Bernie’s Beat

by  Clayton Moore

Avon’s Officer – Bernie McGovern (609) is a 16 year Veteran on the Avon Police force.

And everybody likes Bernie!  Including the manager of Avon’s Shell Station Ms. Anakut Loya (right) and Ms. Kenia Gomez (left).  Two very photogenic young ladies if ever we met them!

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Bernie is also a (many+1) year veteran of the men’s local Hockey League – so good luck to anyone who thinks they might be able to “Mix it Up” with Bernie!

Also serving with Bernie on Mornings in Avon – is Officer Tyler Churches (615) – who is an expert at running the (MDT) Mobile Data Terminal (photo) in each Police vehicle.  These terminals (laptops actually) are connected via the Internet to some very sophisticated Law Enforcement database(s) available to any Officer with the access skills of Tyler.  Tyler just uses his right hand (only) to find out almost anything about any vehicle and driver Tyler may have stopped on his morning Beat.

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ECT’s advise this week?  If you’re driving through Avon – buckle up and mind the speed limit in Avon.  These Avon Officers are well trained and highly skilled.

Avon’s Police Chief – Robert Ticer – also in the news from last week!

Avon’s Chief Ticer gave a citizens award to Kurt Kuper – who assisted Avon PD in the apprehension of a “suspect on the run”.  Mr. Kuper literally “tackled” the suspect running from an Avon officer – and held him – till the Officer caught up and put the hand cuffs on him.  Mr Kuper (center) is flanked to his right by his parents who flew in from the East Coast for his award presentation.  Also in the photo (R- Tyler Churches, Chief Robert Ticer – all the way right Avon’s Mayor – Rich Carroll.

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Avon’s Referendum – Puts Avon’s Voters and Taxpayers- First!

by  John Minervini  (candidate Avon Town Council)

Avon’s Town Council recently voted to put the Town of Avon – MILLIONS OF DOLLARS into DEBT – by a financial “slight of hand” – called “Certificates of Participation” – whose very design, is designed to sidestep TABOR.

HOWEVER – that Vote can be overturned by the Registered Voters of Avon!

Here’s How:  It’s called a “Voter Referendum” – since Avon is what is known legally as a “Home Rule Municipality” – a Voter Referendum of ~200 signatures of (registered/validated Avon Voters) can sign a petition (the Referendum) within 30 days of the day their City Council voted to take on that debt!

Or more specifically – …The Avon Home Rule Charter, Chapter VII Initiative and Referendum, Section7.2, Referendum specifies 30 days after final passage of an ordinance (it was passed Tuesday, October 14th 2014) to file a protest petition.  It must signed by “qualified electors” in an amount at least ten percent of the total vote in the last general (2012) election.   The number of needed signature on this Referendum is (~200)

LET AVON CITIZENS VOTE DIRECTLY ON $6 MILLION TOWN HALL

On Tuesday, October 14th 2014 Avon Town Council completed its hurry-up approvalJohnMinervini for the purchase and remodel of the proposed Skier Building for a new Avon Town Hall. I again voiced my opposition to that purchase (at that Public Meeting), which deserves MUCH more review – especially since only very rough remodel cost estimates were made available.

My experience as a Vice President at multi-billion dollar AutoZone, Inc. included completing hundreds of real estate transactions – both new building projects and existing building remodels. I am a watchdog (and Avon Town Council Candidate) with the right skill set to speak out on this rush-job project.

I am less a politician and more a financial watchdog.  A typical politician would have kept quiet until after the November 4th election.  A typical politician would also have “stayed in line” and not disagreed with sitting Town Council members.

But again, I am a watchdog.  And watchdogs speak up when something looks or feels wrong. At the November 10th meeting I asked about citizens’ rights to petition for a referendum (a direct special election for citizens to vote “Yes” or “No” on this project). That right to petition for a special election is part of the checks-and-balances built into the town’s governance. Avon Town Attorney (Eric Heil) provided information about petition requirements.

So here’s my Question for those current Avon Councilmembers opposed to a referendum: What is your objection to letting Avon Citizens vote “Yes” or “No” on this $6 million Town Hall project?

