by Clayton Moore
For the two weeks of the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships – the Town of Avon (budgeted) $225,000.00 for this event. (Click Here)
So, using Avon’s 4% Sales Tax figure…the amount of additional/incremental business in the Town of Avon (for those two February 2015 weeks) would have to be – $5,625,000.00 to (break even) for that expense at 4%, RIGHT?
Is there any doubt that the Town of Avon got no where near that $5.6 Million dollar figure?
Job Creation: Yes, new jobs were created during those two weeks. The new jobs created were for Parking Lot Attendants – hired to protect the Commercial Parking lots near the Après in Avon – afternoon events. If you were not a Business owner or customer coming to Park and visit one of the local business – you were summarily – chased away by these new Avon Parking Attendants!
Local Signage Businesses: Received a windfall of new Signage orders! It was easy new business for the Signage folks to accommodate, since the message printed on all those news signs – was always the same!
Situated at the west end of Avon’s so called new (pedestrian mall – the Après events epicenter) – is the Avon Public Library – part of the Eagle Valley Library District.
Local Entrepreneurs: Wasted no time setting up their new Event Parking businesses for the two weeks of Après in Avon. Plywood sales at the local Home Depot also saw an uptick.
FACT: Did you know the Town of Avon – has trouble complying with their own LAWS? It’s true, the Town of Avon (forgot?) to issue themselves a Town of Avon PERMIT for the AMPLIFIED MUSIC that was played on stage in the afternoon! That’s a fact.
Make sure if YOUR future Amplified Music event in Avon has the necessary (and legally required) Permit – or you can count on a ticket/fine (and possibly a Municipal Court date) from the Town of Avon. Just ask Avon’s Ms. Danita Dempsey – a very nice lady by the way…
Looking Ahead: This Event Parking disaster is only getting started in Avon. Once Avon’s new Music Pavilion (you remember – the Avon Pavilion with the $2 Million Dollar cost overrun) gets started later this year…the disastrous Public Parking problem in Avon – will continue to get worse.
by the fans of Edwin Howard Armstrong
Dateline: Sunday, February 15th 2015.
Location: Red Tail – Beaver Creek Race Course
Event: Men’s Slalom Ski Race
Brought to you by: The Germans, Austrians, or Swiss Television (ECT not sure which team). ECT sure they’re speaking German. The Television announcers were transmitting their Slalom Ski Race commentary on 467.2875Mhz – for some time last Sunday.
To listen to their (in German) Audio Broadcast (at least a bit of it) CLICK HERE
Did you know that…
Last week (9-13FEB2015) the Eagle County Republicans (Central Committee) held an election for a new Eagle County GOP – Chairman.
It’s true. The incumbent EC GOP Chairman (Ms. Kaye Ferry) was in a race with (just one) other candidate – none other than (YOB – Ye Old Bloviator) formerly known here as Ye Old Publisher. Yup, that’s Michael.
Turns out…some GOP Central Committee members voting “wanted change” in the leadership at the local GOP party. Kaye kept her seat as EC GOP Chairman, barely. Approximate vote totals were about (23 vs. 17).
A need for Change? Gee…the ECT folks can’t figure out why? After all the Eagle County GOP Election Results (November 2014) – showed a 100% improvement over the local GOP’s election results – from the previous County election (November 2012).
A total of (2) local GOP candidates were elected in Eagle County during November 2014. Sheriff James Van Beek (R) and Eagle County Surveyor – Ted Archibeque (R).
In November 2012 the single, lone Republican Elected in Eagle County, Colorado – was Glenn Gallegos (R) elected as Eagle County’s “Regent of the University of Colorado – Congressional District 3”. Fact is…every single Democrat that was on the Eagle County 2012 Ballot – won their elections in Eagle County. Quite a record for the exemplary work of the EC GOP Chairman, wouldn’t you say, Kaye?
DISCLAIMER: November 2014 – true, Eagle County Treasurer – Karen Sheaffer (R) was also re-elected – but “does not count” in our vote totals because Karen was running “unopposed” on that Ballot.
The ECT folks would like to congratulate – local Ski racer Mekaela Shiffrin – with her 2015 (women’s) Gold Medal in the Slalom event. This in addition to Mekaela’s Olympic Gold Medal in the Women’s Slalom event at Sochi, Russia (2014). (photo credit – Denver Post)
Unquestionably, Mekaela’s success is the combination of an individuals excellent hard work and training, immense talent – and a solid, determined mental attitude toward the goal of winning.
Unless one were to ask the Fishwrap’s favorite Sunday columnist – the Rev. Jack van Ens…(if that is what his name really is).
