The Cherokee Water District is attempting to recall the board president, Robert Lovato, after enough petitions were collected to hold a recall election.
A judge ruled Friday that the recall will move forward and be held on December 7.
According to the ballot question, citizens moved to remove Lovato after what they say was "deliberate, repeated, and willful disregard for citizens," according to the new ballot question.
The ballot says, in part, "The citizens of the Cherokee Metropolitan District are _ling this recall petition against Board President and Director Robert J. Lovato for deliberate, repeated, and willful disregard for citizens, as shown in consistent violation of the Open Meetings Act of the Colorado Revised Statutes (Sunshine Act)."
The ballot question makes the following accusations against Lovato:
Mr. Lovato repeatedly disregards the law by not holding discussions with full Board. Mr. Lovato routinely concealed Board meeting matters from full Board
and the public.
Mr. Lovato is simultaneously on Woodmen Hills Water District Board, votes on business matters causing an ongoing con_ict of interest.
Mr. Lovato's actions have, in part, increased our water rates over 146% in his six years on the Board, though he lives in Woodmen Hills Water District.
Mr. Lovato hired employees, contracted the resignation of Cherokee's General Manager, and changed legal teams without informing all the Board
members, or public discussion.
Mr. Lovato routinely votes during Cherokee Board meetings for matters that enhance his personal business ventures and for matters that bene_t his fellow
Cherokee Board member and friend, Dave Hammers from Hammers Construction, a business located in the Cherokee Metropolitan District.
Included in the recall ballot is Lovato's response to these accusations brought forth by the board.
I am Robert Lovato, I grew up in the Cherokee Metropolitan District (CMD), fought _res for the CHFD, and run businesses and own property in the District. My
mother and many of my friends live in CMD.
I have a vested interest in the success of CMD, its e_ect on property values, water rates, and overall quality of life.
Because of my interest, I maintain that I have followed all appropriate rules and regulations while I have been in o_ce. I feel that water is a regional issue and is
not limited to one jurisdiction, which allows me to serve unbiased on CMD’s Board and on Woodmen Hills Water District Board.
I am not responsible for any water rate increase. In the past terms, I was not party to Cherokee Board leadership and relied on their judgment to lead CMD to a
I do not hire employees as an individual, but only take part in the majority vote of the Board when a General Manager is hired.
To date I am very happy with the new administration’s work. I believe I was brought on for one reason -- change. In a short amount of time I have helped allow for change that bene_ts the people of the District.
We are focused on purchasing high quality water rights, and already have made accomplishments:
The $1 million dollar rate increase per year to Schriever AFB and avoiding the rate increases of 75% to the District customers; and
The opening of the new Waste Water Treatment Facility for future water reclamation.
I believe in this new board and the new plan we are working on to make our District a better place to live, which includes lower water rates, better property values and allowing businesses to thrive.