Vail Valley Voices: The view from an Eagle Town Board seat
Vail, CO, Colorado
“Be careful what you wish for” is something I heard as I was campaigning to be elected to serve the Eagle community in an official capacity as a Board of Trustees member.
Well, I got what I wished for, as even if citizens didn’t agree with me, they came to tell me so with passion! It was a great start for a mayor who wants to welcome people back to Town Hall and have good, open discussions in the community.
The timing of the first meeting was great, too, considering Mr. Narduzzi’s letter in the paper referring to my committee for the first Eagle River Station campaign. For the record, I did not run the campaign, although I am happy to have been involved in the effort, as it resulted in my getting to know the town better and introduced me to many great community members.
And of course, I will be involved this go-round. It should be no secret that although I am not against development, I am against this proposal of Eagle River Station. There is so much more to our town than this one project, and unfortunately that is lost because it has taken over five years of our resources, time and energy.
It also took over public comment even though the ERS hearings were closed with the last Town Board, and that was unfortunate because most left before they could hear the other exciting things the board and staff do.
This included approving a liquor license that will allow you to have drinks delivered via a cart while playing golf, updating the contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation for the Eby Creek Road improvements, and an exciting request from staff for funding to improve the river takeout at the information center, as well as getting signs put up on the trails.
There was also discussion about a proposed change to school busing, which although not under the Town Board’s control, it is a decision by the school district that will definitely affect the town.
Planning and Zoning Commission member changes was a lengthy discussion, given Anne McKibbin and Joe Knabel’s election, along with a 6th Street electrical line project and of course, every accountant’s favorite thing (or at least this accountant’s favorite thing), paying the bills!
Sitting in one of the front seats was an interesting change for me and one that will take some getting used to, as I no longer have to manage videotaping the meetings. However, I will still be uploading the audio of the meetings, so make sure to check out http://www.allabouteagle.com.
And because I’m sure serving as a trustee will be quite an adventure, I’ve started a blog where you can follow along the fun in the life of a trustee. Check it out at http://brandionboard.wordpress.com/.
See ya’ll at Town Hall!
Brandi Resa is a member of the Eagle Town Board.