Boineau, events tax pass in Snowmass |

Boineau, events tax pass in Snowmass

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Snowmass Village Town Council has one new member in Bill Boineau and a new town-wide revenue source for marketing and special events.

Voters in Snowmass also re-elected incumbent Doug Mercatoris and are sending their current mayor, T. Michael Manchester, back for his third and final term as mayor.

The marketing tax passed by a vote of 532 to 315.

Mercatoris got the most votes of the four candidates running for two open council seats, with 488. Boineau received 430 votes, while Stan Kornasiewicz got 311 votes and John Wilkinson 234 votes.

George Huggins, who dropped out of the race but was still on the ballot, received 95 votes.

Manchester, who was running unopposed for mayor, received 677 votes. About 870 Snowmass Village voters voted in the election.

The five-member town council will now include Manchester, Mercatoris, Boineau, Arnold Mordkin and Dick Virtue.

Also in Snowmass Village, voters approved a tax to support the Snowmass Wildcat Fire District by a vote of 531 to 315, a nearly identical tally to that of the marketing tax.

Snowmass voters also approved three other housekeeping items on the ballot, including changing the town’s fiscal year.

After going to the polls, voters in Snowmass Village have essentially filled Bob Purvis’ seat on the Town Council with Boineau, who will be sitting at the council table for the second time.

Boineau, 44, has lived in Snowmass Village for 22 years and runs a computer consulting business. This was his third run for council. He was elected in 1994 and served four years. In 1998, he ran again but was not elected. He is currently serving on the town’s planning commission and is president of the Snowmass/Wildcat Fire Protection District.

“I was thinking it was really going to be close between John, Stan and myself,” Boineau said.

Mercatoris, 52, is the owner of the Mountain Dragon restaurant, which is one flight up from the mall. He has lived in Snowmass Village since 1977 and is president of the Snowmass Community Fund, which funds the free Thursday night concerts on Fanny Hill. He also serves on the SVRA board as a restaurant representative.

He was first elected to the Town Council in 1988 and was elected again in 1992. In 1996, he lost a bid for mayor to Ted Grenda. After taking two years off from town government, he was elected in 1998 to another four-year term.

“I’m very pleased,” said Mercatoris after the results came in on Tuesday night. “It tells me that the community thinks I am doing a good job and going in the right direction.”

Kornasiewicz, the president of the Alpine Bank in Snowmass Village, was gracious in defeat.

“I knew both of those guys were campaigning pretty hard and I think they will do a great job,” he said. “No matter how it turned out, I knew we were going to end up with a great council.”

Wilkinson, who was the only candidate to express serious concerns about the pending Base Village project, hopes the huge development will receive close scrutiny from the new Town Council.

“I really hope the council will examine the big submissions coming in, both Base Village and the Snowmass Center,” Wilkinson said. “They are both huge.”

The town council plans to move quickly ahead on forming a new marketing committee of Snowmass Village residents who will decide on how to spend the estimated $2.4 million worth of tax revenue that is expected to be collected.

“Tomorrow’s paper will have the ads for the at-large positions and we have a mailing prepared to all the businesses to ask them to determine their nominations,” said Manchester. The mayor added he wouldn’t be surprised to see committee members named at the council’s meeting on Nov. 25.

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