Letter: Willman, man of action
I am writing this letter in support of Charlie Willman.
I’ve known Charlie for a number of years, worked with him on various DDA and Community on the Move issues and, subsequently, learned to appreciate his participation. I have found him to be committed to the issues at hand. He may not always be the face you see publicly presenting, but if he is involved, you can be sure he has provided significant insight and strategy to making it happen.
I strongly believe that without Charlie Willman and the DDA, we would not have the Grand Avenue Vehicular and Pedestrian Bridge design be anything like what is being built. No doubt the DDA spent countless hours collaborating, negotiating and cajoling the city, CDOT and others into seeing the importance of creating a design that fits the Glenwood community. Thank you, Charlie, as board chair — as well as the insightful entire DDA staff and board.
In addition to the GAB project, Charlie took the DDA leadership helm to create a welcoming space for locals and visitors in our downtown to dine, shop and recreate — the Seventh Street project; the DDA strategized building a much-needed parking structure — the Ninth Street Parking Garage; and put together the deal to keep the library downtown, create new administration space for CMC, new offices for the chamber, and the addition of a variety of new parking opportunities for downtown.
Charlie’s direct involvement in citywide issues helps him to understand and successfully address the overall citywide transportation movement issues; ensure we have attainable housing for existing and future workforce; make sure our future development projects complement and are in parallel to our vision for our community. Charlie will assure all future development i.e., the confluence is consistent with maintaining the public image we as a city need to portray to our citizens and visitors.
Talk about a record of success — seven of the last eight years GSHS Mock Trial Team has come home from state with first-place ribbons. This year they won second place. Charlie has been their coach/head coach since 2001. His tireless commitment to the kids and the mock trial program has definitely raised the level of performance and expectation. I expect to see the same commitment on the council — Charlie will make it happen.
Charlie is a man of action, possesses in-depth knowledge of city processes and brings the required credible experience to the council. A vote for Charlie is a vote for the future of Glenwood Springs.
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