Gunstock Commission officially votes to reinstate management team

WMURS SCOTT COOK WAS HERE AND HAS MORE FROM GILFORD. EMOTIONS RUN UP ON GUNSTOCK MOUNTAIN IN GILFORD… AFTER ANOTHER EMERGENCY MEETING WAS CALLED AFTER SUNDAY… TO CONSIDER A REQUEST TO RE-EMPLOY THE RESORT’S MANAGEMENT TEAM. THE COMMISSION LEGALLY VOTES TO RE-HIRE THE MANAGEMENT TEAM… WHO AGREE TO WORK BACK… WHILE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION — DR. DAVID STRANG — RESIGNS. STRANG PARTICIPATED IN THE SITTING OVER ZOOM… BUT HAS NOT RESIGNED FROM HIS POSITION DESPITE DOZENS OF REQUESTS FROM HIS COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES… THE PUBLIC… AND THE BELKNAP COUNTY DELEGATION. LEGAL…GUNSTOCK — OWNING DEM COUNTY — NEEDS 3 COMMISSIONERS IN PLACE TO OPEN AND OPERATE. BUT SINCE TWO OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS – PETER NESS AND GARY KIEDAISCH – WERE DEFERRED WITHIN THE TURMOILS IN RECENT WEEKS, STRANG’S RESIGNATION WOULD LEAVE ONLY TWO COMMISSION MEMBERS. INDEPENDENT… THE COUNTY DELEGATION SAYS THEY ARE READY TO HOLD ANOTHER EMERGENCY MEETING MONDAY… WHERE THEY WOULD OFFICIALLY VOTE TO REMOVE STANG… AND ELECT A TEMPORARY COMMISSIONER.

Gunstock Area Commission officially votes to reinstate management team

Activities will resume once the interim commissioner is in place

Another emergency meeting was held by the Gunstock Area Commission on Sunday in hopes of reopening the resort. That team resigned in recent weeks, saying it could no longer work with the commission chair. The commission officially voted to reinstate the management team, but this is pending the resignation of current chairman David Strang or his vote out of office by the Belknap County delegation Doug Lambert, Gunstock Area Commissioner. Strang attended the meeting via Zoom but did not resign despite dozens of pleas from his colleagues, the public and the Belknap County delegation. “I’m optimistic. I always believed that the local leadership of this area would pull through. I’m glad – even though it’s the 11th hour – that they did,” said Jade Wood, Gunstock Area Commissioner. “You I can see the community has always been recruited, the staff has always been recruited to be behind this mountain, and ultimately so are we.” Legally, Gunstock, which is owned by the county, requires three commissioners, to be opened and run Two other commissioners, Peter Ness and Gary Kiedaisch, resigned in recent weeks amid the turmoil, Strang’s resignation would leave only two commissioners. Regardless, the delegation is ready to hold another emergency meeting on Monday night, where they would vote Strang out and choose an interim commissioner. “I hope there won’t be a meeting tomorrow night. I hope that dr. Strang will do the right thing and step aside when his interests are truly with the mountain or when he can’t fulfill his oath,” Wood said. The Belknap County delegation said it has commissioner candidates thinking of replacing Strang, and if they get them in place, the mountain will reopen and all activities can resume. The commission said it still plans to host Soulfest next weekend , a Christian music festival, to host on the mountain.

Another emergency meeting was held by the Gunstock Area Commission on Sunday in hopes of reopening the resort.

That team resigned in recent weeks, saying it could no longer work with the commission chair.

The commission has officially voted to reinstate the management team, but this is subject to current chairman David Strang stepping down or being voted out by the Belknap County delegation.

“I’m very happy with the result, and I think you saw that a lot of other people in this room were very happy with it, too,” said Doug Lambert, Gunstock Area Commissioner.

Strang attended the meeting via Zoom but did not resign despite dozens of pleas from his fellow commissioners, the public and the Belknap County delegation.

“I’m optimistic. I always believed that the local leadership of this area would pull through. I’m glad – even though it’s the 11th hour – that they did,” said Jade Wood, Gunstock Area Commissioner. “You can see that the community has always been courted, the staff have always been courted to be behind this mountain, and ultimately, so are we.”

Legally, County-owned Gunstock requires three commissioners to open and operate. With two other commissioners, Peter Ness and Gary Kiedaisch, stepping down amid turmoil in recent weeks, Strang’s resignation would leave only two commissioners.

Regardless, the delegation is poised to hold another emergency meeting Monday night, where they would vote Strang out and elect a temporary commissioner.

“I hope there won’t be a meeting tomorrow night. I hope that dr. Strang will do the right thing and step down if his interests really are with Berg or if he can’t fulfill his oath,” Holz said.

The Belknap County delegation said they have commissar candidates in mind who could replace Strang, and if they get them in place, the mountain could reopen and all activities resume.

The commission said it still plans to host Soulfest, a Christian music festival, on the mountain next weekend.

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