Vail council race: Rogers can play hardball
VAIL ” Margaret Rogers is a skier ” she talks about how she’s on the mountain 100 days a winter.
She is a biker ” she talks about how she rides 100 miles a week.
She is a mother ” she talks about her son, a sociologist whom she calls the most interesting person she knows.
And she is also a retired lawyer. That is evident when talks about how she would negotiate with developers as a member of the Vail Town Council.
“If we can work together cooperatively, that would be the best outcome. On the other hand, if they want to play hardball, I know how to play hardball,” she said.
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Rogers is one of 10 Vail residents who are running for town council. She says her experience as a litigator will help the town as it enters into negotiations over projects such as Timber Ridge, the Lionshead parking structure and Ever Vail.
“We are in the middle of some critical negotiations on some very huge projects that are really going to shape the face of Vail for the next 40 years,” she said.
With the council losing three of its most experience business experts ” Rod Slifer, Greg Moffet and Kent Logan ” there needs to be someone on council with maturity and business experience, she said.
She wants to help make sure Vail stays a great place to live, she said.
“It goes back to quality of life and sense of community,” she said.
Rogers grew up in Chicago and was the first member of her family to go to college. She graduated from Loyola University and worked for a while as a statistician, which she calls “The world’s most boring job.”
She became interested in law, and attended Northwestern Law School. She graduated there as a single parent, and embarked on a 20-year career as a litigator, mostly working in business litigation. When she became partner at her firm, she was the only woman partner.
She and her husband, Rick, bought a home in Vail in 1990 and started coming here every other weekend. When she retired in 1997, they moved here full-time.
“People are friendly, everybody is happy because they are at a resort,” she said. “There’s an energy here that’s just vibrant.”
She likes the neighborhood feel of her Potato Patch neighborhood. She and her husband live in a home, which they recently remodeled, high on Potato Patch Drive with views of Vail Mountain.
Rogers is now the chairwoman of the Design Review Board. On that board, she has con
Rogers wants to push for Vail to be a leader in environmental stewardship.
“I was a hippie in the ’60s,” she said. “I’m pretty glad that now it’s cool to be green.”
The town should look at geothermal energy to heat its streets as well as solar power, she said. It should do little things, too, like using energy-efficient light bulbs in its buildings and turning off computers at night at Town Hall.
Vail should create affordable housing to make sure it has different types of people in town ” not just second-home owners, she said.
“If I wanted to live with just retired people, I would have moved to Beaver Creek,” Rogers said.
Timber Ridge should be redeveloped into a mix of rental housing and for-sale housing, she said.
The last Town Council did a good job passing affordable-housing requirements for developers, but some of its spending decision were not smart, she said.
“I think their management of money has been terrible. I can’t believe how much some of the stuff cost that we spent money on,” she said, citing projects like the Children’s Fountain.
She envisions creating a “brain bank,” drawing from people who live around Vail with expertise in different areas like finance, law and development.
“We have a tremendous amount of really smart people in town,” she said.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or email@example.com.