Eagle-Vail metro board candidate: Bob Finlay | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail metro board candidate: Bob Finlay

Matt Terrell
Vail CO Colorado
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EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Seven candidates are vying for two open seats on the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District board of directors.

The metro district is in charge of operating and maintaining the recreation facilities in Eagle-Vail, such as the Eagle-Vail Golf Club, the swimming pool, Eagle-Vail Pavilion and the tennis courts. Tax money collected from Eagle-Vail residents pay for those facilities.

The candidates are incumbent Bruce Mielke, incumbent Bob Finlay, Louise Funk, Charlie Penwill, Mike Matzko, Steve Kirchner and Bonnie Wood. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected.

There are three other seats on the board of directors up for election in 2010.

I have lived in Eagle County for 39 years and have been on the Eagle Vail metro district board for the last four years. I have been a school teacher and a real estate broker.

I have volunteered as a coach for my kids’ teams, given time to the Vail Valley Foundation, served on a few homeowner association boards and used all of the recreation amenities of Eagle Vail. This is one of the best little neighborhoods in the valley, and I want to see it stay that way.

I would like to see this project through the next few steps. For the last few years we have been just squeaking by financially, and now we can provide the refurbished and new amenities our constituents want.

I originally got on the board because of some huge financial losses we were going through and that seems to be behind us now. Now I want to see the rebirth happen.

We recently, with the passage of 5A last November, have been allowed by the voters to start the rebuilding process in Eagle-Vail. We are starting with the pool and tennis areas as well as taking care of some deferred maintenance issues.

We are also doing an Urban Land Institute study of Eagle Vail and what direction it is heading over the next 20 to 50 years. This should help us in the next phases of redevelopment in Eagle-Vail.

We are an evolving community. We still have young families, but we also have a larger number of retirees and second-home owners.

Our new challenge is to provide the amenities the evolving population wants at a reasonable cost. There is a new hiking trail going in along the southern hillside and we might need to look at other things like an exercise and workout facility, trails in Pavilion Park, dog parks, etc. The Urban Land Institute study will help with that process.