Here’s an update from the July 20 meeting of the Vail Town Council |

Here’s an update from the July 20 meeting of the Vail Town Council

Scott N. Miller

The council passed a resolution praising world-walker Polly Letofsky for her 14,300-mile circumnavigation of the globe. Letofsky is expected to return to Vail on Friday, July 30. Several events are planned.

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The council picked Kay Cherry to serve on the town’s Art in Public Places Board. Cherry replaces Millei Aldrich. The term ends March 31, 2005.

The council voted unanimously to hire Davis Partnership and Michael Hazard Associates of Edwards to draw up a master plan for the town-owned “Chamonix” in West Vail. That 3.6-acre parcel, purchased in 2002, was targeted by the town for a new fire station, affordable housing, and “land banking.”

The planning team will examine the property for its “carrying capacity” above and beyond a fire station.

The work is expected to be finished in October.

The council approved a new plan and contractor for a reconstruction of Pirate Ship Park in Vail Village. The project, which will replace the old structure with a new one that more closely resembles a pirate ship, has a budget of $331,000. J.L. Viele Construction was awarded the project.

“I think it’s awesome,” Councilwoman Kim Ruotolo said of the project

The council passed on first reading an ordinance enacting part of a new state law allowing liquor stores to host “tastings.” Another provision of the law allows restaurants to “re-cork” wine bottles, at the restaurants’ discretion. The re-corking law is automatic; the council had to enact legislation to allow liquor store tastings.

Town of Vail officials will interview four design teams bidding for the town conference center project on Monday, July 26. The interviews are open to the public. Call 479-2100 for more information.

The council passed on second reading an ordinance changing the town’s Gross Residential Floor Area rules. The changes primarily exempt underground spaces from the floor area requirements, and add vaulted spaces above 16 feet to the formula.

The council passed on second reading an ordinance that allows a Starbucks to open at the east end of the Sonnenalp Austria Haus, near the Covered Bridge. The space formerly housed the Platzl bar.

The council passed on second reading an ordinance granting an additional 45 days for developers of the Vail Plaza Hotel to obtain building permits. Developer Waldir Prado says construction on the project could begin in November, with a planned completion date before the start of the 2006-07 ski season.

Given the condition of the unused Vail Village Inn, council members expressed concern about whether the project would, in fact, start work in the fall.

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