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Vail Valley Voices: A victory for free speech

Brandi Resa
Vail, CO, Colorado

Since it went past 11 p.m., I don’t think I can fit everything that happened at the most recent Eagle Town Board meeting in this recap or even in my blog, http://brandionboard.wordpress.com/.

And the room almost didn’t fit everyone, as the place was packed! Yuri Kostick, the new mayor, wanted to welcome people back to Town Hall, and however it is happening, people are back at Town Hall in full force. Unfortunately, those who turned out to comment on a specific land-use file that evening were a bit disappointed, as public comment didn’t start on that until around 10 p.m.

This was because of a full agenda, including an informative joint session with the county commissioners and several county staff members.

There was also discussion of the marketing effort moving forward, which excited several members of the board.

And as with the first hearing for the new board, some of the length of the meeting was because of a lot of passionate public comment. Even with it being limited to three minutes each, public comment still went on for a long time.

One comment was about this very recap, as he did not like my recap of the first meeting, even though he was not in attendance. It didn’t seem to be the content but more the concept of one board member writing a recap of a meeting that might not be from the same viewpoint as the other board members or the public also in attendance.

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He was not the only one who would rather not see this, as during open board discussion, other board members wanted to see if there was a way to limit commentary from one board member to the public.

Since I enjoy writing these, as well as my blog, I’m thankful for the First Amendment as well as those who do enjoy reading my recaps!

And I’m thankful for those who voted for me and value transparency of their elected officials and government, as this still remains one of my highest priorities for the next four years.

Hopefully, what remains as the highest priority of the Eagle community (regardless of how the May 22 referendum on Eagle River Station turns out) is staying involved and staying passionate.

See ya’ll at Town Hall!

Brandi Resa is a member of the Eagle Town Board. Her comments represent only her own views.