Mordkin returns to Snowmass council |

Mordkin returns to Snowmass council

Steve Benson

Arnie Mordkin’s back in the saddle after winning the final seat on the Snowmass Village Town Council on Monday night. Mordkin, who served on the council the past four years, was left out in the cold after voters elected newcomers John Wilkinson and Sally Sparhawk to fill the two open seats in November. But Councilman Doug Mercatoris, who had two years left on his council seat, was elected mayor, leaving an open spot on the four-member council. The other member, Bill Boineau, was a holdover from the previous council. Following the election, the new council had the option of taking the third-place finisher, which was Mordkin, or open the race up to an application process and an eventual vote. It chose the latter. In November, Mercatoris said it was the better of the two options. “[We want] whoever will do the best job for the community,” he said at that time. “You really can’t determine that until you have all the information in front of you.”Mordkin and Kay Honigman-Singer were the only two applicants. On Monday night, the council decided unanimously to stick with Mordkin.”I’m back in the game, it’s great,” said an unusually short-winded Mordkin after Monday’s meeting. Mercatoris said there was a lot of support from the community, even from former candidates Rick Griffin and Scott Calliham, to get Mordkin back on the council. “I received many endorsements to put Arnie in that position,” Mercatoris said. “They all felt Arnie should have been voted back in.” With his council finally complete, Mercatoris said he feels good about the future. While diverse in terms of experience and backgrounds, the council shares one common goal, Mercatoris said. “There is a real desire to get as much community involvement as possible,” he said. The former council was criticized by some members of the community for being somewhat unresponsive to public input during the Base Village review. As a result, the mayor has created a new public information and outreach program that will be led by Sparhawk. “It seems appropriate and I’m happy to do that,” Mercatoris said. There was even lengthy discussion as to the starting time of the meetings and what would be most convenient for the community. “It may take awhile, but we’re making the effort,” Boineau said. “We’re reaching out [to the public].” Steve Benson’s e-mail address is