Vail Daily letter: Horrible agreements, like Traer Creek
Vail, CO, Colorado
Thanks for asking the candidates for Avon Town Council about the Village at Avon (Sarah Mausolf’s article on Tuesday, “How should Avon handle Traer Creek?”).
Let’s all remember how we got into this mess: a 1998 annexation and development agreement that gave everything to the developer, Magnus Lindholm, followed by a 2001 amendment that now arguably allows his mini-government, Traer Creek Metro District, to dodge paying for municipal services like snowplowing. Is it any wonder that such horrible agreements dissolve into litigation? Not when the developer prefers to sue (and appeal and appeal) rather than pay bills or develop.
Among the candidates’ answers in Mausolf’s article, Jim Benson says the town of Avon needs to stop spending money and staff time litigating with Traer Creek and the relationship should be handled “carefully.” I wish Jim and his colleagues on the council in 1998 had handled carefully the agreements with Magnus Lindholm and Traer Creek.
Had the town done so, the list of Village at Avon defaults, unpaid balances and unfulfilled promises would not be so long, including a current unpaid balance of $3 million which grows at about $90,000 per month. In addition, the town would not be spending money and staff time litigating with Traer Creek.
I’ll bet Magnus Lindholm would love to pack the Avon Town Council with people who were easily duped in 1998 and 2001. I hope we don’t do that.
Tamra Nottingham Underwood