Valley in Brief: Vail begins its winter operations |

Valley in Brief: Vail begins its winter operations

Daily staff reportsnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail is transitioning to its winter snow-removal operations. As such, no on-street parking will be available within the town beginning this week and continuing through April 15. Throughout the winter season, the Public Works Department is prepared to maintain Vail’s frontage roads and residential streets in a timely manner during and following each snowstorm. However, for efficient snow-removal operations on Vail’s streets, residents and homeowners are asked to follow the town’s snow-removal policies:• By town ordinance, homeowners and residents are responsible for maintaining their own driveways, parking areas and sidewalks following a snowstorm.• By town ordinance, hired snowplow drivers are required to obtain a town of Vail snowplow license from the town’s Public Works Department, 1309 Elkhorn Drive.• By town ordinance, snowplows and snow shovelers are not allowed to push or plow snow into public roadways, including snowmelted surfaces in Vail Village or Lionshead.• For pedestrian safety, the town does not allow any on-street or shoulder parking. This includes construction vehicles. Automobiles may be ticketed and/or towed if left on town streets or shoulders during snow-removal operations.Following a snowstorm, roads that service the hospital, schools, commercial areas and the ski area are plowed by 8 a.m., with other residential streets plowed by 9:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Charlie Turnbull in the town’s Public Works Department at 970-477-3425 or 970-390-3008.Restrooms servicing Vail’s neighborhood parks are being readied for winter and will be closed between now and Friday, depending on the weather. This follows an earlier closure of the Ford Park playground restrooms in October. The restroom at the Donovan Park playground is the only facility that remains open year round.

EAGLE, Colorado – As the snow begins to fall, Eagle County will be transitioning to its winter snow-removal operations. Eagle County Road & Bridge is responsible for snow removal on approximately 260 miles of roadway, ranging from El Jebel and Basalt to the south, McCoy to the north, Vail to the east and Dotsero to the west, including Edwards and Eagle-Vail. County plows do not maintain Interstate 70 or U.S. Highway 6 or their frontage roads. For efficient snow-removal operations, residents are asked to follow the county’s snow-removal guidelines: • Snow-removal crews begin work in the very early morning, usually 3 to 4 a.m., and continue until all routes are complete. The crews are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.• School-bus and emergency routes, categorized as Priority 1 roads, are plowed first. Side streets or residential collector streets, business access and lesser-traveled streets such as cul-de-sacs, which are categorized as Priority 2 and 3, are plowed next. Depending on weather conditions, it may be later in the day before the Priority 2 and Priority 3 roads are plowed.• Use patience with the snow-removal process, and drive with caution around equipment.• Educate children about the dangers of playing near snow-removal equipment, and discourage the building of forts or caves in snowbanks.• Wear reflective clothing while jogging or walking along a road in the dark.• Wait to shovel driveways until after the snowplows have finished, and do not put snow or any other debris in the roadway.• Wait to place trash cans out for pick-up until snowplows are finished, and retrieve them as soon as possible after they are emptied.• Be aware that it is illegal to park on county-maintained roads or in the county road right-of-way.• The county right-of-way typically extends approximately 10 feet off the edge of the road, which generally overlaps with property owners’ landscaping. The right-of-way is intended to be used for snow storage; therefore, it is not recommended that valuable landscaping be placed within this area.Questions, concerns and suggestions may be directed to the Eagle County Road & Bridge Department at 970-328-3540.

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District is currently accepting proposals from Eagle County nonprofits seeking a course donation of the Vail Golf Club to host a fundraising tournament in 2012. The proposal guidelines are available at the Vail Golf Club, 1778 Vail Valley Drive, or by calling 970-479-2260, ext. 3.Each year, the Vail Golf Club donates one tournament with greens fees, cart fees, range balls and tournament set-up to qualified nonprofits that host a golf tournament as a fundraiser for its organization. Course donations will be determined based on need, the organization’s impact in the community and the proposed date.Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and should be submitted to: Vail Golf Club Donation Application, 700 South Frontage Road East, Vail, CO 81657. For more information, contact Vail Golf Club Director Alice Plain at 970-479-2260, ext. 3, or email

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