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Baker appointed to Eagle Town Board vacancy

Sarah Baker, an Eagle resident since 2012 who has lived in Eagle County since 2004, has been appointed to the Eagle Town Board.

The action came July 8 when the town board members used written ballots to make their selection from a field of six candidates. The final tally was 5-1 in Baker’s favor.

Baker will fill out the remaining term of former member Brandi Resa, who resigned last month. Baker’s seat will be up for election in the regular April 2016 municipal vote.

Baker is an attorney and, according to her website, her practice is “focused on real estate transactions, real estate development and commercial law in Colorado’s resort, mountain and ranch communities. “

In her letter of interest to the town, she noted, “My feeling is that Eagle has done an exceptional job of providing amenities to its residents that enhance lifestyle and the sense of community; Eagle’s efforts to receive regional attention for these recreational opportunities now seem to be coming to fruition.

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“I believe the Town has an important and ongoing role to play in pursuing and supporting efforts to translate our recreational offerings into business opportunities,” she said.

Baker cited Eagle’s Open for Business initiative, saying it is “of primary importance to our community, and my business experience gives me perhaps a unique understanding of some of the less obvious things we can do to support that effort.”

Baker noted that recently she worked with the Eagle Valley Clean Energy biomass project that is now operational in Gypsum

“I understand the importance to an applicant of certainty, common sense, and efficiency in a town’s land use and building regulations,” she said. “At the same time, I recognize how essential it is to provide the public with the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the process.”

After taking her oath of office Tuesday, Baker faced a quick learning curve. She and the other town board members participated in a board retreat Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11.

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