Let’s ask the Fishwrap’s own Don Rogers – just why Rogers bothers to print this guy’s uber, left-wing column, OK?
Dear Don – can we look forward to Jack’s column next week – where Jack explains to Mekaela – that her individual success – is all due to Mekaela’s “Government”? (Mekaela will be 20 years old in 2015). Why not include in next weeks Fishwrap an additional column from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright – Obama’s favorite preacher of (many+1) years. ‘member him Don? These ‘left-wing nuts’ can always find a home in the Fishwrap, where the combined newsroom IQ – still struggles to reach 100. Liberalism Don, is the philosophy of the ‘weak minded’…and we’ll add the philosophy of the under achievers.
2015? Say What? Say Where?
For those of you wondering (look closely at the sand…) the folks recently visiting this Caribbean Beach – frankly never heard of us (Beaver Creek)…nor our 2015 World Championship Ski Races…
True, this sandy beach is located at a favorite International Resort – where American tourists mingle with the French, the Brits, Canadians, Argentinians, Mexicans, Germans and assorted other nationalities. Nobody at this Resort – had a clue about their respective Countries Alpine Ski Racing Team…save a few Americans. In any event, one lone American marked the opening day of the 2015 World Championship – with a quick message left in the Sand. After that beach messaging – it was time for another – afternoon Catamaran Sail off the beach – into the warm Caribbean ocean.
by Clayton Moore
The Interesting part – is the part local Politicians and Town Managers…are not telling you…
What you know: Public Parking in and around our Resort Areas – is far, far from perfect. If you can find Parking – it’s usually too expensive and where it’s (free) there’s usually not enough of it.
Here is what they’re not willing to tell you…
FACT: Credit due to Avon Developer Traer Creek’s whose land and local (free) parking made the 2015 World Championships “accessible” for most folks who arrived in their cars to visit and spectate at the Races in Beaver Creek. Local Buses were used to move folks from this HUGE Avon Parking lot (on Traer Creek’s Land – east of Chapel Square).
This (free) Public Parking arrangement was put together with Traer Creek and folks from the Beaver Creek Resort Company (to a lesser extent – with the Vail Valley Foundation) and did not involve the Town of Avon (Administrators nor Avon City Council!)
Amazingly the Press Release from the Town of Avon (about Parking for the 2015 Championships) – didn’t even MENTION that the Public could Park (for free) at this HUGE LOT in Avon! Why Not, Avon Town Manager Ms. Virginia Egger? Proof? (Click Here)
Keep in Mind: that after the Lawsuit between (Avon & Traer Creek) was finally settled (Fall 2014) – right after that the Town of Avon – was Sued by Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate – over the design their Chapel Square Shutters – that was disapproved (Fall 2014) by Avon’s P&Z.
The Bottom Line: There is HUGE room for improvement in the way Avon’s Town Manager and Avon’s City Council manage their business relationships with the business players – that own a lot of property in Avon.
Don’t forget the Avon Voter Referendum that was also provoked by a City Council that continues to have trouble listening to Avon Voters.
In a recent “Our View” written by the Fishwrap folks…they didn’t even mention Traer Creek in their (credit where credit is due?) column. Of course the local organizations that buy the Fishwrap’s Paid Print Advertising – were and are regularly mentioned. VVF, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Town of Avon…but rarely…the largest land owner in Avon – Traer Creek.
All you have to do – is look at the free Parking at Traer Creek’s Wal~Mart and Home Depot t0 see – the Traer Creek folks – understand adequate Public Parking. It’s something to keep in mind as Traer Creek’s (east Avon) land gets developed over the next few years. There can be little doubt that Avon’s future “core” will be on Traer Creek’s land.
Another reason why it makes sense to have the 2015 Racing Events in Beaver Creek?
Well you’re looking at it – Vail simply can’t handle this amount of (free) Public Parking – Vail doesn’t have the available land in Town…
by the Defenders of Colorado’s Constitutional Amendment – TABOR
NEWS FLASH: Avon’s Referendum (Jan. 2015) gets national media attention.
The “National Taxpayers Union” (Wash. D.C. based– non Profit) – was interested in learning more about Avon, Colorado and the Historic (first ever) January 2015 Citizens Referendum – that stopped the purchase (by stopping the proposed Financing) of the so call “Skier Building”. The $12.5 Million Dollar “Building for Avon Bureaucrats”. Just (Click On) the graphic below.
Avon’s (Team Referendum Leader Dave Strandjord – USMC Veteran) gave the job of speaking to these folks –to the (most vocal) member of that successful – Team Referendum. Their telephone interview was conducted last Friday (6FEB2015).
For those interested – the Audio lasts about (12) minutes.