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Government tracker: Vail approves clubhouse contract

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday’s work session and regular meeting.

Present: Jenn Bruno, Greg Moffet, Mayor Pro Tem Ludwig Kurz, Margaret Rogers, Dave Chapin, Dale Bugby.

Absent: Mayor Andy Daly.

Issue: Contract award for Vail Golf Club clubhouse renovation project.

How they voted: 5-1, with Bugby opposed.

What it means: The council approved a contract with Evans Chaffee Construction Group for $8.175 million for an extensive renovation and addition to the clubhouse. Project manager Greg Hall told the council the contract is a “fixed price” document, meaning that’s how much the project will cost the town.

Before voting against approving the contract, Bugby again voiced his long-running opposition to the project, claiming the project violates a deed restriction dating to the original sale of the property, and again urging town officials to wait to proceed until all clubhouse-related litigation has run its course.

What’s next? A groundbreaking ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Issue: First reading of an ordinance setting eligibility for write-in candidates for municipal elections.

How they voted: 5-1, with Bugby opposed.

Who they talked to: Vail Town Clerk Patty McKenney.

What they talked about: The ordinance requires write-in candidates to submit an affidavit of intent to run at least 21 days before the election for votes to be official.

What it means: If you miss the coming deadlines for getting on the ballot, then you still need to contact the town clerk’s office at least 21 days in advance of the election to be a recognized candidate. Bugby said he opposed the ordinance because it seems unnecessary.

What’s next? The municipal election is Nov. 3.

Issue: Discussion of the town’s 2016 budget.

Who they talked to: Vail Town Manager Stan Zemler and finance director Kathleen Halloran.

What they talked about: Zemler and Halloran went over broad details of the proposed budget for 2016. The budget anticipates continued revenue growth in sales, property and real estate transfer taxes. The budget also calls for increasing department budgets by an average of 1 percent. The budget includes a pool for merit-based pay raises of up to 5 percent. The town also expects to add a full-time position in the police department to coordinate drug investigations. Other positions will be added across the rest of the town’s departments.

Council members questioned some spending on projects including air service and contributions to community groups.

Bugby said he’d prefer to spend town money on advertising than to airlines for revenue guarantees for new flights. Moffet added that he wants better accountability from the EGE Air Alliance, the nonprofit group that works to attract new flights.

“That’s the only organization of similar size in the county that doesn’t have professional management … I want to make sure we’re being deliberate and responsible about the money we’re giving away,” Moffet said.

Most of the town’s planned community contributions passed muster, but Rogers strongly objected to a planned $500,000 donation to a renovation project proposed by the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum.

“This is a huge percentage of what they’re trying to raise,” Rogers said, adding that she’d be more comfortable giving the museum the same percentage of the project cost the town provided to the new education center for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. That percentage would bring the town’s contribution to less than $180,000.

Kurz suggested that the town’s contribution could be capped at the lower figure, and it could depend on the museum’s success with finding other sources of funding.

What’s next? First reading of the budget ordinance is set for Oct. 6.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930, and @scottnmiller.

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