Menconi wants to be mayor of Eagle
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado ” Arn Menconi may be term-limited as Eagle County Commissioner, but he said he wants to continue serving in public office ” as Eagle mayor.
Menconi announced his decision to run for the position yesterday.
He lives in Eagle with his family and wants to continue being part of the community, he said.
Eagle has grown rapidly in the last few years and now faces growth problems such as traffic and lack of funding ” problems he has dealt with as a county commissioner, Menconi said.
“I believe that my experience in the areas of land use, financial budgeting, and working collaboratively with other government entities would be valuable,” he said.
His love of public service is another reason he wants the position, he said.
“I love my job and doing it every day,” he said. “I’d really like to bring my vision as to where the town will go.”
Town elections are April 1, and so far no one has officially filed papers to run for mayor, according to the town clerk’s office.
Eagle resident Jeanne McQueeney said she supports Menconi for mayor, especially because of his work with children’s programs.
“The town of Eagle is so much about children and families, so I see it as a good fit,” said McQueeney, who is director of Early Childhood Partners, a nonprofit children’s development organization.
Also, as a county commissioner Menconi is experienced in dealing with land use, housing and traffic ” all issues that Eagle needs to deal with, she said.
“I think we’d be fortunate to have someone with that background,” she said.
Eagle resident Mary Murphy said she has not been happy with his performance as county commissioner. Her biggest objection was when Menconi funded early childhood development programs partly with county money after residents had voted down a proposal to fund the programs with a tax increase.
“He has shown a complete disregard for what the voters want with his early childhood development, and that would probably continue in his mayoral term,” she said.
Ken Wilson, who lives just west of Eagle, said that Menconi will not be getting his vote.
“He wastes the taxpayers’ money, and I’ve never seen him held accountable for what he spends,” Wilson said, citing open space buys made by the county and childhood development spending
Voters can expect the same thing if Menconi becomes mayor, he said.
The next mayor should work to maintain Eagle’s family-friendly environment and tackle problems related to growth and development, some residents said.
The town’s leadership should limit commercial development and plan carefully for future businesses in Eagle River Station, Murphy said.
“I have three young children and I’m concerned for their safety,” she said. “I want to keep my town small and safe.”
McQueeney agreed she would like to see the next mayor keep Eagle’s small-town feel.
“I would like to attract businesses here, but also keep that hometown feel for children and families. I think we’re on our way there,” she said.
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.