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Avon council appoints new trails committee

AVON — If you were around last year, then you know trails are becoming an important part of the town’s summer makeup.

And as an example of just how seriously the town is taking its trails, a nine-member Trails Advisory Group has been formed, with appointments made this week by the Avon Town Council.

The newly-formed trail network in the West Avon Preserve, near Wildridge, has spurred the need for a trails committee in Avon, as the town-owned land will have to be maintained in order to keep the trails running safe and smooth. But the West Avon Preserve isn’t all the trails committee will be needed for. More trails will continue to be formed as part of the town’s effort to increase connectivity and pedestrian possibilities in Avon, and a variety of user groups representing not only Avon is a key component to ensuring the success of the new advisory group, says Mayor Jennie Fancher.

Fancher said the current configuration of the committee includes a member to represent Beaver Creek Resort Co., Singletree, Wildridge/Mountain Star, the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, the hiking community and the motorized community.

“So right now I think we have our bases covered,” she said.

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Appointed members include former Avon Mayor Rich Carroll, Kat Sedillo, Michelle Wolffe, Peter Suneson, Charles Sherwood, Michael Beach, Matthew Anderson, Jeff Koch with Melissa MacDonald Nelson as an alternate, and Fritz Bratschie with Jeff Thompson as an alternate.

“I look forward to the collaboration process of this trails group and the continued stewardship of existing and new trails” said Sedillo, who is a Wildwood homeowner, U.S. Forest Service trail steward and the vice president of the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association. “I think it is very important for us to not only address all user groups today for our trails but also leave something for future generations that we can be proud of here in Avon.”

The members were appointed to two-year terms, although the position will not be term limited.

In addition to overseeing the design, construction and maintenance of existing and new trails, the group will periodically update the town’s 2009 trails plan; develop and manage a volunteer program for trail construction and maintenance; and represent the Trail Advisory Group at Planning Commission, Town Council and other regional trails planning meetings. The group expects to have its first meeting in late March.

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