Vail Daily letter: Vote for Allender
Ryan Summerlin April 16, 2014
My name is Tom Allender and I am running for election to the Eagle River Water and Sanitation Board. I have lived in the Valley since 1974 and in Eagle-Vail for the last 15 years. I have the kind of experience and motivation that could benefit you, the customers of the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District.
My own experience include eight years representing Eagle-Vail on the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority Board, eight years representing Vail Resorts on the Eagle Park Reservoir Co. board, participation on the Eagle County urban runoff executive committee, serving on the Camp Hale restoration steering committee and involvement in the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement.
My motivations for running for Eagle River Water and Sanitation Board are straightforward. I have a passion for the issues and for representing the entire upper valley. My goals as a board member are to help maintain the health of our watershed, to continue to use and build on the experience I have gained in the water supply arena, to help ensure that the upper Eagle Valley has a reliable, high quality water supply, to help ensure that the ERWSD is financially responsible in meeting ever evolving regulatory requirements, to help ensure that the ERWSD’s customer water and sewer needs are met at a reasonable cost, to help maintain the financial health of the ERWSD, and to help build on opportunities to expand our water supply.
You don’t have to just take my word for it. I am proud to have received endorsements from a number of folks in the community. Here are a few of them:
“I have been a permanent resident of Beaver Creek since 1998 and owned property there since 1990. I have known Tom for much of that time including the years we served together on the board of the UERWA. I have always valued his perspective and the thought process he brings to issues. I currently sit on the board of the ERWSD and wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy to join that board.” — Steve Friedman
“As executive director of the Eagle River Watershed Council, I worked with Tom on numerous diverse water-related projects. His in-depth knowledge of federal, state and local water issues and regulations and experience in managing water issues from corporate, public benefit and personal perspectives would make him an excellent choice for the ERWSD board. He will bring perspective, experience and thoughtfulness to the job.” — Melissa MacDonald
“I have worked with Tom for over 20 years on complex water, sewer and land use issues as an elected official on the UERWA. As a planner Tom works on these issues on a regular basis. Tom understands the complexities of water and sewer issues both at the local and regional levels and is very qualified to serve as a director of the ERWSD.” — Bob Warner, former chair of the UERWA, former chair of the ERWSD.
Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to have your support this May.