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Vail residents bemoan loss of tennis courts

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday's afternoon and evening meetings.

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

Absent: Greg Moffet

Issue: A proposal to convert indoor tennis courts at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa to parking. That proposal was recently approved by town staff.

Who they talked to: Since the courts at the Cascade Club are the only indoor tennis courts in Vail, several locals asked the council to find a way to preserve year 'round tennis.

"This is an issue that affects Vail, its families and residents," Diana Mathias said. "I'd like the Vail Town Council to get involved on this issue."

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Dr. Joe Langreis added that he plays tennis all year, and the loss of the Cascade courts gives the sport a six-month season in town.

Vail Recreation District Board of Directors member Bill Suarez said the district would be happy to run an indoor program, if there was a facility.

What's next? Probably not much. Town Manager Stan Zemler told the crowd that the council's role in the project is "really quite limited."

Issue: Renovation of Slifer Plaza in Vail Village.

Who they talked to: Greg Hall and Todd Oppenheimer of the town's public works department.

What they talked about: During the past months, people have noticed a smell in the plaza area, roughly between Meadow Drive and the Covered Bridge. Oppenheimer said it took town employees some time to discover the source of the smell, finally tracking it to a storm sewer that doesn't drain properly.

What's the upshot? Town officials are working on a plan to renovate the plaza, including repairs to the storm sewer and nearby fountain. The total project cost is estimated at about $1.3 million, much of which will go to repair of the fountain and storm sewer — which has lines that extend to the north side of the Vail Village Parking Structure.

What's next? Planning, followed by construction in 2017.