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Kinney promotes smart growth

Daily Staff Writer
Special to the Daily Kraige Kinney is running for Eagle Town Council.
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Kraige Kinney, 49



– Firefighter, town of Vail

– Resident of Brush Creek 16 years



– Community involvement: worked on Brush Creek children’s playground; volunteer at Eagle Valley Elementary School; serves on town of Vail Pension Board; past-chairman of Eagle County EMS Council; served on former Eagle County Open Space Committee; wrote grant for countywide emergency services radio system.

– Most important issue: Managing growth in a responsible way. “Maintain our positive quality of life. Hopefully, I can bring some good ideas and fresh energy to the board.



– Other issues: Communication. The board and staff need to do a better job of communicating with citizens. Proposes agendas be published in the paper prior to meetings, with a summary of what decisions were made published after meetings. “To get people involved, we need to make it a easy as possible for them. Politics are the last thing that people want to do.”

– Downtown re-development: Needs to be a partnership between the town and downtown business owners. Continue with signage program. Beautify entrance to Broadway. Improvements are needed for downtown sidewalks and infrastructure. The biggest challenge will be paying for infrastructure changes. It should not be entirely the business owner’s responsibly.

– Big box store development: “We need to look long and hard to ensure that if we approve a big box, there’s not too much negative impact on existing businesses. Supports enhancement of sales tax revenues and has concern about use of sales tax incentives. “Look at Avon. I don’t think the town needs to give away all the taxes. An incentive should be for a specific time period and specific amount.”

– Open space management: The current town board has taken some excellent first steps. It’s going to be very important to develop a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the county to promote additional open space. Dedication of open space should be a part of any development.

It is important to identify trail access points to help preserve the neighborhoods affected. Motorized vehicle access to open space should be studied. There should be some place in town that allows motorized access to Bureau of Land Management.

The community’s trail system has potential as a marketing tool, whether paved trails for bikers and pedestrians or dirt trails for mountain bikes. “Use the trails as a tool to draw people into the area.”

– Growth policies: Supports growth boundaries and concept of “building from the inside out.”

“The master plan is a guideline; but there should be compelling reasons not to follow that guideline.” Supports impact fees and the requirement of adequate public facilities.

– Why I’m a good candidate: Wants to get citizens involved. Is a consensus builder, willing to compromise. That’s what it takes to get things done. “I love Eagle. We intend to live here until they put us in the cemetery.”


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