Brovetto Resigns From Woodland Park Council
By Beth Dodd
At the Woodland Park City Council meeting on February 19, Councilman Gary Brovetto announced his resignation.
For the past three years, Brovetto has served as the council’s representative to the Downtown Development Authority Board. He has also been a driving force behind the effort to start a Creative Arts District in Woodland Park and the Woodland Park Main Street program. As part of the DDA, he helped to establish the vision for the development of Woodland Station.
In his letter of resignation and in a statement at his final council meeting, Brovetto said, “I have lost my drive, motivation and enthusiasm to continue. I therefore believe it is in the best interest of our community to resign and provide the opportunity for someone else to serve.”
Brovetto did not elaborate on the reasons for his resignation, although some speculate that his failed bid for mayor last year was a great disappointment to him. He also did not share any plans for the future other than to rest and spend more time in private pursuits. The council thanked Brovetto for his service.
The city council will have to appoint a replacement for Brovetto within 30 days. Brovetto’s departure is the second resignation of a city official in recent months, with the first being former Mayor David Turley. If a third official resigns more than 90 days before the next election, a special election will have to be held as only two appointments are allowed between elections.
In other business, the Woodland Park City Council approved a resolution of support for a grant application to ask Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for $350,000 in matching funds for the redevelopment of Memorial Park. The resolution is a requirement of the grant application process. It demonstrates the city’s intent, but does not guarantee that the city will receive the grant. The overall project is expected to total 2.5 million dollars.
Also at the February city council meeting, Deb Miller announced the winners of the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards. These included Shannon Hellman, branch manager for Vectra Bank, for volunteer of the year; Renee Bunting, of the Teller County Sheriff’s Department, for the best employee; Charis Bible College as the best non-profit; Edgewood Inn as the premiere business; and Tony Perry, president of Park State Bank & Trust, won the distinguished Wagon Boss award.
The awards will be officially presented at the Chamber’s Masquerade Dinner on Friday, March 13 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs . Dinner tickets are available at the Woodland Park Chamber office. Call (719) 687-9885 or visit their website at www.woodlandparkchamber.com if you would like to attend.