Vail Valley Voices: Eagle needs to be Eagle
Vail Valley Voices
With only three liquor licenses, a resolution for Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, and the bill schedule, I assumed the town of Eagle meeting would allow me to have a nice swim at the Eagle Athletic Club as a nightcap. With some experience at these meetings, I should have known better.
The first two licenses were no problem, but the third one caused high attendance and much discussion. I am not sure if all towns large and small do such a good job, but the town of Eagle takes quality of life very seriously. It is a tough balancing act between the rights of businesses vs. the rights of individuals, especially when you are not sure if you can trust the word of one of the parties.
The board did not agree on putting conditions on the renewal as a way to improve the situation, which did not directly relate to the liquor license, and so it deferred until legal counsel was present to understand all of the options.
But even without legal counsel, the board was able to approve a resolution opposing 60, 61 and 101 in a 3-2 vote.
And after a quick approval of the bill schedule, there was an update on the West Eagle care center before adjourning the official meeting and starting the open space work session.
Trustees Kostick and Turnipseed had pushed for this meeting during the strategic planning, and it seems to be a good start toward the town being more proactive in the open space arena. But what does proactive mean, and should our outdoor options be a cherished amenity or a small part of possible revenue related to tourism? And will user groups step up to be part of the solution, and if so, will the town welcome the user groups into the discussion? Once again, the viewpoints seemed split among the board and staff members present. There was a lot of comparison to us being like Moab, Utah; Fruita; and Vernal, Utah. Kostick is convinced we can have a solution that is right for Eagle, and the mayor commented that we should just be us. I completely agree. In my personal opinion, Eagle needs to “just be Eagle.”
Also in my personal opinion, I think it would be excellent if the town offered its residents a way to watch the meetings online or via TV. This is a real possibility with no funding cost to the town. If you like that option, let the town know! And come to the next meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.
See y’all at Town Hall!
Brandi Resa is an Eagle resident.