Breck councilman to lead CML board
BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Town Councilmember Michael Bertaux was elected as president of the Colorado Mountain League (CML) during its annual convention last week.
In his new position, which he will hold for a year, Bertaux will attend district meetings throughout the state and monitor what the state Legislature is doing, particularly in the arena of land use and transportation.
It’s a familiar realm for Bertaux, who has served on the town council for 22 years and has been involved at the state level for years.
“I guess felt it’s a responsibility I’m going to take very seriously,” he said. “It’s a statewide organization that people do listen to.”
Bertaux was elected as secretary/treasurer on the CML board two years ago, and last year served as the vice president. He said he believes the next legislative session will be a difficult one for municipalities.
“I think it’ll be very difficult under the current budget situation for legislators to do much to benefit us,” he said. “They seem to be cutting back on programs that help municipalities.”
The CML often serves as an advocate of legislation that will obtain funding for projects in municipalities.
“The municipal league would like to make their own decisions, too,” Bertaux said. “Often we have discussions as to who has the best idea for providing services to municipalities.”
Bertaux said he will bring a small-town perspective to the league, which comprises representatives from towns and cities of all sizes. He also has six years’ experience on the Breckenridge Planning Commission and served on the Northwest Colorado Council of Government and its Water Quality and Quantity board from 1986 to 1996.
He has a primary goal for the next legislative session.
“Having no harm done to municipalities by the legislature would be a good start,” he said. “We’ll have to wait to see what’s proposed in January. If we can be an advocate for things like housing, transportation and land use issues, that would be a good thing to accomplish.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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