Vail Daily letter: Vote for Kinney
Ryan Summerlin March 26, 2014
My wife and I moved to Eagle in 1988 and were fortunate enough to discover a nearly 100-year-old house which became our home. Like our home we hoped to establish deep and long lasting roots within the town of Eagle. Our daughters were born and raised here and we all are proud to call Eagle home. We have been blessed to work, play, and live within the Eagle Valley and I wish to continue to give back to the community that has given us so much. My family has a long history of volunteering, supporting, and participating in our community to make it better. We have been involved with a variety of different volunteer organizations; Eagle River Cleanup, Project Graduation, Habitat for Humanity, Eagle County Historical Society, Eagle Library, St Baldrick’s, Race for the Cure, and the Wounded Warrior project to name just a few.
I previously served on the town boards from 2004 to 2012 and the accomplishments of those boards encompassed economic, recreational, infrastructure, and safety priorities including;
• Broadway economic assistance.
• Broadway streetscape.
• Eagle Park improvements.
• Spud Cellar Open Space acquisition.
• Eagle River Brush Creek Open Space.
• Hilltop sewer upgrade.
• Church Street widening and new sidewalks.
• Wastewater expansion.
• Brush Creek stream improvements.
• Solar Rebate Program.
• Incentives for deed restricted housing.
• Eagle Area Community Plan Update.
• Transportation Planning.
• Secured initial funding and approved design for Eby Creek roundabouts.
• Funded new recycling center.
• Successful ECO trails grant for Town of Eagle ($222,231).
• Prudent fiscal management.
I was an active and constant participant in the streetscape design group that culminated in the improvements on Broadway and a year later in the Eagle town park upgrades. What I am most proud of accomplishing during that time is the updates to the sewer systems in the Hilltop and Wall Street areas. I believe a primary role of government is to try and make people’s lives better or at the very least stay out of their way. New open space and biking trails are great and an appropriate role but the real function of government should be about the basic safety and well-being of our citizens. I am running to maintain the critical balance between quality municipal services and fiscal responsibility. I want to work with the Chamber of Commerce and the business community to continue to promote Eagle, using incentives such as reduced water, sewer, and municipal fees to bring businesses that complement our existing retail mix while providing more jobs.
I have demonstrated the ability to make those tough decisions in the past and I hope to continue to make similar decisions in the future.
Please vote for Kraige Kinney on April 1.