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Government Tracker: Vail to re-start fire inspections

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday evening meeting.

Present: Kevin Foley, Greg Moffet, Mayor Pro Tem Jenn Bruno, Kim Langmaid, Jen Mason, Dick Cleveland.

Absent: Mayor Dave Chapin.

Issue: Restarting fire inspections in Vail.

Who they talked to: Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak and fire marshal Mike Vaughn.

What they talked about: Vaughn said the Vail Fire Department plans to resume fire inspections in town this year. That program was shelved several years ago due to budget and staff constraints.

Vaughn said the intent is to make sure building owners are operating as safely as possible, and to show property managers how they can better understand the safety systems in their buildings.

The idea is to start in Vail’s gas stations and large commercial buildings in West Vail, Vaughn said.

Foley asked if the inspections could lead to town mandates to install sprinkler systems in older buildings. Vaughn said that won’t happen unless an older building receives an extensive renovation.

What’s next: Expect firefighters at your building.

Issue: Possible renovation of Vail’s municipal building.

Who they talked to: Town Manager Stan Zemler.

What they talked about: Zemler brought new council members up to speed on plans throughout the past several years to replace the 1970s-vintage building. Those efforts were short-circuited for various reasons. Zemler said town officials are now starting to look at ways to remodel the existing building.

What’s next: Expect a report within the next 60 days or so.

Issue: Extending a berm along Interstate 70 in East Vail.

Who they talked to: Several residents of the Bald Mountain Townhomes, who have for years asked for the existing berm to be extended past their property.

What they said: Zemler told residents he’s confident the berm will be completed either this year or in 2017.

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