Basalt awards Julie Kolar for her volunteer work on civic issues |

Basalt awards Julie Kolar for her volunteer work on civic issues

Staff report
Julie Kolar, center, leads the Downtown Area Advisory Committee in a land-use planning exercise in November. Kolar was awarded Tuesday as Basalt's 2014 Citizen of the Year.
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Basalt resident Julie Kolar was recognized Tuesday night for being the type of citizen that helps small towns thrive.

The Basalt Town Council gave Kolar the 2014 Basalt Citizen of the Year award during a public meeting. A proclamation was read that recognized her efforts for volunteering on the Basalt Parks, Open Space and Trails Committee, the Mayor’s Cabinet and the Downtown Area Advisory Committee.

The parks and open space board recently produced a master plan that will be a blueprint for future development of parks, purchases of open space and trail acquisition and development.

The mayor’s cabinet is a cross-section of residents who regularly meet and provide layperson’s input to Mayor Jacque Whitsitt and Town Manager Mike Scanlon.

Kolar also was a calming force on the Downtown Area Advisory Committee that came up with a plan for the council on how much development and open space should be pursued on key downtown parcels. The committee also gave general guidance on the type of development the town should pursue.

In addition, Kolar helped the town lobby for and secure funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation for an underpass of Highway 82 that will connect the downtown section with the Southside neighborhood.

Whitsitt said she constantly asks Kolar to get involved on various projects and Kolar initially responds “no” because of her professional workload. She runs a graphic design and marketing company. But Kolar always ends up volunteering her time, Whitsitt said, and Basalt benefits from it.

The proclamation read Tuesday night said Kolar is “passionate about people and place. She has channeled her spirit, sense of humor, positive attitude, shepherding skills, and seemingly endless energy and light toward helping further the goals of the town of Basalt.”

Kolar thanked the board for the award and said she was humbled by the honor.