Happy News – we can all agree on! Yeah!

Finally – It’s not always easy looking for some Eagle County, Colorado “Happy News” these days…especially if you live in the Town of Avon…

Here’s how to check this News out…

Likely, if you drive Eastbound (I-70) out of Eagle…you may have noticed the newly extended Paved Eagle County Bike Trail out the right side of your passenger window.  The County’s (ECO Trails) Paved Bike Path (years long) Goal is to connect the top of Vail Pass…to the entrance to the Glenwood Canyon just west of Dotsero – along I-70.

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The County is hard at work (now – yeah! in February) to make that continuing plan a reality.  Just a bit west of Wolcott along the Eagle River a new Bike Bridge has been installed this  Valentines Day week – February 2019!  It’s official name is the “ECO Trails – Horn Ranch Pedestrian Bridge”.  You can see it now installed across the Eagle River driving on I-70 – eastbound just before Wolcott.

Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry reports to the ECT that – special thanks are due to Wolcott residences Dave and Sue Mott – who allowed the storage of the new Steel Bridge on their land – until the Construction Crews working the project were ready.  The months earlier purchase and storage of the new Steel Bridge – helped prevent any price inflation due to Steel Tariff fears…Construction Crews also reportedly happy with the work (now/February) at an otherwise slow construction time of year…Taxpayers get a break…Construction crews have some work…and local Bikers, Walkers, Runners, Hikers and Strollers…all have something to look forward to this Spring.   Happy News indeed!

-CM

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Of Kindergarten and Public Libraries

So who is willing to show you…what else is also going on in Governor Polis’s Colorado?

Let’s use some photos from Saturday’s Fishwrap…and another photo from very recent Denver Post article…

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Meanwhile…from the Denver Post –

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(Click Here) to read the story at the Denver Post

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Last Night’s Lunar Eclipse vs. Monday Morning’s – Moonset

Have you ever tried to photograph something through a Steamed up Bathroom Window?

Well..that’s what it was like trying to Photograph last nights Lunar Eclipse…through Eagle County’s semi-cloudy sky.

But take heart – the next morning – the Moon set in the Western Sky – about 7AM/the next day – was much more impressive.

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However at SunRise the next Morning – Monday, January 21st – the Moon set in the Western Sky was much easier to photograph

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Perfectly Framed, HUH?

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Mark Kogan on Avon’s Hahnewald Barn – Fiscal Fiasco

Mark’s (unedited letter) below.

ECT:  Mark however, doesn’t explain his support of an Avon incumbent candidate (election Nov. 2018).  This incumbent was on Avon’s Council during the multi-million dollar Avon Town Hall financial mess – preceded of course by the other multi-million dollar disaster – the Avon Music Stage.

-below by Mark Kogan 

As an Avon resident and taxpayer that has twice helped protect the Town Council from financial folly, I am once again stunned at the Town’s complete lack of regard for fiscal responsibility in its continuing consideration of the Hahnewald barn.

Mark-KoganBefore addressing the Town Council’s current madness, I want to review prior advice I have given. When the Council wanted to pay over $4 million for the Skier building, I met with its representatives to tell them they were overpaying and I was rebuffed. Not one to give up, I wrote articles for the Vail Daily and helped to marshal support for cancelling the Town’s purchase contract.  One year later the Town purchased the building for less than $2 million.  When the Town wanted to grant a $500,000 subsidy to Sun & Ski, I again met with Council representatives and was told Sun & Ski would not come to Avon without a subsidy.  I ignored this naïve view, and appeared before the Council and lobbied against this subsidy.  The Town Council finally did vote down the subsidy and Sun & Ski signed its lease in Avon the very next day without the subsidy.
So here we are again – the Town is considering spending almost $400,000 of taxpayer money to move the Hahnewald barn with no clear budget or plan for its repurpose. Estimates of this repurposing are upwards of $6 million.  Let me say that again – upwards of $6 million. This is taxpayer money that Avon resident worked extremely hard to earn.  It is money paid to the Town from the egregious real estate transfer tax. And it is about to be flushed down the proverbial drain because of a romantic attachment to a barn that has had zero significance to the Town of Avon’s history, beyond being used as a storage facility by the Nottingham family.  In thinking about this potential $6 million project cost, the Town fails to recognize the value of the land upon which the barn would sit.  Were the Town to sell the land under the old Town Hall, or ground lease it to for a commercial project such as a hotel or conference center, it could realize millions of dollars in such a transaction.  Let’s say that this land is potentially worth $2-3 million.  In that case, the Barn would actually cost the Town $8-9 million because of the lost opportunity with a potential land sale/ground lease.
Think about what the Town could do with $8-9 million. Affordable housing, redeveloping the Town Hall and fire station, tax breaks to citizens, reinvesting in projects that actually lead to the enhancement of Avon businesses and increase in residents’ quality of life.  If this were a commercial project being developed by a private citizen, a $6-8 million investment would be expected to generate $400-600,000/year in income.  Instead, we hear that the barn would look nice on a postcard.
If anyone wants to know why citizens nationwide are disaffected with government, they need not look further than Avon, Colorado where our Town Council loves nothing more than to spend taxpayer dollars on frivolous projects in a ready, fire, aim approach, to wit – relocate the barn and then figure it out.  As an Avon resident, I ask my fellow citizens – “What are you going to do when the Town Council runs out of your precious tax dollars it is wasting?”

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