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Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Meet the Rio Grande County candidates

Joe Schlabach grew up on his family’s ranch in Ohio. He worked in a sawmill at just 14 years old before going into construction. From 2000 to 2011, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received a BS in business administration from Adams State University. It was there that he became politically active. “I realized there’s a lack of accountability across the nation,” says Schlabach. “I want to bring accountability to Rio Grande County, build relationships and trust and grow our community.” Schlabach also served on the Monte Vista City Council from 2015 to 2018. “During my tenure as councilman, I advocated in support of the police department, continued robust economic development and a balanced budget,” he says. “I have proven my dedication to serving the interests of the entire community.”

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Attorney Interviews Cause Controversy

Councilor Schlabach then asked Farish to explain and give examples of city ordinances he had drafted. Farish detailed his years of experience as municipal attorney and stated ordinances were a significant part of the job. Schlabach then went into further detail with his question and stated that a drug house ordinance Farish had helped to created was deemed to violate state and federal law. Farish responded that there were certain situations in home rule cities and even in the state that were in opposition to state and federal laws. He said he’d have to research the issue more to better answer the question. Schlabach responded it was disconcerting to him because the city of Monte Vista does not have the financial resources to handle any potential lawsuits the way the state of Colorado does.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Schlabach threatened with violence

According to Schlabach, on Monday, Feb. 26 two men threatened to beat him with a baseball bat and burn down his house. This threat came after the two men attempted to convince Schlabach to resign his position which he did not agree to do.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 AM

MVCC updated on NW, PD and attorneys

I really enjoyed the meeting... and appreciated the mayor, Councilor [Joe] Schlabach and Councilor [Gary] Johnson were all there as well.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:00 AM

URGED Hears Updates

Councilor Joe Schlabach gave an update on Monte Vista. He said there had been many changes in the city including the majority of the city council being new other than himself. Schlabach said the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) program is moving along and there is now a rough draft of a manual which will help the city to access funds for the program.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:00 AM

Schlabach Announces Candidacy

Joe Schlabach, councilman for the City of Monte Vista, has announced his intention to run for county commissioner in District Two of Rio Grande County.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Looking Back On 2017 in Monte Vista

Councilor Joe Schlabach hosted Coffee with Council. He took the opportunity to meet community members and address their concerns.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Flag presented to MVPD

The Adams State University Center presented a flag in conjunction with Monte Vista Kids Connection at the Thursday, Sept. 21 meeting of the city council. Councilor and Adams State Assistant Veteran/Military Affairs Coordinator Joe Schlabach, and Adams State Veterans Affairs Coordinator Kirsten Salazar presented the flag to Chief John Rosecrans. The flag is meant to honor police officers and also in memory of the first responders on 9/11.
“One of the things that stuck with me is that while there was a lot of people running away from the building there was also a small group running towards the buildings. Those people were running right into the face of death and they did it to protect and serve and save lives. That has always left an impact on me...We appreciate everything that police officers do. Every day you walk out there and put yourselves between us and danger and we appreciate that,” said Schlabach.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Wittner Expresses Concern About Economic Development

Councilor Joe Schlabach... ...(started) with advice he heard from SLV Council of Governments Director Kevin Wilkinson, who told him, “We can’t do everything. We have to focus on the right thing.” “We have run-down buildings and bad areas, “Schlabach acknowledged, “but we have beautiful areas too.” Schlabach emphasized the concept of place-making in small communities, using the example of Ski-Hi and Stampede, “where everyone works together to build a community and a sense of community.” Schlabach also pointed out how the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has worked to obtain a grant to remove blighted properties but the bigger picture in the URA’s progress likely won’t be seen as a whole for another 10 years. Schlabach also dismissed the idea of pitting the communities against each other like Monte Vista and Del Norte, pointing out how Del Norte has done a good job of “making 160 look good, but when you leave the 160 corridor you see a lot of the same things you see in Monte Vista.”
“Each community has a small piece, we need to put these pieces together,” Schlabach said of prioritizing Valley-wide economic cooperation. “Our piece is value-added ag.”Schlabach returned to the Proximity Malt example, pointing out how Gray stated the number of jobs added there is the equivalent of 35,000 jobs in Denver. The city and the Valley are working together to ensure continued economic growth over the next 10 years.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Council Holds Brief Meeting

Councilor Joe Schlabach commented on the resolution before council unanimously passed it, telling fellow councilors “…maybe we didn’t have the best budget but we as council need to make sure we know what’s going on,” and commented to department heads for the next budget year, “We’re tightening the belt…Those are everybody’s tax dollars and we have to spend them responsibly and ethically…We’re not going to keep dipping into the savings account.”

Committee to Elect Joe Schlabach
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