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New trustee named to Indian Hills

by Christy Chalmers

Sunridge resident Dan Hall is the Indian Hills General Improvement District’s newest trustee.

Hall, 24, was unanimously chosen from a field of six applicants Thursday by the Douglas County commission. The county commission made the decision because the other four GID board members deadlocked June 28.

“I know that I can make it better,” said Hall, an Army veteran and 1994 Carson High graduate who moved to the area earlier in the year. “Step by step, I know we’ll get better.”

The other candidates were Riley Evans, Dianne Humble Fournier, Julian Karelitz, John Rough and Roger Struzick. Several of them congratulated Hall on the appointment and wished him luck.

Hall replaces Dick Fairfax, who resigned in May after a group of residents filed recall documents targeting him and two other trustees, Renee Haskell and Joanne Riekenberg. Fairfax’s term expires in 2002, but to serve past December, Hall will have to petition to be included on the November ballot.

He said he already has a petition started and anticipates having more than enough signatures to make the ballot.

The county commissioners asked each of the candidates a series of questions about their motivation for being on the GID board, the challenges facing the district and how they would mediate the hostility among the incumbent board members, who have aligned in two blocs.

“I don’t know if I can make it completely peaceful, but I know I can make it better,” said Hall. He said he will use an objective, professional approach to district business.

The county commissioners agreed that philosophy could help heal the rifts on the GID board.

“I think voting your conscience is one of the most important things you can do,” said Commissioner Kelly Kite. “You have to be happy with yourself when you go home.”

“We may not agree on things, but we have a lot of good dialogue,” added Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen, referring to the county board’s deliberations.

Indian Hills residents could change the GID board again July 18, when the recall election targeting Haskell and Riekenberg is held. Riekenberg’s term expires in 2002, while Haskell has filed for re-election in the November poll.