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Bob Trueblood, Avon Town Council candidate

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Bob Trueblood, 47, is the manager of strategic and capital planning for the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District.

by Veronica WhitneyDaily Staff WriterQ. What do you expect to be your job as a council member?A. I see the role of the Avon Town Council member as an elected representative of the residents and businesses of Avon. This includes meeting with and/or hearing from anyone that has a concern with the management or direction of the town of Avon. The Town Council needs to ensure a reasonable and fair distribution of resources, personnel and services, while laying the groundwork for the future of the town and surrounding areas in Eagle County.Q. How would you manage growth in the town?A. The town of Avon is in better financial condition then many towns our size and as such we don’t need to encourage growth that addresses only short-term financial needs and doesn’t meet the long-term plan for the Town of Avon. So I would encourage the town manager, the community development staff and the Town Council to seek growth opportunities that are consistent with the comprehensive plan and the current needs of the town.Q. What are the three most pressing issues facing the town?A. GrowthB. TransportationC. Business climateQ. Locals have voiced concerns about transportation. Would you support expanding the transportation system around town?A. Traffic will be one of the major negative effects of growth in the town of Avon. Mass transportation is the only real solution to too many cars on the street. Getting employees to work and getting people and products together should be the goal of mass transit – not just to the ski slopes, we do that well. With Avon being the heart of the “ski resort valley” we should work closely with ECO to establish a regional transportation center in Avon that benefits all users of mass transit.Q. What do you see in the future for the Village at Avon?A. Including the Village at Avon in to the town of Avon was a very good decision for the long-term economic health of Avon. Over the next 15 to 30 years, depending on the economy and demand, the Village at Avon will mature into a very big part of Avon. As for what is in the Village at Avon, I think there is still room for discussion and that is why it is critical that we work with the developer to shape growth, not just to block the things we don’t want.Q. How could the town profit from its proximity to Beaver Creek?A. Avon should focus on being a niche market for Beaver Creek – “the Affordable Beaver Creek Ski Vacation.” I don’t think we can support the high-end hotels, shops and restaurants without a realistic connection to the mountain. The gondola may be part of the answer, but we should not limit our options to the gondola. Let’s build on what we have today – a more affordable way to ski one or two of the top resorts in the world. We maybe the gateway to Beaver Creek, but our guest can still get a great experience at Vail Mountain from Avon.Q. What can the town do to make it more convenient to walk around?A. This will and should take years to accomplish. The comprehensive plan can help to lay the groundwork, but unless we convince developers it’s in their long-term best interest, it won’t happen. The town of Avon should explore allowing more density in areas that will foster pedestrian traffic. The roundabouts have also created some significant challenges to pedestrian and bicycle traffic safety. We can’t encourage pedestrian traffic if they have to dart in and out of cars.Veronica Whitney can be reached at vwhitney@vaildaily.com.Vail Colorado

By Veronica Whitney,Vail Daily Staff WriterA week after he arrived in Vail in March 2001 to start his job with the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Bob Trueblood received a citation from the Avon Police department -a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.”It was for an odor complaint,” he said. “The odors were an ongoing concern with the town of Avon.”Trueblood was able to work with the Town Council on an intergovernmental agreement that held both agencies to certain expectations without wasting taxpayers money going to court, he said. “That was my first introduction to Avon and the Avon Town Council – kind of a rough start,” Trueblood said. “But things have gone well in the past years. Their efforts were justified.”These days, Trueblood, who now lives in Avon and is a member of the town’s advisory Planning and Zoning Commission, is vying for one of three seats at the Avon Town Council.”I’d like to bring a moderate voice to council,” said Trueblood, who has lived in Avon for three years. “A lot of what I’ve done in the past years is participate in local government activities whenever I can and in whatever role.”Other people’s moneyAmong the assets he will bring to council if he’s elected, Trueblood said, is his long-lasting relationship with government agencies.”For the past 26 years, I’ve been involved with government agencies,” he said. “I’ve been through the budgeting process. I’ve been through good and bad budget cycles. I understand the day-to-day operation of the community and I have a strong appreciation that we are spending other people’s money.”Some of the biggest issues facing Avon include employee housing and defining what affordable housing is, Trueblood said.”This is a great place to live, but at the same time it’s a difficult place to work and live because of the cost of living,” he said. “People here need to compete for the housing and jobs. I’d like to see more employer’s providing employee housing.”As with other candidates, the future of the Village at Avon in the east end of town is a concern, Trueblood said. “The Village at Avon has a lot it can offer to the community if it’s done right,” he said. “The developer has some things he would like to do different and the neighborhood would like to see some things done differently. There’s the voice of reason and the opportunity to negotiate changes. “Ready for the changeTrueblood has worked across the country and even in Malaysia, he said. “Working in Malaysia was very educational,” he said. “I learned about different cultures and different ways of doing things.”Although he has been on the Planning and Zoning Commission for more than a year, Trueblood said he’s ready to get on council.”The Planing and Zoning Commission approves projects based on the approved guidelines. The council writes or approves the ordinances. Council has the regulatory control of what is acceptable and not,” he said.Avon Town Councilwoman Debbie Buckley said Trueblood has a proven track record with the water district.”He’s also proven to be a responsible and independent thinker at the Planning and Zoning Commission,” Buckley said. “And we’re both from Indiana.”Chris Evans ,a business owner and resident of Avon, said he supports Trueblood’s candidacy.”He’s definitely shown some good insight when it comes to community issues,” Evans said. “I have a good feeling about Bob. He is really doing it for the right reasons. He’s interested in the town.”Although he works full time in Vail, Trueblood said he’s ready to use some of his vacation time to fulfill his work on council.”A reasonable dialogue can lead to some proper decisions,” he said. “I don’t have a burning issue to work on, I just want to participate in government. I believe we all have an obligation to give back to the community.”Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com.



Bob TruebloodAge: 47Family: Wife, Jan. Three adult children, Aaron, Amy and Kyda.Place of birth: Indianapolis, Ind.Profession: Manager of strategic and capital planning for the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District.Recent favorite book: Leadership by Rudy Giuliani.Favorite food: Cookies.Favorite beverage: Diet coke (so I can have more cookies).Hobbies: Computers, skiing and work.Where did you meet your wife? At a Village Pantry convenience store where they worked part-time jobs.What two people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner? Abraham Lincoln and Ben Franklin.


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