January 29, 2023
Snowmass election ’22: Mayor, challenger tout their expertise and imaginative and prescient for the Village

With election season is full gear, this week’s Snowmass Solar is publishing a set of questions and solutions posed to incumbent Mayor Invoice Madsen and challenger Reed Lewis. Election Day is Nov. 8, and ballots had been mailed out final week.

Invoice Madsen
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Identify: Invoice Madsen

Age: 57

Present occupation: Director of NASTAR

Management and volunteer board expertise: 2020-22 Mayor of Snowmass Village; City Council 2014-2020; Board of administrators: Board of Well being, Aspen Snowmass Nordic Council, RFTA, EOTC (Elected Officers Transportation Committee), JAS Aspen Snowmass, Bob Beattie Ski Basis.

Schooling: College of Colorado

Household: Father George and Mom Martha arrived in Aspen in 1957. Tom Sardy lent them lumber to construct the Madsen Chalet, a four-unit house constructing on 5th and Hopkins, the place they lived and raised our household. George began the Aspen Every day, a single-sheet newspaper, and he hosted an interview discuss present on KSNO radio and was a constitution member of the Aspen Rotary Membership. Martha nonetheless operates the house home that gives inexpensive housing to locals. My siblings Cindy, Tim, and Beth nonetheless reside within the Roaring Fork Valley.

Household: Father George and Mom Martha arrived in Aspen in 1957. Tom Sardy lent them lumber to construct the Madsen Chalet, a four-unit house constructing on 5th and Hopkins, the place they lived and raised our household. George began the Aspen Every day, a single-sheet newspaper, and he hosted an interview discuss present on KSNO radio and was a constitution member of the Aspen Rotary Membership. Martha nonetheless operates the house home that gives inexpensive housing to locals. My siblings Cindy, Tim, and Beth nonetheless reside within the Roaring Fork Valley.

Who’s your greatest political inspiration? My father, George Madsen, was a county commissioner from 1980-1988. Notable initiatives throughout that point span included the 2 largest employee-housing initiatives ever constructed within the metropolis and county, building of a brand new jail, building of the senior middle and assisted residing facility, and growth of the airport and terminal. My father believed in making selections from private expertise; so, when the query to construct a brand new jail was on the desk, he urged to the commissioners that they spend the evening within the jail. Development of a brand new jail started quickly after the sleepover.

Why are you working for mayor? I’m looking for a second time period as mayor in order that I can proceed to give attention to the wants of Snowmass Village residents and company. I need to observe by on the objectives of the present council. I’m enthusiastic about our world-class path system, and I need to make sure that strolling and biking are the popular modes of transportation within the village. I’m a powerful supporter of public transportation and creating areas that encourages the usage of native and regional bus service. I’m dedicated to supporting a viable workforce and offering workforce housing. I acknowledge that Snowmass is just not a conventional city however relatively a singular village, and I perceive that using high-quality inventive approaches requires taking cheap threat. I need to protect and shield open areas and our surroundings and promote environmental and financial sustainability and resiliency.

Reed Lewis

Identify: Reed Lewis

Age: 48

Present occupation: Entrepreneur: Daly Bottle Store, Grain High-quality Meals, 81615 T-Shirt & Present, Lys Chocolate, Actual Property

Management and volunteer board expertise: Snowmass Village City Council 2006-2010; Ruedi Water and Energy Authority Board 2006-2010; three phrases on the MSEGS(Snowmass Tourism) Board; former Snowmass Village Rotarian; Forest Conservancy Volunteer Ranger — 11 years; one time period as Willows Condominiums HOA board member; AspenOUT board member — 12 years; Colgate Journal Class Editor; Colgate Alumni Council; Created the Snowmass Village Rotary Wine Competition 2002; Created Cidermass 2018

Schooling: Wheeler Excessive College Valedictorian 1992, North Stonington, Connecticut; Colgate College BA Geology 1996, Hamilton, New York

Household: Hamilton aka Hammers the Canine (typically holding down the fort at 81615 or the Daly Bottle)

Who’s your greatest political inspiration? I’m impressed by these public officers who don’t fall into the entice of taking company/PAC cash thereby changing into beholden to particular pursuits over the need of the citizens by whom they had been positioned in workplace. Whereas I respect the outpouring of supplied monetary assist, I cannot be accepting contributions and as a substitute invite you to make a donation to a neighborhood social companies nonprofit of your selection.

