Avon planner running for council | VailDaily.com

Avon planner running for council

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Todd Goulding is a familiar face around Avon.

Now, he’s hoping to get more involved in town politics. Goulding recently announced his plans to run for Avon town council in the Nov. 2 election.

As the planning and zoning commission chairman in Avon, Goulding says he’s familiar with the issues facing the town. He’s been on the planning commission since 2006.

“It puts me in a pretty good place to understand where we are, where we’ve been and put us on a good track for tomorrow,” he said.

Goulding said he has a pretty reasonable approach to most things.

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“I think there are two things council needs to think about,” he said. “One: We’re obviously in a unique time. How do we provide the level of service the community needs – roads, police, those kinds of things – while being fiscally responsible?”

Also, Goulding said the town needs to prepare for the end of the economic downturn. He thinks the town should focus on basic services now but generate a wishlist of future amenities, so the town will have its priorities lined up once money becomes available down the road.

Like most people here, Goulding said he moved to the valley to ski for a year and ended up staying. He worked as a ski patroller for three years, then got involved in reconstructing Two Elk when it burned down in 1998. He’s been involved in construction ever since. He started his own development consulting company in January. He has lived in Avon since 1999.

Goulding, 36, lives with his wife, Wendy, on Nottingham Road. They’re expecting their first son in November.

“I want Avon to be more than a second homeowner community,” he said in a press release. “There is a lot we need to do to keep it a vital and vibrant place where people not only want to live and work, but can afford to do so.”

Along with Goulding, local builder Chris Evans recently announced his plan to run for council. The town is collecting nomination petitions for candidates through Aug. 23.

Four council seats will be up for grabs in the election. Rich Carroll and Dave Dantas are up for re-election. Carroll has announced his plans to run for re-election. Ron Wolfe and Brian Sipes have reached their term limits. Those elected will serve four-year terms.

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

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