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Candidate profiles for Eagle’s April 5 election

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Eagle Town Board candidate

EAGLE — The town of Eagle is holding a municipal election April 5. They will choose a mayor and four Board of Trustees members. Terms are four years, with the exception of one two-year trustee term.; the candidate with the lowest winning vote tally will receive the two-year term. Here are profiles of the candidates:

Eagle Mayor

Name: Anne McKibbin

Occupation: Archaeologist

What made you decide to run for Eagle Town Board mayor? I have spent eight years on the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission and four years on the Eagle Town Board and wish to continue for another term. I feel confident I can do a good job as mayor and help carry on our town’s progress.

What is the most critical issue facing Eagle in the next four years? Construction of the Lower Basin Water Treatment Plant is on the horizon. Planning for this critical piece of infrastructure has been ongoing, but we will probably be reaching “go” time in the next several years.

Eagle has been through a tumultuous year. What is your priority as you take office to bring more stability to town government? I want to be part of a town board that can regroup and get us back to being able to focus 100 percent on town business, without avoidable distractions. This includes being a facilitator and moderator for the board, and being an effective liaison with the new town manager.

This year’s municipal election features a sales tax ballot question to fund the Eagle River Park. What is your opinion about this project? I support the Eagle River Corridor Plan of which the Eagle River Park is a key part. This enables the town to set the stage for other parts of the corridor plan and provides a wonderful amenity for Eagle and for our visitors.

Additional comments: I am excited to continue to serve on the Eagle Town Board, this time in a new role as mayor. We’ll have a great team, and will continue to focus on the things that make Eagle great. Thank you, and please vote!

Eagle Town Board

Name: Kevin Brubeck

Occupation: Financial advisor

What made you decide to run for Eagle Town Board? It is my strong desire to give back to the wonderful community that has given so much to me and my family.

What is the most critical issue facing Eagle in the next four years? Our top infrastructure need is the proposed Lower Basin Water Treatment Plant. The estimated cost of this plant is $16 million. A primary funding mechanism for the water plant is from future development projects, specifically Haymeadow and what was to be Eagle River Station. Eagle River Station development rights have expired and the Haymeadow project is approved, but delayed. We estimate that this water treatment plant needs to be complete within five years, and will take two years to build. As with all large and expensive projects we need to save now, and plan now for the eventuality of this need

Eagle has been through a tumultuous year. What is your priority as you take office to bring more stability to town government? The selection of a new town manager is critically important to bringing stability to our town government and staff. The wonderful team working for the town has done a great job over the past several difficult weeks. I can’t say enough good things about their work and efforts. Next, the board needs to provide the town manager with clear vision, leadership, communication, direction and support.

This year’s municipal election features a sales tax ballot question to fund the Eagle River Park. What is your opinion about this project? I voted for the project. The improvement of our front door will be an amazing amenity for our residents and surrounding community. It will also help generate enough sales tax to support the bond issue based on all conventional wisdom and research. The town staff did an amazing job planning the long term project.

Additional comments: I would be honored if you would support my efforts to continue to serve as your representative on the Eagle Town Board.

Name: Mikel Pappy Kerst

Occupation: Manager, base mountain operations/public safety, Beaver Creek

What made you decide to run for Eagle Town Board? I served on the board for 10 years and when I left, I thought I had completed my goals. After being off for a month I went back to a meeting and got re-hooked on wanting to assist the town of Eagle with my experience and dedication.

What is the most critical issue facing Eagle in the next four years? Just as it has been in the past, tax dollars. We have to keep looking for opportunities to get tax revenues up for the town.

Eagle has been through a tumultuous year. What is your priority as you take office to bring more stability to town government? I would take steps in understanding the why, then I would look to repair them as a group of seven individuals working toward the same goals. One area I feel is important is strong ethics. Some people in town believe current board and some staff are lacking in this area.

