Federal grant needed for Vail Valley maintenance center | VailDaily.com

Federal grant needed for Vail Valley maintenance center

Who they talked to: Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks.

What they talked about: The town and county have long talked about sharing a maintenance facility in Avon in the Swift Gulch area. County officials say they could save about $500,000 per year in just fuel costs if they had much of the county’s bus fleet based in Avon instead of driving empty buses back to the current headquarters in Gypsum.

The problem is money. Avon officials have applied for roughly $25 million in federal grants, the only way the town can go forward with the project. If those grants come through, the county would be asked to contribute about $6 million to the project.

Much of that could come from savings – not just in fuel, but in labor and other maintenance costs – from not running empty buses all the way down to Gypsum.

What’s next? While Avon officials wait for word on the grant applications, town and county staff members will keep talking about details about how the project would work for both governments.

Present: Sara Fisher, Peter Runyon, Jon Stavney.

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