Red Cliff gets two-fer |

Red Cliff gets two-fer

Cliff Thompson

RED CLIFF – When Red Cliff went shopping for a new planner and new town attorney last month, town leaders didn’t expect to fill both positions with one person. But that’s what happened.The town hired Ruth Borne, 41, who will fill both positions at a salary of $60,000 a year, said Mayor Ramon Montoya. Borne was Avon’s community development director until two years ago, when she left to practice law and private planning. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m thrilled to be able to use my legal background,” Borne said of her new job. The hiring comes two months after Red Cliff and Minturn – who used to share planners and town attorneys – decided they needed attorneys and planners of their own. With each town facing potential development impacts from the 1,400-home Battle Mountain development, Montoya said each town needed independent voices in its planning and legal departments.Attorney Allen Christenson and planner Wiley Smith remained with Minturn.The Florida-based Ginn Companies want to build 600 luxury residences on a private ski hill on Battle Mountain between Red Cliff and Minturn and another 600 homes along a golf course near Bolts Lake south of Minturn. A final phase of the development envisions an additional 200 homes at Gilman, an abandoned mining town.An emergency entrance for the slopeside portion of the development will go through Red Cliff.The developer has requested annexation into Minturn in order to receive town services. An annexation agreement and a development agreement on what will be built is expected to take up to 24 month to complete.Borne is a Florida native who says she’s familiar with some of the resorts Ginn has built there. “He’s got a great product,” she said.She’s been in Eagle County for 10 years. Her first job here was working with Otto, Porterfield and Post in Eagle-Vail.Red Cliff continues to look for a town administrator. That position has been vacant since last winter when Guy Patterson and the town parted company.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colorado

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