Vail Town Council says ‘no’ to contribution requests |

Vail Town Council says ‘no’ to contribution requests

Daily staff report

This story has been corrected to reflect contribution requests from the Vail Valley Foundation.

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday, regular meeting.

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

Issue: An ordinance approving a supplemental budget appropriation.

How they voted: 7-0 to approve.

Who they talked to: Town budget analyst Carlie Smith.

What they talked about: The council approved on first reading an ordinance appropriating extra money across several of the town’s funds, including a $2.3 million addition to the town’s capital projects fund.

What they didn’t do: Council members accepted a staff recommendation to deny a handful of off-cycle contributions to nonprofit groups.

Those contributions included a $1.5 million request from the Vail Centre to finance a lifelong-learning facility at the Treetops building in Lionshead.

While Langmaid supports idea, the rest of the council was opposed. Moffet said the request was little more than a request to the town for venture capital for a private venture.

The council also denied a smaller request from the Vail Valley Foundation to fund a new community access program for the Vail International Dance Festival. Another request, to expand the America’s Winter Opening Festival was delayed so the council could hear more information about the plan. The council will vote on final approval of the budget ordinance at its July 19 meeting.

What’s next: The 2017 budget process starts in the next several weeks.

Issue: Second reading of an ordinance temporarily authorizing electric-assist bicycles in town.

How they voted: 7-0 in favor.

What’s next: The ordinance, which allows electric-assist bicycles on town recreation paths, takes effect Tuesday. Council will evaluate how the summer season went sometime around the Dec. 13 meeting.

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