by Clayton Moore
Just as our Eagle County Commissioners recently moved to violate Federal Drug law (Click Here) the voting majority of the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association voted last week (Click Here) to continue to use taxpayer monies to pay for the required changes to Eagle Vail’s (PUD – Planned Unit Development) to allow for so called Medical Marijuana stores to operate in Eagle-Vail. Yes, Eagle-Vail Taxpayer monies are being used to make changes to their PUD, so these stores can continue operate in Eagle-Vail. Once these changes are completed for Eagle-Vail’s existing PUD, that updated PUD document is expected to be “rubber-stamped” and approved by the Eagle County Commissioners later this year.
Helping to support this effort – is the Executive Director of the the Vail Valley Partnership – Chris Romer. Chris also serves as an elected EVPOA board member. (Click Here)
Mr. Romer’s business…the Vail Valley Partnership is in the business of selling annual memberships to his 501(c)3 non-profit. Mr. Romer’s VVP is an organization set up to help promote Eagle County businesses.
Questions of “conflict of interest” arose last week – surrounding Mr. Romer’s public vote to allow Eagle-Vail taxpayer money to be used to pay the legal fees…required to make changes to EV’s PUD – to allow the existing Medical Marijuana store to continue to operate…
Why doesn’t the existing Eagle-Vail MMJ store pay those legal fees? How much are those legal fees? Has this MMJ store agreed to reinburse the Eagle-Vail Property Ownwers Association the costs of making the PUD changes that will allow them to continue operate in Eagle-Vail?
Is that MMJ dispensary a current member of Mr. Romer’s Vail Valley Partnership? IF YES? What business does Mr. Romer have voting for the interests of one of his members at the Eagle-Vail taxpayer’s expense? IF YES, shouldn’t Mr. Romer have recused himself on this vote?
Stay tuned – there is more to this story than has been reported so far.