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Reed no longer fighting City Hall, he is City Hall

A Basalt man who once fought City Hall as a newspaper reporter is now part of City Hall.

Dave Reed was appointed by the other Basalt Town Council members last night to fill an open seat left by the resignation of Chris Lane. He will fill the term until the next election in April 2002.

Reed was selected over Tiffany Gildred in a choice between “two outstanding people,” said Basalt Mayor Rick Stevens.

The selection wasn’t unanimous when the board members met behind closed doors, but the official tally was 6-0 when they emerged from their brief private discussion.

Lane influenced the outcome even though he’s been out of office for about six weeks. He wrote a letter of endorsement for Reed.

His letter said he fought for “protection of Basalt’s natural resources, slow – very slow – growth, preservation of Basalt’s small-town character, and legislation that provides clean air and water.

“I hope that the trustees will select a candidate to replace me who will also fight for these same goals,” Lane’s letter continued. “I believe that of the two candidates who have applied to be appointed to the board, Dave Reed best espouses these values and goals.”

In his letter of application, Reed said he would be his own man but follow a philosophy similar to Lane. “Like Chris, I stand for slow, concentric growth and high environmental standards.”

In an interview with the board last night, Reed stressed his two years of service with the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission that occurred while the town was working on a master plan or blueprint for future growth. He is no longer a member of that advisory board.

Reed didn’t mention his experience as a former ink-stained wretch who covered local politics. He reported for The Aspen Times in the mid-1980s and for the Aspen Daily News in the early 1990s. Reed lost a bid for the Town Council in an election 4 1/2 years ago.

He told the board he isn’t in favor of increasing the amount of government in Basalt, but he wants to help promote quality jobs and perhaps assist the town’s efforts to build a community and arts center as well as a nature center.

Gildred, a member of the town Planning Commission and an unsuccessful candidate in last spring’s election, also had an impressive interview last night.

After the selection last night, board members said they hoped Gildred stays involved in Basalt government.

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Posted:Wednesday, October 25, 2000

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