Hallman joining council with long list of ideas
SILVERTHORNE<Silverthorne’s newly elected council member plans to keep town staff members busy. Howard Hallman, elected Tuesday, has a host of ideas that will require some research, he said.Hallman, who believes the town should strive to keep businesses in the core area<instead of continuing development north of the Elks Lodge<wants to first get a good feel for the heart of town. Projects such as Silver Mountain Village propose a grocery store and an elementary school in a now-vacant area between the Elks Lodge and Willowbrook.”The first thing would be an inventory generated by town staff that looks at the core area properties to identify what are vacant properties, what are deed restricted, what are commercial, residential,” he said. “The purpose of that would be to allow us to do better decision making in terms of the future of the core area.”Along with that, I think it would be good to know as a town where elementary school age children currently live<how many live in the core area, how many live east of Highway 9, how many live in the Willowbrook area<again to kind of help us understand some demographics about the town.”Hallman also wants to take a second look at some aspects of the town’s transportation plan, which has not yet been adopted. Hallman said he wants to “identify what would be a good business bypass route through the core area on the west side of town, and potential parking areas in the core area.”He also wants to see routes including County Road 2020 and Rainbow Drive, identified as secondary access points from the Blue River Club, removed from that consideration in the transportation plan.While the town already has an architectural overlay for the core area, Hallman said he also wants to see the town “come up with a motif”, and encourage businesses to renovate to match the theme by using sales tax incentives.”I will also suggest we put (annexations related to) Silver Mountain and Blue River Club up to a vote of the people,” he said, “and that we look at some sort of policy where any annexation above a certain size<let’s say 10, 15 acres<would be automatically put on the ballot.”Hallman acknowledged that all his ideas must first go to the other town council members and staff for discussion and feedback.Hallman, a 55-year-old environmental engineer who now serves on the town planning commission, won his seat on the council with 378 votes. He was the only one elected Tuesday who was not an incumbent.”I feel real thankful to the citizens of Silverthorne,” he said. “I hope that I’m able to give the citizens the kind of respect I believe they deserve and to serve the citizens well.”Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgINFO: While Hallman’s seat is confirmed, the mayor’s race isn’t yet over. Incumbent Mayor Lou DelPiccolo will vie against Councilmember Sheila Groneman during a May 7 runoff election.
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