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Burch for Avon Town Council

I am writing to introduce myself as a candidate for Avon Town Council. Shortly after moving here in 2001, I began working for the county’s domestic violence program as plans were in the works to open our first shelter. Through a lot of hard work from a wide variety of dedicated community members, the shelter became a reality and I stepped into the role of shelter director. That experience taught me how to maximize limited resources, reach out to partners throughout the community to provide the best services possible, and lead a team of dedicated employees and volunteers through a tough and exciting transition. I continue to work in jobs that challenge me to manage budgets, forge new relationships, negotiate difficult decisions, and prioritize goals — currently with Eagle County’s Department of Human Services. I look forward to putting these skills to use for the benefit of the people of Avon.

Avon is an amazing place to live, work and play. My husband, Tim, owns and operates a small business here (Burch Plumbing and Heating). We bought our house on Nottingham Road over 12 years ago, which is walking distance from all of Avon’s amenities and my office. This is a very walkable town that can be made even better for pedestrians, bikers and drivers to safely navigate together and with ease. When residents and tourists decide to navigate Avon on foot, let’s make sure the pathways are clearly marked and have a natural flow. Let’s find ways to allow residents to leave their cars at home through testing new bus routes.

Representative local government should reflect a cross-section of its residents. Avon Town Council must be able to make decisions taking into account the diverse neighborhoods, work backgrounds, economic status, gender, and ages of all those it represents. Throughout my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with individuals and families representing the full spectrum of our community. I will continue to reach out to our entire population and make local government accessible and approachable.

There’s a palpable feeling of excitement in the Avon community right now about the positive changes happening — the trail system in Wildridge, the events in Nottingham Park, as well as the improvements in East and West Avon. I want to keep that positive, forward momentum going in a thoughtful and fiscally responsible way. We need to explore the power of more partnerships and continue building public-private initiatives which stretch the taxpayers’ dollars further while gaining amenities for the town.

If I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to you yet, I hope to see you at Avon’s next big event, Man of the Cliff, on Sept. 27 and 28. When you receive your ballot next month, please vote Megan Burch for Avon Town Council.

Megan Burch

Avon


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