Vail thinking Eagle-Vail annexation?
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Eagle-Vail has a community pool, a neighborhood feel and some room to grow – reasons the Vail Town Council has asked town staff to look at how annexing Eagle-Vail could potentially benefit the town.
The talks are in a very early stage, said Vail Community Development Director George Ruther, who is preparing a list of pros and cons that he’ll likely present to the council in early November.
“The town council has asked that we look into the possibilities and the notion of doing this,” Ruther said. “We are definitely in the early, infancy stages of any real discussions of it.”
The Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District and Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association aren’t yet talking about a possible annexation, said John Nichols, chairman of the metro district’s board. He said the subject came up last spring when he went to the Vail Town Council to ask if it would contribute to a new pool facility in Eagle-Vail.
“And then the question was broached – ‘What do you think about annexation into Vail,'” Nichols said.
He said he wasn’t authorized to talk about it without talking to other board members and residents. The town needs to first look at the benefits, and then homeowners in Eagle-Vail would need to talk about it, he said.
Vail Councilman Kevin Foley, who is also running for re-election Nov. 3, said he could see positive and negative outcomes from annexing Eagle-Vail. The town could get a community pool and more commercial space on the plus side, but it would also have to expand bus routes and other services.
If it made economic sense, he said he could support it.
Vail could benefit by expanding its year-round population and by bringing more families into the town, said Councilman Mark Gordon, also running for re-election. There are also future opportunities to redevelop the U.S. Highway 6 commercial area and the old Battle Mountain High School, which make the subject intriguing, Gordon said.
“The people of Eagle-Vail would have to support it; the people of Vail would have to support it, and it has to make fiscal sense and common sense,” Gordon said. “There’s a long ways to go before we get there.”
The discussion has already gone on for more than 20 years, said Michael Charles, a Vail Town Council candidate, who has an interest in the idea because he lives in Vail and owns a business in Eagle-Vail.
Both Vail and Eagle-Vail could use support from each other for certain things, too, Charles said. Vail has grown to its limits, and there’s some space in Eagle Vail that could be attractive.
Nichols said so many people in Eagle-Vail use Vail post office boxes because they like having “Vail” in their addresses.
While the subject may be coming up again, Council candidate Scott Proper said he’s not so sure it will materialize into anything. He said he’s interested in seeing what Vail’s town staff comes up with as far as pros and cons, but doubts there are enough people to support it.
“I think this is something that will come and go before we have the time to worry about it,” Proper said.
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