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Vail starts budget work

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

The issue: The first draft of the 2011 General Fund budget and Town Council contributions

Who they talked to: Kathleen Halloran, Vail’s manager of budgets and financial reporting; and Judy Camp, Vail’s finance director.

What they talked about: In the first of many meetings about the 2011 budget, the Town Council directed the town’s finance department to examine certain expenses within the town budget, such as employee benefits, contributions to various events and groups, and other expenses. Council members want to look at pension contributions and a two-tiered employee benefit system for new employees versus long-time town employees, among other costs.

The town staff would present a comparison to the Town Council at the Oct. 5 meeting showing town salaries and benefits as they relate to other resort towns. The Town Council will also give town staff more direction for cutting expenses within the 2011 budget at the Oct. 5 meeting.

The issue: The Interstate 70 Mountain Corridor draft report

Who they talked to: Scott McDaniel and Michelle Halstead, Colorado Department of Transportation

What they talked about: McDaniel gave a short presentation on the draft report, known as the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

The report is a 30,000-foot view for what everyone involved in the process would like to see happen along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, which runs from Denver to Glenwood Springs.

The report outlines a 50-year vision, showing a multi-modal solution for the corridor.

“We realize we can’t solve (Interstate 70 problems) with one single mode of transportation,” McDaniel said. “It has to be multi-modal to meet demand.”

After public comment is received, the transportation committee will release a final document this winter that will then go through a 30-day review period. The first of two tiers in the proposal should create a decision on the transportation mode choice, its general location and alignment along the Interstate 70 corridor, McDaniel said.

“We’re moving very aggressively to get a decision so we can move to the next level and start developing projects for the corridor,” McDaniel said.

The draft report has been in the works for more than 10 years and is now in a 60-day public comment period. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7, at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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