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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Report from the March 14th Avon Town Council Meeting

Avon, CO – The Avon Town Council held a regular meeting on March 14th. Highlights of the meeting include the following:

 

  • The Eagle County Commissioners joined members of Avon Town Council for a joint work session to discuss the following items:
    • Eagle County Climate Action Plan– Discussion focused on implementation, including consideration in 2017 of a pay-as-you-throw trash/recycling program
    • Attainable Housing – The Commissioners detailed the goals of the Eagle County Housing and Development Authority Advisory Committee (ECHDA), which is being formed.   Other topics touched on the County’s committed resources of $3,000,000 for project development and that the County is updating its housing assessment study.
    • Transportation – ECO’s Transportation Development Plan will take 12 – 14 months to complete.  Avon is participating in the development of the Plan.  The Commissioners recommended the County’s entities work together on matters pertaining the railroad.  This will be a discussion at the next Mayor/Manager meeting on March 17th.  The Commissioners also reported on its recent support for a bike share program in Basalt and El Jebel that can serve as a model for Avon.
    • Towns and Unincorporated Areas—Revenues and Expenditures – Avon asked about setting up a multijurisdictional work group to analyze the proportionality of County expenditures compared to County tax collections.  The Commissioners agreed to make this a future Mayor/Manager meeting topic and to assign their staff to prepare an analysis.

 

  • Doug Jimenez was nominated by Council to serve as Avon’s representative on the ECHDA. The ECHDA Advisory Committee is a new committee that will include nine members representing the communities of Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Gypsum, Minturn, Red Cliff, Vail, unincorporated area of the Eagle River Valley portion of Eagle County and unincorporated area of the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County. It will make recommendations in an advisory capacity regarding long- and short-term plans and strategies for the provision of affordable housing throughout Eagle County.

 

  • The Town Council was asked to (1) take action to vote to terminate the Benchmark at Beaver Creek Protective Covenants and (2) provide direction to Mayor Jennie Fancher, the Town’s representative on the Landowner’s Committee, with regard to voting as a member of the Landowner’s Committee to terminate the Benchmark Covenants.

 

The Town Council elected to table this item because several residents have notified the Town that they have not received the notice and ballot that provide property owners with information concerning the Benchmark Covenants, the process to amend or terminate the Benchmark Covenants, and the proposed process for the Town Council to receive input and consider taking action as the Town. Town staff was directed to look into why some property owners did not receive the notice and ballot, to correct the oversight and to bring the matter back to Council for action once resolved.

 

  • Council approved a resolution amending the 2017 Capital Projects Fund Budget to increase revenues based upon 2016 collections and to adjust expenditures for projects under way this year.  In addition, the Council approved the following new 2017 projects:   

 

  • Sustainability/LEED Designation Commissioning in order to reach a Silver Designation for New Town Hall
  • Fiber Connection from the Public Safety Facility to New Town Hall
  • Post Boulevard Irrigation Wet Well Construction
  • Resurfacing the lower section of Wildridge Road
  • Repairing East Benchmark Road curb, gutter and pedestrian paver crossings
  • Restriping of  West Beaver Creek Boulevard

 

All Town Council meetings can be streamed live or viewed online in the days following the meeting at www.highfivemedia.com/watch. The Town Council’s next meeting is March 28th at 5:00 p.m. Agendas and packet materials can be found at www.avon.org. For more information about the March 14th meeting or future meetings, please contact Preston Neill, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager at 970-748-4404 or pneill@avon.org.
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