Minturn leaders want resort vote before election |

Minturn leaders want resort vote before election

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado ” Since August, town councilors have said they wanted to vote on Ginn’s proposal before Minturn’s upcoming election, Minturn’s Interim Town Manager Gary Suiter said.

“That’s a pretty common thing for councils to say that ‘I’d like to be able to vote on what I’ve studied,'” Suiter said.

Before the April Minturn Town Council election, town councilors want to vote whether to annex property owned by the Ginn Development Co. Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course on and around Battle Mountain, south of Minturn.

Suiter has worked as a town manager for ski resort towns such as Telluride, Snowmass Village and Jackson, Wyo., and he’s seen votes on large proposals come as late as the day before an election, he said.

Town Councilman Jerry Bumgarner has not missed a single meeting, and he and other councilors have sat through hours of Ginn presentations and comments from the public and have read volumes on Ginn’s proposal, he said.

“We are probably more in tune with it than if you bring four new people off the street,” he said.

Town councilors may not vote on Ginn before the next election, said Mayor Gordon “Hawkeye” Flaherty.

“That was just a goal to bring this to fruition and get this done,” he said. “But if we don’t have all the information and we’re not ready to do it, it isn’t going to happen.”

David Clapp, of Minturn, said councilors should not rush the vote.

“This should be looked at thoroughly,” he said.

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