Giant flagpole no more than that |

Giant flagpole no more than that

Veronica Whitney

When he drove by the new 150-foot flagpole at the Village at Avon last week, Eagle-Vail resident Jeb Jennings asked the workers who were putting the flagpole up why it was so big.”They told me it was that big because it was going to be used as a cellular phone tower,” said Jennings.Even Avon Mayor Buz Reynolds was told that when he stopped to check the flagpole that now stands at the south end of the parking lot between Wal-Mart and The Home Depot.The flagpole, however, which raised an outcry last week as it went up, is just that, a flagpole, said Magnus Lindholm, the manager of Traer Creek LLC, the developer of the Village at Avon.”The story it is that it is a flagpole. It isn’t a cell phone tower,” Lindholm said. “The reason why we put up the flagpole is that it will have the American flag on it. With Americans at war, you show your loyalty and respect.”The building permit application that the town of Avon received and approved was for just a flagpole, said Tambi Katieb of the town’s community development department. The project was approved by the design review board for the Village at Avon and not Avon’s planning and zoning commission. The Village at Avon got its own design review board as part of a 1998 annexation and development agreement with Avon.”If it was going to include a cell phone tower, (Traer Creek) would have told us. But they made an application for just a flagpole,” Katieb said Monday. The Avon Town Council, which meets today, expects to hear some public input on the flagpole, said Town Councilman Ron Wolfe.”I don’t think we could do anything about it,” Wolfe said. “If we can’t, I hope that Magnus Lindholm can listen to what the people have to say.”As workers put the flagpole up last Wednesday, several Wal-Mart and Home Depot shoppers and local residents complained that it was too tall at about 14 stories high, and a poor color – purple. The town has also fielded calls with concerns since last week, Katieb said.Lindholm said he believes “most people are for the flagpole.””This is the proportionate way to do it,” he said. “And the color of the flagpole isn’t purple. It’s the same color as the blue on the flag. Once the flag goes up, it’s going to be a big hooray.”The new flagpole, which will be dedicated on July 3, was originally going to be even taller, at 205 feet high, said Valerie Ball of Traer Creek LLC. But at that height, it would have required flashing lights on the top. A 20-by-38-foot flag – touted as the largest in Colorado – will fly from the flagpole.Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at At a glancePublic input The Avon Town Council today will discuss the new flagpole next to Wal-Mart and The Home Depot. Citizen’s input begins at 5:30 p.m. at the town building, 400 Benchmark Road.=========================================

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