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Turnipseed, Cook net Eagle impact award

Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick, center, presents the first Community Impact Award to Chris Cook, left center, and Scott Turnipseed, right center, during last week's Eagle Vision 20/20 event. Kate Rau, far left, and competitors with teh Colorado High School Cycling League were also in attendance to honor Cook and Turnipseed's efforts to bring the race series to town.

Eagle’s inaugural Community Impact Award was presented to Scott Turnipseed and Chris Cook in recognition of their efforts to bring the Colorado High School Cycling League competition to town.

The two men’s efforts eventually resulted in construction of the popular Haymaker Trail in Eagle, which played host to the league championships last year — an honor that will be repeated next weekend.

“They planted the seed for a high school race here in Eagle years ago,” said Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick.

The Community Impact Award honors a Town of Eagle individual, business or organization that is making a tangible, measurable impact on the community. In the case of Cook and Turnipseed, they began lobbying Colorado High School Cycling League Director Kate Rau five years ago. Through their efforts, the community learned it didn’t really have the type of trail it needed to attract the high school league, so Eagle teamed up with the developers of the proposed Haymeadow project to construct a new trail that would meet the league’s specifications.

“Truly, of all the stuff I worked on while I was a member of the town board, it is so rare to have a win/win/win project,” said Turnipseed. “But that trail is something the locals use and it helps with our efforts to promote recreation based tourism and its also works for the mountain bike kids.”

Award specifics

According to the town of Eagle, a Community Impact Award recipient must have worked to make the community a better place to live, work and play. Additionally, the honoree must represent the town’s creativity, resourcefulness and potential.

While 2014 marked the first year for the award presentation, the effort will become an annual honor presented at an Eagle Town Board meeting in October.

The first award winners were selected by Mayor Kostick, but subsequent awards will follow the following nomination/selection process:

Anyone can nominate a town of Eagle resident, business or organization.

Awarded are not limited to incorporated town of Eagle and can include nearby neighborhoods such as Upper Kaibab, Brush Creek and Eby Creek.

Applications and nominations will beavailable July 1 annually.

Nominations will be due August 15

Eagle Town Board deliberations will happen between Aug. 16 and Sept. 1.

The winner will be chosen during private discusssion during the first September Eagle Town Board meeting.

As part of the Community Impact Award, the town will finance a lasting tribute that is meaningful to the recipient and can be enjoyed by the community. For Cook and Turnipseed, a team jersey signed by members of the Colorado High School Cycling League will be framed and placed at Eagle Town Hall. In the future, the town envisions community improvements such as sculpture, a bike ways, a yoga platform, park benches, playground equipment and landscape features as award tributes.

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