Snowmass mayor-elect: New council will listen
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Election results in the Town of Snowmass Village Tuesday should shape a diverse council that will make a point of listening to its constituents, predict the individuals who ran for office.
On Tuesday, Snowmass voters elected former Councilman Bill Boineau to the mayoral seat. They also elected Markey Butler to a seat on the Town Council and re-elected Councilman John Wilkinson, denying Kay Honigman-Singer a seat.
Despite an unsuccessful bid for mayor, Arnie Mordkin will retain his seat on the council.
The new council members will be sworn in Nov. 17.
Mayor-elect Bill Boineau said that, while he doesn’t want to change much about how the current council operates, he hopes to bring a spirit of listening. Suggesting that the voters supported him because of a collective desire to have their opinion respected, Boineau said he would like to see the council work harder at being open and listening more.
“I think the community was tired of not really being given the chance to express themselves,” he said.
However, he acknowledged that making constituents feel heard takes work, recalling at least one occasion when he was criticized for not fully listening to a constituent. A citizen had brought in a picture of a property being discussed said Boineau, and when he barely glanced at the picture ” because he had already walked the property ” he inadvertently offended the constituent.
Honigman-Singer echoed Boineau’s belief that the new council will work to welcome citizens.
“With Bill, I think that we’ll see a mayor that does listen to everyone, especially during a non-agenda item,” she said. “Before, you’d go up to a mic and make a comment and you’d get a thanks but no feedback,” she said.
Butler also agreed that Boineau is known for his listening skills, saying she expects him to welcome people’s thoughts and comments.
Butler and Wilkinson both pointed to the diverse set of skills on the new council, and Wilkinson added that he thinks this will be a council skilled in examining development approvals and applications.
Mordkin suggested that Butler ” with her experience on the Planning Commission ” will add significant strength in that area.
“I think certainly with the addition of Markey, council will change, I’m convinced, for the better,” he said, noting her experience with land use.
Although he did not mention his opponent, Boineau, in his thoughts about the new council, Mordkin did note that he was glad to have heard Boineau expressing opinions on the campaign trail that largely mirrored his own.
“The people of Snowmass Village have spoken and it’s time to pull together and continue to do our work for what’s good for the citizens of Snowmass,” he said.
But Boineau cautioned that the new council will still have to get used to each other.
“We’ll have little growing pains with each other,” he predicted.
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