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Incumbents retain seats in Alta elections

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Four city officials easily win reelection bids for mayoral, City Council, Park Board seats.

In an election marked by low voter turnout, Ed Buckendahl, Bruce McGowan, Brian Walsh and Michael Norris all easily won their reelection campaigns Tuesday night in Alta, as all four of the men ran unopposed for their seats.

Buckendahl won his reelection bid for mayor with 45 votes, while McGowan and Walsh claimed victory in their City Council races with 47 and 45 votes, respectively.

Norris, who ran for a seat on the Alta Park Board, won the race with 49 votes.

Only 55 of Alta's 1,183 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, making the election turnout 4.6 percent, the lowest such turnout of the 10 municipal elections held in Buena Vista County.

Bucken-dahl, who has been the mayor of Alta for 18 years, said he would attempt to help make the community a better town for its residents to live over the next few years.

"Just like in the past, we'll try to keep making progress and keep taxes as low as possible," Buckendahl said. "We'll try to make capital improvements as needed and make the city the best place to live that we can."

Buckendahl said he was in support of projects such as the school bond issue up for vote Dec. 4 and the West Highway improvement endeavor scheduled for early next summer.

He said those two ventures would help make the city stronger by providing a better education system for Alta's children and safer roads for all of its citizens to drive on.

"We need more school here, so I'm in support of that school bond issue," Buckendahl said. "I would also like to see the West Highway project be completed next summer because that road gets a lot of traffic on it and it needs the improvements."

Buckendahl also said he and the City Council will focus on trying to enhance portions of Main Street in downtown Alta over the next two years.

"One thing our downtown street needs is improvements in spots," Buckendahl said, "particularly on some of the curbs and gutters. That will be one thing we will be looking at."

The reelection of McGowan and Walsh keeps the current Alta City Council intact for the next two years, and Buckendahl also said he is looking forward to working with the five members of the City Council for that timeframe.

"All of us work very well together," Buckendahl said. "I have a very good city council and we will all do the best we can for the city of Alta in the future."

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