Breckenridge needs a strong mayor and council |

Breckenridge needs a strong mayor and council

I found your article “New bus route has Breckenridge residents, riders singing the blues” (SDN, Jan. 19) very revealing.Transit director Jim Benkelman’s response to citizen complaints about the new Breckenridge Blue Route, was “it will take time for people to learn and get used to the changes.” Benkelman is the same individual who made the changes without a public hearing or even a public notice to the residents involved and who faced a similar protest and petition during the summer of 2004.It seems obvious from Benkelman’s failure to make any attempt to alleviate the complaints or take any action in reply to citizens’ complaints that he does not regard himself as an employee of the citizens of Breckenridge. To my mind this kind of attitude is fostered by the town manager form of government in Breckenridge. We need a strong mayor and town council form of government where they wield the power and are directly responsible to the voters.In our present system, the election of a mayor and councilpersons are mainly popularity contests. The real power rests with the town manager who is immune to the wrath of the citizen’s vote. Breckenridge needs to change to a government that is, and will be, responsive to its citizens.

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