Vail Valley Voices: Eagle Town Board at work
Ryan Summerlin February 26, 2013
It was another joint meeting for the Eagle Board of Trustees, this time with the town of Gypsum. The evening started a bit earlier, with the combined boards hearing presentations from Centurylink on its new technology and Eco Transit on its feeder-circulator feasibility study. During the dinner of Moe’s Bar-B-Que, several items were discussed, including the upcoming road projects, U.S. Highway 6 improvements and the Eagle River corridor.
After Gypsum headed west for its own meeting, Eagle began a full agenda. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. Public comment was short but generous from High Country Computer Services, as it offered help related to equipment costs if a later agenda item of filming meetings moves forward.
It seemed several in the audience showed up for the Castle Peak Senior Care Community land-use hearing, although nobody spoke during the public comment portion. This amendment related to the Eagle Ranch development was approved, 7-0. Hopefully, the Eagle Yoga Fest, scheduled for Oct. 4-6, will help fill hotel rooms, as it was another event approved with funding from the lodging tax funds. This $3,000 request triggered a 7-0 vote. One resolution and several ordinances were next. Having discussed the upcoming Eby Creek project over several meetings, the contract with the state was approved with no discussion.
Although a regular ordinance was passed at the last meeting, this time with enough members in attendance, an emergency ordinance was passed imposing a moratorium on marijuana clubs. Because of the length of the meeting, the next two ordinances in line were postponed.
What was not postponed, however, was the release of restrictions on the sale of lots 1, 3 and 4 within 700 Chambers Ave. and the approval of the bill schedule for January. There was no doubt everyone approves of the efforts of the Eagle Chamber, which provided an enthusiastic quarterly update. Mark your calendars for the Eagle Vision 20/20 event Wednesday, where Mayor Kostick will present.
The school security briefing item was rescheduled until the next meeting, and the board OK’d staff gathering information on filming meetings. This issue is timely, given the Centurylink contract renewal, and included a bit of discussion with Eagle County’s Eco TV 18 department.
An Eco Transit Board tracker update was provided next by Trustee Knabel, and additional comments included his and Trustee Turnipseed’s effort related to a new bus shelter at the town park.
Manager items included the 2012 sales tax report, which showed an uptick of 2.6 percent. Open discussion and future agenda items included the Around Town piece; a desire for a meeting with Merv Lapin, a local landowner; an effort to review the municipal code; a followup to questions related to quasi-judicial files; and a question on a liquor license.
Consider stopping by 200 Broadway to check out the next regular meeting tonight starting at 6 p.m. If you can’t make that, consider signing up for emails at www.townofeagle.org or following along my personal adventure at www.brandion
Brandi Resa is a member of the Eagle Town Board. Her column does not represent the views of other members of the Town Board.