Avon Town Council candidate: Smith Hymes wants to balance natural, economic assets
Avon Town Council Candidate Profiles
This is the last article in a series of profiles for the Avon Town Council candidates. To learn about the other candidates, go to http://www.vaildaily.com.
AVON — Sarah Smith Hymes has lived in town for 21 years with her husband David — also known as Ten O’Clock Tile, MacGyver or Uncle Elbows.
The couple raised their two sons, Will and Ben, in Avon with “lots of help from Nottingham Park, the Avon Rec Center, No Se Hagan Bolas, Pazzo’s and the ‘Wildridge Boys,’” she said.
Before Will and Ben were born, Sarah Smith Hymes traveled back and forth to China for many years consulting for American machinery manufacturers.
“In order to stay closer to home after they were born, I have been a small business owner (LockerWorks, LLC) and teacher (Chinese and English as a second language),” she said. “Like most parents, I also spent lots of time volunteering at school and served on the boards of ABC School and the Eagle County Charter Academy.”
Smith Hymes has witnessed what she calls a “remarkable transformation” during the years she’s lived in Avon.
“I don’t agree with all of the decisions that have been made, but I recognize how tough it is to decide what is best for our community,” she said. “I’m running for town council to contribute whatever I can to protect and enhance what makes Avon a unique mountain community. We need to strike a balance between capitalizing on our natural and structural assets to drive economic development and preserving what brought us all here in the first place.”
Smith Hymes says she’s committed to forging a distinct Avon identity through creative special events and innovative educational and cultural programs like a summer language institute and winter lake-related events; launching an international marketing strategy; promoting and expanding green initiatives as a core town value; maintaining fiscal discipline and a balanced budget; developing a long-term parking plan; fostering closer ties with neighboring communities; attracting new business to existing commercial space; improving occupancy rates to maximize revenue; and preserving Avon’s remaining historical structures.