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Avon builder eyes council seat

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Chris Evans, the owner of a local construction company, has announced his plans to run for Avon town council.

He and his wife own Evans Chaffee Construction Group on Metcalf Road. Evans also served as chairman of the town’s planning and zoning commission from 1998 to 2009. After stepping down from that position last year, he wants to find a way to stay connected with town government.

“Honestly, I miss being involved in the town,” he said. “I enjoy the planning process.”

Evans said he was involved in planning the town’s proposed Main Street and development on either side of Avon Road.

“I’d like to see those carried out in a smart manner, in a manner that makes sense, financially,” he said.

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With the town still reeling from the recession, he said it will be important to prioritize the improvements the town wants to make.

“We have to live within our means and within the budgets we have,” he said.

He doesn’t think this in the right time to move forward with Connect Avon Now, a plan to build bike paths, add bus service and construct a downtown parking garage in Avon. Town Council recently shelved that project instead of asking for voters to approve it in November.

No particular agenda motivated Evans to run for council.

“I don’t have an ax to grind or issues I want to resolve with the other candidates,” he said.

The 42-year-old Wildridge resident has three daughters ages 12, 9 and 4.

“This is our home,” he said. “This isn’t a disconnected type of position for me. … I want people to look at Avon and say ‘I want to live in Avon.’ I don’t want to be seen as the entrance to Beaver Creek.”

Along with Evans, Todd Goulding has submitted a nomination petition to the town indicating his interest in running for council. He could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Four seats on Avon’s seven-member council will be up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election. Ron Wolfe and Brian Sipes have reached their term limits. Rich Carroll and Dave Dantas are up for re-election.

Those elected will serve four-year terms. The town is collecting nomination petitions through Aug. 23.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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