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Ten running for Eagle town board

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado “The ballot will be full at the Eagle town elections on April 1 as residents elect a new mayor and fill three town council seats.

Current Mayor Pro Tem Ed Woodland will run against term-limited Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi for mayor.

Woodland, a co-owner of Nexgen Constructors, Inc., said that as mayor he wants to get the whole community involved in the town’s decisions and focus on issues that top residents’ concerns ” traffic, economic development and preserving Brush Creek.

“The decisions we make together as a community in the next four years will likely define the town for the remainder of the century,” he said.

Menconi, who will have served two terms as commissioner, said he wants to keep Eagle a place that serves families.

His time as commissioner gives him experience in dealing with growth, something that is a major concern for the town, he 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.

Eight candidates are running for three town council seats. They are Kraige Kinney, Glenn Harakal, Donald Horst, Christopher Boyd, Liz Spetnagel, Roxie Deane, David Johnson and Yuri Kostick.

Many candidates said they want to focus on managing growth in Eagle, especially with the upcoming Eagle River Station development, and finding more revenue for the town to pay for that growth.

Kinney, a Vail firefighter, is a current town councilman and member of Open Space Advisory Board and the Eco Transit board.

He wants to generate more revenue through sales taxes, fees and partnership with other municipalities to fuel town growth, he said.

As a board member, he has worked to upgrade a faulty sewer system in the Hilltop neighborhood, and added a sidewalk on Church Street for students going to school, he said.

Harakal, an architect, said his experience with planning and zoning would help him in decisions about the town’s growth. He works with Arris West Architects in Eagle and has been involved with design work in Eagle Ranch.

Liz Spetnagel is an acupuncturist in Edwards and Eagle.

She said she wants to see more development in downtown Eagle, more sales tax revenue and more non-service industries in the area, but she also wants Eagle to keep its character.

“I’m not going to pretend to know everything about development and towns, but I’m willing to try and learn and listen to people. I’m without an agenda other than being a concerned citizen of the town,” she said.

Christopher Boyd, who does sales for Alpine Lumber, is a current member of Eagle’s planning and zoning board.

He wants to see the town build more in already developed areas like Chamber Street and along Highway 6, he said. He also wants to bring in more sales tax revenues and tackle the town’s traffic problems.

“I’m not opposed to growth, but we need to catch up with the growth we already have,” he said.

Johnson, a county transit director, said that surveys show residents are very concerned about transportation ” they want less traffic, more pedestrian paths, and trails, he said.

“As a transportation person, I see these as not only transportation issues, but recreation and quality of life issues,” he said.

Kostick, who is a county planner and a former Eagle town planner, said he is familiar with the town’s problems. He wants to make sure Eagle can build the infrastructure it needs for growth, but also be able to pay for it.

Deane, a former mayor and town board member, said is ready to be involved in the town government again.

“I’ve been working on the Eagle area community plan, and I think I have a lot of knowledge to offer,” she said.

Horst could not be reached for comment on Friday.

To vote in the elections, residents must be registered with the Eagle County Clerk by Monday.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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