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Vail Daily letter: Avon needs to slow down

Open letter to the Avon Town Council:

I have a simple suggestion: Give it a break. Please.

Regarding the possible purchase of the Skier Building as a potential town hall for about $5.8 million, we all need to slow down and do a little more due diligence and analysis. The council should get more time from Starwood, the seller.

The council has just revealed a disappointing “surprise” for the Nottingham Park Pavilion — more than a million dollar overrun. In the business world such an error would mean prompt dismissal for the person(s) responsible. We all want to have confidence in our elected officials, and this seven-figure “surprise” is hardly a confidence builder.

I voiced several concerns at the public hearing on the town hall matter, which was held on Sept. 23. The most important was the need for an outside, professional, space-needs appraisal. Using a professional office space consultant (like the firms used by other cities cited in Appendix 3 to Attachment A, council report for the Skier Building) will help town residents have the confidence that we want to have in our Town Council.

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Second is the need for more rigorous remodel estimates. The half-page summary from “two reputable builders” is not sufficient to proceed on this project that will cost at least $5.8 million. To repeat my opinion voiced on Tuesday: Using that figure will almost certainly lead to another disappointing “surprise” for the council.

In the business world there is a saying: Fail to plan and you should plan to fail. Good planning requires rigorous analysis, and on this Town Hall project the taxpayers deserve much better analysis.

Let’s take the time necessary and let the incoming council finish the work you started.

John Minervini


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