Vail OKs booting restrictions at meeting Tuesday |

Vail OKs booting restrictions at meeting Tuesday

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday evening meeting.

Present: Kevin Foley, Greg Moffet, Jenn Bruno, Kim Langmaid, Jen Mason, Dick Cleveland, Mayor Dave Chapin.

Issue: Second and final reading of an ordinance to restrict vehicle booting in town.

How they voted: 7-0 to approve.

How they got there: Moffet earlier this summer had asked the council to consider banning the use of vehicle-immobilizing boots in town. There are no state regulations on the practice, and Moffet said private firms had fraudulently booted cars in town, the charged high fees to have the devices removed.

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The council passed the ordinance on first reading Aug. 2, but asked Town Attorney Matt Mire to add language that allows lodges and other businesses that have their own boots to continue to immobilize vehicles improperly parked on their property. Those property owners must clearly provide vehicle owners with contact information, and have people available at all times to remove the boots.

What’s next? Watch where you park.

Issue: Selection of a contractor to operate the town information centers at the Vail Village and Lionshead Village parking structures.

What they did: Reopened the process, with the prospect of the town taking on the job.

How they got there: At the Aug. 2 meeting, the council heard presentations from three companies: Colorado Activities Center Inc. Donovan Pavilion Management and Vail Info.

Vail Info is the current information center operator.

At that meeting, the council, with Bruno absent, council members tied on a vote between Donovan Pavilion Management and Vail Info.

With the full council in attendance, Langmaid said she wants to see a change in the information centers’ operations and would like to open the selection process again, with the prospect of the town taking on the job itself.

Moffet balked at the prospect of the town taking on more work and more employees. But, Chapin said, a good portion of information centers in other resort towns are run by those towns.

How they voted: 5-2 to approve Langmaid’s motion, with Moffet and Foley opposed.

What’s next? Town Manager Stan Zemler and his staff will develop another proposal. Meanwhile, Vail Info will continue to operate the centers.

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