Candidates Mike Wisniewski (residential), Eric Sather (hotel/lodging) and Michael Perkins (commercial) were elected to their first terms as members of the MVOA Board of Directors. They join incumbent candidate Jonathan Sweet (residential), who was reelected on Friday, and Telluride Ski and Golf representatives Jeff Proteau, Mark Manley and Dave Riley on the board.
In the residential class, Sweet won the most votes, with 582, followed by Wisniewski with 359 votes. Candidates Neil Hastings, Andrew Karow and Neal Elinoff were unable get enough votes to secure one of two available residential seats.
Sather received 214 votes in the hotel/lodging category, beating his only opponent, Steve Togni. In the commercial class, Perkins received 447 votes to take the only available seat against Scott Leigh and Bob Franzese.
“I am concerned about providing affordable housing for employees and making this a world-class destination,” Sather said after taking his seat on the board on Friday. “It is an honor to be a part of this.”
Wisniewski echoed Sather’s enthusiasm.
“I am really excited to be a new member of the board,” Wisniewski said. “I want to thank all of you who voted for me, I am humbled by it. I am confident that I can be an advocate for the residents.”
Homeowners also said yes to three separate ballot issues. Boardmembers will now serve two-year terms and terms will be staggered in order to provide greater continuity on the board. Some candidates elected to the board on Friday will serve one year, while others will serve two to begin the staggering process.
Homeowners also voted to change the name of the MVOA to Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. According a July 25 press release, this issue was put on the ballot to “eliminate confusion.”
Finally, voters also approved the ballot measure to change the time of the annual meeting from August to December. It is hoped that homeowner attendance at the annual meeting will grow if the meeting was moved to a time of year where more owners are expected to be in the area. The next annual meeting is expected to be held sometime in December of 2008.
At Friday’s meeting, Sweet also gave his “State of the Association” speech to more than 70 people attending the meeting. For Sweet, the TMVOA is still in transition after its separation from the town earlier this year.
“From our standpoint, the most significant thing that has happened is that we have decided to focus on the opportunity to be a standalone entity that represents its membership,” Sweet said. “We found ourselves being managed by somebody who was managing the town and the MVOA. So we came up with a plan to become or own organization. First, we are still in the process of continuing our executive [director] search as we speak. We are hoping to have a new executive director in the next four to six weeks.
“The key issues from my perspective is that wee need to focus on fiscal responsibility and focus on how to invest our resources into the community,” he added.
For some citizens who attended the meeting, “investing resources into the community” brought up one issue that seemed to be on everybody’s mind – the Silverline/Lot 161 project, which, if approved on Nov. 6 by voters, will house a family adventure center. The TMVOA has already dedicated $4 million to the rec center part of the project.
Suzette Jannoff, a homeowner in Mountain Village, asked the Telski representatives on the board about their involvement in a community recreation center.
“Is there a lot that Telski is putting forward as an alternative?” Jannoff asked.
Riley, who is also the newly hired CEO of Telski, fielded the question by saying, “As for alternatives [to Lot 161], we have been in discussions with the developer to assess if there is an alternative. There is nothing final, but conversations are happening. We are collaborating vigorously. It is kind of a big scrum right now. Anytime you end up with an election that close, it is not a clear mandate.
“I can’t predict whether there is an alternative that can be advanced before November,” Riley said. “Hopefully, as a community, we can come put with something that more people agree with.”
Boardmembers answered several questions about various issues surrounding the controversial project. One member of the Concerned Citizens Group handed out anti-Silverline pamphlets after the meeting that call the project “a towering structure that looks like an ugly airport hotel.”
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