Vail Valley Voices: Eagle Town Board clicks through business
Ryan Summerlin March 13, 2013
Although still better than anything on television, Eagle Town Board meetings are predictable. Each starts out with approval of the prior meeting minutes and ends a long time later (this particular Tuesday was four hours) with lots being done in between. The Eagle Farmers Market plan for 2013 at the Town Park and a question on police patrol started public comment. Nicky’s Quickie came to say they are now serving lunch daily in Eagle from 11-4 out of their truck while they renovate their more permanent space. Liquor licenses were next in line, and included a new one for Yummy’s Cafe, located off of Chambers Avenue. A few in the public showed up and provided comments for the land-use hearing related to a special use permit for a wholesale metal recycling and welding business in a residential multi-family district. This file appears headed toward approval, but the conditions discussed will be reviewed again and voted on at the next hearing. A simple property line adjustment did not take as much time and was approved for 328 and 244 Capitol St.The ordinance approving the Eagle Ranch planned unit development amendment, discussed at the prior meeting related to the Castle Peak Senior Care Center, was approved quickly ,as was a needed ordinance change concerning the possession of marijuana by people under the age of 21. There was a short discussion regarding cats, along with what defines a pet animal before an ordinance amending a section of the municipal code concerning failing to control a pet animal was approved.Per the request of the board, the chief of police provided information on school security, and he included additional approaches used toward keeping our community safe. Because of the length of the meeting, the discussion on the Wolcott development was postponed. The first “Around Town,” feature had hit the same day and it was confirmed to keep moving this forward related to process and schedule.In hopes of not having to postpone future agenda items because of time constraints, the board will implement a consent agenda going forward. Clarification was given to the town manager for a letter request to the county resulting from the joint meeting with Gypsum. Future agenda and board comments included a restated request for a meeting with Merv Lapin, a question on the use of the marketing resources, a thank you to staff for providing Planning & Zoning packets to the public, and a request for a list of the outstanding special use permits in the town.The board then adjourned to executive session for the manager search committee update and process. If you are interested in who might be the next town manager in Eagle, come to the next meeting – tonight – which is when the finalists will be announced if the schedule stays on track. Or if you are interested in following along this trustee’s experience, check out my blog at www.brandionboard.wordpress.com.See ya’ll at Town Hall!Town Board Trustee Brandi Resa’s views are her own and not intended to speak for the rest of the board.