Moffet announces re-election bid
A second Vail Town Council incumbent, Greg Moffet, has announced his bid for re-election.
Moffet, one of the board’s most quotable members, said he’s seeking re-election to be a voice for residents who don’t have time be heavily involved in Vail politics.
“I feel like I represent a constituency that doesn’t have a voice otherwise,” Moffet says. “A lot of people are too busy going about their business to go to council meetings – these are people I encounter at the bus stop, soccer practice, ice skating and when I walk into stores to talk to business people.”
Moffet and Town Councilman Bill Jewitt are the two incumbents who are running to keep their seats. Town Councilman Rod Slifer said he hasn’t decided yet, and one-term Town Councilman Chuck Ogilby is not running for re-election.
Four seats will be up for grabs when residents vote in November. Voters will return to the polls for a special election in January when Vail Mayor Ludwig Kurz’s term ends.
Moffet says some people are too busy even to speak out on council decisions that affect their lives.
“If you’ve got two jobs and two kids, the last thing you’re going to schedule into your busy life is to go to a four-hour council meeting to see if there’s enough ice time for your son to play hockey or if there’s a field available for your daughter to play soccer,” Moffet says.
In a second term, Moffet says one problem he wants to tackle is Interstate 70 traffic noise, which has been an increasing source of complaints from residents.
“I want to see us do something about highway noise – I’ve wanted to see that since before I got elected,” Moffet says. “Maybe we’ll get some people elected willing to take some steps to make this happen.”
Most recently, the town has talked about exploring a lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Transportation over highway noise. Meanwhile, the town has asked the transportation agency to lower the 65 mph speed limit through Vail.
In East Vail, the town has been building hilly sound “berms” between homes and the freeway to muffle the noises.
Moffet says the while the town has done a good job building smaller, affordable apartments for seasonable employees, there is still a lack of affordable housing for families.
“We’ve done a great job making a dent in the employee housing problem in town,” he says. “I think one of things we have to do in next few years is shift our focus to building family-sized affordable housing.”
Moffet, who owns Vail-based TIGA Advertising, says he has been a strong advocate for Vail businesses and, if re-elected, will continue to support merchants.
“I think I’m the most pro-business vote on Town Council, contrary to popular opinion,” Moffet says. “I’m proud of my record. I don’t know of very many votes I would go back and change.”
During his first term, the council eliminated a policy that required expanding businesses to pay hefty fees for new parking spaces. That policy assumed expansion would attract new customers who also would need new parking spaces.
“Nobody was willing to expand their business under that scenario,” Moffet says. “But the spending on business development has increased several-fold since the current four-year council was elected.”
Before serving a four-year term on council, Moffet served four years on the town’s Planning and Environmental Commission, which advises the council on construction projects. He says that experience prepares him to deal with major development planned in town, such as Vail Resorts’ renovation of Lionshead, the redesign of the base of Vail Mountain in the village and the conference center.
“I know how big projects work through the town,” Moffet says. “I feel I have a pretty good awareness of the business (owners’) concerns about the big Vail Resorts projects coming through.”
Moffet also listed as achievements the construction of the Whitewater Park along Gore Creek in Vail Village and Donovan Park in West Vail. The Whitewater Park already has hosted high-profile kayaking events, such as the Teva Mountain Games, while Donovan Park has become a popular recreation spot for locals.
“Donovan Park was converted from a dump into a great park serving the neighborhood with the highest concentration. of kids in town,” Moffet says.
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