Why are you working for mayor? Snowmass Village is an distinctive city. And, it expands past our bodily existence. We’ve got a powerful spirit and a coronary heart right here. We’d like stronger management to protect the smaller-town character and feeling that drew us all right here and continues to draw individuals yr after yr. From age 9 to 18, I sang with the nonprofit Refrain of Westerly, Rhode Island, and, from these adolescence, gained a powerful understanding of the facility of a group coming collectively to provide to one thing higher than ourselves. I’ve carried this custom of giving again all through my life and know it’s time now to supply my broad expertise to assist transfer our city in probably the most optimistic route. I perceive our resort group from a number of views, as my private relationship with Snowmass has advanced over the past 26 years. I’ve labored resort eating places and retail, accommodations, and even the previous SVRA. I’ve held as much as 5 jobs at one time with the intention to reside the dream we’ve right here! Since 2001, I’ve run a number of companies on the Snowmass Mall, giving me a good deeper perception to how optimistic one should stay to deal with the cyclical nature of resort-town realities.

I perceive the housing crunch in addition to anybody. I sofa surfed my first six months within the valley lastly touchdown a two-bedroom rental at Seasons 4 with six mates throughout my first winter. I lived on the city owned Brush Creek Flats for 5 years after which was in a position to purchase a free-market studio on the Willows the place I lived for 16 years earlier than not too long ago buying the Rulons’ outdated dwelling up on Faraway Street. Such as you, I’ve labored diligently to have the ability to keep and reside in among the finest areas on the earth!

Query: Why or why not do you assist poll query 2C, which asks Snowmass voters to broaden the usage of the lodging and gross sales taxes to incorporate workforce housing?

Invoice Madsen: I assist 2C as a result of workforce housing is crucial to the success of the village, and it’s important for constructing a group. I really feel strongly that having individuals residing and dealing in Snowmass Village provides to our group character, it builds a connectedness, evokes communication, and gives a sense of interdependency. When locals assist locals, there’s a feeling of belonging, and, when individuals really feel like they’re part of a group, they take possession which brings participation. The city clean-up day is a superb instance of a group gathering that brings individuals collectively to deal with our village. The occasion begins dialog, it builds camaraderie, and it brings the group collectively. From the Thursday evening live shows to the John Bemis Thanksgiving Neighborhood Potluck Dinner, all of us profit once we come collectively to speak concerning the village that all of us love. I imagine in investing in our infrastructure when our gross sales tax has a surplus, and 2C would assist us assist workforce-housing objectives with out lowering the finances for our advertising, tourism, and group-sales groups.

Reed Lewis: I’m an enormous proponent of worker housing and imagine it’s essential to the continued success of our group and resort. Nevertheless, 2C is a sloppy and rushed poll query failing to handle a number of facets of this shifting of funds. I imagine reducing the two.4% lodging tax and the two.5% advertising, group gross sales, and special-events gross sales tax would greater than adequately permit us to create a cleaner and separate workforce housing tax that’s not so ambiguously mashed collectively in a fund for therefore many various makes use of with no clear route on the parameters by which the funds for housing can be allotted. In gentle of the massive will increase the city has seen in sales-tax income in recent times, we might adequately reconfigure these sales-tax percentages and likewise decrease the collective retail sales-tax price from 10.4% again to 9.9%. Moreover, the present council’s poll language didn’t replace the rebate, which has remained stagnant since its inception many years in the past; and, with no regard to inflation or heed to the extra taxes, we’re all now paying on each merchandise we order on-line.

Snowmass Mayor Invoice Madsen, left, talks whereas his challenger, Reed Lewis, listens throughout Squirm Night time on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, at Snowmass City Corridor in Snowmass Village.

Query: What’s one amenity Snowmass doesn’t have that you just wish to see turn into a actuality?

