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Vail Town Council sends letter asking for community civility

Letter asks for an end to 'personal attacks' on appointed board members

Vail Mayor Dave Chapin address the crowd for the dedication of six defibrillators on Vail Mountain on June 2, 2018, in Vail. The Vail Town Council on Tuesday approved sending out a letter asking residents for a little civility.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com

VAIL — Responding to what council member Jenn Bruno called “personal” attacks on some of the members of the town’s appointed boards, the Vail Town Council on Tuesday approved sending out a letter asking residents for a little civility.

The Vail Town Council has set Oct. 15 to hear an appeal over the approved Booth Heights housing proposal. That proposal was approved Aug. 26 on a 4-3 vote by the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission.

Planning board decisions are usually the final word on development applications. But those decisions can be appealed to the council in one of a couple of ways.

A majority of council members can ask to review a planning board decision. Council members, by a 4-3 vote, declined to approve a review of the planning board’s decision.

There is no mention of the approved Booth Heights development proposal in the letter, other than the line that “Over the years, Vail has faced difficult decisions that have tested the fabric of our community.”

The letter, signed by all seven council members is below:

For over 50 years, the town of Vail has appointed residents to serve on various boards and commissions. Oaths are taken to uphold the laws of the town of Vail, the state of Colorado and the United States of America.

As a community, we are blessed with countless friends and neighbors who volunteer hundreds of hours to serve our community. They do this because they care, just as we all care, about the health and vitality of Vail. There is little compensation for their time and virtually no recognition of their achievements.

Over the years, Vail has faced difficult decisions that have tested the fabric of our community. We have stayed the course by remaining civil and above all maintaining a mutual respect for each other. We are all stewards of this great community.

As Vail Town Council Members, we are deeply concerned by individuals personally attacking appointed board members. We have strict processes in place that maintain a fair and impartial process for all. Upholding the town of Vail’s codes and ordinances should not lead to personal attacks on our board members or their character.

Just as our community has been challenged with difficult decisions in the past, Vail will face difficult decisions in the future.  With many passionate ideas about the correct course of action, we must face these challenges as a community, with civility and respect for all of our neighbors.  Having our engaged and passionate community find solutions together is the path we all need to take.

  • Dave Chapin – Mayor
  • Jenn Bruno – Mayor Pro Tem
  • Travis Coggin
  • Kevin Foley
  • Kim Langmaid
  • Jen Mason
  • Greg Moffet