John G. Warner: Thanks from the mayor of Breckenridge |

John G. Warner: Thanks from the mayor of Breckenridge

John G. Warner
Town of Breckenridge Mayor

Now that the April 6 municipal elections are over, I wanted to thank three people who are no longer serving the Town of Breckenridge in an elected or appointed position. I could probably write a letter on each of them and their contributions to the Town of Breckenridge, but I’ll try to keep my acknowledgments to one paragraph each:

1. Ellen Hollinshead has been a devoted member of BOSAC for several years. She, more than anyone I know, knows more about recreational trails, backcountry ski stashes and places to just enjoy because of their open space values here in Summit County. She worked tirelessly to promote the creation and preservation of open space for the betterment of the Upper Blue River Valley. Not surprisingly, it was Ellen who (along with her husband) conceptualized the Town of Breckenridge Open Space Sales Tax in 1996 and brought it to a successful vote, which ultimately created an open space fund well in excess of $1 million dollars every year for the past 13 years. Additionally, Ellen has had a strong voice in the Hidden Gems proposal, and the USFS Travel Management Plan.

2. Rob Millisor served as a town councilmember for the Town of Breckenridge for the past six years. His contributions are many and they will serve our community for many years to come. Rob recognized early on that affordable housing and childcare for our workplace are essential for Breckenridge to be an economically healthy and sustainable community. Rob was instrumental in moving your town government towards a sustainable childcare funding model. Because Rob has served on the childcare/affordable housing subcommittee for the past four years, our community will be certain to continue to benefit from available and affordable housing and childcare. Rob also served on Planning Commission, BEDAC, Summit Combined Housing Authority, BRC and the Sustainability Task Force during his tenure.

3. Dave Rossi served as a town councilmember for the Town of Breckenridge for the past four years. Like Rob and Ellen, his contributions are many. He was instrumental in envisioning and successfully helping to implement the Dark Sky Ordinance. This ordinance will have a positive impact on our community in perpetuity. His work on the Recreational Task Force during the Golden Horseshoe Master Plan brought many user groups together to work on the recreational uses of this 1,800 acre open space purchase. With his mountain biking focus, he was also very helpful with the Hidden Gems proposal that the Town of Breckenridge recently endorsed.

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