Government Tracker: Council honors assistant manager
Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday’s afternoon and evening meetings.
Present: Jenn Bruno, Ludwig Kurz, Margaret Rogers, Dave Chapin, Dale Bugby, Mayor Andy Daly. Absent: Greg Moffet.
Topic: A moment of recognition for Assistant Town Manager Pam Brandmeyer, who is retiring April 1 after 35 years with the town.
Who they talked to: Virtually everyone who spoke at the evening meeting spoke first of Brandmeyer’s long, loyal service to the town. Daly noted that by his estimate, Brandmeyer has attended at least 700 Town Council meetings.
“You’ve given as much to this community as anyone I know,” Daly said.
Longtime resident and former council member Merv Lapin called Brandmeyer the “glue” that held the town’s administration together during a time when the town went though a handful of managers.
And Vail Homeowners Association Director Jim Lamont, who’s also at virtually every meeting, also had kind words.
“We should all be so caring,” about our communities, Lamont said.
Brandmeyer, who generally shuns attention, was given a big bouquet.
What’s next? Cake, probably.
Topic: Shielding a home on the north side of a proposed Interstate 70 underpass from headlights.
What they talked about: The Rosen residence, directly across Gore Creek from the north roundabout of the proposed underpass, will have a lot of light from headlights of cars if the project is finished (more on that below). Council members looked at a handful of proposals to keep the lights out of the home, and eventually settled on an idea for a wall about 6 feet tall, and to consider some sort of public art project for the side of the wall facing motorists.
On the subject of the project, town project manager Greg Hall told the council that the council in early May will get a look at a “90 percent design” for the project. At that point, the council will decide whether or not to proceed with the project, which has become much more expensive since it was first approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Town officials need to decide whether to spend about $8.4 million on the project, up from the initial estimate of about $6 million. That’s roughly 30 percent of the project cost.
Hall said if the town agrees to the additional spending, the Colorado Transportation Commission will then decide whether or not to fund the project.
What’s next? Expect the council to make that decision at its May 5 meeting. Hall said once the project has been funded, any increases will be covered by the state.