Vail Town Council Update |

Vail Town Council Update

Here’s a quick look at action from the Aug. 3 meeting of the Vail Town Council:

A bubble-raising?

Representatives from the Valley Wide Ice Users Alliance asked the town council for a bit more time to pull together a plan to operate the Vail Ice Dome at the golf course next season.

Spokesman Stephen Connolly said volunteers from the alliance ” made up of youth and adult hockey and figure skating groups from throughout the valley ” has numerous volunteer commitments to help lower the costs of raising and lowering the bubble. The group is also trying to gather specific information on just what groups would use ice in Vail in the coming season.

Connolly said his group has been working with the Vail Recreation District about the possibility of the district operating the bubble one more season.

Board members have said the district cannot afford to absorb operating losses from the bubble for another season, but at the group’s last meeting, board president Julie Hansen said, “The bubble isn’t dead yet.”

Council members agreed with to make a final decision on the bubble’s fate at the Sept. 21 meeting.

New DRB member

The council appointed Peter Dunning to a vacant seat on the town’s Design Review Board, which reviews and approves new homes and renovation projects in town. Dunning replaces former member Scott Proper, who resigned following his election to the Vail Recreation District Board.

Conference design team picked

The council unanimously chose Fentress Bradburn as the design team for the town’s new conference center. The Denver-based firm also earned a unanimous recommendation from Vail Conference Center Advisory Committee, which interviewed four firms July 27 and 28.

“In the town of Vail, we very seldom have unanimous opinions,” Vail Mayor Rod Slifer said.

Fentress Bradburn has designed the passenger terminal at Denver International Airport and the Denver Convention Center. The company has also done work in Palm Springs, Calif., Jackson, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah.

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