Vail Daily letter: Let’s make Red Cliff better
So, will the Red Cliff Turkey Creek Road residences subsidize businesses in Red Cliff? The homes on the road to Shrine Pass will devalue (as will any in the noise corridor) with increased motorized recreational vehicle traffic. Is nothing sacred? How is it that the hard work and investment in a home can be annihilated by the reach of an entrepreneurial venture? Who comes first? How is the gain of some sales tax revenue and cash carrying traffic going to offset the loss of one’s lifetime investment in the American dream? The Town Council has battled some powerful bullies in the past and won. The bully du jour may be ideological and elusive, but it should be taken head on.
This isn’t Beaver Creek (clear your throat). But it is an exclusive neighborhood for reasons of natural beauty, limited availability and quirky personality (not to mention being far from the I-70 corridor). The Town Council has slashed budget (street lights are out), renegotiated loans to various debtors (inherited by the current council and in the high six figures), set financial goals, and put Red Cliff in the black. Our property valuation has risen along with the rest of Eagle County. Our tattered council will feel like royalty having a meal and a quarter a day from the resulting increased revenue. Our goals are lofty (or what’s a heaven for?) and goodness knows that achieving those cost money. Our town manager is outstanding at seeking and gaining grant monies from various entities adding a cool beverage to the humble meal.
Citizens should step up to the plate! It costs bucks to live in an exclusive neighborhood. When I moved here, Red Cliff had the highest mill levy in the state. To not presently hold that distinction — does that make it better? Pay to play. Put up or shut up. Peek behind the door and realize what it could be. Visualize, become. Can you see that bettering the town not just increases our quality of life (watch out for that pot hole) but would raise the desire and will of an outsider to be part of our experience? Property values go up! Get it? (Refer to earlier cliches.)
Lesson learned. Let’s stop the battle with existing businesses. Let’s go out of our way to ally and achieve our individual and common goals, with justice for all. Let’s renew our community by friending at the watering hole. Talk up Mangos to your friends and associates. Make dinner plans. We can rev up a business and a community. We could form a secret pact to dine at least once a week where the tourists are mucho importante, but the locals are loved. Ask not for customer appreciation day, but at what hour can we start Mangos appreciation day? Please “nevers,” how about a “maybe”? If we’re there, Suzanne and I will buy you a pop.
Please make sure when you have guests from out of town they are aware of the superb accommodations at The Green Bridge Inn. Exquisite! Affordable! It’s in Red Cliff! (Go Bogart some Wi-Fi while you’re in the room and realize what you’re going to get from our mayor’s effort when the tower goes in!) They’re looking after you with a great local discount.
Watching the Red Cliff Town Council work on Tuesday gave me a great pride and admiration for the quality of persons on board. Their astute understanding of the issues and caring for individuals was expressed articulately. These folks work their heart and intellect tirelessly for the common good. A little help (opinions, direction) goes a long way with the servants of our community. (Refer to earlier mentioned cliches.)
We have hard work, cooperation and sacrifice ahead of us. We have the compassion, intelligence and strength to get it right.