Hunn, Richards, Kerst elected to Eagle board
EAGLE ” One way or another, it’s all about growth.
Dealing with, or preparing for growth in some way is the top issue for Scot Hunn, Mikel Kerst and Stephen Richards, who were all elected to the Eagle Town Board Tuesday.
Hunn was elected to his first term on the board, and will replace Paul Witt, who decided not to seek a second term. Kerst and Richards were re-elected to their seats.
Growth was also on the minds of at least some of the 159 people who voted.
For Steve Quiring, preparing for growth means a town that’s more inviting to business. That includes improving Broadway, the town’s four-block downtown.
Town officials have plans for an ambitious face-lift for Broadway, with half the work to be done this year and half next. But with plans for a Costco store in Gypsum now in high gear, some residents and town board members want the town to get all the downtown work done this year.
“Broadway needs to get done all at once,” Quiring said.
That might take some doing, Kerst said. With money tight, another project scheduled for this year might have to wait.
“We’ve got to re-prioritize some things,” he said. “We need to do the hard work on Broadway before Costco opens.”
No matter the schedule, resident Amy Cassidy is ready for a facelift for downtown. But more than Broadway, Cassidy said she also wants the town government to keep up as well as it can with its open space and trail programs.
“It’s hard to keep up with development,” Cassidy said. “But we need to try to stay one step ahead of it.”
Cassidy said she also wants to see a spruce-up on U.S. Highway 6 through town.
“It looks terrible,” she said.
When Costco does open, it’s likely there will be a lot more traffic through both towns on Highway 6.
“Company’s coming,” Richards said. “We need to be ready for it.”
Spiffing up Highway 6 through Eagle has been one of Richards’ goals since he was first elected in 2002. That’s going to take some work, since anything done along the highway will have to be approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“I think even without them, we could plant trees and put signs along Highway 6,” Richards said.
Even with the traffic Costco will bring, Eagle has its own growth to contend with, Richards said. The town board will soon see plans for a part of the Adam’s Rib property just south of town up Brush Creek, and Richards said he expects to see another proposal for the Red Mountain Ranch property east of town sooner than later. That’s going to put even more pressure on the town’s street system, Richards said.
Before the town takes on much more, a new sewer plant needs to be built. That needs to be the town’s top priority, Kerst said.
“To let other projects of size come in without dealing with (the sewer plant) just won’t work,” he said.
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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