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Children programs on candidate’s mind

Veronica Whitney
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyRon Moreno
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When Avon Town Council candidate Ron Moreno says he doesn’t get stressed it’s hard not to believe him. If Moreno’s level of stress could be measured by the way he speaks, it’s easy to imagine him staying calm, even during the most feisty political debate.”I have worked with children for 10 years, I’m very patient and organized,” Moreno said. “I don’t get stressed.” Moreno, 31, is one of six candidates vying for one of three seats at the Avon Town Council. Working for the town of Avon for eight years as the youth recreation program director has given him insight on how things are run there, he said.”Now that I don’t work there anymore,” said Moreno, who now owns Vail Valley Adventure Camps, which offers summer programs for children, “I’m in a position to be on the other side and look at it from a different approach.”Being on council can give you more leverage in getting things going in Avon,” he added.Children’s programsMoreno would like to develop more programs for children and teenagers if elected, Moreno said. “All there is for children in Avon now is the recreation center. We need more for them to do,” he said. “Those programs are lacking in the town due to insufficient funds. Every year for the last four years I worked for the town we had to cut our budget, so we had to choose among the programs.

“There has to be a way through grants or fund raising to get more youth programs in Avon,” he added. There is a particular lack of rec programs for pre-schoolers , Moreno said.”When I worked for the town, we received many calls from parents saying, ‘I have a 3 year old, what do you have to offer?’ We had nothing,” he said. Another issue that concerns him is open space, Moreno said.”The development that’s going in (the Village at Avon) is going to be a really big development,” he said. “We need to maintain open space as best we can, in the current town and the new development as well.”You have to be pro active,” he added. “I don’t totally disagree with what they are doing there, but it shouldn’t be a ‘Whatever you want to do, go for it’ type of thing,” he said. The valley’s hubMoreno chose to live in Avon because, to him, it’s a close-knit community, he said.”A lot of people know who their neighbor is,” he said. “Also, I was able to buy a deed restricted unit here.”

Avon’s role in the region is to be the hub of the valley, Moreno said.”It has so many amenities with the recreation center, the lake and its retail, including Wal-Mart and The Home Depot. It is a really good draw for the county,” he said.When he isn’t working at his summer day camps and as an emergency medical technician at the Vail Valley Surgery Center, Moreno is the league director for the Eagle County Lacrosse Club and Vail Valley In-Line Hockey. “Each fall I organize a football camp for local youth players,” said Moreno, who has volunteered at Avon Elementary School for the past seven years. “I also serve as a community member on the Avon Elementary accountability committee.” Joe Romero, a building manager for Avon Elementary School, said he agrees there’s a need for more children’s programs for children and said he trusts Moreno’s ability to develop them. “I see the kids hanging out here after school,” Romero said. “Ron is a very honest man – when he sets his mind on something he follows it through.” Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com. ==========================================Ron Moreno



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