2 incumbents, 2 new faces on OWN board

       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) had a smooth annual election Jan. 22, with two residents stepping forward to fill two vacant positions on the board.

Elected to the Organization of Westside Neighbors board Jan. 22 were (from left) new members Steve Bailey and Mallori Meyer and incumbents Dick Strauch and Kristine Van Wert.
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       At OWN President Welling Clark's request, Westsiders at the meeting approved Mallori Meyer and Steve Bailey by acclamation, along with incumbents Dick Strauch and Kristine Van Wert.
       The nine-member board will elect officers at its next board meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.
       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       Meyer takes over the Area 4 seat (north of Highway 24, between 21st and 25th streets) for a three-year term. She succeeds Amy Filipiak, who chose not to run again. Meyer grew up in Colorado Springs and has lived on the Westside for the past 1 ½ years. A UCCS student, she described the Westside as a “a beautiful area that I hope to have children in.” Issues she wants to focus on are safety and the environment, she said.
       Bailey, a lawyer, will finish out the third year of Jim Fenimore's term for Area 6 (the Near Westside). Fenimore, a long-time board member, has a new job that will not leave him time for board work.
       Bailey has lived on the Westside for 15 years and also served on the building advisory and accountability committees at Washington and Holmes schools. He sees being on the board as a chance “to help the neighborhood,” he said.
       Van Wert and Strauch were re-elected to three-year terms - Wert keeping her At-Large seat (At-Large 3) and Strauch his Area 2 seat (north of the highway, between 8th and 14th streets).
       Van Wert's interest is in creating a historic overlay for part of the older Westside (she is also chair of the OWN subcommittee working with the city on historic design guidelines).
       Strauch reviews proposed developments on the Westside and reports on them to the OWN board.

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