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Government Tracker: Vail commits $6 million to underpass

Board: Vail Town Council, Dec. 3 afternoon and evening meetings.

Present: Jenn Bruno, Greg Moffet, Ludwig Kurz, Andy Daly, Margaret Rogers, Dave Chapin, Dale Bugby.

Issue: Interviews with candidates for the Vail Commission on Special Events and the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council. There are now five vacancies on the special events board and four on the marketing district advisory board. The marketing district board had four applicants for the vacancies, all incumbents. But the council is interviewing 28 people for the special events board.

The first wave came Tuesday afternoon, with a second group scheduled for interviews Dec. 17.

The council is expected to pick from that large group at its Dec. 17 evening meeting.

Issue: Discussion with State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, who represents Eagle and Routt counties in the Colorado Legislature.

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What they talked about: Mitsch Bush talked about a variety of legislative accomplishments in the 2013 session, virtually all of which were overshadowed by a set of controversial gun-control bills. Other bills passed included one to increase the state's reserve funds by 25 percent, which Mitsch Bush said was crucial in helping the state deal with the aftermath of September's Front Range flooding, as well as the brief government shutdown.

Another bill added another $2 million to the state's tourism marketing efforts.

What's next: The 2014 session — in an election year — begins in January.

Issue: Committing $6 million in town money to the Simba Run underpass project. The council voted unanimously to sign a letter to the state pledging that town money to the project, which will be funded primarily from $14.6 million in state funds. The money had already been budgeted for the project.

Scott N. Miller