Basalt swears in new Town Council members |

Basalt swears in new Town Council members

Staff report
Bernie Grauer is sworn in to a seat on the Basalt Town Council Tuesday night by Mayor Jacque Whitsitt. Gary Tennenbaum and Mark Kittle were also sworn in.
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Two new Basalt Town Council members were sworn in Tuesday along with one returning incumbent, and two incumbents bowed out after providing four years of public service.

Mark Kittle, Gary Tennenbaum and Bernie Grauer took seats for four-year terms. Kittle was the only incumbent. He was appointed last year to fill out a term after Anne Freedman resigned and moved away. Kittle received the most votes in the April 1 election. He also served on the council from 2004 to 2008.

Grauer was the former chairman of the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission. He tendered his resignation after winning the council seat.

Tennenbaum served on the council from 2006 to 2010 but didn’t seek re-election at that time.

The departing council members were Glenn Rappaport and Karin Teague. Rappaport has served periodically on the council for the past 20 years. He credited the board over the past two years as being particularly effective. Members were able to put different philosophies aside and work for the benefit of the town, he said.

Teague credited the town government for putting together a good staff and said the community is on the cusp of “some great things.” A planning effort is underway for downtown projects designed to reintroduce some vitality to the core.

Teague previously said she didn’t seek another term because of family and other professional commitments. She and her husband are raising two kids, she helps run Harry Teague Architects and she is president of Wilderness Workshop’s board of directors. When she decided against running, she said she would consider running again sometime in the future.

“I hope to see you back up here someday,” Teague said Tuesday night.

The incoming and outgoing council members celebrated the transitions after a brief meeting with champagne and cake.