Abernathy new Breck councilman
BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Town Council Tuesday selected Greg Abernathy from a pool of three applicants to fill a seat vacated when former councilmember Dave Hinton resigned to move to Denver.
Abernathy was selected over Dick Yankowski and Kem Swarts.
Abernathy, who served a term on the council from 1994 to 1998, said he doesn’t plan to run for the seat in April. Town council members considered that in their interviews with the three applicants, citing that an incumbent has an advantage in the polls over others vying for a seat.
Abernathy said Tuesday he enjoyed his four years on council, wants to serve with Mayor Sam Mamula and term-limited Michael Bertaux and work on issues facing the town.
Abernathy, who owns Lone Star Sports, is the only council member representing the retail sector in town.
“There are a lot of important things going on,” he said. “The character of Breckenridge is not like any other community in the mountains, and I want to see it stay that way.”
He said he feels the town is on the right track, particularly when it comes to planning and development issues.
“Stuff doesn’t get put over on this town,” he said. “It’s in pretty good hands.”
He said many issues the town faces today are similar to those when he sat on the council.
“I’m interested in keeping the ski area (development plans) moving along,” he said. “I’m interested in looking into water issues. We have to look at some more housing issues, and I’d be interested in looking into the BRC (Breckenridge Resort Chamber) and seeing what’s going on there.”
Yankowski, who hails from Florida, said he can best contribute to the town by helping make the local economy vibrant by improving communication between the ski resort and town to better market the two as a whole.
“We depend on whomever owns the mountain,” he said. “We need to work as one body, we need to coordinate our efforts.”
He also said the planning process through which developers must go is easier than most, but a major problem within the department is a lack of communication.
Swarts, who was among those who led the charge to annex the Warrior’s Mark subdivision, said he would bring to the council extensive experience in representing public utilities, cities and airports and that he has worked in economic development.
Next April’s election should prove to be interesting, council members agreed, noting that the mayoral seat is up for grabs along with Bertaux’s, Larry Crispell’s and Jim Lamb’s.
“I’ll do my seven months diligently,” Abernathy said. “They needed someone with experience, and I had a feel for the issues to fill out David’s term, and I’m happy to do that. I’m looking forward to it.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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