Maybe it’s time to wipe the slate clean in Avon on Election Day (letter)
With four of the seven Avon town council seats up for re-election, the town is at a crossroad. If you did not attend the candidate forum, please watch it on highfivemedia.com. It will provide you some insight as to why people are running.
During the incumbents’ time on Town Council, Sarah Smith Hymes approved purchasing the new Town Hall, the Skier Building. The project is over budget and came after the citizens voted against buying the building.
Additionally, the council approved spending millions of dollars to make West Beaver Creek Boulevard smaller and the sidewalks bigger, knowing that a hotel is going to be built between Avon Center and the Sheraton, increasing traffic in this area.
The Performance Pavilion, which is the jewel of Nottingham Park, has never risen to its full potential, although I think it is finally headed in the right direction, but still has a long way to go.
If you watch the forum, you will see that Tamra Nottingham Underwood, a previous Avon Town council member and member of the Avon Historical Committee, has an agenda. She is running so she can approve spend millions of taxpayer dollars to save the Hahnewald Barn. It is currently estimated to cost $6.87 million to move the barn.
Maybe it is a good thing to save the barn, but the cost should not be on the backs of the taxpayers; it could be done through philanthropy. Taxpayer money should be used to improve the quality of life for its citizens.
The other five candidates running for town council are Chico Thuon, Tom Ruemmler, Adrienne Perer, Russell Andrade and Mick Van Slyke. These candidates have never been on town council and will bring a fresh outlook to the town. They all indicated during the forum that spending is out of control and the citizens should have more say in how their tax dollars are spent.
Maybe it is time to wipe the slate clean in 2018 and vote for four of the five candidates who have never been on town council. Or if you feel that the Avon town council has represented your interests, is going in the correct direction and spending your tax dollars efficiently and wisely, then vote for the incumbents.