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Briefs: Avon to hold budget hearing

Daily Staff Report

AVON Avons budget proposal for 2007 was compiled during a recent two-day staff retreat and will be shown to the public during the Town Council meeting which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The budget can be reviewed by the public in the town clerks office. Any objections to the budget must be filed before Nov. 14, when the council is scheduled to adopt the budget. For more information, contact the town clerks office 748-4035 or e-mail pmckenny@avon.org.

VAIL The Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau has added to its Platinum Service Program that recognizes outstanding customer service in the Vail Valley. Participants in the prorgam now automatically qualify to receive the discounted Vail/Beaver Creek Merchant Ski pass for employees.Under the Platinum Service Program, customer service is evaulated throughout the winter at local businesses by mystery shoppers. Platinum Service Awards are presented to businesses based on their monthly and seasonal scores.Our assessments help businesses measure their strengths and opportunities for growth, aid Katie Barnes, the chambers director of quality assurance. Evaluations can also be used to motivate, coach and train staff. Chamber members can enrollin the program for $350; non-members can sign up for $550. The Platinum Service Program allows us to address customer service on an ongoing basis with our staff and the feedback has been instrumental in assessing what we can do to better enhance our customers experience, said Kristen Busse, general manager, The Golden Bear.For more information, contact Katie Barnes at 477-4008 or katie@visitvailvalley.com.

EAGLE A chili cook-off from noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 11, at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle will benefit Red Canyon High School, Eagle Countys alternative school. Locals will cook up their various chili recipes. There also will be a silent auction and music by The Red Canyon Project, a collaboration between the high schools students and Radio Free Minturn, KLNX 107.9.Chili entry forms and silent auction items are now being accepted. Admission is $5. Those who bring a canned-food donation get in for $4. Call 328-2850 for more information.

AVON Avon Chief of Police Brian Kozak says there are more alcohol-related fatalities on Halloween than on Memorial Day.Last year, over half of all Halloween traffic fatalities in the United States were alcohol related, he said. The Avon Police Department will have extra officers on drunk-driving patrol from Oct. 27 through Oct. 31, 2006.

AVON Matthew Gennett has been named Avons senior planner. Gennett was previously a planner for the town of Vail for four years. While working for Vail, Gennett managed such projects as the new Four Seasons Resorts, the Middle Creek affordable housing project, the West Vail Redevelopment Master Plan and the Timberline Lodge at Vail project (the old Roost Lodge).Gennett, born in New York, attended school in Ithaca, N.Y., and received his undergraduate degree in English literature from Ithaca College and his graduate degree in community planning and development from the University of Maine. Prior to moving to Colorado, Gennett was a ski patroller at Sugarloaf USA in Maine. After leaving Maine, he worked for Eagle Countys Community Development Department as a long range planner for three years.I would like to help Avon continue to evolve into a unique resort town with a multitude of recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for our guests and the diverse array of residents in this great town, Gennett said. As a senior planner Gennett will manage the large projects, including Town Center West and Town Center East.Gennett lives in Wildridge with his wife, Michelle, and son Roman.

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