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Briefs: Vail parking costs could rise

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

VAIL The towns parking task force has recommended rate increases for both hourly and season parking passes.Parking fees go into effect at the beginning of ski season. Under the task forces proposal, parking would remain free for the first 90 minutes and after 3 p.m. The would be incremental $1 increases occurring as follows: $5 would be charged for 1.5 to 2 hours, compared with $4 last season; $9 would be charged for 2 to 3 hours, compared with $8 last season; $13 would pay for 3 to 4 hours, compared with $12 last season; $17 would be charged for 4 to 5 hours, compared to $16 last season; $18 would be the new all day cap for 5 to 24 hours of parking for the 2007-08 season. Discounted Value Cards for Vail and Eagle County employees, residents and property owners would be increased incrementally, with card holders paying between $7 and $16 for all day parking in the structures, depending on how busy the garages are. The task force also is recommending a $50 increase to the cost of all parking passes. The group also suggested expanding the use of outlying parking areas, such as the North Frontage Road in West Vail, the land where Wendys used to be, and Donovan Park. Finally, the task force recommends increasing the maximum $26 fine for parking violations.The groups recommendations will be considered by the Vail Town Council at a public meeting in the town council chambers at 6 p.m., Tuesday. For more information, contact Mike Rose, transit and parking manager, at 479-2349.

EDWARDS The pond at Freedom Park in Edwards will be closed Tuesday through Sept. 24 for algae treatment. The treatment poses no risks to humans, pets, fish or other wildlife, according to Eagle County Facilities Management. The pond is being closed because any activity in the water limits the effectiveness of the treatment. The significant algae growth is causing unstable water quality. The pond may require a second treatment. For more information contact Eagle County Facilities Management at 328-8880.

AVON Avon is accepting applications for volunteers for its Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. They are due by Wednesday. Committee members serve two-year terms. The committees mission is to preserve historic attractions in the town. In the past few years, the committee has restored the Avon Store as part of the county historical museum in Eagle and preserved historical buildings, such as the Nottingham House, which was built in 1908, a blacksmith ship and the Hahnewald Barn. The committee is working on preserving the Nottingham Power Plant on the Eagle River, which was recently registered as a historic landmark by the state historical society.The whole intention is to recognize that Avon has a lot more history than 30 years, said Kim Nolan, a member of Avons Historical Preservation Committee.Those interested may submit their letter of interest and resume to Town of Avon, Human Resources, 400 Benchmark Road, Avon, CO 81620. Applications may also be e-mailed to kspadi@avon.org or mailed to Town of Avon, Human Resources, P.O. Box 975, Avon, CO 81620.

EAGLE A proposed wildlife habitat improvement project south of town will be the topic of a public meeting on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Library.The project is planned for approximately 2,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands south of Eagle Ranch and town of Eagle open space lands. The goal is to boost winter food sources for elk and deer. Work would start in October, and is scheduled to be completed this winter.The meeting will be hosted by the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Committee. Representatives of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Eagle Ranch developers and the town of Eagle will be present to answer questions.

EAGLE COUNTY In 2007, The United Way of Eagle River Valley gave $142,250 to 26 Eagle county nonprofit groups. The organization has given out more than $1 million since 1998. One-fourth of the funds went to partnerships between nonprofit groups. Five such alliances were funded: Active Minds for Lifelong Learning, Girls are Great, LIFE- Literacy is for Everyone, The Continuing Education Collaborative and Think First.Funded agencies in 2007 include: Bravo! Music Matters, CASA, Eagle Care Medical Clinic, Eagle County Adult Services, Eagle County Early Childhood Council, Eagle County Volunteer Center, Eagle River Youth Coalition, Gifted Education Team, Girls Scouts of Chipeta Council, Gore Range Natural Science School, The Literacy Program, The Resource Center Buddy Mentors & Advocates Programs, Berry Creek Middle School, Snowboard Outreach Society, The Youth Foundation, Vail Valley Foundation, Eagle River Scholarship Foundation, Think First, Vail Valley Medical Center, Eagle County Ambulance District, Western Eagle County Ambulance District, Colorado Mountain College, Vail Symposium, RSVP, Radio Free Minturn, The Family Learning Center, Salvation Army, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Samaritan Center of the Rockies, Inc., and The Red Ribbon Project. For more information, visit unitedwayofeaglerivervalley.org or call Tracy Kurt, (970)688-0998.


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