Government Tracker: Eagle Town Board
Eagle Town Board
Sept. 9, 2014
Emergency Services Impact Fees
Topic: Removal of the Emergency Medical Services Impact Fee from the Eagle Land Use and Development Code.
Issue: Earlier this year, Western Eagle County Ambulance District and Eagle County Health Services District merged to form Eagle County Paramedic Services. According to Chris Montera, assistant CEO of the new organization, the Eagle County Paramedic Services Board of Directors have “decided to not pursue impact fees for the new district.”
Discussion: “This is the one example of smaller government and less fees that I have seen in my six years on the board,” said Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick.
Decision: The board unanimously approved the change.
Chambers Park Boat Ramp
Topic: Contract approval for the new Eagle boat ramp.
Issue: The town of Eagle recently received a $41,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado for construction of a rafting ramp along the Eagle River at Chambers Park. Additionally, the town budgeted $90,000 in 2014 to pay for the project.
Discussion: Eagle Open Space Coordinator John Staight recommended awarding the construction contract to Oldcastle SW, noting the company had previous experience building boat ramps along the Colorado River. The contract stipulates construction fees of $68,134. Staight noted that the total project cost is now projected to be $88,437 which includes engineering and design and the $41,000 grant will help offset that cost.
Decision: The board unanimously approved the contract, subject to small changes.
Hotel Lodging Fee Audit
Topic: Hotel lodging occupation fee audit
Issue: Eagle charges a $2 per room, per night lodging occupation tax for open space and another $2 per room per night fee for marketing. Town staff has recommended conducting an audit to determine if those fees are being correctly reimbursed to the town.
Discussion: Eagle Town Attorney Ed Sands noted that conducting an audit is the only way the town board can determine if the lodging fee ordinances are being enforced. Board members agreed that it would be in the best interest of the town and all of the lodges to collect the audit data. “This is a normal, course-of-business action,” noted town board member Kevin Brubeck.
Decision: The board members agreed the audit should be completed and directed town staff to negotiate with firms to come forward with a contract proposal.