Voters know how they’ll vote on Vail center |

Voters know how they’ll vote on Vail center

Preston Utley/Vail DailyVail voter Marilyn Steane said she's not voting for the conference center because it won't be able to attract people in the offseason.

VAIL – A lot of Vail residents have already made decisions on whether they’re voting for Vail’s proposed conference center, but there’s more uncertainty among voters on the Town Council race.

That’s what a sample of voters had to say Friday at the West Vail mall area and the Post Office.Marilyn Steane was planning to go to the Municipal Building for early voting today. She opposes the conference center because it won’t attract a lot of attendees, she said.”I don’t know how they expect to fill this,” she said.No one is going to want to come to conferences in Vail during the mud season, she said. If presented with the choice of going to Las Vegas or coming to Vail in its off-season, people wouldn’t pick Vail, she said.”Nothing is going on here then,” she said.As for Town Council, Steane said she would probably end up voting for the people she knows personally.Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to choose four Town Council members and decide whether to raise lodging taxes to help fund the proposed $64.7 million conference center.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Vail Municipal Building. Early voting ended Friday, but voters can still turn in absentee ballots.Eric Herman said he’s going to vote for the conference center because it will help the local economy. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said.As for Town Council candidates, he wasn’t sure yet. He said he’ll be reading the paper in the coming days to help him decide whom to vote for.Elena Georgouses said she is going to vote against the conference center. The proposed building is too big for the space and “the design is hideous,” she said.”I don’t see the value of it,” she said.She hasn’t yet decided whom she will vote for in the Town Council election, she said. Georgouses is looking for “someone who’s going to be thoughtful about change,” she said, adding that she is in favor of another big building, the proposed Crossroads redevelopment in Vail Village. But there are a few candidates whom she knows she doesn’t want, she said.

Becky Jewell, whose husband is a firefighter, said she likes candidate Robert Aikens because he is a supporter of the proposed West Vail fire station. She said she hasn’t decided how she’s going to vote on the conference center.”I don’t know how I feel about that,” she said.Blondie Vucich said she’s still thinking about which way she’ll cast her vote on the conference center ballot question.”Every day I read the pros and cons,” she said.And she hasn’t decided whom will get her vote for Town Council on Tuesday, either. But she said she’ll be considering how incumbents voted in the past.”I think I’m most focused on voting record,” she said.

Michael Drosky said the only thing he cares about in this election is the conference center, which he supports.”I’m going to vote yes,” he said. “It’s a good idea. It’ll get people here in the off-season.”Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or

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