Partnership looks to team up with Eagle
EAGLE, Colorado – For months the town of Eagle has been discussing ways to attract more visitors, so timing couldn’t have been more ripe for a visit from the Vail Valley Partnership.
Tuesday night Chris Romer of the Partnership approached members of the Eagle Town Board with the idea of having all municipalities and rec districts in the valley team up to bring more events to the area, particularly during the summer months.
“We know that our occupancy in the valley … during the non-ski months ranges from less than 10 percent to 52 percent. There is a huge possibility, just from a bed basis,” said Romer.
Romer noted that for the past 2 1/2 years, the Partnership has actively worked on attracting participatory sports activities. As a result, everything from softball tournaments to firefighter challenges have been contested in the valley.
“People still travel for their kids and they still travel for their passions,” Romer said.
But the group is interested in building on that base, Romer said, because the valley has the facilities available to bring in many more groups. Romer noted that the extensive local recreation facilities are often underutilized.
“We have it. Let’s promote it and have a united effort to utilize these things that sit empty more than they should,” he said.
Romer noted that the Partnership is in the beginning stages of forming a coalition of local governments. In addition to working collaboratively to solicit and host events, the various entities would likely have to pony up money to make the effort happen. At present, the Partnership is talking with various possible members and will host a meeting in December to begin developing an action plan.
Town board members enthusiastically endorsed the effort.
“I think you are on to something good here. We will look forward to having our seat at the table in December,” said Mayor Ed Woodland.
Fusion Cafe’s liquor license was renewed Tuesday, but not until the town board revisited the issue of noise complaints regarding the business.
Two weeks ago, a group of neighbors appealed to the town board to help them address an on-going problem with loud music at the restaurant. The board opted to table the liquor license decision until Oct. 26.
Simone Beltran, Fusion Cafe owner, pledged that the sound system that caused the dispute will no longer be used.
“I would like to apologize to the neighbors. I didn’t know it was that bad,” she said.
“With 18 complaints you have to realize something is wrong,” said town board member Scott Turnipseed. “It doesn’t seem that hard to turn down the music.”
While town board members sympathized with the noise problems, they noted that a liquor license hearing wasn’t the best venue to address the issues.
“We did not come here to ask you to deny the liquor license. We just want someone to take notice. We are looking for a forum because trying to work it out amongst ourselves hasn’t worked,” said Stacy Maule, the Fusion neighbor.
The board approved the liquor license with Turnipseed dissenting. But members also gave the Fusion owners warning that further noise complaints would be noted in future license hearings.
In other action the town board:
• Approved a satellite grow facility for the Sweet Leaf Pioneer medical marijuana dispensary. Because of changes to state law, the business must now produce 70 percent of the product it sells. The grow facility will be located in an industrial zone area on Marmot Lane. Members Roxie Deane, Kraige Kinney and Scot Webster voted against the special use permit.
• Discussed a proposal to steer traffic away from Capitol Street and on to Broadway.
• Discussed a proposal to televise town board meetings. Town Manager Willy Powell noted he had brief discussions with the Eagle County eco18 personnel about the proposal. Powell said he would do additional financial research and bring the proposal back before the board for discussion.