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Eagle-Vail metro board candidate: Steven Kirchner

Matt Terrell
Vail CO Colorado
Steven Kirchner

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 name is Steven Kirchner. I have lived in the Vail Valley since 1985, and have been an Eagle-Vail resident for 11 years. I am a former owner of Pedal Power, located in Eagle-Vail. Currently my wife, Tessa, and I own and operate Eagle Eye Home Management, also located in Eagle -Vail.

We chose Eagle-Vail for all that it has to offer. It has a wonderful sense of community, and a great location. As a homeowner, husband and father, my wife and children, Canon, 12, Berit, 8, and Bode, 3. and I enjoy the benefits of living in a small family friendly neighborhood.

We enjoy the parks, the pool, and riding our bikes to school. I enjoy where I live and I wish to effect positive change in Eagle-Vail. I think the only real way to do that is to be involved.

I feel that the Eagle-Vail metro board would benefit from the perspective of a younger family. Since the early closure of the pool last summer, I have been attending metro district meetings. This led to the opportunity to get involved with the Eagle-Vail Development Committee.

I have been an active member of the Eagle-Vail Development Committee since its inception, helping guide the process for the redesign of Pavilion Park and the new pool and tennis facility. I am also a member of the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association Design Review Committee.

The Eagle-Vail community has come a long way since its inception, but the Vail Valley has grown and the needs of our community have changed. We need to react to the current conditions that surround Eagle-Vail and proactively address those changing needs.

The Eagle-Vail Development Committee has been working diligently to guide that process. I will continue to be a great advocate for positive change as Eagle-Vail looks forward to what we can be for the next 30 years.

I feel that the Development Committee has brought together a great deal of insight and has made great strides in working to create a comprehensive revitalization plan. I hope to continue that work as a member of the metro board.

It is important that we look forward ” both long- and short-term ” to the opportunities for real and positive changes that are possible in our community. I feel strongly that with a little bit of creative thinking, we can accomplish some great things in a fiscally responsible way.

The metro district has the opportunity to work in a cooperative spirit with other valley entities, such as the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association, Eagle County and the Eagle County School District. The upcoming Urban Land Institute study of Eagle-Vail will offer us valuable insights into reaching our highest potential.

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