Vail Daily letter: The best Eagle Board |

Vail Daily letter: The best Eagle Board

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

The Town Board in Eagle has distinguished itself by using creative forward-thinking and abundant fresh ideas to create a better town environment for its residents.

For instance, the new water mains and sewers and redone streetscape on Broadway came to us because revenues derived from development of new housing were returned to the commercial area of town to the tune of about $5 million. The Town Board is currently working on demonstration projects and retrofitting existing lighting and heating equipment with new green, low-energy-use fixtures.

The town of Eagle is working with Eagle County to create a master plan for west Eagle that might include a new assisted-living and nursing-home facility for seniors in our county. The cost estimated for infrastructure in west Eagle to make the redevelopment happen is from $8 million to $10 million.

For a small town, we can boast of some wonderful amenities that all enjoy. There are miles of recreation trails, a golf course, an outdoor pool, ice rink, tennis courts, multiple parks, a community garden, performance stage, open space, a new health-care center and some great town-supported events. Our Town Board members have helped to ensure that those benefits have become part of our lives.

In order to meet the challenges of diminishing revenue and increased costs, we need real experienced public servants on our Town Board going forward. Of the group running for Town Board seats, the three people who have demonstrated their commitment to Eagle and have garnered the level of experience needed to guide our town are Mikel “Pappy” Kerst, Scott Turnipseed and Scot Webster.

Mikel Kerst is a careful, thoughtful and compassionate listener. He has proven that he can assimilate huge quantities of information and analyze complex issues. He is also a firefighter and devoted to being sure that our citizens are safe. He wants to return to the Town Board for a second term to keep up his good work.

Scott Turnipseed, a local architect and builder, has led the Planning and Zoning Commission, where Scot Webster is also a member.

Webster also works in our area as a Realtor and knows how important the economic structure of our town is. They have both been deeply involved in finalizing the new Eagle Area Community Plan, which will be the guiding document for future development in Eagle.

I encourage you to vote for these three people for our Town Board. Together, they will bring to our town the much-needed experience born of dedicated and selfless service.

Frances Rolater,, Eagle

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