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Vail Valley Voices: Wow, a crowd for Eagle Town Board

Brandi Resa
Vail, CO, Colorado

The latest Eagle Board of Trustees meeting was kind of odd. To start, there were actually quite a number of people present.

Most were from Red Canyon Townhomes who were asking for open space funds to rebuild the area destroyed by the green bridge project.

Although the mayor suggested the owners do a special assessment for the $39,000 improvements because it was only $40 per month for each homeowner, the Red Canyon board president reminded the Town Board that the town had received $50,000 from CDOT for the same open space where the 60-plus 50-to 100-year-old trees were removed.

Some homeowners reminded the town Board that $40 per month per homeowner is a lot in this economy.

Although the Town Board made no formal decision, they did give direction to staff to work with the owners and utilize the open space funds to come to an agreement and do some improvements.

The owners were thankful to Trustee Kostick (and Trustee Deane, who agreed) who pointed out the town should use some of the $50,000 funds that went into open space instead of considering submitting a community request, as the mayor had suggested.

Next up was a consideration for the special election date for the referendum requested from Sweet Leaf Pioneer. Not much was discussed, as it was an executive session done behind closed doors.

Several members of the community, as well as three business owners, waited for some time until the talks ended. Once returned to the public meeting, Trustee Kinney asked if they could protest the signatures. But per the town’s attorney, more than the 190 signatures needed for the special election had been verified.

The board gave an OK for the mayor to be able to sign any settlement agreement and the referendum for the special election was approved. So in addition to the April 2012 trustee election for four trustee seats, Eagle residents will be going to the polls on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 to allow Sweet Leaf Pioneer to stay in business. Get informed and get to the polls!

See ya’ll at Town Hall!

Brandi Resa is an Eagle resident.

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