This year’s municipal election features a sales tax ballot question to fund the Eagle River Park. What is your opinion about this project? I believe the project itself is worth working toward. If the tax were to fail, the town needs to go out and look for other means to complete its outdoor project priorities.

Additional comments: Consider experience for the board because it takes a great deal of time to learn a new position. It takes hours of review to understand town policies and the Eagle Area Community Plan. Since getting off the board I have kept up on these areas and I also have experience working with other community groups.

Name: Max Schmidt

Occupation: Self-employed

What made you decide to run for Eagle Town Board? I think my life experiences may be beneficial to our local government.

What is the most critical issue facing Eagle in the next four years? Mixing long time locals’ vision of Eagle with those that have recently moved to the area.

Eagle has been through a tumultuous year. What is your priority as you take office to bring more stability to town government? Working together with the citizens and the town manager.

This year’s municipal election features a sales tax ballot question to fund the Eagle River Park. What is your opinion about this project? My opinion does not matter. I was told the Eagle River Park will be built come —- or high water.

Additional comments: God bless the town of Eagle.

Name: Matt Solomon

Occupation: Founder and general manager at Alpine Arms; paramedic instructor at CMC.

What made you decide to run for Eagle Town Board? As a 20-year resident, I have the desire and a broad spectrum of experiences that allow for me to contribute to the town. I can offer a unique and directly applicable set of perspectives. I love living here and want to be involved in my community.

What is the most critical issue facing Eagle in the next four years? I would like to see progress made on the Eagle River Corridor Plan. I hope that we can infuse a civic mindfulness that allows for all of us to work together to develop a long-term strategic management plan and an alternatives fiscal analysis. I would like to help instill a magnetic atmosphere for businesses and families beyond our time on the board.

Eagle has been through a tumultuous year. What is your priority as you take office to bring more stability to town government? I must be a leader who can apply my personal mantra to my practice as a trustee, which is to live with honor, act with integrity, and speak with truth. I must be an active listener and not just hear what the people around me are saying, but listen to the spirit and intent.

This year’s municipal election features a sales tax ballot question to fund the Eagle River Park. What is your opinion about this project? I am in full support of the Eagle River Corridor Plan. This plan encompasses much more than the park and will bring a new vitality to the river corridor by improving access, habitat and safety. As a small-business owner and consumer, I do not agree with the sales tax increase. However, as a town board member, I will support and work with the decision of the people of Eagle.

Additional comments: The Eagle community has helped me grow as a person and has taught me the value of giving back. I look forward to giving back through service as an Eagle Town Board member. Please follow the “Matt Solomon for Eagle Trustee” Facebook page and reach out with questions, comments or concerns.

Name: Paul Witt

Occupation: Fifth-grade teacher, Red Hill Elementary School

What made you decide to run for Eagle Town Board? I’ve lived in Eagle for 18 years. It’s important to give back to the community, and serving on the town board is one way to do that. I served once before on the Eagle Town Board in the early 2000s and want to contribute to our town again.

What is the most critical issue facing Eagle in the next four years? We have to be ready to take advantage of and support the exciting projects and opportunities that are coming our way. To do that, we need to make sure our infrastructure is in the best shape it can be, so it’s critical to continue investing in that.

Eagle has been through a tumultuous year. What is your priority as you take office to bring more stability to town government? I want to be thoughtful, mature and up front with our community. We need to make sure we have a code of ethics and a method of conducting town business that protects our community and encourages open and honest communication and decision-making.

This year’s municipal election features a sales tax ballot question to fund the Eagle River Park. What is your opinion about this project? I am in support of this ballot question. First, it will allow us to move forward with a much-needed and incredible improvement to one our greatest assets, the Eagle River. Second, it will provide funding to help maintain and improve our town’s other recreational amenities. It’s a good thing.

Additional comments: I’ve always been impressed with the talent, passion and intelligence of the Eagle community. I hope that I can once again add my voice, and keep Eagle moving forward.


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