Karri Willemssen: I’m ready for Avon Town Council
My name is Karri Willemssen, and I am running for Avon Town Council. I moved to the Vail Valley 16 years ago with plans to stay for the winter season. Like most of us, I ended staying through the summer, fell in love with the valley and have been here ever since. I moved to Avon in 1995 and became a proud homeowner in 1997. I became an ambassador with the Vail Valley Partnership in 2002. As a volunteer ambassador, I have been able to bring businesses in as new members and help them use partnership benefits to their maximum potential. In 2006, I was elected vice president of membership for Hospitali ty Sales & Marketing Association International. Dur ing my term, I increased the membership to the highest level ever for this chapter. Now, as the presi dent, I am working with our board to increase the attendance at our biannual trade shows. Last year, we were able to attract more than 350 attendees and 55 vendors. When I join an organization, I firmly believe that it requires my full dedication and com mitment 100 percent of the time. If you were to ask anyone in these organizations, they would confirm that about me. What is important to the voters of Avon is the issues facing the Town Council. I believe the No. 1 challenge is attainable housing. A good start to solv ing this problem would be to develop something similar to the Miller Ranch project at the Village at Avon. To facilitate this type of project, the lines of communication between the council and the land owner would need to be reopened. It would be very important for both sides to work together in a positive, problem-solving manner. Another concern is the bike path system through Avon. I think we need to add an environmentally friendly lighting system for the safety of users, which may help to increase the bike path as an alternate mode of transportation. As the economy continues to face challenges, we need to be fiscally conservative with the develop ment of Main Street. In addition, I will challenge the council to think outside the box when it comes to fig uring out a solution for shuttle service to Buffalo Ridge. This is a concern of mine, and I would like to see all possible solutions explored, for example, dis cussing the issue with the county to see if it may be willing to support the route. Finally, I would like to compliment the town of Avon for providing successful programs and events that are family-oriented, such as the movie night, fireworks, etc. I would encourage adding even more of these activities in the future. With my background in sales and marketing, I can bring this knowledge and expertise to the Town Council as a complement to the already diverse council. On Nov. 4, I ask for your vote. Karri Willemssen Avon
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