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June 13, 2012
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New website draws raves from town board

It's been more than a year since members of the Eagle Town Board approved $28,000 for development of a new recreation-based tourism website touting all the community has to offer.

Tuesday night they said it was well worth the wait.

The team behind the new website - -designer Lachie Thomas, Eagle Open Space Coordinator John Staight, Eagle Marketing Director Meg Stepanek, Eagle engineer Kevin Sharkey and town intern Alex Gamble - provided a live demonstration of the website features Tuesday night.

"This site promotes all the great recreation options we have here in town," said Staight.

What drew the enthusiastic response from the board members was the way the site did that job.

In particular, board members applauded a feature that details the various mountain biking trails around Eagle, linking the information up with Google maps. But beyond that basic platform, the site also provides turn-by-turn directions and accompanying photographs so a visitor or first-time rider can get a clear representation of a trail's features.

"What we wanted to do was combine the on-screen visual experience and the visitor's ability to download and print maps," said Staight.

Thomas noted site visitors will have the ability to make comments about the various trails and they can share information about Eagle trails via Facebook and Twitter.

"We are really creating a community around each of these trails," he said.

After watching the demonstration Tuesday, town board members were urged to check out the site and navigate it for themselves when it goes live on Friday.

"I don't think you will find a better recreation site anywhere. In fact, if anybody in this room can, I will buy them a case of beer," said Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell.

In a 5-2 vote, board members appointed Donna Spinelli as the new regular member and Melissa Baum as the new alternate member for the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.

The board voted unanimously to move current alternate member Jim Ash to a regular seat on the commission.

There were seven applicants for the two openings.

In recommending Spinelli for the commission, board members cited her interest in historic preservation. They also noted that the applicant pool included a planner and some individuals who are employed in construction trades. However, town board members said they prefer to see people from differing backgrounds serve on the planning commission.

"I really enjoyed the diversity of the group we had before and we all shared our individual business experiences," said former planning commission member and current Eagle Town Board member Joe Knabel.

In other action Tuesday night, the town board:

• Discussed interior road circulation, drainage and utility issues regarding the proposed Haymeadow development south of town. The Haymeadow proposal includes 979 residential units - multi-family and single family dwellings - on the 660 acre property located southeast of town in the Brush Creek Valley adjacent to the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

• Awarded a bid to Elam Construction for the new Grand Avenue bike path and improvements project. The bid amount was $333,461.45.

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