VR needs to follow through
Vail Resorts made a commitment over two years ago to participate fully in a somewhat complicated land swap, including land next to Avon where they would build affordable housing.
The company should hold to its commitment – no seeking a bail-out from Eagle County’s open space tax fund.
The land swap involves the pristine 509-acre Vassar Meadows wetlands, a private enclave, in the national forest south of Eagle and Forest Service land nearer I-70 between Avon and Singletree.
Vail Resorts committed to buy 40 acres to build 300 units of affordable housing, but has since dragged its heels – stalling the whole deal – ever since. Demand for such housing is temporarily down and the company encountered some expensive costs associated with building.
So it wants to sell that land, possibly to the county with its open space money.
Vail Resorts has to do something because the Forest Service has lost patience with them over this land swap and vows not to cooperate in the more crucial – more crucial for the company, that is – swap for a key three acres in Vail. The company’s vaunted “Front Door” project depends on that agreement going through.
The company simply needs to follow through with its commitments at this point. Settle up, and move on already.
At first blush, the use of Tasers in police work in the largely peaceful Vail Valley might seem a bit odd. Officers barely use their firearms, never mind the non-lethal alternative. But there are enough domestic calls and other situations to merit it. Besides, you just never know.