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Letters to the editor

Buz Didier

I was unable to attend the recent meetings concerning the school site in avon. Now I hear the choice could be the valley floor site, Tract J. I feel strongly enough about this that I am writing this, my second letter to the editor in 20 years.To get right to the point, I feel Tract J is the worst of the possible sites. My main concerns are traffic, noise, the safety of the kids themselves and what is best for the town. Anyone who has gone by the elementary school on West Beaver Creek Boulevard at 8 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. knows what I’m talking about. Putting the school in town will only aggravate already busy roundabouts at the busiest times of the day. Putting a school full of kids in what I expect to be a very busy town is not looking after their best interests. More cars and more kids equal less safety, that’s just common sense. As far as what’s best for the town, do we want to subject our out-of-town visitors to the noise and traffic a school generates? What if they decide to put a high school there? Those friday night football games will sound great blasting all over the valley floor. You get the point.The tracts up near the freeway are slightly more acceptable, but safety is also an issue there. At least those sites take traffic out of town.Tract M is my first choice. It’s a safer place for the kids, it’s 2 acres bigger, and it’s quieter. Yes it’s a mile or more farther away, but it’s a great deal more convenient that Maloit Park, where our kids went. This site is a dream compared to that. I am all for open space, but I don’t think a road across that Forest Service tract would be much of an impact. One road on 80 acres leaves the site still very open.An added advantage to allowing Traer Creek to move the school is it would require a revision to the PUD agreement, which would be an excellent opportunity for the town to renegotiate parts of what most people think is a bad deal for the town.I am no expert, but these are my thoughts. If the Town Council and the school board really think Tract J is the ideal place for a school, so be it. But if the are merely acquiescing to the more vocal pro-Tract J group, I say there is still time to change their decision. Thank you all for listening and considering these points. Buz DidierDriving points homeDec. 10, 2004, marks a day for a win for both Wildridge and Wildwood traffic-sensitive residents. Today the building permit for a bad idea in Avon was finally pulled.The original imperfect decision by some members of the Town Council was later corrected and the “brilliant” idea of putting a fancy, high-end car wash about a mile down a dead-end two lane road finally died. We certainly can use a new Avon car wash. However, locating it on a dead-end road (Nottingham) and the end of a residential stretch (Grandview) was an idea that apparently made sense only to a guy who lives in New Jersey and owns a little land in Avon. Not to me. How about locating it by a new four-way Interstate exchange where all the cars park and folks go shopping at the big box stores?Secondly, another win for the truck traffic-sensitive Wildridge and Wildwood residents was another bad idea put to bed. The original idea of having a distribution warehouse located literally at the end of Nottingham Road went away, with a little encouragement. The applicant was challenged by an Avon council member at an Avon Planning and Zoning meeting to explain how putting any distribution warehouse at the very end of a dead-end, two-lane road made sense. Specifically, how this idea helped the applicant’s business requirements and how this benefited the residents who use this road. The applicant at that meeting declined comment when they were addressed, publicly and directly. Gee, now it appears that their warehouse idea lives, however located now, at the old Excel Energy building on Route 6 in Eagle-Vail, conveniently located between the applicant’s two ski resorts and two interstate exits.The third traffic win happened, or should I say development has not happened, on Metcalf Road just above the Holy Cross power substation. The same type questioning to a different applicant happened on appeal to Avon’s council for this new project. The applicant got a building variance approval from Avon’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The variance granted was in addition to the applicant’s existing development rights. Council heard the appeal and the same council member questioned the applicant about how his variance benefited the town. In short, council took the applicant’s variance away. The project, so far, has not been built on Metcalf Road.The traffic on Nottingham and Metcalf roads is far from perfect today. It directly affects both Wildwood and Wildridge residents and the folks who live on Nottingham, too. The largest single block of Avon voters still reside in Wildridge and Wildwood, not to mention our new friends who live on Metcalf and Nottingham roads. Admittedly, Avon traffic issues are not very sensational when compared to all the important summer press about Avon flagpoles and how large flagpoles make some editors and Hurd Lane residents feel.As we move ahead, I’d recommend that Avon motorists pay attention to where their well-intentioned decision-makers are spending their time and how that affects you and your family. Avon bears and other vertebrae genus are now protected with new legislation relative to Avon’s weekly curbside trash pickups. Whew! I’ll admit it, Avon’s weekly trash pickup is now safe from bears and other animals that can read. Add to that Avon’s new incredibly watered-down lighting ordinance that now ensures that Avon’s animals with criminal intent can make their weekly trash raids under the legislative cloak of almost total darkness. Beware! And please tell Santa I’d like a flashlight in my stocking this holiday season.Pete BuckleyAvon There’s a thoughtThis is just a little reminder of how life in the mountains is on any given day much better than life somewhere else! During this holiday season it’s time to reflect on all the good here in the Eagle Valley. And I agree it’s time to help thy neighbor, whether it be just a “good day, how are you?” or opening a door for someone who needs help, these little gestures of kind regard are simple ways in our daily lives that we can assume are not forgotten. Friends are few and we need to relish every day as if it were our last, even during this holiday season. Wishing everyone a joyous season and a happy and resourceful new year!Tim KellyGypsumVail, Colorado

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