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New ECO director starts July 14

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The new director of the Eagle County Regional Transportation Authority (ECO), Harry Taylor, has a short trip to his new job on July 14. He has served the past 10 years as transportation director for the Town of Avon.Taylor brings experience in local public transportation, management and finance to his new regional role. In Avon, he directed operations of the municipal transit system and provided contract transit services to Beaver Creek skiers.”We’re excited to have a person of Harry’s demonstrated ability and experience,” said Michael Gallagher, chairman of the Eagle Board of County Commissioners and the county’s representative on the ECO board. “He has the local market knowledge and the transit experience. His background will be indispensable as we tackle regional transportation ideas on the table.”The ECO board considered 12 of 50 candidates who applied for the director position, said Jack Ingstad, Eagle County administrator. “I’m pleased they found Harry to be the most qualified candidate. I’m looking forward to him putting his knowledge of the valley and his experience with transportation to work for ECO.”ECO and the Town of Avon are looking at numerous ways to cooperate to improve service and efficiency and to save money. Tuesday, July 1, the Eagle BOCC will consider an agreement that would allow ECO buses to park at Avon’s Swift Gulch Maintenance Center during the ski season.”The agreement means we wouldn’t have to dead head buses, in other words run empty buses between Avon and Gypsum,” said Gallagher. “Staff estimates the new arrangement will save ECO drivers 38 hours a week they currently lose driving between the busy ski areas and the ECO service and parking center in Gypsum.” Gallagher emphasized that existing ECO services, such as the Dotsero route, remain as they are.Other cooperative services under consideration include ECO operation of the Avon-Beaver Creek ski shuttle now served by the Town of Avon.Airport names newoperations managerEagle County Airport (EGE) named a new operations manager, Ovid Seifers, Monday, June 16.Seifers has experience in every facet of airport construction and maintenance from his 30-plus years with Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and the Kansas City aviation department.For the past five years, Seifers served as a Kansas City Aviation senior project manager overseeing airfield and non-airfield projects. His work included construction of a new customs facility, airport communications, and a new facility for Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF).From 1993 to 1997, he served as the airport’s maintenance and operations manager with responsibilities ranging from snow removal to facility, field and pavement maintenance; capital replacement; and disaster planning and training.”Ovid is perfectly suited for the intense growth period we are in at Eagle County Airport,” said county administrator Jack Ingstad. “He has experience with every project under way and in our sights.”Current EGE projects include construction of a new airport tower, introduction of customs services, installation of new taxiway lighting, construction of new airfield lights, and expansion of fueling operations.Mountain cleanup slatedCommunity volunteers are invited to join Vail Mountain staff for a day of trash cleanup and the help spruce up trails for the summer season.Vail’s mountain cleanup takes place on Tuesday, July 1, from 8:30 a.m. until completion. Community volunteers will receive a voucher good for one free day of skiing on Vail Mountain for the 2003-04 season. The mountain opened for summer on Friday, June 13. Volunteers should meet at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead at 8:30 a.m. on July 1. From there, teams will be transported up the mountain via truck or the gondola to specific cleanup sites.Team leaders will provide work gloves and trash bags as well as identify the designated area to be cleaned. Volunteers are expected to bring their own water, sunblock, hat, snacks, hiking shoes and clothing for inclement weather.At noon, the Vail Mountain dining staff will host a complimentary barbecue at Talon’s Deck at Eagle’s Nest. Volunteers will be transported to Eagle’s Nest for lunch, where lift ticket vouchers will be distributed. After lunch, teams will meet again to continue cleaning and hike down to the base area on assigned runs. Alternate transportation will be provided for those who choose not to walk down the mountain.To volunteer, or for more information, call (970) 479-3001 or e-mail jbrown@vailresorts.com.– Vail Trail staff reports


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