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Briefs: How to turn your home green

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS ” A pair of green building experts will give tips on how homes can be made more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly at Tuesday’s Green Building Group Meeting, from 5:30 p.m. top 7 p.m., at the Miller Ranch Community Center in Edwards.

Megan Gilman and Jason Weingast of Active Energies will talk about light bulbs that use less energy, energy efficient windows and insulation. They also will talk about how homeowners can live off the power grid.

The cost is $5 at the door. Members of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability are free.

VAIL ” Residents will have 10 days to cut down ” or make a plan to cut down ” trees infested with or killed by pine beetles if a new law is passed by the Town Council thisf all.

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The 10 days start when the town determines the trees are a wildfire hazard. Trees not cut down within 10 days can be cut down by the town and the homeowner may be charged twice the cost for removal.

The new law, which the Town Council will discuss at its meeting Tuesday, was prompted by a community survey in which residents said the dealing with the spread of pine beetles was a priority.

“We want to let property owners know that leaving dead trees on their property can increase the potential for property damage during a wildfire,” said Tom Talbot, the Vail Fire Department’s wildland coordinator. “These measures will help the town encourage removal of dead trees while creating a defensible space around property to make it easier for firefighters to protect if a wildfire were to occur.”

Residents also need a permit to cut down dead trees. Applications to remove dead and dying trees are available at the Town of Vail Community Development Department or on the town’s Web site at Homeowners may be required to plant new vegetation.

Talbot said that homeowners who are unsure if they have infested or dead trees on their property should call the town’s Pine Beetle Hotline at 477-3509 to schedule a free pine beetle and defensible space assessment.

Residents unable to attend the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., or who wish to share their comments in advance can contact the Vail Town Council at 479-1860 or

For more information, contact Talbot at 477-3509.

VAIL ” Businesses in the village will likely get their deliveries a little differently beginning this ski season.

The town wants to keep delivery trucks out of the way of skiers and shoppers in the village. Recommended changes ” which will be discussed at the Town Council meeting that beings at 6 p.m., Tuesday ” include a code of conduct for delivery drivers, new loading zones on East Gore Creek and East Meadow drives and more aggressive enforcement of delivery rules.

The town ultimately wants to restrict most deliveries to loading docks at four large developments, though some street delivery zones will remain open. The town has yet to decide what times deliveries will not be allowed on the main streets of the village.

For additional details, including meeting notes, visit

VAIL ” The walkway on the lowest level of the Vail Village parking garage is closed today and Tuesday while a new storm-sewer manhole is installed.

The east and west entrances to the lowest level will remain open. The work should last a week.

For more information, contact Town of Vail Project Engineer Chad Salli at 479-2169.

VAIL ” Candidates for Vail Town Council will get a briefing on the budget, development, affordable housing and other subjects from Town Manager Stan Zemler Wednesday night.

The meeting, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is open to the public.

Ten candidates are running for five open seats in the Nov. 6 election. For election details, including early voting information, visit

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