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Wrong figure, sorryI would like to print a correction to the hasty math I did for the Costco projection in my answer to Scott Miller’s question in the Vail Daily on Early Childhood Education. The total amount projected to be received by the county would be $1.5 million, of which $1 million would be general sales tax and $500,000 would go to ECO Transit. I apologize for any misconception I might have created with my inaccurate calculation. Tom EdwardsEditor’s note: Edwards is a candidate for county commissioner. Too bigI am writing to the citizens of the town of Vail to speak to members of the Town Council regarding an upcoming Lionshead Redevelopment project, Lion Square North, scheduled for Town Council vote Aug.1. Montaneros Condominium Association has just completed a $3 million renovation of our building completely funded by owners. In March 2006, the Montaneros was notified by the planning department of the town of Vail that Lion Square North Condominium Association, represented by Viele Development, had submitted plans for redevelopment. This is a much needed improvement for Lion Square North and Montaneros was pleased that this action was to be taken, though surprised that the town of Vail was the source of information. Upon receipt of a copy of the Lion Square North plans, the owners at Montaneros were astounded at the magnitude of the project, with towers in excess of 82 feet, LSN construction on Montaneros property easement, and the absence of 10-foot setbacks from the property line as required by Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan.There have been slight modifications and conditions imposed upon the plan, but essentially the project was readily approved by the Planning and Environmental Commission and the Design and Review Board. The LSN redevelopment significantly affects private view corridors of Montaneros and surrounding properties, a concept that the PEC and DRB disregarded. The proposed expansion of Lion Square North and Montaneros build ings are separated by less than 15 feet on the west corner. On June 26, the PEC even voted to recommend to Town Council an amendment to the Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan allowing LSN to construct an elevated sod-covered parking structure within the 10-foot setback from the property boundary with Montaneros. At that meeting, Planning Commissioner Jewitt suggested public art should be placed on the sod-covered area to “mitigate impacts of development and improve pedestrian experience.” I commend Commissioner Jewitt for his suggestion. However, the existing sod roof has been beset with problems and the area is noticeably artificial in its elevation above the natural contour of the land. Would not below-ground parking with required setbacks, open landscaping with aspens, spruce, and other native plantings together with the addition of public art better preserve the ambiance of an alpine village and benefit pedestrians as well as the views of guests in surrounding accommodations? With the proposed plans, shadows of imposing towers would obliterate sunshine and views of the majestic mountains surrounding Vail Valley. Redevelopment of Lionshead is a necessity, but care must be taken not to dominate the landscape with buildings. As Pepi Gramshammer wrote in his July 8 Commentary in the Vail Daily, “Every proposal that a developer brings to them is not always in the best long-term interest for the town of Vail or its citizens but might only be beneficial to the developer.” I urge citizens of Vail to speak to your Town Council regarding this issue. Yes, this is between condominiums, but precedents are being set and these have long-term effects on members of this community, and its economic basis depends on the continuance of the perception of Vail as a superb alpine resort.Nancy and Jack HorganA plugI’ve had the opportunity to work with Karen Sheaffer, Eagle County treasurer, for the last three years. I’ve been so impressed with her knowledge of state statutes, her enthusiasm for her position, and her devotion to Eagle County, and to all county treasurers throughout the state. Karen’s ability to safely invest tax dollars for the highest return possible is impressive. She analyzes Eagle County’s cash flow and insures the timing of investments are directly connected to the county’s needs.Karen has served on many boards with the Colorado County Treasurers’ Association. She is looked at as a leader in this group of her peers. She is a hard worker and a public servant role model.Myrna J. RodenbergerLarimer County Treasurer


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