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Kronberg’s evidence still a secret

ASPEN As the investigation continues into whether City Council candidate Toni Kronberg is an Aspen resident, the documents she provided city officials last week remain off limits to the public.Kronberg handed over lease documents to City Clerk Kathryn Koch and local attorney Jim True on Thursday, after the filing of three complaints challenging her candidacy. Several members of the public in recent weeks have questioned Kronberg’s residency, a requirement to run for city office. Documents proving a candidate’s qualifications are typically public, but city officials are keeping them private pending a thorough review.Kronberg declined to give the Times the documents Sunday, saying she wanted City Attorney John Worcester to review them first. Additionally, Kronberg said she wants to be respectful of her former landlords’ privacy.”It’s not an invasion of privacy for me. … Lord knows people know more about me than I do,” she said. “But it’s everybody else’s privacy that I need to be respectful of.”It’s new territory for True, special counsel for City Hall who has been filling in for Worcester, who returns from vacation this week.”I’m not saying [the documents] are not public, but I didn’t want to make them public until I reviewed the information with John,” True said Friday. “I’m relatively new to this, and I didn’t want to make any decisions without John.”True added that Kronberg is free to make the documents available publicly, but it’s her choice. So far, Kronberg has opted not to release the evidence, despite believing it will vindicate her.”Believe me, I can’t wait until this is over,” she said.Worcester is due back to work early this week, at which time True will take the matter up with him.”We talked about a lot of things to tackle while he was gone, and this is an issue that wasn’t anticipated,” True said. “One way or another, I’m sure we’ll sit down on Tuesday.” True, Koch and Kronberg spent about 40 minutes Thursday afternoon behind closed doors going over the evidence. True said the intent of the meeting was to get information from Kronberg about where she lives and has lived for the past 12 months.Shortly after that meeting, True and Koch briefed Mayor Helen Klanderud on the investigation. Klanderud wasn’t shown the documents either, True said.”It’s kind of [an] interesting situation, and neither [myself or Koch] are very familiar with this, but I feel comfortable with the meeting; no official action was taken,” True said.Several sources say they see Kronberg at the Aspen Village subdivision almost on a daily basis. Kronberg said the reason she is at Aspen Village frequently is because she rents an office there – in the basement of unit No. 60. Public documents on the Internet show Kronberg’s residential listing as 60 Aspen Village Road in Snowmass.A caretaker said Kronberg lived in Woody Creek in June; Kronberg disputed that, saying she lived there for four days.On her voter registration form and petition to run for City Council, Kronberg listed 230 N. Spring St. as her permanent address. She changed her address around the time she filed her petition to run for council. Her former residence was 377 N. Spring St., a large riverfront property with a caretaker unit. Denver real estate agent Denice Reich owns both properties. The only requirement to prove city residency is a signature on a voter registration form. In order to qualify for a council seat, a candidate must have lived in Aspen for the preceding 12 months.Kronberg received enough votes in the May 8 election to face Steve Skadron in a runoff June 5. She garnered the third-highest count, with 487 votes, or 22 percent. Skadron, received 862 votes, or 39 percent, placing second.Carolyn Sackariason’s e-mail address is csack@aspentimes.com


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