If the citizens vote “Yes” the Town Council will regain voter confidence, which I believe it lost with its $2 Million cost overrun on the Nottingham Music Pavilion project this year.  On the other hand, a “No” vote will confirm that Town Council has indeed lost credibility with it citizens. The current Council has not succeeded in getting direct voter approval for ballot measure expenditures (witness the voters’ “No” vote last November on the “Rec Center” measure and tax increase).  3 current Avon Councilmembers are vacating their elected seats this November 4th 2014, yet the Millions in debt they voted for will go on for decades!

Some of my neighbors are going to circulate a petition to call for a special election that will allow Avon citizens to vote “Yes” or “No” on this $6 million project. I, (John Miniverni) will of course sign that petition!

If you want to sign the petition – or simply express your opinion – please send an email to:   LetAvonVote@gmail.com

 

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Don’t Forget Your Ballots Are In The Mail!
See you next week – The ECT Staff

ECT Correction from Last week!

by  Clayton Moore

Avon’s “mayor pro tem” or if you prefer (Vice Mayor) Ms. Jennie Fancher has requested the ECT issue a “correction” to a report in the ECT from last week.

Ms. Fancher pointed out that the information in that ECT article was INCORRECT.

The ECT pointed out to Ms. Fancher – that the information the ECT reported/repeated was printed in the original lawsuit filed by Hoffman Commercial Real Estate against the TOA and individual Council members.

Here is the incorrect/inaccurate information printed in that Lawsuit…that the ECT repeated (read: relied on as accurate)…(from page 6 of the 59 page lawsuit) (Click Here)

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Ms. Fancher was quite clear…insisting that “she was at that meeting – doing her elected job” AND BY ALL RIGHTS – should have been mentioned (to be included and sued as well) with the list of named defendants, because she was at that meeting – doing her elected Job – of voting in a way that provoked this new litigation against Avon.

Fair Enough.  Ms. Fancher was at that meeting and votes (with the rest of the Avon Council members) in a way that provoked Hoffman Commercial Real Estate – to sue the Town of Avon with a new (September 22nd 2014) lawsuit.  

The ECT regrets that we relied on the (inaccuracy) of the information that Attorney – David H. McConaughy – of Garfield & Hecht, P.C. printed in his filed lawsuit on page 6 of 59.

Original ECT Report that contained the inaccurate information is (Click Here)

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NOAA calls it a – Sun Dog over Eagle County – Last Week!

by   the fans of  Mark Trail

NOAA-NWS-logoIt’s known as a “Sun Dog” by the National Weather Service.

Last Tuesday, October 7th 2014 at about 5PM – Eagle County, Colorado was treated to a highly unusual Natural phenomenon in our western sky.

ECT photographer – Jimmy Olsen – didn’t know (at the time) just what it was in the Sky – only that “to see 2 suns” at the same time is very unusual.  There is ZERO photoshop work in this photo – and the only glass involved was the lens of last Tuesday’s digital camera.  Jimmy did know – where to go to find out.  A quick email to Jim Pringle’s team at NOAA/NWS in Grand Junction, Colorado – solved the weather (2 suns in the sky) mystery.  Jim’s NOAA/NWS motto at work is “Building a Weather-Ready Nation” as Jim is NOAA’s – Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Grand Junction.  For more information about NWS in Grand Junction – (Click Here)

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Avon’s Top 10

by    Clayton Moore

Did you know that Avon – has a Top 10 list?

Turns out the Top Ten Council candidates debated Avon’s current Political Issues last Wednesday, October 8th 2014 – at the fully functional and still perfectly operational (and completely paid for) – Avon Town Hall.  Scroll down to learn more.

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The perceptive ECT readers will notice (1) less candidate in the photo – than the (10) noted above…Turns out Avon Town Council candidate Tab Bonidy’s travel schedule had Tab out of Town – However Tab’s comments were also read at the Debate.  Special thanks to Avon resident Dave Strandjord – for passing on his photo from that evenings debate.

Avon voters might have missed their Debate?  NO PROBLEM!  Thanks to the Video Technology Wizard of TV Channel 5 (J.K. Perry) – you can watch that Debate online – anytime!

Just (Click  anywhere On) the image below – to go to Channel 5’s web page and their streaming video!  The FireFox web browser seems to work best for us – when streaming video, and FireFox lets you “fast forward” too!

Thanks to former Avon Council member Amy Phillips and debate moderator – Rohn Robbins for putting this televised debate together.

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Also in attendance that evening was local Radio Personality – Tony Mauro 0f true local radio – KZYR 97.7 “the Vail Zephyr”.  Tony’s team also did a Radio “simulcast” of their debate – and their Radio Audio of that debate is also available online!

