Breckenridge Town Council selects GoBreck board, child care committee members
At its Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting, the Breckenridge Town Council put in place committee and board members for the new year. The selections were the result of months of planning and debate on two large programs in town.
GoBreck Board of Directors
At its Tuesday, Dec. 10, work session, the town council decided to wait on making its three selections for the new GoBreck board until the old Breckenridge Resort Chamber (BRC) board resigned and elected its four representatives to the new board.
On Monday, Jan. 6, under the newly adopted GoBreck bylaws, four new members were appointed to seats on the board. The board members, who previously served on the old BRC board, are Jeff Cospolich, of Grand Western Lodging, elected to a 2½-year term through June 15, 2016; Andru Zeiset, former BRC board chairman, elected to a 1½-year term through June 15, 2015; Rob Neyland, former vice chairman, elected to a 1½-year term; and Erin Gigliello, elected to a 2½-year term.
The members serve as two lodging and two business leaders on the new GoBreck board. The new board will put together a nominating committee for the board-selection process in the future.
The town council chose its three representatives from the current list of Breckenridge Marketing Advisory Committee (BMAC) members. Under the new GoBreck bylaws, the BMAC held its last meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, and has since dissolved. The BMAC board members provided a list of recommended goals and priorities for the new GoBreck board to address.
Town council voted to appoint former BMAC members Dick Carleton, Dick Sosville and Bruce Horii to serve on the GoBreck board.
Councilman Mike Dudick expressed concerns about the length of terms, saying he wished the timing lined up more with the town’s budgeting process. The council decided to let its appointees — Carleton, Sosville and Horii — vote to set their own term limits with the new board.
The council also coordinated with Breckenridge Ski Resort to appoint Kerian Cain to the new board. Cain who will continue to be marketing director for the resort.
Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe was chosen as the town council representative to the GoBreck board, bringing the total to nine members.
Regarding the debated idea of having two representatives from Breckenridge Ski Resort, one from the ski area and one from hospitality, Councilman Ben Brewer said, “From a theoretical point of view, I don’t like the idea of two people from the same company serving on the board. It harkens back to the inbred nature of the ancient past of Breckenridge.”
Childcare Advisory Committee
The Breckenridge Childcare Advisory Committee (BCAC) is a newly formed, temporary advisory committee, established by the town council in a resolution adopted in December. The town advertised during the past four weeks for volunteers to serve on the committee, received 16 applications and interviewed 13 candidates at the Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting.
The BCAC was created to provide guidance to the town regarding child-care programs and funding, and the council can appoint as many as 10 members, “based upon member’s knowledge, experience, interest and involvement with childcare within the town.” One member of the council can also be appointed to the BCAC. The term of the office is three years, though some initial appointments will be only two years, in order to have staggered terms.
The new committee includes Laurie Blackwell, who previously worked as the tobacco prevention coordinator for Summit Prevention Alliance; Lucinda Burns, executive director of Early Childhood Options; Mike Connelly, local attorney and current president of the board of directors of Little Red Schoolhouse; Elisabeth Lawrence, who served on the child-care task force and co-chair of the 2B ballot initiative in November; Greta Shackelford, director of Little Red Schoolhouse; and Carla Williams, scholarship recipient and previous finance manager.
“It’s really about educating the town of Breckenridge voters on why child care is so important and how it aligns with the town’s vision plan,” Lawrence said. “We want to keep a diverse community — young families, retired people, workers. There’s confusion about how (the program) works; people think it’s just free child care.”
Councilwoman Jennifer McAtamney was chosen at the town council representative to the BCAC. Since she will not be running for re-election in April, she expressed interest in joining the committee as a private citizen after the new council is in place.
The council chose to leave some vacancies, to be filled later once the committee had met and discussed goals. While the applications the town received showed a broad spectrum of skills, Brewer said, the council might find a need in the future to solicit additional expertise in a specific field, such as business management.
The council did not receive any applications from individuals who were specifically against the child-care scholarships, though most members did agree there are alternatives for funding the program besides a property tax.
“We want there to be some credibility to this,” Councilman Mark Burke said. “We want some creative-thinking ways for the town to fund early childhood education, and that may not be another tax initiative.”
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