Vail Daily letter: Avon listened
November 4, 2016
Eighteen months ago, I asked the Avon Town Council if there was anything they could do about the speeding in Wildridge, specifically on Wildridge Road. At the time Chief Daly was Chief Ticer's second in command. Chief Daly and I walked from the stop sign at Old Trail to the stop sign at Bear Trap.
Through the summer, enforcement was stepped up, the speed trailer was deployed and meetings continued with the town engineer, Chief Ticer and the Avon Public Works manager. The police department agreed there were some serious safety issues. In the past my neighbor had been hit by a car and other neighbors around me with small children weren't happy watching cars drive well over 40 miles per hour as they walked down the street. We met with Chief Ticer at a community meeting at the Wildridge Fire Station. it was a concern for many of us on that part of Wildridge Road.
As fall 2015 came and went, nothing had been done. I had distanced myself from the entire process; having brought it to the attention of the right people, I could only wait, most likely defeated. After winter, I sent an email seeing what had come of my request to address this problem. The town of Avon had decided to install a digital speed sign and a speed table.
Thank you to everyone involved: The Avon Town Council for listening to my initial complaint, the Town Manager Virginia Egger and her assistant Preston Neill, Chiefs Ticer and Daly, Avon Town Engineer Justin Hildreth, Avon Public Works Manager Gary Padilla and, most of all, everyone who has to use that speed table and slow down a few miles per hour.
I can't apologize for bringing our safety to the attention of the town of Avon. Recently this has been used by some as political leverage in the upcoming Town Council election, claiming a rogue Town Council and town manager installed this speed table without input from the community. I can assure you they listened to emotional and sometimes angry input from this community. Needs of the community can't always involve a vote, especially when serving and protecting that community.
Criticizing, condemning and complaining without proposing an alternate plan is easy.
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