Eagle-Vail metro board candidate: Mike Matzko | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail metro board candidate: Mike Matzko

Matt TerrellVail CO Colorado
Mike Matzko

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.

My wife Ginny (a surgical nurse at Vail Valley Medical Center) and I have two daughters, Emma, 9, and Zoe, 5. We moved to Eagle-Vail in 1995. We originally met here in the winter of 82-83, when I came to work on the Vail Ski Patrol.We left the valley in 1989 so I could attend graduate school at CMU in Pittsburgh. I received my masters degree in public management and policy in 1991, majoring in urban planning and economic development, graduating with highest distinction. I served for four years as Central Citys city planner; then six years as Avons director of community development. In both jobs I worked closely with the town manager, council, and planning commission; helped hire and manage consultants of various disciplines; and managed projects, professional staff, and budgets. Ive served on boards and committees locally and regionally, including the Eagle-Vail POA Board and the Design Review Committee, and most recently, as chair of the Eagle-Vail Development Committee. Currently, Im a land planning consultant and perform wireless telecommunications site acquisition for AT&T.

My family and I feel fortunate to be able to live in Eagle-Vail, and are excited about the opportunities we have as a community. We want it to continue to be a great place to live.Planning, designing, building and maintaining our community assets in a fiscally responsible manner are the key responsibilities of the board. In spending our tax dollars, the board must base its decisions on the best information available, and be diligent in getting that information through its professional staff and consultants.I believe the combination of experience, education and vision I bring to the table will help support effective decision making by the metro board.

As a community we have to ask ourselves how we can sustain and improve on what we have; ask what kind of community we want to be from this point forward; and how we achieve that vision. The Development Committee, with the boards endorsement, prepared a list of key questions and challenges facing Eagle-Vail. The Urban Land Institute is convening a 12-member panel of national real estate, financial, golf, resort, and planning experts to look at those questions from various but objective viewpoints. For the first week of June the Land Institute panel will be in our community, interview key community members, and prepare a report of findings and recommendations. It is an opportunity that very few communities of our size will ever have. The board itself will then face several challenges: Effectively using the knowledge, community building and energy that will be generated by the Land Institute study by actually integrating the applicable recommendations board policies and actions. Ensuring that the metro district continues to attract and retain a truly professional staff. This requires clear communication by the board of its expectations of staff, providing constructive and regular feedback, allowing the freedom to innovate, and fostering a positively challenging and friendly work environment. Ensuring that the board continues to find ways to operate as openly and inclusively as is reasonably possible. One example would be to re-examine the scheduling of regular metro board meetings to encourage input from people with full-time jobs.

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