Praising Kane |

Praising Kane

Congratulations to the Basalt Town Council for choosing Bill Kane to be the next town manager.

Kane is widely known around the Roaring Fork Valley as a friendly and upstanding guy, and his many years of planning experience will serve the town well at a critical time. Basalt has called a halt to development applications while it updates its growth management regulations and affordable housing policies. So it’s a great time to draw on Kane’s experience as an administrator and planner in crafting a new body of land-use rules.

Kane was a planning director for Aspen and Pitkin County in the 1970s, and served as a vice president of planning for the Aspen Skiing Co. from 1996 to 2005. Kane also worked for many years and separate stints at Design Workshop in Aspen.

This experience in both the public and private sectors will come in handy for Basalt, which needs to tighten up its code and build a base of affordable housing, but also needs to establish fair and consistent rules that builders and developers can follow in their dealings with the town.

Kane’s easy-going manner and listening skills will also be a plus as Basalt tries to engage more citizens in making decisions, setting policy and charting a future for the town.

While we’re at it, we’d also like to congratulate outgoing Town Manager Bill Efting for five years of service to Basalt and wish him well in his new job in the Front Range city of Dacono.

Basalt was already experiencing big changes, even before this economic recession took hold. The economy, in and of itself, is bound to pose challenges for any town manager. And when things eventually thaw out, banks begin to lend again and more money starts to change hands, Basalt is sure to continue its rapid growth. A hard-working and level-headed individual like Bill Kane will be a huge asset.

Our best wishes go out to Kane and the rest of Basalt Town Hall.

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