Doug Trieste: Conflict of interest on Breckenridge Town Council?

Doug TriesteBreckenridge

Re. SDN, June 12

This article stated: “We’re hopeful that we can build something really nice at the base of Peak 8,” said Breckenridge Grand Vacations co-owner Mike Dudick, who also sits on the town council. I don’t understand how the co-owner of a proposed Breckenridge development subject to approval by the town council can also be on that very same town council. Isn’t that conflict of interest? If so, shouldn’t Mike Dudick either step down from the town council, or shouldn’t the planning process, that is subject to town council direction and approval, be put on hold until his term ends? Did Mike Dudick know of this proposed development prior to running for town council?The article states: “… as part of the deal, Breckenridge Grand Vacations is offering a $25,000 donation to the continued preservation of Cucumber Gulch, a critical wetlands complex and wildlife habitat the town has been working to protect for several years.” That’s fine, but $25,000 is “coffee money” in the big scheme of things. Perhaps a few hundred thousand dollars might actually do some good for the betterment of Cucumber Gulch wetlands. The article also states: “Breckenridge Grand Vacation owners stated the development was crucial not only to the continued success and growth of their company but to the success and growth of the local economy.” I can see the development contributing to Breckenridge Grand Vacation owners growth and wealth, but I don’t see it being “crucial” to the local economy. Good try, but that appears to be a smoke screen.And, what happened to the Town of Breckenridge wanting to preserve the Bergenhof due to its historic values and base any future development around that premise? It that not a priority anymore?Much community input is needed for this new Peak 8 development before it is approved. And if so, to ensure that it is in the community’s best interest.

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