Breckenridge forms child care advisory committee, plans cultural arts and BRC board selections
At its Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting, the Breckenridge Town Council discussed the future of three important committees and boards that will start operating in 2014.
CHILD CARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
On Aug. 27, 2013, the council approved an ordinance that would have created an independent board to oversee the child care scholarship program, in the event the town’s child care tax had passed Nov. 5. Since the property tax did not pass, that ordinance will not take effect.
The council still expressed interest in forming a temporary committee to provide guidance regarding the child care programs. A resolution supporting the formation of this new committee passed on Tuesday. Interviews for interested applicants are tentatively Jan. 14, 2014, at the next council meeting.
“We could really discredit this if we put all people who just worked for the ballot initiative on the committee,” Councilman Mark Burke said. “We don’t just need educators but good business people.”
Members must be appointed by the council, and need not be residents or electors of the town. The committee can consist of up to 10 members, and not more than one member of council may be a member.
The council can dissolve the committee when and if the functions and duties are complete.
“It’s not good to hire the choir, so to speak,” Mayor John Warner said. “We need some people who will challenge us on this and have a group that can answer the tough questions and move forward.”
The goals of the committee include insuring quality affordable care is available to local families and the local workforce, and make sure local centers are operating efficiently. The committee will evaluate the existing scholarship model and make recommendations for the future.
“There is a difference between taxpayer dollars not getting spent and people who are against early childhood education,” Burke said. “They still must agree with our six goals. I’m hoping there are some creative ideas on how to fund this.”
Cultural Arts Advisory Committee
The town council is also in the process of establishing a new cultural arts committee that will serve under the new arts CEO, Robb Woulfe. In the future, the new governance model will be that of a cultural arts nonprofit. The council will appoint a board of directors to oversee the development of this new entity, and the town will continue to financially support the facilities and the operations as it currently does in the budget.
The council on Tuesday was supportive of appointing a smaller number of people — approximately seven — as the committee starts out, though the final number has not yet been decided.
The council also discussed whether current members of other arts boards should be allowed to sit on the cultural arts committee, due to potential conflicts of interest.
“If we want to be a premiere year-round cultural arts destination, issues are going to come up and require compromise,” Gallagher said. “My fear is that people on other boards might still have their own agendas; it makes it appear to be less transparent, less clean.”
The council also discussed the idea of having the town council member who is appointed to the arts board also serve as the representative to GoBreck, in order to help maintain a marketing relationship for the arts.
“We don’t want to send the wrong message to the new organization that they are the top dog in the hunt,” Councilman Mike Dudick said. “This is part of the puzzle, but not the whole puzzle.”
It was decided at the regular evening meeting that Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe and Gallagher will serve on the cultural arts temporary committee.
A resolution officially forming the committee will tentatively be on the agenda Jan. 14.
Resort Chamber/GoBreck Board of directors
The council must choose three seats on the new BRC/GoBreck board of directors, and select a council representative. Initially, the council planned to choose from the current Breckenridge Marketing Advisory Committee (BMAC), which will be dissolved after the new board structure is in place.
Council members expressed concern about not knowing which current board members the BRC would choose to fill its four seats on the new board.
“We can’t pick anyone tonight because there are technically no open positions until the resignations go into effect after the new bylaws are in place,” Burke said.
Council agreed that if they did want to select their board seats from people outside the current BMAC, they would conduct interviews as well.
“In this first year, I think the skill sets should be heavily weighted toward administration and structure and less about marketing strategy,” Wolfe said. “They’re re-establishing an organization.”
Council members agreed they hope to work closely with the BRC in the selection process of the new board members, to avoid duplicate nominations.
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