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Avon ambulance site approved

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” Eagle County paramedics will finally get an ambulance station in Avon.

The town council unanimously approved Tuesday evening use of land donated by developer Traer Creek for an ambulance and fire station.

The vote, for the most part, ended a long stalemate between the town of Avon, the Eagle County Ambulance District and Traer Creek. Each of the groups always agreed on the need for an Avon station, but a deal never came through, until now. All that’s left to straighten out is the fine print.

Since 1998 the ambulance district has been campaigning for time, essentially.

They’ve wanted to shave crucial ticks off the clock while responding to emergencies, and the ambulance sites in Edwards and Vail have had a difficult time covering the growing number of calls every year, they’ve said.

An ambulance station in Avon, situated almost exactly between the stations in Edwards in Vail, made perfect sense. Traer Creek, the developer behind Wal-Mart and The Home Depot, offered to donate land for both an ambulance and fire station.

The prospective spots would have easy access to Interstate 70 and dramatically decrease emergency response time in the valley, according to the ambulance district.

The deal wasn’t that simple though, and several complications came up over the years.

Councilors expressed several times during Tuesday’s meeting a desire to put past difficulties behind them and put the matter to a vote.

The approved plan was a sort of hybrid developed from a few recommendations presented at the meeting.

The planning and zoning advisory board recommended a joint site at one location in an area behind Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and the Town of Avon staff recommended a joint site at another location just across the street, hoping to avoid intrusion on Avon park land.

The council approved two different sites, splitting up the paramedics and firefighters.

Councilors decided that the exact site of the ambulance station needed adjustment and that new boundary lines should be drawn and submitted. The ambulance station will be placed on park land, but councilors decided they could give up the 0.6 acres needed for that station in order to serve the greater good.

The 1.2 acres of land for the firefighters is ready to go, although Eagle River Fire Protection District Chief Charlie Moore said he doesn’t feel the need to build immediately.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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