Just (Click On) the Graphic Below to Listen!

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 ONE MORE THING – AVON!

If you still don’t believe that Avon needs (4) NEW Avon Town Council members elected this November – perhaps this might finally convince you.

On September 22nd, 2014 – the Town of Avon (and current Town Council members) were SUED by Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate in Avon.  (Click Here) for a copy of that (public record) lawsuit – or just Click On the graphic below.

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ECT FACTOID:  Notice the above list of Defendants – named individually.

NOTE that:   NOT ALL of the current Avon Town Council – were specifically named.

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Why NOT?  Answer:  Because the Mayor – Rich Carroll and Vice Mayor (Mayor Pro Tem – Jennie Fancher) didn’t “show up for work” (read: didn’t vote) at that August 26th Town Council meeting – when the vote that provoked this new Lawsuit – took place!!!

([above graphic – taken from page 6 of 59] of the new Lawsuit filed in Eagle County – District Court against the Town of Avon.

Jeanne McQueeney – Prepared to Resign

by  Clayton Moore

Mc-Queeney-ECT-PhotoJeanne McQueeney – is running to be elected (Nov. 2014) as your next Eagle County Commissioner.

Ms. McQueeney – is also (currently) serving as your elected Public School Board President.

Last week Ms. McQueeney – answered the question – put to her, by the EagleCountyTimes.com -

Q.)  Should you be elected as the next Eagle County Commissioner – will you RESIGN your current elected position on the Public School Board?

Please (Click On) the graphic below to enlarge it.

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To Be FAIR to Ms. McQueeney – she also address concerns put to her Commissioner Campaign about (monies) her Non-Profit currently receives in the form of Grants from Eagle County today.

ECT’s Background Report on that subject is (Click Here)

ECT readers interested in Ms. McQueeney’s (verbatim) answers to the questions about Eagle County Grant Monies – received by Ms. McQueeney’s (non-profit) – and our School Board, can be read below.

Ms. McQueeney’s verbatim answers submitted to the ECT last week – can be read by (Clicking Here).

How it Works!

by   the Fans of Light Speed

Ever wonder what all that Eagle County trenching and digging along I-70 Westbound is all about?

The Short Answer:  Technology, as in Fiber Optics.

CDOT has gotten much smarter about the value of their I-70 “right-a-way” and is trenching in Fiber Optic “conduit” and Optic cable strands that will allow for their currently “dark fiber” to be leased to big Telecommunications companies needing a West Bound (usually redundant) Fiber Optic cable run.

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Locally in Eagle County, Colorado  – Comcast is a major subscriber to leased Fiber Optic Cable.  All the technology services offered by Comcast – come into Eagle County via Fiber.  HDTV, Streaming on demand Movies, Voice over IP phones, Internet, Streaming Audio, and in some cases – Optic Fiber to some Cell Towers is all working in Eagle County today (from Comcast) because of the Optic Fiber underground in Eagle County today.

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Comcast’s biggest Node in Eagle County is known as a “head-end” in their business and is located in Avon on Metcalf Road.  Fiber in and Fiber out of that head-end (photo –right) is what feeds your particular (local) Cable TV node in your neighborhood.  It is hoped that some day soon Comcast will lease additional “dark fiber” from CDOT and have an additional/redundant Fiber Optic cable run “west” along I-70 in addition to their current Fiber that runs to Denver and (splits at Dowd Junction) to Colorado Springs as well.

With so much of what Eagle County consumers and businesses do on the Internet today – it’s easy to imagine why some Fiber Optic redundancy westbound is a very good idea.

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From the ECT’s top photo – it’s a kind of an underground Fiber utility box that has an additional length of Optic Fiber cable “coiled up”.  These boxes are located about 300-400 feet apart along I-70 – so that (should there ever be a Fiber Cut) the maintenance team has the additional Fiber Optic (cable slack) to pull additional fiber out of that spare coil and complete the repair of the cut cable.

More and More these days – Fiber Optics is being used to feed Cell Phone towers (like below) to reduce the number of old fashion copper cables that old Cell Phone sites use to use.  With one Cell Tower servicing multiple companies (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint. et al) along with all their high speed data into today’s SmartPhones – it’s easy to see why Fiber Optics is the preferred choice for their infrastructure in the years to come.

Anybody want to guess the Eagle County – location of this Cell Tower below?

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