Briefs: Ambulance station built by ’08 |

Briefs: Ambulance station built by ’08

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” Construction of a new ambulance station should begin in September, said Fred Morrison, general manager for the Eagle County Ambulance District.

“We can shave from three to five minutes from our response time to the mid-valley area once this station is up and running,” Morrison said.

Magnus Lindholm, owner of Traer Creek, donated the property on Swift Gulch Road near the William J. Post Blvd. interchange to the Eagle County Ambulance District.

“I was happy to be able to donate this piece of land to the ambulance district for the benefit of all the citizens of the Avon area,” Lindholm said in a press release.

The station will bring taxpayers and visitors “the finest and fastest in pre-hospital emergency care possible,” said ambulance district President Dr. Larry Brooks.

The station should be open by winter 2008, he said.

The ambulance district has worked to get a mid-valley ambulance station since 1998, Morrison said.

The town of Avon rezoned the parcel, which Traer Creek offered several years ago, April 22, Morrison said.

VAIL ” George Ruther has been named community development director for the town of Vail.

Ruther, 40, has served as acting director for 10 weeks and was selected from among 25 applicants.

“George has been incredibly focused and productive as acting director,” said Town Manager Stan Zemler. “His role in the recent adoption of the workforce housing regulations, in particular, has been outstanding.”

Vail’s community development is responsible for planning and zoning, building permits and inspections, environmental policy and health, and affordable housing. The department has a staff of 21 and a $2.2 million operating budget.

Ruther has been the department’s chief of planning since 2000. He first joined the town in 1993 as an intern when he was hired to work on the Comprehensive Open Lands Plan.

Ruther has been involved in several projects associated with Vail’s “renaissance” including the Vail Plaza Hotel and Club, Sonnenalp expansion, One Willow Bridge Road, Arrabelle at Vail Square, Tivoli Lodge, Vail’s Front Door, Willows Condominiums, Austria Haus and Founders Parking Garage.

Ruther holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado. His undergraduate work was in public administration where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin 1991. He and wife Amy live in Avon.

Ruther replaces Russell Forrest, who left in March to take the town manager job in Snowmass Village.

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