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3 of Minturn’s leaders will run again

Steve Lynn

MINTURN, Colorado ” All but one Minturn town councilor whose seat is open in the April 1 election has submitted a petition to run for seats in the Town Council.

Matt Scherr, a Minturn resident and director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, and David Clapp, a Minturn resident, are the new candidates. Residents were able to start submitting their petitions in February and they were due by 5 p.m. Monday.

Town councilmen Jerry Bumgarner and George Brodin will run for reelection and Town Councilman Tom Sullivan will not. Town Councilwoman Shelley Bellm will run against incumbent Gordon “Hawkeye” Flaherty for mayor.

Four Minturn Town Council seats ” including the mayor’s ” are up for grabs in the April election. Minturn residents elect a mayor every two years. Three councilors are elected to four-year terms every two years. Minturn does not have term limits.

The upcoming election will determine who leads Minturn in an important time in its history. In a major step toward letting a developer proceed with its plans, town councilors unanimously voted to include land owned by the Ginn Development Co. into the town of Minturn less than two weeks ago. Town councilors will vote again, possibly later this year, to finally approve or deny the project.

Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course on and around Battle Mountain, south of downtown Minturn. Eight ski lifts are planned on Battle Mountain in the Willow, Holy Cross, Rock and Kiln creek drainages. With a vertical drop of more than 2,000 feet, the ski area would have as much terrain as Beaver Creek minus Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead.

Despite that residents might have a chance to help shape what the proposed private ski resort looks like over the next four years, there seems to be less interest among residents this year compared to the last election. In the 2006 election, there were eight candidates compared to this year’s six.

Residents, however, are trying to get other residents to sign a petition that could let them vote in a referendum.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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