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Headline: Trippe voted onto Silverthorne council

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – Even though three Silverthorne residents and two council members encouraged the town council to put John Sabal on the board, Karla Trippe won the position.

Using a closed-ballot system, the council voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of Trippe.

Until she took her seat Wednesday, Trippe had served as vice chairwoman of the Silverthorne Planning Commission. The commission must now find another person to fill her vacant seat.

On the council, Trippe replaces Fran Penner Ray, who moved with her family to Montana.

Ray was re-elected to her town council seat during the April election. But Sabal was close on her heels, receiving just 10 fewer votes than Ray.

Sabal, along with then-mayoral candidate Sheila Groneman and council candidates Howard Hallman and Ray, was endorsed in the election by the Silverthorne Area Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth. The group of town and county residents has voiced objection to some projects planned in the town, most notably Silver Mountain Village, a mixed-use project slated for development south of the Willowbrook subdivision. The village has not yet gained council approval, and some town residents had speculated the makeup of the new town council would determine the project’s viability.

Hallman was voted onto the council during the April election. Groneman regained her council seat after losing the mayoral race to Mayor Lou DelPiccolo during a May run-off election.

Both Hallman and Groneman spoke in support of Sabal Wednesday before the council voted for the new member.

“I think we need to give consideration to the next highest vote-getter in that election,” Groneman said. “I think it’s extremely important to give credibility to our citizens.”

“I know all the candidates are highly qualified, but I do believe the people have spoken,” Hallman said. “I’m so dedicated to the fact the people’s voice should be heard. I ask you fellow council members to honor and respect the will of the people of Silverthorne.”

But Councilmember Peggy Long said she views the issue differently.

“In the election, I was given the task to do what’s in the best interests of our community, and that’s what I’m looking at,” she said.

Trippe, who was sworn in immediately following the vote, has been a Silverthorne resident since 1999 and became a member of the planning commission in 2000.

“My only agenda is the people of Silverthorne,” she told the council in a letter submitted earlier this month. “(As a commissioner), I have learned the importance of having an open mind and being willing to change one’s opinion based on new evidence.”

Trippe has several years of business experience, working as the director of marketing firms in California and Colorado.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com


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