Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support
Dear friends and neighbors,
My sincere thanks to the voters in Vail for electing me to another term on the Town Council. The following items are issues I would like the council to address over the next two years. First would be the Gore Creek situation. The town, Eagle River water and sanitation, CDOT, Eagle River Watershed Council and Eagle County need to fast track our efforts to improve the health of the creek. Second would be working with ECO Transit to reinstate the 2 a.m. buses for workers and guests. Third would be for the town and the Vail Recreation District to collaborate on the capital needs of recreation in town. The mill levy for the VRD is adequate for operations but is constraining when capital needs are factored into their budget. Fourth would be laying the groundwork for a process similar to the Vail Tomorrow project to once again engage our citizens as to where we should focus our efforts over the next 20 years. Fifth would be an independent audit of town of Vail services to ascertain where we might save money by either out-sourcing some functions or cutting back some services. Sixth would be allocating money from the Vail Local Marketing District to fund major events such as Bravo, Burton U.S. Open, Vail International Dance, Vail Jazz Festival and extra money to the Commission on Special Events. The lodging tax money being used for these events would free up the money currently taken from the General Fund to be put toward issues such as parking and housing. These items are not in order of importance with the exception of the first item; restoring Gore Creek should be paramount in our efforts.
A few people have asked me who will be our new mayor; the council will decide that at our first work session next Tuesday. Should you have an opinion please seek out your elected representatives over the next few days and let them know your thoughts. Once again, my thanks to my friends and neighbors in Vail, and I look forward to seeing you all around town!