Three Basalt council seats open for the April election |

Three Basalt council seats open for the April election

Aspen Times Staff

Three seats for the Basalt Town Council are coming up for election this spring, just as the board faces some tough decisions about growth.In two of the races, term limits prohibit the incumbents – Anne Freedman and Tracy Bennett – from running again.Bennett served two four-year terms starting in 1998. Freedman was appointed to fill an opening that year. She won election to a two-year term in 2000 and, like Bennett, ran unopposed in 2002.Joe Zuena holds the third seat up for election. He was appointed late last year after Tiffany Ernemann moved out of the town limits and had to surrender her seat.Candidates elected April 4 will serve four-year terms.Nomination petitions will be available starting Monday at Basalt Town Hall, 101 Midland Ave. They must be signed by at least 25 registered electors residing in Basalt. The deadline for turning completed petitions in to the town clerk is 5 p.m. March 3.A candidate must be a citizen of the United States and a registered voter of the town. He or she must have resided in the Basalt town limits for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election.Growth will inevitably play a part in the campaign. After a lull in development in recent years, Basalt is experiencing a surge in applications again. The council approved a four-story condominium-hotel on the Basalt Bypass last month.Applications are pending for the expansion of the Roaring Fork Golf Club and two substantial residential projects on the south side of Highway 82. Several other landowners are studying how development regulations apply to their land, according to the town planning office.The last day for Basalt residents to register to vote for the April municipal election is March 6. Voter registration forms are available at any county or city clerk’s office.