Tracker: Avon Town Council 11/14/2006 |

Tracker: Avon Town Council 11/14/2006

Nicole Frey

How they voted: unanimously approved.

What they said: The three-quarters roundabout at Avon Road and Benchmark Road will be changed to become a full roundabout to increase circulation within the town.

What this means to you: Instead of going to U.S. Highway 6 to turn around, drivers will have a full roundabout.

What’s next: Inter-Mountain Engineering will continue work on the roundabout.

What they said: Avon Police Chief Brian Kozak told the council Colorado ranks fifth in the nation in alcohol consumption and Eagle County’s alcohol related arrests rates are 1.3 times higher than the state average. Those arrested for being drunk are taken to the Eagle County Jail for detoxification, but the jail isn’t properly staffed or equipped to deal with people who need medical intervention and counseling, Kozak said. The Sober Living program is requesting $28,000 in county funds and may ask Avon for money in the future. Kozak asked the town support the program.

What this means to you: The county is trying to combat alcoholism.

What’s next: Sober Living will finalize the program and make an official presentation to the county in 2007.

What they said: Shannon Overcash, 11, wrote to the council to request the Wildridge park get some “big kid” swings, in addition to the existing “baby swings,” and to make the swings purple if possible. Avon’s Public Works Director Bob Reed said the Playground Institute doesn’t recommend having both types of swings together, and it may be a legal liability. Town Manager Larry Brooks said perhaps the kid population was aging and the “baby swings” should be traded for “big kid” swings.

What this means to you: The Wildridge Park may soon look different.

What’s next: Reed will look into playground equipment and liabilities.

How they voted: passed unanimously

What they said: Avon was the only town in Eagle County that didn’t contract its animal control services with the county. As Avon doesn’t have the proper facilities, equipment or training to safely impound animals, Avon Police Chief Brian Kozak recommended Avon go with the county’s service, which will provide at least 32 hours of patrol each month, emergency on-call services, animal shelter, investigation and reporting of animal bites and leash law enforcement for $1,512 each month.

What this means to you: There will be a greater presence in town to enforce animal-related laws.

What’s next: Animal control will be in Avon.

Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or

Vail, Colorado

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