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Government tracker: Vail council members consider their goals

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

The issue: The Vail Town Council’s second and final day of its council retreat, in which members map out strategic goals they would like to accomplish in the coming years.

What they discussed: The Vail Town Council wants to make sure the work it does today leads to a successful town and community 30 years down the road.

Council members discussed Tuesday how they’d like to grow Vail into a more balanced and diverse community, how they can improve the quality of the Vail experience, develop younger generations into future town leaders and other strategic ideas for Vail’s future success.

The goals are objectives that stretch five to 10 years out, and while some goals aren’t immediate priorities, council members recognize a need to plan ahead.

Interstate 70, for example, and its impacts to the overall community needs to be addressed now, Councilwoman Susie Tjossem said. Burying the interstate through town, for example, is a conversation that should be taking place, she said.

“We need to start taking baby steps,” she said.

Annexation is another far-reaching goal that members talked about Tuesday. There wasn’t support for exploring the impacts of annexing Eagle-Vail, but members did direct town staff to move forward with studying annexation east of Dowd Junction, specifically the Forest Service property at the Minturn exit.

Members discussed improving the quality and convenience of the town’s parking and transit system. They also want to be leaders in technology and want to improve the town’s overall economic vitality.

They want the community to be more diverse – to fill in the gaps between the workers who live in employee housing and the super wealthy who live in multi-million-dollar mansions.

“In order to ensure our future, we need a little more diverse community,” Mayor Andy Daly said.

Having more of those people in town will bring the town closer to reaching another one of its goals of developing future leadership from within the community, members said.

The goals are lofty, and the members recognize that, but they said the retreat is a starting place – a place to get the town moving in the right direction by bringing important discussions to the table and outlining when more discussions can and should take place.

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