Recall ready to resume

After brief snag, resident to begin circulating petition again

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The push to oust the mayor of Dinosaur hit a temporary setback, but a town resident behind the circulation of a recall petition said it has resumed as of Monday.

"Oh, yes," said Sharon Gehring, a Dinosaur town resident for the past year. "I just had to start over. I'm hoping to get it done this week."

Gehring began circulating a petition Sept. 18 in hopes of recalling town mayor Freda Powell. She listed a lack of police protection for Dinosaur as one failing of the mayor's, and gained 34 signatures on the petition.

The recall drive hit a snag when Gehring learned that some documenting mistakes had been made. Those who signed the petition did not print their names along with the signatures, and the petition also required an affadavit.

Gehring said those shortcomings have been corrected and that she planned to begin Monday canvassing again for signatures. She has no doubt that those who signed the petition the first time will do so again.

"I'm sure they will," she said.

Powell was elected in April. She received 74 of the 78 total votes cast.

The mayor contends that she has done nothing wrong to warrant the recall petition, and that her top priority remains serving the best interests of the whole town rather than a few select residents.

By law, a mayor cannot be recalled during the first or last six months of office, according to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office. Oct. 4 marked Powell's first six months as mayor.

Dinosaur town officials fired Dinosaur town marshal Russell "Wayne" Eller in June after allegations were made that he lied on his resume and about his workload so he could receive a raise. Since then, the town has entered into an agreement with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office to provide deputies to patrol the area part-time.

Gehring, who said she has not spoken with Powell about the recall petition, said the lack of a full-time law enforcement presence at Dinosaur remains a primary concern for local business owners and residents.

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