S’thorne council fills open seat with 11-year resident
SILVERTHORNE The Silverthorne Town Council appointed planning commissioner Stuart Richardson on Wednesday to fill the council seat vacated earlier this month by Karla Trippe. Richardson won the majority of the secret ballot votes filled out by the four council members present on Wednesday, giving him the edge over fellow planning commissioner Bob Kieber, who was also vying for the spot.Richardson said he looks forward to being a part of the council as it continues to tackle issues like noxious weed control and affordable housing.”We’ve got some housing that we’re looking at that’s coming into the town from Maryland Creek (as a condition of the developer’s annexation agreement) and that potential annexation on the Smith Ranch that will provide some attainable housing,” Richardson said. Richardson said he also hopes to see the completion of the long awaited Blue River Trail, a recreation path that will link the North Pond Park with town hall.Fellow council members described Richardson as well-organized, well-prepared and community-minded, and said they thought he would be a positive addition to the council.”Stu was very prepared at the planning commission level and had very intense arguments for a pro or a con, and he puts a lot of forethought into what he wants to do,” Councilmember Peggy Long said.”He’s got a good history with the town and the issues already, which, you know you don’t mind training, but it’s hard to start from scratch,” added Mayor Dave Koop, who votes only in a tie-break scenario, which wasn’t necessary on Wednesday. “You’re a lot more valuable as a council person with a history.” Richardson has lived in Silverthorne since 1996. As well as serving on the planning commission, Richardson was a board member on the Eagles Nest HOA for five years and has volunteered for numerous local nonprofits.He is the publisher of Homes and Land Real Estate Magazine of Summit County and Vail Valley.Kieber, a Silverthorne resident since 1991, also sits on the planning commission, to which he was appointed in 2001. Kieber ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2002.Councilmembers agreed that the choice between the two wasn’t easy. “Bob Kieber has contributed a lot to the town through his time on the planning commission and from one hand it was very good that we had two candidates for the position – two very good candidates – on the other hand it was very difficult to choose,” Councilmember Vince Lanuza said.Richardson will be sworn in at the council’s March 14 meeting. He will finish out Trippe’s term, which ends in April 2008, then will have to run for reelection to retain the seat.Trippe resigned from the council earlier this month saying she didn’t have the time to raise a family, run a business and sit on the council.Also on Wednesday evening, the council appointed Ann-Marie Sandquist to fill an opening on the planning commission. Sandquist is a financial consultant who’s lived in Silverthorne for one year. The council named local business owner Chris Carran and former planning commissioner Jack Hickey to the town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at email@example.com.
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