Vail Valley Voices: Eagle Town Board gets busy
Vail, CO, Colorado
I headed to last Tuesday’s Eagle Town Board meeting with a heavy backpack and excitement that I could now type my notes instead of scribbling, although the loud uncontrolled beeping of my computer made me go back to the old-fashioned way of taking notes. Oh what being a 1920s reporter must have been like!
The meeting started with someone other than me speaking during public comment, which was a nice change.
The Vail Valley Partnership presented a great idea, which seems cutting edge and yet so simple and along the thinking of Ben Franklin: We must all hang together or surely we will all hang separately.
The newly renamed One Eagle Merchant Association made an incredible donation towards the marketing of Eagle for 2011.
Then the liquor license fun began again. Even with legal counsel available, the discussion still lasted much too long. In the end, the liquor license was approved and the mayor asked that everyone try and work it out.
It is a very tough situation for both parties, especially the ones who cannot sleep at night because of the noise, and makes one want to yell, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Of course, if we could all just get along, we probably wouldn’t need town boards in the first place.
Next up, the board starting working away on their favorite time-consuming, confusing and controversial subject, medical marijuana. The room was not nearly as packed as previous evenings, but it still was crowded compared to normal attendance.
The applicant got up and spoke about several positives of what their business is doing in the community. The information was presented nicely and wonderful to hear. I like positives! Regardless of how one feels on this issue (or other issues), you still have to give people credit who are fighting for their beliefs, their spirit, and in this case, their livelihood — and when they do it in a constructive reasonable manner.
Three of the board members were not swayed by either the applicant’s testimony or the file in front of them. But like the Planning and Zoning Commission, the file was still approved, here with a 4-3 vote.
And although it does not seem like much happened at the meeting, it was still around 9 p.m. when the discussion items started.
And that’s when Eagle made a little step forward (in my opinion, of course). Trustees Kostick, Turnipseed, Kerst and Webster said let’s look a little bit further at redirecting some traffic to our business districts, in this instance Broadway. It seems that this issue has been discussed many times over the years and keeps coming back.
So I and others in the audience agree that although this might not be the answer for Eagle, it might be one of the answers. And it might help to actually try some things for a change instead of rehashing the same arguments and then letting the issue drift away.
Filming the town meetings for free was also discussed shortly again, and it will be discussed further at a future meeting. But not the next meeting, which is a budget work session scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 5:15 p.m. See ya’ll at Town Hall!
Brandi Resa is an Eagle resident.