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The Buena Vista Board of Trustees is poised to appoint Town of Poncha Springs Administrator Brian Berger to the position of Buena Vista Town Administrator during their Tuesday, August 8 regular meeting.

Current Poncha Springs Town Administrator Brian Berger introduces himself to the BV Board of Trustees in his bid for the position in Buena Vista. Photo by Carly Winchell

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center (715 East Main Street), the Board will vote on a resolution to appoint Berger to the position of Town Administrator and approve an employment agreement with him.

The Trustees heard from Berger and the other two final candidates for the position during a work session on July 25.

Berger has the benefit of already being familiar with the Chaffee County area and local government in his position with the Town of Poncha Springs. The other two candidates would have been moving into the valley from elsewhere.

While the Board was initially trepidatious given Poncha Springs’ extreme rate of growth and the differences between Poncha Springs and Buena Vista’s philosophies on growth, Berger responded well to those concerns.

“Change is hard. Growth is hard, and managing growth is even harder. If we want to set what that pace looks like, I have no problem with that,” said Berger, assuring the Board that he would have no trouble adjusting to meet the pace and goals unique to the Town of Buena Vista.

Other Business

In addition to the resolution to appoint Berger to his new position, the Board has a busy evening planned for Tuesday’s meeting. The Consent Agenda contains several resolutions:

  • Confirm the appointment of Joseph Teipel to the Chaffee County Multijurisdictional Housing Authority;
  • Affirm persons authorized to sign on Town bank accounts, credit card accounts, and investment accounts;
  • Approve a Professional Services Agreement with Lowry Contracting for the Pocket Wave remodel project;
  • Approve a notice of award to A-1 Chipseal Company for the 2023 street chipseal projects;
  • Approve the Public Improvement Agreement with Thomas and Catalina White for the property known as the White Minor Subdivision.

Berger’s appointment is also not the only business item on the agenda. Envision Chaffee County Program Director Kim Marquis and Recreation Special Projects Manager Earl Richmond will review the Chaffee County Rec Council’s Annual Report for 2023.

Carbonate Street Phase 1 will also make its return in a resolution regarding a Funding Agreement for the tri-party project. The resolution is to approve “the Take-Out agreement with the Colorado Clean Energy Fund, Carbonate Street Apartments, LLC, and Fading West Building Systems, LLC regarding the funding awarded to the town under the State of Colorado Intergovernmental Grant Agreement through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs from the Innovative Housing Incentive Grant Program.” The Board will take time to consider the approval of the Carbonate Street Apartment- Tri-Party agreement.

The Police Chief and Fire Chief are scheduled to deliver their staff reports. As always, there will be opportunity for public comment, and any interested citizens can sign up for this and deliver a brief comment either online via the Zoom meeting or in person at the Community Center. Details about public comment and how to attend the zoom meeting are available in the full agenda online.

To close out the meeting, the Board will move into executive session. According to the agenda, the executive session will occur “to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, develop a strategy for negotiations, and/or instruct negotiators, pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(e), concerning terms of the revegetation plan with Triview Metropolitan District.”

The full meeting packet with all the materials for Tuesday’s meeting is available online at