tax increases.

This election occurs at a critical time in Routt County. Economic pressures buffet our families and businesses in ways that we could hardly have imagined even 10 years ago. The cost of housing, childcare and health insurance exceed the means of many of our families.

The impact of a growing population strains our infrastructure and quality of life. A declining coal industry threatens jobs and tax revenues

We can and will find ways to address these challenges. We will leverage opportunities to promote affordable housing, increase access to quality childcare and foster a climate conducive to new businesses. We will encourage our educational institutions to share resources to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to be successful.

Most importantly, we will work together across all of Routt County to achieve these goals. Through my years of service to the community, I have demonstrated my deep commitment and passion for Routt County and the needs of its citizens. I have developed long-term relationships across the state that enable me to effectively promote the needs of Routt County.

I have spent the last four years learning how county government works, and I have worked to balance economic development with protection of the environment and the needs of our citizens. I ask you to allow me to continue this work.

Tim Corrigan is running for Routt County commissioner, District 1.

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