Will Vail get a permanent skate park?

Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday evening’s meeting.

Present: Jenn Bruno, Greg Moffet, Ludwig Kurz, Mayor Andy Daly, Margaret Rogers, Dave Chapin.

Absent: Dale Bugby.

Issue: A proposal for a permanent skate park in Vail.

Who they talked to: Cameron Chaney. Chaney, a sophomore at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, earlier this year took a preliminary design for a skate park to Vail Recreation District and town of Vail officials. Town officials have for years sought a permanent facility instead of the seasonal skate park atop the Lionshead parking structure. Chaney’s proposal would put a skate park in the open area between the north and south sides of the Lionshead structure.

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Council members in April asked Chaney and town officials to do more work on the proposal, which was presented Tuesday.

Besides Chaney, council members also talked to CJ Poulin, a skateboard instructor with the recreation district. Despite its relatively small size, Poulin told the council the structure would work well in the space.

Council members generally praised the idea, with Kurz calling it a good solution to a persistent problem.

What’s next: Preliminary engineering work and refining Chaney’s design.

Issue: Second — and final — approval to re-zone part of a parcel at the Golden Peak base area.

How they voted: 6-0 to approve.

What it means: Vail Resorts will transfer part of its Golden Peak property to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail so the club can redevelop its clubhouse site.

Issue: Approval of the town’s 2015 budget.

How they voted: 6-0 for approval.

What it means: Town officials are anticipating a 6 percent increase in sales tax revenue in 2015. That increase will allow a 2 percent increase in department budgets, including merit rates of up to 4 percent, along with funding a further increase for “exceptional performers.”

The town expects to collect $62 million in net revenue, with $57.3 million in spending across all the town’s general funds.

What’s next: A successful ski season.

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