Four compete for 2 board seats with Crown Mtn. Park and Rec District
For the second straight election cycle, Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District will have contested races for board of director seats.
Four people are running for two at-large seats in a May 3 election. Four people ran for three seats two years ago in the district’s first contested race.
This election brought the improbable situation of two candidates with the name Robert Hubbell. They aren’t related. Officials figured out how to ease confusion by having one candidate run as Robert and the other as Bob, according to Rebecca Wagner, the park and district’s executive director.
Robert O. Hubbell has served on the board for four years and is seeking re-election. He is currently board president. He is part of the Crawford family, which has longtime roots in the El Jebel area.
Bob C. Hubbell is a longtime valley resident who is seeking a seat. Bonnie Scott and Rod Woelfle also are running (see candidate biographies and priorities below).
The terms for the two seats will be for two years. Incumbent Aimee Conrardy isn’t seeking re-election because she is moving out of district, Wagner said.
Three other board members are in the middle of their terms. They are Ted Bristol, Rich Pavcek and Katie Schwoerer.
One issue facing the park and recreation district is balancing the demands for additional amenities while staying within its budget. The district regularly receives requests from special interest groups to add amenities ranging from indoor tennis to an ice garden. The groups vow to raise the funds to add the amenities, but the board has to consider the long-term implications of operating the facilities, Wagner said.
The district plans to work on an update to its master plan. In the short term, the board is planning how to replace aging equipment and add amenities to complement existing conditions.
Crown Mountain Park is immensely popular. It regularly hosts soccer and lacrosse matches on its fields and the ball diamonds are in constant demand.
“After work we’re absolutely packed,” Wagner said.
The park also includes a pavilion for special events, paved and soft surface walking trails and a BMX track that was funded by the user group.
Voters in the district have a couple of options for casting a ballot. They can go to the Eagle County office and community building Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and cast a ballot. Voters also can go to http://www.crownmtn.org/about-cm/board- of-directors and click on the link for “Application for Absentee Ballot.” They can submit the absentee ballot by the close of business Friday at the recreation district’s office opposite the tennis courts and BMX track.
Name: Robert O. Hubbell
Occupation: Manager of Crawford Properties LLC
Neighborhood of residence: Mountain Meadow Ranch subdivision
Family: I am married to Kris and we have two boys, Justin and David. Kris and I love being able to raise our boys in this beautiful valley.
Previous and current civic experience in the midvalley: I am currently on the board for Crown Mountain Recreation District and President of the Mountain Meadow Ranch subdivision. I am active in the community and make donations to U8 soccer, little league baseball, English in Action, trees to Crown Mountain Park and provide a top level baseball field for the community. Crawford Field is a great facility for Junior Little League, high school and men’s league baseball.
Why are you running for a Crown Mountain Recreation District Board of Director’s seat?: I am running for the board of the Crown Mountain Recreation District to ensure responsible spending. We need to make sure we are mindful of the balance between the upkeep of existing structures and the desire for new facilities. I would like to have a basic multiuse field house to give the entire community indoor recreation opportunities during the winter months. However, I believe we have other priorities to get in place before we can bring any ideas for growth forward. Fiscal responsibility will safeguard the future of this community asset which contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
What will be your top issue if elected?: My top priority is to develop a five-year strategic plan that is built around measurable goals. First, we need a strategy that addresses the current issues of upkeep and needs with regards to the east and west side restroom facilities, sidewalk drainage and the replacement of worn-out equipment. A solid foundation will enhance the benefits, the entire community and allow for future growth.
Name: Bob C. Hubbell
Occupation: Vice President-Marketing, Coastal Risk Consulting (a startup company providing property flood risk assessments to consumers, businesses and municipalities). Previously, I was a partner and managing director of global communications and marketing with the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald and the professional services firm Andersen Worldwide.
