News in Brief
December 6, 2007
ASPEN ” After the Aspen City Council on Monday shot down a plan to fund free buses to Snowmass Village, Pitkin County officials decided Wednesday to put the matter on hold.
The estimated $277,000 in fare losses to run free buses between Aspen and Snowmass Village until June 2008 would come from a half-cent sales and use tax controlled by the Elected Officials Transportation Committee, which is made of members from the city of Aspen, Pitkin County and Snowmass Village.
Any decision requires a majority vote from each board.
County officials were divided on the issue Wednesday, and in the end agreed to table the matter until further discussion with the other jurisdictions.
“I think it’s important to provide this bus service,” Commissioner Patti Clapper said. “I think it’s worth the investment.”
“There are many problems with this,” said Commissioner Jack Hatfield, adding the cost estimate does not take into account other operational costs. “There’s really no bang for the buck here.”
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Commissioner Rachel Richards said she is willing to support a plan to fund a portion of the free bus service with EOTC funds, but said the other part should come from Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Richards said the EOTC money was set aside for important infrastructure improvements promised to voters.
ASPEN ” A national search is under way for a new city of Aspen finance director.
Finance Director Paul Menter announced earlier this month that he is resigning to take a position overseeing the finances at the Aspen Community Foundation.
Barry Crook, the city’s business process manager, will serve as interim finance director, although in a limited capacity, said City Manager Steve Barwick.
The position is being advertised in the Denver Post and in municipal government publications, including the Government Finance Officers Association.
Menter will leave his post on Dec. 21.
SILT, Colo. ” A Silt man died and another was injured after a one-vehicle rollover north of Silt.
David Fautsko, 29, died at the scene of the accident, which was reported at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.
The Colorado State Patrol identified the driver as Dylan Lewis, 30. He reportedly suffered a broken arm and was expected to be released from the Grand River Medical Center Wednesday.
Neither alcohol nor speed were suspected as factors in the accident, according to patrol. It was unclear whether or not the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seat belts.
Lewis was charged with careless driving causing death.
Fautsko’s friends and family banded together for support.
Timm Fautsko, David’s father, was in shock and disbelief upon learning about the accident.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, but you don’t think it will happen,” he said.
David’s friends remember him as a great person who will be missed.
“It’s surreal. It’s devastating. He was my best friend,” said Seth Davis. “We’re just all kind of gathering at the family’s house and supporting each other.”
Davis fought back tears as he spoke over the phone. Davis has known David Fautsko since first grade.
“He would do anything for anybody – even a stranger,” Davis said. “He would gladly die for any of his friends.”
“David was such a wonderful human being. He was just real sensitive to the needs of others,” Timm Fautsko said. “He had a reputation in the valley – everyone knows Dave.”
According to the patrol, the 1995 Toyota Tacoma that Lewis was driving went off the right side of County Road 214.