Vail Valley Voices: Booze begins the year for Eagle Town Board
January 15, 2013
For the first Town Board of Trustees meeting in 2013, there was one absent trustee and a few in the audience, including those there for their liquor licenses.
The valley’s Michael Cacioppo started out the meeting covering a few topics that included wanting the town to film meetings and comments on the proposed code of conduct restricting freedom of speech.
Next up were the four liquor licenses on the agenda.
Those who are looking for something to do around Valentine’s Day will be excited to find out Porchlight Players’ (www.porchlightplayers.com) dinner theater special event license was approved for six days of “The Full Monty” at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.
Of the next three, one was approved and the other two were continued for review at a future meeting.
The payment of bills motion was approved next before a resolution designating 200 Broadway and the town’s website (www.townofeagle.org) as the places for posting meeting notices was completed.
What was not approved, which might surprise some after the discussion towards the end of 2012, was the resolution for the proposed code of conduct. With some comments by each member of the board in attendance, it failed by a 6-0 vote. Although there was no formal document adopted, it seems the process itself was a successful effort by this board.
The next two resolutions related to open space issues were approved as progress towards the staff assembling all open space travel management regulations and existing maps in the municipal code under the authority of the Town Board instead of the Planning and Zoning Commission. This change was discussed in 2012, as needed to fit the overall goal and policy decisions made by the Board of Trustees.
The Eagle Chamber’s lease for office space at Town Hall was approved with support of their continued efforts in the business community. What was not liked, but understood, was the beaver mitigation that is needed along Brush Creek. Everyone seemed to recognize this was the best solution under the circumstances to prevent further damage to the open space.
Open discussion and future agenda items as usual ended the meeting. This included a directive to staff to invite the Gypsum Town Council to the Feb. 12 meeting, a followup to the joint work session between the two boards last year.
If you are still in search of a New Year’s resolution, consider including one that is for understanding better how your elected officials are serving you. This can be accomplished by signing up for the email blasts at the town’s website, coming to the next meeting on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m., or for this particular official, following my blog at http://www.brandionboard.wordpress.com.
See ya’ll at Town Hall!
Brandi Resa is a member of the Eagle Town Board. Her views do not represent the rest of the board.