City Council

Gunnison's Winter of Discontent: A letter from the City Council in Response to COVID-19
February 25, 2021

To One and All,

Winter is still here. This winter has been one of stress, struggle, and hardship throughout our community. Keeping loved ones and ourselves physically healthy, mentally fit, and economically viable remains challenging. This is Gunnison’s “winter of discontent.” But just like the summer replaces winter, the coronavirus vaccines can help combat the pandemic. In spite of everything facing our community, we are confident that Gunnison has a bright future ahead.

This winter, there were days when more Americans died than were killed at Pearl Harbor or during 9-11. On January 12th, 4,197 Americans died from the Coronavirus, as reported by Johns Hopkins University. There were six more January days with more than 4,000 American deaths. These numbers exceeded the historical numbers of 3,620 Americans who died in one day at Antietam Creek in 1862 and the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 estimated 8,000 deaths. Since Thanksgiving, more people in Gunnison County tested positive for COVID than the previous nine months combined.

We must avoid becoming numb and complacent. Everyone needs to continue protecting themselves and others. Diligence, patience, and trust can end the pandemic. Continued compliance with Gunnison County’s Public Health Orders and respect for each other can ensure our success.

Everyone who is able and willing should get vaccinated. While vaccines aren’t perfect, they’re one of the most important tools we have for controlling the virus. Gunnison County’s Public Health professionals are effectively distributing the vaccine they receive. Over two thousand individuals are now fully vaccinated with both doses. Many more will need vaccinations. The key to continuing our vaccination efforts, is indicating your desire to be vaccinated by registering online. Regardless of when you might be eligible for the shots, register today at: covid19.gunnisoncounty.org/vaccine

By completing the “Vaccine Interest Form,” you will be included on the list of people wanting a vaccine. This helps ensure that the limited doses available will be efficiently and equitably given. If you encounter difficulties registering, call (970) 641-7660.

Being vaccinated is not the only way to resist living the winter in darkness. We must continue our remarkable efforts to help ourselves and others. Please seek mental health support as needed. Take time to reach out to your neighbors and assist them as you are able. You can help our economy by spending dollars locally. Remember that a dollar spent here is worth $1.43 to our local economy. Why? Because unlike a dollar spent online or outside of Gunnison County, a dollar spent here circulates among our local businesses and workers.

Let it be told, during the winter of our discontent, that with hope and resolve, Gunnison met and controlled the pandemic. Gunnison’s recovery and future success depends on all of us. We are here to assist our community to the best of our capabilities. We need everyone to keep striving to make every day safer and better as we look forward to a brighter future.

Sincerely,

Jim Gelwicks, Mayor
Jim Miles, Mayor Pro Tem
Boe Freeburn, Council Member
Mallory Logan, Council Member
Diego Plata, Council Member

 

Para Todos y Cada Uno,

Este invierno ha sido uno de estrés, lucha y dificultad para todos de nuestra comunidad. Sigue siendo un reto mantenernos a nosotros mismos y a nuestros seres queridos físicamente saludables, mentalmente sanos y económicamente seguros. A pesar de todo lo que se enfrenta a nuestra comunidad, tenemos la confianza de que Gunnison tiene por delante un futuro brillante. 

Desde el Día de Acción de Gracias, en el condado de Gunnison, más personas dieron positivas por COVID que en los previos nueve meses combinados. Todo el mundo necesita seguir protegiéndose a sí mismos y a otros. La diligencia, la paciencia y la confianza pueden poner fin al pandémico. El cumplimiento continuo con las Órdenes de la salud pública del condado de Gunnison y el respeto los unos para con los otros pueden asegurar el éxito. 

Deben vacunarse todos los que pueden y que están dispuestos a hacerlo. Es seguro para todos, sin importar su estatus migratorio, inscribirse para la inyección de la vacuna. Son de mucha importancia su salud y la protección contra COVID-19. Mientras que las vacunas no sean perfectas, sí componen una de las herramientas más importantes que tenemos para controlar el virus. Los profesionales de la salud pública del condado de Gunnison están distribuyendo efectivamente a la vacuna que reciben. Más que dos mil individuos ya están vacunados por completo con las dos dosis. Muchos más necesitarán las vacunas. La clave a que continuemos nuestros esfuerzos de vacunación es que indique usted su deseo de vacunarse al inscribirse en línea. Provea su información al condado de Gunnison para asegurarse de que esté haciendo cola para recibir la vacuna. Por favor, inscríbase hoy en: 
covid19.gunnisoncounty.org/vaccine 

Al completar el formulario de interés en las vacunas, (Vaccine Interest Form), avisa usted al departamento de la salud pública si quiere la vacuna o no. Esto ayuda a asegurar que las dosis limitadas que sean disponibles serán suministradas eficaz y equitativamente. Para ayuda con obtener acceso a una computadora y completar el formulario, Vaccine Interest Form, por favor, sírvase visitar a Gunnison Library en 307 North Wisconsin Street. Si tiene preguntas, llame al centro de llamadas sobre COVID-19 (COVID-19 Call Center) en (970) 641-7660. 
El departamento de la salud pública de Gunnison está trabajando para proveer el formulario Vaccine Interest Form en español y para organizar clínicas de vacunas para la población Latinx. En cuanto se haga disponible más información, se compartirá con usted.

En adición a vacunarse, continúe practicando la buena higiene, usando mascarillas y distanciándose socialmente. Todas son acciones necesarias que debemos tomar para reducir al virus en nuestra comunidad. Tenemos que seguir con nuestros esfuerzos extraordinarios para ayudarnos a nosotros mismos y a otros. Por favor, busque respaldo para la salud mental como sea necesario. Saque tiempo para extenderse a sus vecinos y ayudarlos como pueda. Usted puede ayudar a nuestra economía al gastar sus dólares en Gunnison. 

La recuperación y el éxito futuro de Gunnison dependen de todos nosotros. Estamos aquí para ayudar a nuestra comunidad hasta lo mejor de nuestras capacidades. Necesitamos que todos se esmeren para hacer mejor y más segura a cada día mientras miramos adelante hacia un futuro más brillante. 

Atentamente, 

Jim Gelwicks, Mayor (el alcalde) 
Jim Miles, Mayor Pro Tem (el alcalde pro tem) 
Boe Freeburn, Council Member (miembro del consejo) 
Mallory Logan, Council Member 
Diego Plata, Council Member

 
                                                                                                              

Gunnison City Councilors and Term Dates:

Mayor - Jim Gelwicks

Term Expires - 12/14/2021

email Jim G. at: jgelwicks@gunnisonco.gov
cell: 970.765.4372

Mayor Pro Tem - Jim Miles

Term Expires - 12/14/2021

email Jim M. at: jmiles@gunnisonco.gov
cell: 970.209.2886

Councilor - Mallory Logan

Term Expires - 12/12/2023

email Mallory at: mlogan@gunnisonco.gov

Councilor - Diego Plata

Term Expires - 12/12/2023

email Diego at: dplata@gunnisonco.gov
cell: 970.648.0566 

Councilor - Boe Freeburn

Term Expires - 12/14/2021

email Boe at: bfreeburn@gunnisonco.gov


Council encourages citizens to attend Citizen Input. Citizen Input is a scheduled time at the beginning of every Regular Sesson Council Meeting where citizens can share their ideas or concerns with Council. Your input is important and encouraged. Citizens are given 3 minutes to present to Council. 

Contact Info:

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City Clerk: Erica Boucher, eboucher@gunnisonco.gov | 970.641.8140
City Manager: Russ Forrest, rforrest@gunnisonco.gov | 970.641.8171

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