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Minturn manager could help with private ski resort

Steve LynnVail, CO Colorado

MINTURN, Colorado From making sure Minturn residents snowy streets are plowed and their trash picked up to running elections and enforcing laws that town councilors pass, Minturns new town manager will have much to do.As Minturn searches for a new town manager, residents say the job is important, particularly to make sure the Ginn Development Co. follows through with plans to improve the town. Ginn wants to build 1,700 homes and condominiums and a private ski resort and golf course near Minturn. Town councilors are scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to annex Ginns 4,300 acres into Minturn. Its absolutely critical right now, said Andy Kaufman of the Minturn Community Fund, which raises funds for projects in Minturn. Were going through a time of great possible change down here, and hopefully they bring in somebody with prior experience with annexations and developments.Helping with GinnEarle Bidez, Minturns mayor from 2002 to 2004, said Minturn needs a town manager who will help fix problems such as Minturns water leaks, which have led to water outages and closures of U.S. Highway 24. Ginn will bring more residents to town, too. Finding a guy thats experienced in rapid growth would be probably something they want to look at, Bidez said. Minturns new town manager must make sure that Ginn benefits Minturn if the developers plans are approved, said Randy Milhoan, a Minturn resident and owner of Milhoan Studios. A town manager could make sure revenue from Ginn could go toward improvements to Minturn, such as a recreation center, he said. Minturn also needs a town manager who has good people skills, Milhoan said. They need a good problem-solver and someone who communicates really well, Milhoan said. Minturns manager searchAfter former Town Manager Ann Capela resigned in June, Gary Suiter was hired as the towns temporary manager. Minturn advertised for a new town manager this winter and got 35 applications, an underwhelming response, said Suiter, Minturns interim town manager. Suiter had hoped for 50 to 80 applicants. The town managers salary could be up to $118,000, and he or she will get free housing, Suiter said. Out of the 35 people, seven made the first cut. However, none of those people will be hired until after a new Town Council is elected in April, Suiter said.Minturn residents are passionate about their town and its manager must be a good diplomat, said Town Councilwoman Kelly Brinkerhoff, who is on a Town Council committee to hire the new town manager.I think they need to have worked in a small town and have the experience of living, working and appreciating a small town, she said. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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