Invoice Madsen: I imagine the Ice Age Discovery has been a missed alternative for Snowmass Village. When a younger feminine mammoth tusk was discovered throughout excavation work to broaden Ziegler Reservoir in 2010, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science took over the positioning and found greater than 5,000 bones and 40 species that lived in Snowmass 150,000-plus years in the past. I really feel strongly that local weather change would be the defining attribute of our era, and studying about our previous will assist us perceive and higher put together for our future. Harry Teague designed a constructing within the Base Village to deal with the discover, however there was not sufficient political will to finish the imaginative and prescient. Nevertheless, the advertising workforce is engaged on a plan to re-invigorate the Ice Age Discovery utilizing know-how. The present plan is to develop an software that may permit customers to immerse themselves within the historical past of Snowmass Village’s Ice Age and to teach them concerning the impacts of a altering local weather. The Aspen Science Heart is collaborating with TOSV to develop content material and an in-person speaker collection is envisioned. We could have missed the preliminary implementation, however the way forward for Ice Age Discovery in Snowmass Village is thrilling, and I encourage you to become involved.

Reed Lewis: Genuine human connection is without doubt one of the best facilities we are able to provide to one another and the guests to our city. I might like to see us strengthen our group much more. We’ve got some nice native gathering spots and occasions which can be already well-supported by a various cross part of our group, and I imagine we are able to do much more to foster satisfaction in our neighborhoods and our city as an entire. We come out en masse for the John Bemis Thanksgiving Potluck, the Free Thursday Night time Live performance Collection, and for our Annual City Clear Up Day. I might like to encourage extra traditions like these. For instance, the Higher Ridge Run neighborhood has been getting collectively for an off-the-cuff potluck every summer time for over 30 years, and it has offered an effective way for full- and part-time residents to satisfy and mingle. I’d additionally prefer to see us re-energize the Snowmass Neighborhood Fund to extend our assist for the humanities, humanities, and social companies proper right here in our Village. There are superb organizations doing nice work up and down the valley, however I feel we might actually get excited for elevating this native non-profit to assist extra Snowmass Village particular.

Query:Do you assume improvement in Snowmass Village is rising too quick, too gradual, or simply about proper?

Invoice Madsen: After I first moved to Snowmass Village from Aspen, the city had a nickname: Slowmass. In the present day, Snowmass is a way more vibrant group, and improvement has helped present the stimulus so as to add occasions and pleasure. The Planning Fee and the City Council did a superb job of updating the Complete Plan, in order that improvement is targeted within the 4 CPAs (Comprehensively Deliberate Areas). The West Village (Mall), Base Village, The Heart, and the City Park are the CPAs, and that’s the place we are able to anticipate improvement. The tempo is commonly decided by the property house owners, however we’ve a plan in place that may maintain us from seeing city sprawl throughout the village. I imagine we must always spend money on our infrastructure, however we should maintain a cautious eye on not paving paradise.

Reed Lewis: Snowmass Village is about 95% built-out. As I shared in final week’s debate, we have already got a number of yet-to-be-built buildings approaching line within the Base Village within the subsequent few years, in addition to the Heart redevelopment which has additionally already been accredited. Our city has been underneath some type of main building for the final 18 years, and I imagine it’s time to pause and let the mud settle (actually) earlier than dashing into extra initiatives and approvals.  We’d like considerate planning to scale back the impression on our day by day enjoyment of the city we name dwelling.

Query:Why ought to voters decide you over your opponent?

Invoice Madsen: Snowmass Village is about having enjoyable and bonding with family and friends. I imagine the mayor of the Village ought to exude these attributes. I really like collaborating in all of the actions that make Snowmass Village a world class vacation spot with mates, household, and company, and people experiences create a particular connection. I accomplished my undergraduate research on the College of Colorado, however I earned my Ph.D. in Enjoyable within the Roaring Fork Valley. I’ve mastered most of the expertise that make Snowmass Village a sporting vacation spot, and I feel locals take pleasure in having a Physician of Enjoyable because the mayor of Snowmass Village.

Reed Lewis: Thanks to everybody who’s reached out over the past a number of weeks to share their ideas about our city. As I’ve listened, I’ve been reminded of how passionately everybody who calls Snowmass Village dwelling feels about our paradise. And, it’s far more than a spot; it’s a sense. As we reside, work, and play right here, let’s do not forget that feeling. That energetic shift you are feeling as you around the bend developing Brush Creek into the gorgeous, pure amphitheater through which our city sits. The pleasant mates, neighbors, and returning company we see on the put up workplace, eating places, or on the paths. And, after all, the gorgeous vistas we get to expertise on a “day by day” foundation from virtually each vantage level on the town. When elected, I’ll proceed to hear and ask the robust questions. Thanks to your participation in our native election, and I might be honored to have your vote to assist lead our city into one of the best model of itself we are able to create.

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