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Eagle-Vail metro board candidate: Bruce Mielke

Matt Terrell
Vail CO Colorado
Bruce Mielke

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’ve probably got 20-plus years in managing, planning and operating metro districts. I worked in Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Cordillera and the Granby area doing construction, managing districts, operations, etc.

I’ve been in the Vail Valley for 35 years; lived in Eagle-Vail since the early 1990s.

I first served on the Eagle-Vail metro district board in 1996, and in 1998 I became district administrator and general manager for Eagle-Vail.

I then moved from there down to Cordillera, then from there went into semi-retirement and then worked in Granby with some of their metro districts.

Eagle-Vail is a great community, but it’s 30 years old and it’s facing kind of a crossroads. The facilities are aging, development is pretty much complete, so the community has to look at an overall course of direction at some new renovation.

The current metro district board has engaged Urban Land Institute, a well recognized planning group, to come in and offer their services over the next 45 to 60 days.

They’re going to put together a plan of what Eagle-Vail’s identity should be, such as how does the new pool fit in with potential renovations to the other facilities? Does the golf course remain a golf course or become open space? These are all questions we hope to have answered.

This board decided to do that, the process is underway and we want to see it through to the end. When I was working for the district back in 2000, the master plan its toying with now, I kind of first developed that back in 2000. But they weren’t looking forward, and here we are eight years later ” what we showed back then in these Power Point presentations is starting to happen.

So do I have a vested interest? You bet I do.

Two years ago, a group of us ran (for election) on a common platform. We wanted to accomplish three things: establish financial responsibility, return responsibility for the day-to-day operations to the staff we had hired to do it (the previous board had micro-managed the staff and they couldn’t do what they wanted to do), and plan for the future.

We have the first two under control. Those of us who ran on that platform accomplished two of our goals and we’re mid-way through the third one. Two of the guys still have two years left in their term, and I want to go back and get with them and finish this thing off, plain and simple.

We’re not out there with our own agenda. We’re out there to implement whatever the community wants us to implement.

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