Which way will the builders go?
BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit County Builders Association will again be testing that old saw about there being no such thing as bad publicity.Last year, the group saw its Parade of Homes signs confiscated by a Breckenridge sign enforcer. The front-page coverage was an unintended bonus, even if attendees got lost and angry.This year, a request to put up temporary signs hinges on a $5,000 donation to The Summit Foundation, something the builders may find too rich for their budget.Event chairwoman Phylecia Platte is trying to play by the rules and win an exception for this September’s Parade of Homes, which features four in Breckenridge. Platte’s bid carries a charitable component – a guaranteed $1,000 donation to The Summit Foundation.
Mayor Ernie Blake, a foundation supporter, doesn’t think that’s enough. “I’d like to see you up the guarantee something closer to, or at, $5,000,” the mayor said during a discussion at Tuesday’s town council meeting.The builders met that figure last year through the donation and raffling of two elaborate playhouses. Platte said that was too little return for too much work and is not being repeated.The association charges builders $2,800 each to be featured in the Parade of Homes, which takes place countywide. Platte said that money defrays the cost of marketing, but also is one of the association’s few ways to raise money for its budget.The public is not charged an admission fee. The builders hope to generate Summit Foundation donations through people dropping money into containers at each house.
Platte’s concerned about the $5,000 request for what she said is a small, not-for-profit trade organization.”We can’t afford to roll over for five grand,” she said. “I am a little perturbed.””We need a resolution or we will have to warn visitors to go to Breckenridge at their own risk,” Platte said.Platte said the builders have already given The Summit Foundation $1,500 this year from their annual Home and Garden Show.The Parade of Homes is designed to show off the work of builders and their subcontractors. It is set for Sept. 9-11 and Sept. 17-18.
Town officials plan to ask the builders for more financial information before moving forward on the signs request.In the meantime, Breckenridge police are asking the Summit Daily News to inform classified ad customers that yard sale signs clash with the town’s sign code.The newspaper gives customers yard sale signs as a premium on their ads. Jim Pokrandt can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 227, or at email@example.com
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