Vail Valley: Polls open Tuesday for several elections |

Vail Valley: Polls open Tuesday for several elections

Vail, CO Colorado

If Avon wants to sell or dispose of any town-owned buildings or property, voters have to approve it first.Town leaders want to change that. Avon will hold a special election Tuesday asking residents if they want to change the part of the town charter that requires voter approval before property or buildings are sold.With Avon heading into an ambitious redevelopment of its downtown, many town leaders feel that they need to the freedom to sell or get rid of property without putting it to a townwide vote every time.The charter, as it is now, would slow down realignments of roads and rightaways and would hinder the development of a new Main Street, Mayor Ron Wolfe has said.But one town council, Dave Dantas, says residents should vote no.If this ballot initiative passes, large tracts of land are at risk, he wrote in a column in the Vail Daily. Parts of Nottingham Park could be sold to a developer to build a hotel. Open space could be sold to build housing.The election takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Avon Town Hall. Matt Terrell

Seven Eagle-Vail residents are after two open seats on the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District Board of Directors.To vote in this election, head to the Eagle-Vail Pavilion between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.The metro district is in charge of operating and maintaining the recreation facilities in Eagle-Vail, such as the Eagle-Vail Golf Club, the swimming pool, Eagle-Vail Pavilion and the tennis courts. Tax money collected from Eagle-Vail residents pay for those facilities.The candidates are incumbent Bruce Mielke, incumbent Bob Finlay, Louise Funk, Charlie Penwill, Mike Matzko, Steve Kirchner and Bonnie Wood. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected.Major issues identified by candidates have been repairing some of the neighborhoods aging recreation facilities, making sure the metro boards in financially stable and managing the golf course. Matt Terrell

Three candidates are running for two seats on the Vail Recreation Districts board of directors. The Vail Recreation District which extends slightly beyond the borders of the town of Vail is a special district thats separate from the town. It runs the Vail Golf Club, the Ford Park Tennis Center, the Dobson Ice Arena, the Gymnastics Center, intramural sports and childrens camps.The candidates are Ross Davis, incumbent Michelle Hall and Jeff Wiles. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 6 at the Vail Municipal Building at 75 S. Frontage Road.Davis was on the board from 1994-2002. Davis, 59, an East Vail resident who is an attorney, cites renovations to Dobson Arena and the Vail Golf Club as accomplishments during his previous tenure on the board. I f hes elected, he would work to fix aging facilities, such as the golf courses irrigation system and clubhouse, he said.The Vail Recreation District faces what I would probably characterize as deferred maintenance challenges, he said.Hall said getting the districts finances in order has been a big achievement of theboard during her tenure. I would say were financially stable, financially transparent, she said.In her next term, Hall said she wants to develop long-term plans for rec facilities. Shed like to see adaptable, multi-use facilities, similar to the Vail Gymnastics Center.The last thing you want to do is keep going to voters and asking for more money, she said.Wiles is a newcomer to politics, but has experience with the rec district, where hes been an employee for many years.Vail needs to be No. 1 not just for skiing, but for recreation year-round, he said. Wiles said the district needs to figure out long-range plans for its facilities.What are we looking to do for the next five, 10, 15, 20 years? he said. Edward Stoner

The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District is holding an election Tuesday for four open spots on its board of directors. The board is charged with making major decisions concerning how water is treated, used and acquired in Eagle County. Frederick Sackbauer is challenging incumbent Timm Paxson for a two-year seat in District 3, which includes Matterhorn, Intermountain, Eagle-Vail north of U.S. Highway 6, most of downtown Avon and Mountain Star. You dont have to live in District 3 to vote.Sackbauer previously served on the board for 14 years, and was chairman for 12 of those. Incumbents David Viele in District 2, Debbie Buckley in District 4, and Robert Warner Jr. in District 6 are running uncontested, which means theyll be re-elected to four-year terms.Among many powers, the district has the ability to construct and operate the facilities and lines needed for water and sewer service, the power to acquire water rights and the power to increase or decrease tap fees.The board has been very involved in water-rights issues, such as the recent legal settlement in which Denver Water gave up the rights to millions of gallons of water in local streams and rivers, including Gore Creek and the Upper Eagle River.The district handles wastewater treatment for communities from East Vail to Wolcott. It provides water for Vail and is the water provider for Eagle-Vail to Cordillera through an operating contract with Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority. Matt Terrell

Two Eagle-Vail residents will vie for a seat on the Eagle River Fire Protection Districts board of directors in Tuesdays election.Kate Hawthorne and Clark Shivley are candidates for the seat from District 1, most of which is in Eagle-Vail.The Eagle River Fire Protection District provides fire and emergency service to 240 square miles stretching from Red Cliff to Wolcott. The district also includes Minturn, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Edwards, Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Cordillera.All electors within the entire fire district can vote for the District 1 seat.Hawthorne, an employee of the fire district from 2001-2007, said her familiarity with the district makes her a good candidate. She served as a permit technician, a public information officer, a public education coordinator and a wildland firefighter with the district.She also wants the district to communicate better with its constituents. For instance, the district should put its board-meeting minutes and budget on its Web site, she said.Hawthorne now works as an emergency medical technician for the Western Eagle County Ambulance District.Shivley touted his experience as a volunteer firefighter with the Avon Fire Department for nearly 10 years. He said he has an appreciation for the challenges the fire district faces, from dealing with wildland fires to protecting homes to working with other agencies such as the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District especially with the impending development of Wolcott.Shivley is an operations and maintenance manager for Eagle County.Two candidates will run for uncontested seats on the board. Incumbent Ed OBrien is running for the seat from District 3, which includes parts of Cordillera, Edwards and Avon. Jennifer Cartmell-Hays is running for the director seat from District 5, most of which is in Cordillera. Edward Stoner

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