CITY OF OURAY: Hilton and Cockle appointed to council
By Sheridan Block
Business owner Dee Hilton and real estate broker Carl Cockle will join city council after being appointed to fill the two vacancies on the board. Hilton, owner of the Wildflower Boutique on Main Street, will replace former councilor John Ferguson for a three and a half year term and Cockle, owner of Ouray County Properties, will fill in the remaining year and a half term left open by Richard Kersen.
During Monday’s council meeting, six candidates expressed their interest in the two seats. Along with Hilton and Cockle, council hopefuls included Eli Doose, Paul Sunderland, Kevin Koprek and Chad Leaver. Council asked each of the candidates a series of questions to gauge their knowledge of city affairs and administration as well as their visions for the city.
In her presentation, Hilton told council that she felt it was a “good time” in her life and career to run for council, after years of encouragement from others. She explained that with her business background, including 11 years on Main Street, she feels that she has a “good pulse” on the city’s businesses. In regards to her strength, she noted that she is optimistic, likes to gather information before making decisions and has a positive opinion in the town.
When asked her opinion on the city’s recently developed strategic plan, Hilton explained that...