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Dantas eyes another four years

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado
NWS Dave Dantas DT 10-18-10

AVON, Colorado – Dave Dantas says he wants to finish what he started.

That’s why he’s running for re-election on Avon town council.

“I want to keep working on some of these projects I’m on right now, finish them,” he said. “I just want to make sure this town goes in the right direction from here on out, make it so it’s a great place for residents to live still.”

Dantas, 41, lives in Wildridge with his wife, Kelly, and two children, 6-year-old Benjamin and 4-year-old Sydney. He and his brother run a home-building business in Eagle County. Dantas has been living in Avon for 12 years.

Sitting down for an interview inside his Wildridge home, Dantas reflects on his four years on council.

Dantas said he pushed for a transfer tax exemption for residents who move elsewhere in town.

He also advocated for a bike path along the upper part of Wildridge and is currently working on plans for a bike path along Metcalf Road, from Nottingham Road to Wildwood. The project is set to take place this summer.

Along with the bike path, Dantas said he has been working on a land swap that would shield a swath of Forest Service land between Singletree, Wildridge and I-70 from development.

While Dantas has helped to usher in some projects, he says he has been a voice for putting boundaries on others.

“I’ve been a reasonable voice on council,” he said.

While he supports the proposed Main Street project, he opposed the snowmelt portion of the project.

“I think it’s a luxury the town can’t afford,” he said.

Dantas said he supports phasing in the Main Street project and finishing the first portion by 2014.

To get ready for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, he wants to make sure the proposed Nottingham Park pavilion is finished. Although bids came in around $600,000, he said the project cost can be whittled down to $300,000. He said the town could pay for the project with money from the Holy Cross community enhancement fund and fundraising.

“I keep hearing we need to have more special events,” he said. “We need a place to house them.”

As far as one the most contentious issues in town goes, Dantas said the town attorney advised him not to comment on the relationship between the town and Traer Creek, due to ongoing litigation. However, he has stressed that council members are unanimous in their legal position on the issue.

On the budget front, the town has been bracing for an expected drop in property taxes in 2012 as a result of the upcoming reassessment, along with $3.3 million worth of outstanding payments the town claims Traer Creek Metropolitan District owes.

Dantas said the town has already made cuts to expenses, including furloughs for employees and staff cuts but “We’re still going to have to do some cuts,” he said.

Dantas said the town could freeze positions as people leave, and consider whether more cuts beyond that are necessary.

In general, Dantas said he wants to attract businesses to Avon.

“I want to see the downtown become a place where businesses can thrive,” he said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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