Coin toss decides it " Katie Riemenschneider is Winter Park’s newest councilor |

Coin toss decides it " Katie Riemenschneider is Winter Park’s newest councilor

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
Courtesy photoKatie Riemenschneider is the newest member of the Winter Park Town Council. She was appointed Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of longtime council member and former mayor Nick Teverbaugh.

A toss of a coin determined who would fill the vacant seat on the Winter Park Town Council.

Katie Riemenschneider is the town’s new council member. She won the toss of a quarter by Mayor Jim Myers after the vote of the council’s six members tied at Tuesday’s meeting between Jonathan Larson and her.

After winning the toss, Riemenschneider was sworn in by Town Clerk Patti Garcia.

“I am extremely pleased to be appointed as a Winter Park Town Council member,” Riemenschneider said. “As a part of the council, I want to continue to learn more about the town.”

Four residents were seeking the appointment to fill the council vacancy, Along with Riemenschneider and Larson, Art Ferrari and Howard Venezia had submitted letters of interest and were interviewed prior to Tuesday’s vote.

The vacancy on the town council was caused by the retirement last month of Nick Teverbaugh, who had served 26 years as a council member as well as the town’s mayor. Riemenschneider will serve the remaining 1-1/2 years of his term of office.

In other business Tuesday, the council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting the deliberate feeding of wildlife as well as the handling to waste disposal to prevent the inadvertent feeding of wildlife within the town limits.

In presenting the ordinance for final approval, Police Chief Glenn Trainor explained revisions he had made to the ordinance since the approval of its first reading on July 1.

The ordinance revisions include: allowing homeowners to use any type of trash container, but it must be kept indoors until the pick-up day; residents are permitted to have bird feeders on their properties unless it is obvious the feeders are attracting bears; ticketing only after two violations within a 12-month period; requiring trash companies to provide only “wildlife-proof refuse containers” to new customers; and “grandfathering” existing trash enclosures unless violations are documented.

Increased traffic fines

Also approved at Tuesday’s meeting was the first reading of an ordinance requested by Trainor. It would bring the town’s traffic ticket “fee schedule” into line with a new state law that doubles, and in some cases triples, traffic fines.

Trainor said it will “give citizens a blanket knowledge of what a ticket will cost whether they are at the top of Berthoud or in downtown Winter Park.”

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