Winter Park voters elect new person to board, re-elect 3
The town of Winter Park will welcome back three members of the town council following this week’s municipal election: Nick Kutrumbos, Chris Seemann and Charles Banks. While those returning may pick things back up where they left off, newcomer to the council Arthur “Art” Ferrari knows the job comes with a steep learning curve.
“It’s a big job with a lot of moving parts,” said Ferrari, who led Winter Park candidates with 130 votes on Tuesday. “I really look forward to learning a whole lot in the upcoming year or two…I just want to thank the community for backing me. I really love this community and this is a way that I can be involved.”
Ferrari works as a freelance photographer, and over the years has become a prominent member of the community. He’s a founding member and treasurer of the Grand County Blues Society, serves as the chairman for the Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1, and is a board member for the Hi Country Haus master association.
After receiving support as a write in candidate for a council position two years ago, Ferrari decided it was time to finally jump into politics. Growth is one of the big topics on Ferrari’s mind. He believes manageable growth and development is necessary for the community to thrive, and that the increased tax base would help the town improve the transportation program, and fund more workforce housing options and other social services.
“With an expanded tax base I think our town can do a lot of really creative things with our bus services, our community housing, and some social services that we don’t currently have like senior living complexes or better mental health outreach.”
Ferrari also called on residents of Winter Park to be more active in the community, and the goings on of the council, so that the town has the public input necessary to make important decisions about projects and policy.
“I think it’s extremely important for the community to stay involved,” said Ferrari. “Come to the council meetings, read the newspaper, stay up to date on what’s going on. Stay on top of the town council to bring about projects that the locals really want.”
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