Vail Daily Vail Council Candidates’ Questionnaire
– Name: Kent Logan
– Age: 59
– Phone number(s) and e-mail address (not for publication):
476-1170; 479-0211; email@example.com
– How long have you lived in Vail, and where did you come from originally?:
“I have been skiing here since the ’70s; Vicki and I were married on the top of the mountain 18 years ago by Buck Allen, and when I retired four years ago, we move here permanently. So, I’ve seen the town during the heyday of the “boom” in skiing, the “bust” of the oil crisis and Mexican peso devaluation and then the recovery in the 1990s with the amazing growth of the downvalley communities.”
– Occupation:Retired investment banker
– Political/government experience:
“While I have no political experience per se, I do have 30 years of successful financial management experience. Success in business means solving problem – actually anticipating problems – and then solving them pragmatically, objectively and fairly after soliciting input from all relevant interested parties. … Given the fact “economic vitality” is the No. 1 issue facing the town over the next four years, it is business experience, not government experience, that should be most valuable.”
Please answer each of the following questions in 50 words or less:
1) – What specific concerns or issues led you to run for Vail Town Council?
“The results of last spring’s Public Opinion Strategies Survey – which gave the incumbent council very bad marks on leadership, vision, fiscal responsibility, lack of willingness to make tough decisions with respect to the budget, indecisiveness and indiscriminate spending – had the most influence on my decision to run. In addition, I believe the town is at an important crossroads and the decisions we make with respect to the reconstruction of Vail will set the stage for the next 25 years.”
2) – What do residents of Vail want from local government, and how do you plan to meet their needs?
“I believe the residents and businesses want local government to be responsive and sensitive to their needs – and be helpful, not obstructionist. “It is time to eliminate outdated, unnecessary regulations and bureaucracy. It is time the town government worked for the people again. More specifically, we should:
– “Establish a resident “311 hotline” for complaints with a mandatory five-day follow-up response.
– “Initiate an annual “State of the Town” report.”
3) – What personal qualities do you feel you offer that will best benefit town government?
“Frankly, my best personal quality is I have gray hair and have been around long enough. I have had enough real-time, practical experience and made enough mistakes I have the humility to know I don’t have all the answers. Heck, I don’t even know all the questions, but I do have an open, analytical mind – free of any special interest conflicts – which I believe will serve well in addressing whatever issues come up over the next four years.”
4) – The most recent Vail Community Survey identified “sustaining economic vitality of businesses in Vail” as the most important issue on the minds of Vail’s residents. How do you plan to address that?
“First and foremost, wee to stimulate job creation – you can’t add residents if they have jobs. What the town can do now is:
– “Eliminate empty store fronts.
– “Require town departments to “buy local.”
– “Boost the marketing budget.
– “Work more closely with our second-largest employer, the Vail Valley Medical Center.
“Secondly, we need to safeguard our financial position and provide adequate staff for the unprecedented scope of our planned reconstruction program.”
5) – The second-biggest issue on the minds of Vail residents is the “protection of Vail’s environmental resources.” How do you plan to address that?
“I am a firm believer and supporter of open-space initiatives; growth should be balanced and thoughtful and firmly regulated by the citizens of Vail working through the council. Frankly, the biggest specific challenge for the next council will be finding the solutions for the Interstate 70 noise pollution problem.”
6) – The third-biggest issues on the minds of Vail residents is “adequate and safe parking for peak visitor periods.” How do you plan to address that?
“As everyone know, the long-term solution is construction of another deck on the Lionshead structure – which incidentally will cost the town another $5 million, in addition to the $4.3 million already pledged by Vail Resorts – and is another very good reason whey we must manage the town’s finances so carefully. Near-term, we must arrange for more satellite areas and beef-up shuttle bus service to and from them.”
7) – Vail began as a ski resort and evolved into a community. Where do you see this ongoing evolution going over the next 10 years?
“The most important challenge for the next council should be opening up channels of dialogue and building bridges – with the business community, with Vail Resorts as a true peer and partner, and with second-home owners as friends and assets. Cohesiveness, not divisiveness should be our goal. We argue about extremes – “pro-business”; pro-community”; “anti-Vail Resorts” – and try to label individuals accordingly, the the real answer lies in the middle. We just heed leadership to get us there.”
9) – The Donovan Park Pavilion is the first permanent community amenity built by the Town of Vail since the Vail Public Library in 1983. What kind of facility, if any, would you most like to see in the future and how would you propose funding it?
“A public recreational ice rink as part of the Crossroads redevelopment proposal; and a public swimming pool at Donovan Park, financed with private funds.”
10) – If not stated above, what is your position on the Vail Conference Center?
“I’m in favor of it if it is clear the annual operating losses will not be a strain on the town’s budget.”
11) – The approval of housing at Middle Creek and the purchase of Timber Ridge are significant steps in Vail’s efforts to bring affordable housing to its employees. Do you believe the town should be more involved – or less involved – in providing housing?
“I think our attraction should shift to supporting single-family homes, townhomes, in small clusters to help keep young families in Vail.”
12) – What is your position on building another fire station in West Vail?
“I’m in favor of it.”
13) – What is your position on consolidating fire and emergency services with other agencies downvalley?
“I am open to arguments for either position.”