Funk, Finlay win seats in Eagle-Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Louise Funk and Bob Finlay were elected to the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District Board of Directors Tuesday.
With 348 ballots cast, it was a record turn out for a an Eagle-Vail board election, said Kim Ahmad, the operations manager for the district.
Funk had the most support with 128 votes, and Finlay, an incumbent, received 115 votes. Seven people were running for those two open seats.
The metro district is in charge of operating and maintaining the recreation facilities in Eagle-Vail, such as the Eagle-Vail Golf Club, the swimming pool, Eagle-Vail Pavilion and the tennis courts. Tax money collected from Eagle-Vail residents pay for those facilities.
Voters on Tuesday said they use the parks and recreation facilities like the tennis courts every day, and who’s running them matters.
“One of the reasons I’m here is to put people on the board whose interests are similar to mine,” said Julie Kiddoo, who’s lived in Eagle-Vail for the past 5 1/2 years.
Adina Dean, who’s lived in Eagle-Vail nine years, said she wants to make sure all the amenities stay updated.
“The pool is very important to me. But really all the amenities are important,” Dean said.
Funk is a 25-year resident of Eagle-Vail and is married with three children. She’s very involved with the public schools and chaired the 3B bond question for the school district. Most recently, she chaired the 5A question for the Eagle-Vail Mill Levy. Both measures were successful.
“I’m not afraid to get involved and will take on the big project in order to get it resolved or completed,” she said in a Vail Daily question and answer.
Funk said the board has a responsibility to be financially responsible with the money approved by voters in the mill levy vote.
“It is important for this board to get the best value for every dollar spent on our recreational amenities and manage our debt obligations for our taxpayers and residents,” Funk said.
Finlay has lived in Eagle County for 39 years and has been on the metro board for the past four years. Finlay said he originally got on the board because of some financial troubles the district was going through. He believes those troubles are past, and with the passage of 5A, rebuilding things like the pool and tennis areas can begin.
Finlay said Eagle-Vail is an evolving community, and while there are still young families, there are a large number of retirees and second home owners.
“Our new challenge is to provide the amenities the evolving population wants at a reasonable cost,” Finlay said. “There is a new hiking trail going in along the southern hillside, and we might need to look at other things like an exercise and workout facility, trails in Pavilion Park, dog parks, etc.”
Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or email@example.com.