Eagle County Commissioners: Talking is key
Vail CO, Colorado
The Board of County Commissioners is committed to collaborating with local, state and federal officials on finding solutions to the challenges facing Eagle County.
In fact, we have made a conscious effort of “stepping up” the collaboration efforts from previous boards of County Commissioners. Our leadership in this new effort has resulted in initiating the following:
– Quarterly mayors/managers meetings with all Eagle County municipalities.
– Quarterly meetings with the school board.
– The Blue Ribbon Housing task force and the follow-on Housing Action Team.
– The Transportation Collaboration that meets six to eight times per year.
– Joint planning/coordination meetings with Colorado Department of Highway regional managers, executive director and chairman of the transportation commission.
– Regular meetings with our Colorado Congressional delegation.
– Regular meetings with the U.S. Forest Service and Division of Wildlife regional managers.
– Meetings with nonprofit entities on youth services, recreation programs, health care and child care facilities.
– Meetings with community interest groups in El Jebel.
And many more.
What have the above collaboration efforts produced so far?
– Joint county-town maps that depict: growth boundaries and high priority open space; locations for affordable housing and transit-oriented development; and locations of important transportation improvement projects.
– An accelerated plant for completing an upgraded sewer plant for the town of Red Cliff.
– Eleven-month construction project for Edwards Spur Road improvements; $1 million plus joint planning and construction project for Eby Creek Road traffic improvements in Eagle; Cooley Mesa Road improvements; and joint bus maintenance facility in Avon. Peter Runyon also participates on a state-wide collaborative team that works with CDOT on the future of the I-70 mountain corridor.
– Annexation of the Eagle County Regional Airport property into Gypsum.
– Potential density trades with Avon to protect open space on state Land Board protocols.
– Intergovernmental planning agreement with the town of Basalt.
As another example, the Housing Action Team (HAT) has been established to progress the development of housing policy. This forum is comprised of elected officials from the county, towns and school district who work and plan together with private sector developers, employers and nonprofit housing entities to share information on creating workforce housing. The formation of HAT represents an unparalleled level of communication between government and private entities. This team has worked to develop the Valley Home Source (a one-stop shopping center for affordable homes), which is due to open this fall at Miller Ranch.
Eagle County’s collaboration efforts include a broad spectrum of community and town leaders in addition to other decision makers.
Our goal, as county commissioners, is to create an open forum where data can be collected, shared and analyzed, so we can provide the proper visionaries and policy makers with the tools to create policies for our community.
By improving communication with our partners, we hope to establish a great base of trust from which all citizens can benefit.
The Eagle County commissioners are Sara Fisher, Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon.