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Petition filed to recall Dinosaur town mayor, lists six allegations

Christina M. Currie

Dinosaur, Colorado — A petition intended to recall Dinosaur Mayor Richard Blakely was filed last week at Dinosaur Town Hall. — A petition intended to recall Dinosaur Mayor Richard Blakely was filed last week at Dinosaur Town Hall.
— A petition intended to recall Dinosaur Mayor Richard Blakely was filed last week at Dinosaur Town Hall.

The petition is being circulated by former town trustee Mike Christoff who accuses Blakely of not enforcing town ordinances, not using proper procedure at town meetings, improper hiring and firing procedures, refusal to reconcile problems concerning property in the town, not supporting the town police department and not fulfilling his duties after taking an oath to represent the town of Dinosaur. All the allegations are listed on the petition.

“We get so frustrated because we can’t get anyone to do anything around here,” Christoff said.

According to state law concerning municipal recall, signatures of 25 percent of the number of people who voted in the last election are required to force a resignation or recall election. Only 171 of the nearly 400 Dinosaur residents voted in the last election, so Christoff needs to gather 43 signatures to validate the petition.

Christoff’s goal is to gather 75 signatures and he believes he will have no trouble.

“This is what happens when they don’t do anything right,” he said. “He (Blakely) shouldn’t do what he’s doing. All he’s doing is trying to start trouble.”

If the signatures are decreed valid by acting Town Clerk Tamara Long, Blakely will have five days to decide whether to resign. If he does not resign, Long will be required to call an election.

Blakely said he does not intend to resign and will campaign heavily against the recall.

“You don’t let somebody like (Christoff) just rule the roost,” he said.

He called the allegations listed on the petition “ridiculous,” saying he has always supported town ordinances and the police.

Blakely said the recall effort is vindictive on the part of Christoff.

“You set out to do things and to better our town and he’s trying to stop it,” Blakely said. “Our town can go a long way and go wherever it wants if the town just stands behind it.”

Blakely plans to hire an attorney to help him campaign against the recall by letting him know what information about the actions of board of trustee members can be released.

Blakely is one year and six months into his second term as mayor of Dinosaur. He was elected in April, 1998 after running opposed. Blakely earned 110 votes and his opponent, Cletis Sands, earned 61.

Town Trustee Mike Garcia believes the recall effort is a “bunch of baloney” based on the “bitterness of people who don’t have control and want it.”