Residence: 5 Dakota Court, Carbondale, Eagle County
Family: My wife, Jan, is a writer, member of the Aspen Poets Society and Aspen Words Writers Network, member of the Crown Mountain women’s tennis team and has been an English professor at CMC and ski instructor with Skico. Jan and I won a mixed doubles tennis tournament in Aspen are tennis members at River Valley Ranch. We have owned our home for three years after previously renting and earlier vacationing here for 15 years when we lived in New Jersey.
Our daughter Whitney lives in Aspen and is regional head of marketing for the technology company, Xssentials. At Aspen High School, she played first singles in tennis, was all-conference in softball and interned at Aspen Public Radio. She also is a member of the Crown Mountain women’s tennis team. Our daughter Chelsea lives in New York City, where she is in charge of executive events for BlackRock, the world’s leading asset management company.
Previous and current civic experience in the midvalley: I am an advisor to the Board of Ad-In, the nonprofit organization that is working to create a year-round tennis facility in association with Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, was director of communications for the American Blood Commission and am a volunteer at Valley View Hospital. I was privileged to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Community Great Ideas Seminar.
Why are you running for a Crown Mountain Recreation District Board of Director’s seat?: Since making the midvalley our home, it has been my desire to contribute to this outstanding community. I believe in applying the tools and talents from my experience in the business world in combination with a strong sense of civic responsibility and passion for the outdoors to help guide the growing value that Crown Mountain provides to our community.
What will be your top issue if elected?: Crown Mountain’s master plan represents a thoughtful blueprint for continuing recreation events in a unique and beautiful open space. I believe a key focus should be on programs that encourage healthy lifestyles for young people and that further develop and support youth athletics.
Occupation: Graphic designer and restaurant owner
Neighborhood of residence: Valley View in El Jebel (across the street from Crown Mountain Park)
Family: Married with kids, ages 5 and 7
Previous and current civic experience in the midvalley: Volunteer member of Friends of Crown Mountain Park in 2014, Soccer coach in Aspen and Crown Mountain Park, Bishop’s Committee member for St. Peter’s Church in Basalt, HOA president of Valley View Subdivision, organizer of Crown Mountain Park’s first annual pickleball tournament
Why are you running for a Crown Mountain Recreation District Board of Directors seat?: I will continue to work to meet the growing recreational needs of our expanding community. I will strive to make improvements to the park, such as adding new features like pickleball courts, Frisbee golf, water pad feature, shaded areas and add more trees. Partner with several local groups to encourage program growth, raise revenue and increase facilities needed — i.e. bathrooms by soccer fields and tennis courts.
What will be your top issue if elected?: I would strive to maintain our park as a community amenity of abundant open space and outdoor recreation. If elected, I will continue this growth in a fiscally responsible way and look for more ways to expand recreation opportunities for all members of the community. I live across the street from the park, so I care a great deal about the future of the park!
Name: Rod Woelfle
Neighborhood of residence: Willits
Family: Wife, Sarah; kids, Kaitlyn, Justin and Garrett; and dog, Bronco.
Previous and current civic experience in midvalley: Four years in various roles on Aspen Board of Realtors Board of Directors including Treasurer, Colorado Association Director and 2007 president. Referee, coach and board of director member for the Basalt Soccer Club since 2006, including acting as the BSC president from 2014 to present, committee member of ABOR Scholarship Committee since 2007 including acting as chair from 2011 to present.
Why are you running for a Crown Mountain Recreation District Board of Directors seat?: I have been raising my children in Basalt since 2003, and, of course, we love skiing, hiking, mountain biking and all that the mountains have to offer. We have also constantly enjoyed time together at the Crown Mountain Park facility. We appreciate everything from playing at the playground, watching and coaching our kids in sports to simply going for a run or walk with the dog. I am thrilled to see all the youth sports that are utilizing the facility and want to see that continue. My family and I absolutely love all that this amazing amenity brings to people up and down the valley, and I would be honored at the opportunity to do my part to support it.
What will be your top issue if elected?: I don’t have any specific agendas or issues. I simply believe we need to look at how these amenities are being used, maintained and funded and how we can continue to improve them. I would expect to be in a position of listening to the community’s needs and desires and helping achieve those goals first and foremost.
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