Silverthorne councilmember Trippe announces resignation |

Silverthorne councilmember Trippe announces resignation

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Summit Daily file photoKarla Trippe, pictured in March 2006, announced that she will resign as a member of the Silverthorne Town Council.

SILVERTHORNE ” Silverthorne Councilmember Karla Trippe resigned Wednesday evening after nearly five years on the council, saying she could no longer balance the demands of her business and her family while satisfying her commitment to the town.

Trippe owns a marketing, branding and communications company, and she and her husband are raising a 12-year-old daughter.

She announced her decision at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

“There are just so many hours in the day to accomplish the tasks at hand, and while the chance to serve my community and to help direct its growth has been an amazing opportunity for me, it is now time to allow someone else to lend their knowledge and expertise,” Trippe said.

Trippe began her civic pursuits in Silverthorne as a member of the town’s planning commission in 2000, the year after she and her family moved to town from San Francisco. She was appointed to the council in June 2002 to finish out the term of Fran Penner-Ray, who had stepped down. Trippe then retained her council seat in the April 2004 election. Her term expires in April 2008.

Trippe expressed regret for not being able to fulfill her entire term.

“I hope that the people of Silverthorne will understand that in spite of my love for this community, I have other responsibilities to my family and employees that must come first,” she said.

Trippe’s fellow council members, three of whom have served side by side with her during her entire tenure, agreed that Trippe’s shoes would be difficult to fill. After Trippe’s announcement, each one of her colleagues took a few minutes to speak about her dedication to the town and her knack for being well-prepared, among other compliments.

“It’s your family’s gain. It’s our loss and I just appreciate being able to work with you,” Mayor Dave Koop said.

Trippe often voiced strong opinions during council decisions over the years, most recently when she vehemently disagreed with a developer’s proposal last December for a four-story, 50-foot building to house commercial businesses and loft-style residential units on Rainbow Drive.

In 2003, she helped lead a campaign for the rezoning of 11.2 acres of Smith Ranch to allow for a 94,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by a Safeway.

The controversial rezoning passed by just nine votes, but developers never broke ground because their lease with Safeway expired during the town’s approval process. The town continues to actively seek a grocery store for that land.

During her seven years of service with Silverthorne, Trippe played a role in many decisions that have helped to shape the look and feeling of the town, such as supporting the Target store as a planning commissioner and being a part of a 2004 council decision to focus on the Blue River as the town’s center, as opposed to Adams Avenue.

She was also part of the negotiations that culminated in a 2005 annexation agreement with the developers of South Maryland Creek Ranch, which will bring more than $1 million worth of benefits to the town and six to 11 units of affordable housing.

The town council has 30 days to fill Trippe’s seat, and Mayor Koop has decided to open up the position to the general public.

Whomever the council appoints will serve the 14 months left in Trippe’s term, then will need to run in the April 2008 election to retain the seat. Candidates must be 18 or older, be a registered voter and have lived in Silverthorne for at least one year.

Anyone interested in applying for the vacant council seat should submit a letter of interest to the town.

Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at

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