Vail Valley Voices: Around town with Eagle Town Board
October 21, 2012
At the latest meeting to a fairly empty room, the proposed Haymeadow file was approved with a 5-2 vote by the Eagle Board of Trustees.
This sketch plan approval allows the developer to go back to the Planning and Zoning Commission with details for their plan for 809 residential units (not including accessory dwelling units allowed on single family homes).
That was the main topic for the public portion of the , which started out with a liquor license request for a fundraising event for the Education Foundation of Eagle County (www.efec.org) to be held on Nov. 3 at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle. Pazzos’ liquor license was also approved with no issues.
Besides Haymeadow and liquor licenses, a payment of the bills was authorized, the water treatment plant special use permit was again delayed to a future meeting, and a summary from staff on the approach for the travel management plan was presented.
There was an informative presentation on possible ECO bus shelters by Trustee Joe Knabel, as the Town Board is considering making an architectural statement with new bus shelters along Highway 6, at the Chambers park-and-ride (to be redone as part of the Eby Creek road improvements), and at the downtown park location.
Open discussion included the controversial proposal in the works for a community after-care treatment facility on Church Street, as board members are hearing daily from concerned citizens. Although this application has yet to be officially filed, it seems that Planning and Zoning Commission hearings will soon be packed if this proposal moves forward.
The board OK’d the Eagle Chamber using rent-free office space at Town Hall to support their momentum as of late, which includes soon hiring a paid staff person.
I then requested direction from the board on my budget preparation-report changes that I would like to see considered as we review the 2013 budget and move into the new year. It did not seem from the response of staff and some other long-serving board members that this was a normal request from a board member. You can check out my blog (www.brandionboard.wordpress.com) to see the information I provided the board and staff for consideration. Of course, budget work sessions are open to the public, so come see how your tax dollars are being managed on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.
A joint meeting with the Gypsum Town Council at the Gypsum Shooting Sports Club on Oct. 25 was also confirmed.
After open discussion, the board then went into executive session to discuss the succession plan of two long-term employees, the town manager and the town clerk. This discussion took the meeting to around 10 p.m.
If you are ever wondering about what is going on in Eagle and need something to do on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, come to 200 Broadway at 6 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.
Eagle Town Board member Brandi Resa is maneuvering through her first political position. Her opinions do not necessarily represent the rest of the board. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-390-0228.