Letters to the editor
This is just to let you know that I felt your discourteous remarks about Councilwoman Diana Donovan on Saturday, November 23 were uncalled for and way off base.
It is ironic that in the same issue of your newspaper on page A6, Jane Reuter reports that “The Keystone Conference Center is Losing Millions of Dollars.” Keystone resident Ralph Schaltz called it “a sweetheart deal” for Vail Resorts.
The Keystone Center is not a sweet deal at all compared to the deal voters handed to special interest groups here in Vail. No wonder they had paid lobbyists pushing the issue.
Like Diana Donovan, I believe voters did not get a clear picture of what we may be in for. Would voters have approved the issue if they’d realized that the potential operating deficit could be as high as $1.5 million per year?
If the Keystone Conference Center loses over $1 million per year after 10 years of existence, how much will the Vail Conference Center lose in the early years of operation? Or do we really believe the lobbyists that the facility will break even? I don’t know of a single major conference facility that is not continually supported by taxpayers.
Yes, the voters have spoken, but I hope that a responsible Town Council will follow Diana Donovan’s lead and address all future impacts and potential financial consequences that the facility will represent, including the strong possibility that the Vail Conference Center may cost far more than the lobbyists have told us.
P.S. It might be wise to ask what happened to the “Hub Site,” which was going to serve Vail Village and Lionshead and which has ample off-season parking for conventioneers.
Thank you for the kind words in last week’s Nordic track article, but I would be remiss in not mentioning the others who really deserve the credit.
Without the support of Vail Resorts, the use of its grooming equipment, Paul Jaeger, one of VR’s exceptional operators, John Foster from the center, the town of Vail staff who facilitated the snowcat travel to the track, and the help of many others, the track repairs would not have been possible.
Our valley contains vast resources.
When we put our heads together and team up there are few problems that cannot be solved.
Thanks to all those who contributed to this success.
Vice President Vail Operations