Scout proposes facelift for Lot of Art

Council cancels election
By: Cheri March
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The Colfax City Council agreed Wednesday night to pursue an Eagle Scout project that would beautify the Lot of Art Park, a plot of land tucked between buildings on South Main Street. Scout and Colfax High School sophomore Colby Faisst, 15, has proposed leveling the hilly lot, removing blackberry bushes and weeds, planting new grass, borders and trees and adding benches, a drinking fountain and a shaded gazebo. “If this gets approved and is a successful project, which it should be, I’m sure it will make a positive impact on the city of Colfax,” Faisst said. Council members directed city staff to seek clearance from the lessor of the privately-owned park. “I think if anything can be done to make Lot of Art Park more beautiful and user-friendly, (we should) go for it,” said Council member Donna Barkle. With only three incumbents running for three seats, the council opted to declare this fall’s council election unnecessary. Council members also voted to appoint the candidates – Joshua Alpine, Donna Barkle and Suzanne Roberts – to office. They will be sworn in this November. “This is one circumstance in which the law makes a little bit of sense,” said City Attorney Mick Cabral. “There are three seats coming up and three candidates, so there are no reasons to have the candidates elected. I’ve actually seen this happen quite a bit.”