Goulding promises ‘reasonable approach’
Vail, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado – Todd Goulding is no stranger to town government.
As the current Planning and Zoning Commission chairman in Avon, he makes a point to also attend Avon council meetings.
Now that he’s running for Avon Town Council, he says his experience as a planner would make for a smooth transition onto council.
“I think you get to understand a lot about what’s going on in the town, where it’s been, where it’s going, by being involved in the development side of things,” he said.
Goulding, 37, lives with his wife, Wendy, on Nottingham Road. Next month will be big for the Gouldings for more reasons than just the election – they’re expecting their first son.
“We’re really excited,” he said.
Goulding says he brings a reasonable approach to most things, and that’s how he would approach being a councilman.
“I like to hear both sides, then make a decision based on the logic that gets me there,” he said.
With regard to the ongoing dispute between the town and developers of Village at Avon, Goulding says both sides probably agree on one thing: they’re paying too much for lawyers.
“I’d like to talk to Traer Creek directly, without attorneys, and say, ‘Here’s the contract. There are areas maybe we haven’t lived up to, areas you havent’ lived up to. Can we resolve those?'”
It may be unrealistic to resolve all the differences, but he hopes they could at least reach an agreement on some of them.
Along with smoothing some things over with Traer Creek, Goulding wants to improve communication between Avon and the various outside groups it deals with, from Vail Resorts to the Beaver Creek Resort Co. to the Eagle County School District.
He wants to meet with them independently and invite them to come to council meetings in hopes of forming better partnerships.
More communication could also help area businesses thrive, he said. For instance, he said restaurants were not aware of a recent youth soccer tournament in town and as a result, some ran out of food or didn’t have enough servers on duty to handle the influx of extra customers.
As for the Main Street project, Goulding thinks the town should move ahead as businesses springs up in Avon Center and The Seasons, bringing revenue to help pay for the project.
“I am not of the opinion that if we build it, they will come,” he said. “What I mean by that is: Let’s not spend $16 million in the hopes it drives businesses here. It would be ideal but we just can’t afford it.”
In general, if the town’s revenues come in lower than expected this year, he said he would look to town staff to outline any further cuts to the budget.
“If they don’t buy in, it’s not going to be successful,” he said. “Any cut is going to have a pretty significant impact on the operating side of things. I need to know what those impacts would be.”
Avon serves two distinct populations, visitors and residents, and it can be difficult to prioritize the two, Goulding said.
“My goal for the town is to help find that balance,” he said.
Goulding has lived in Avon since 1999. Like many people in the valley, he moved here in 1996 thinking he would ski for a year. After spending three years working as a ski patroller on Vail Mountain, he got involved in construction in 1999 after Two Elk burned down. He started his own construction consulting company in January.
Goulding said he likes to be involved in a lot of things. His long list of community positions includes volunteer with Vail Mountain Rescue Group and the Salvation Army, president of the Bristol Pines homeowners’ association and board member for the Eagle county health services district.
He hopes to add town councilman to the list.
“It’s important to me to give back to the community I live in,” he said.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.