ROBERT ALLEN
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Three seats up for grabs on Breckenridge Town Council

BRECKENRIDGE - Three seats on Breckenridge Town Council are opening this April, and two of the councilmembers plan to run for re-election.

Jen McAtamney and Dave Rossi are both pursuing their second four-year terms, while Rob Millisor is stepping down.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the six years; I've loved it," Millisor said. "I've made some positive changes, and it's time for someone else to do it."

McAtamney said she aims to stay on council so she can continue to help with the town's sustainability task force as well as housing and child care issues.

"It's hard work, but it's good work," she said.

McAtamney has served on the housing and child care committees all four years "and I really look forward to continuing that work," she said.

The sustainability task force continues to identify changes - regarding policies and programs addressing issues ranging from childcare to air and water - to prepare the town for the next couple decades.

McAtamney said engaging the community to work on these projects has been "such a pleasure."

Rossi said he still has "a lot to accomplish" as he represents the full-time residents of Wellington Neighborhood, French Gulch and Vista Point, as well as the rest of the community.

"I think the biggest thing we've got coming up is how we are going to manage our growth once the economy recovers," he said. "And that means making sure that we've got the right kind of guests coming to town who are spending money and helping our bottom line so we can maintain our services."

He said that as the town reaches build-out, "we need to maintain a good stock of affordable housing."

"We've got a leg up on some communities around the state, but we still have a lot of residents who are going to be selling homes - and they will probably go over to second homeowners," Rossi said.

Rossi also wants to help guide the town through the potential Breckenridge Ski Resort Peak 6 expansion, and to make sure the partnership with Vail Resorts is "open, communicative and direct, and they remain an integral part of our marketing to our guests."

He said that with the town considering going to voters for a tax increase to create a sustainable marketing budget, he wants to make sure it's handled "the best way possible."

Rossi said serving on council has been "a learning experience" and that making changes for the community has been "really gratifying."

Election Day is April 6, and at least two residents are planning to throw their hats into the ring - Larry Crispell and Mike Dudick.

"I think it's something I should do for a community I've lived in for 20 plus years," Dudick said. "It's something I want to do - serve the community."

Robert Allen can be contacted

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