Valley in Brief: Vail seeks contractor for municipal site
VAIL – Redevelopment of the town of Vail municipal site is taking another step forward with release of a request for proposal process for selection of a general contractor. The contractor would be responsible for the construction of all components on the site to include a new municipal building, a medical office building and an underground parking garage. The request is being issued jointly by the town of Vail and Triumph Development. Triumph is the representative for Vail Valley Medical Center, the Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute.The goal is to retain one general contractor for both building projects under separate contracts, if possible. The town of Vail has hired Oz Architecture for design and CP Vail LLC for project management, while the medical office building is being developed by Triumph Development and is being designed by Michael Graves and Zehren & Associates.The town of Vail has authorized the sale of a portion of the site to Vail Valley Medical Center and the Steadman Clinic to accommodate the redevelopment.Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. May 24 to the town of Vail. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Donovan Pavilion. All project-related information isavailable on the town’s Share File site and at the town of Vail Community Development Department building, 75 South Frontage Road. Access to the Share File site can be obtained by emailing Lynne Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GYPSUM – During the past two weeks, numerous abandoned bicycles have been recovered on or around Riverview Road in Gypsum, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. All are believed to be stolen. If you have been the victim of a bicycle theft and would like to reclaim your property, contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500. You will need to provide a description of the bicycle and a date and time the incident is believed to have occurred.
VAIL – The Vail Commission on Special Events is accepting additional applications for 2012 funding requests following the unforeseen cancellation of a previously funded event. With $2.4 million in event funding already approved by the town of Vail for 2012, the commission has $60,000 in remaining funds available to support a new event or to augment funding for an event or events that have already received funding in 2012. Applications are due by 5 p.m. May 29 with qualifying applications reviewed by the Commission on Special Events at its regular meeting on June 6. For details on the application guidelines, visit the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com.The mission of the commission is to support and assess a diverse collection of special events, both large and small, which promote Vail’s economic vitality, sense of community, and increase the quality year-round of the experience for guests and residents.For details, call Sybill Navas, special events coordinator, at 970-477-3551.
VAIL – Brush Creek Elementary School and Edwards Elementary School are teaming up to host the third annual Sowing Seeds Summer Day Camps, an educational component of the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation.Scheduled for three separate sessions at each school, based on the age of the participants, the five-day sessions will include interactive activities including harvesting, making garden snacks, garden caretaking, garden crafts, “Cook with a Chef” and investigation of the natural world.Children ages 4-7 are invited to attend the Garden Sprouts camp, while students ages 8-12 can participate in the Garden Stewards programs. A maximum of eight campers can be accommodated in Garden Sprouts sessions, while 15 campers can participate in each Garden Stewards program.Each session will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for Garden Sprouts costs $90 per child, while registration for Garden Stewards costs $150 per student. The Sowing Seeds Summer Day Camps will be led by gardening expert and program director Sandy Story, who has worked since the inception of Sowing Seeds in 2010 to provide leadership for running a working greenhouse and gardens, while also working closely with the Eagle County School District to create a collaborative curriculum that is implemented during the school year.Brush Creek Elementary School camps are slated for June 18-22 and July 9-13 for Garden Stewards, while the Garden Sprouts session is scheduled for Aug. 6-8. The Sowing Seeds camps at Edwards Elementary School are scheduled for June 25-29 and July 23-27 for Garden Stewards and Aug. 13-15 for Garden Sprouts. All camps run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.Created in conjunction with Chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, the Sowing Seeds program involves a greenhouse project at Brush Creek Elementary and a raised garden project at Edwards Elementary, where students plant and care for their own gardens. To register a child for a Sowing Seeds Summer Day Camp session, contact the VVF’s Youth Foundation at 970-777-2015 or Lauren DesCombes at email@example.com.Sowing Seeds and the Sowing Seeds Summer Camp Days are projects of the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation. For additional information on Sowing Seeds or the foundation, visit http://www.vvf.org.
VAIL – The town of Vail will be fielding a voter survey this month to help the Town Council gather information as it contemplates a potential ballot question for the November election. As currently drafted, the ballot question proposes to increase lodging and sales taxes for a period of five years to fund athletic and cultural events and programs in the town of Vail.The town has hired Magellan Strategies, a public opinion research firm based in Louisville, to conduct the survey. Interviews will be conducted from May 7-31. The survey will attempt to reach registered voters on their landline phone, cell phone or by email invitation. The landline and cell phone calls will be made to registered town of Vail voters during the afternoons and evenings (no later than 8 p.m.) and will take approximately 12 minutes to complete. Beginning May 10, there will also be a Web link on the Town of Vail website at vailgov.com that will invite registered voters to take the survey. The goal is to collect opinions from 300 or more registered voters to determine the level of support and opposition to a draft ballot measure.