From the Street

Eagle County’s newest Radio Station – NOAA Weather Radio WZ2518, broadcasting from Castle Peak in Eagle, Colorado – is scheduled to begin testing their new Transmitter power upgrade from 100 Watts to 300 Watts this week 24SEPT-28SEPT2012.  Turns out most Eagle County folks (west of Dowd Junction) can hear theNOAA new Radio Station (162.450Mhz) on your NOAA Weather radio – at 100 Watts – however the folks in Vail have had a much tougher time.  At a new Transmitter Power of 300 W – hopefully the Vail folks east of Dowd Junction will also benefit from our newest Eagle County Weather Radio Station.

ECT readers who use the Internet can listen to this new NOAA Weather Radio Station 7x24x365 by (Clicking Here).  Also SmartPhone users can load the Free App called “Radio NOAA” found in the iTunes store or for their Android!

Not So Fast – Avon!

What’s the latest on Avon’s lawsuit with developer – Traer Creek? (How long have you got?) – The Avon Town Council set to vote next Tuesday, 25SEPT2012 to approve/disapprove (first reading) the proposed Settlement Agreement (sans; v16 of the PUD Guide – plus attached amendments).  How many pages of Settlement?  About 137 pages worth…(Click Here)  Want to know how your Avon leadership team is performing during these negotiations?  Read this 7 page Memo by one of the Lawyers involved in the dispute (Click Here) – it’s very “telling” about what it’s like to deal with these people.

Key Factors – Avon’s Council has a “vote” however, developer Traer Creek has a vote too.  Both parties have to agree to settle, not just one.  Some Avon insiders believe that if Council Agrees to settle – some Avon citizens will force an Avon Voter “referendum” in an attempt…to overturn a decision by Council – some Avon residences disagree with.  We’ll see…time will tell.

ECT folks believe there is just 1 chance in 3 that both litigants will agree to Settle.

What then?  Case goes back to Court where the Judge will rule based on the original 1998 Agreement and any/all legal Amendments added to that ‘98 Agreement – up to the point in time that the litigation started, Tamra!

Gypsum Fire Protection District – Wants Gypsum Property Owners to Pay Up this November 6th 2012!

It’s true.  Since the Gypsum Fire Department (sans: Gypsum Fire Protection District) missed the legal dates to have their Property Tax Raising question – added to the County’s November 6th General Election Ballot (read: Gypsum Ballots only) – The Gypsum Fire Department is planning to pay for their own, separate, U.S. Mailed Ballot to Gypsum Property Owners on November 6th 2012.  The November 2012 Ballot requests that Gypsum Property Owners agree to a property tax increase.  Gypsum Property Taxpayers should note the cost of this Special Election is being paid for by Funds from their Fire District – that would otherwise go to pay for Fire Protection.

TABOR Notice:  Per Colorado State Statue – all Colorado Tax Authorities are required to U.S. Mail what is known as the “Tabor Notice” no later than 30 days before the election.  Further, in Colorado any/all proposed Tax Increases must be held in the November general election – they cannot hold a “special election” at a different time of year.

A “TABOR Notice” is a legal document that his U.S. Mailed (in this case) to all Registered Gypsum voters.  It contains the actual Ballot Language and a pro/yes – argument (usually written by the taxing authority) and an con/against position IF A CITIZEN submits that to the Taxing Authority by the required date and under the maximum word count!  As mentioned in the earlier report ECT contributors wrote the “con” position for the proposed Eagle River Fire Protection District’s November 2012 Ballot question.

Just in time for “shoulder season” Avon’s City Market completes their Summer long remodel and facelift

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Avon’s City Market shoppers commented to the ECT this week that …”the cost of City Market’s remodel is reflected in City Market’s updated food prices – on the new shelves”.

ECT’s Comment:  Thank goodness Avon Developer Traer Creek insisted on a Wal~Mart grocery store when that Wal~Mart was built.  No telling what we’d be paying for food around here…if City Market, Avon didn’t have any competition.

NASA’s Space Shuttle – Endeavour – completes it’s Final Flight over Disneyland, in Los Angeles on the Shuttle’s way last week to it’s new home at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Display Pavilion.  Photo Credit – ECT contributor Marty Lich

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From Open Skies to Eagle County’s Open Space – Former Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone – weigh in on the Election Issue – Should the REPEAL of Eagle County’s Open Space Tax – be sent back to the Voters…

Commissioner Stone’s thoughts emailed to the ECT last week…

Let the people decide. Voters should only elect commissioner candidates that support the democratic process and are willing to put the continuance of the open space tax on the ballot. We should all be clear about what the real issue is in this debate. It is about who should decide for what purpose and how much property owners are willing to tax themselves. Should politicians decide or should the voters decide?  This is not about the value of the open space tax as both Jill Ryan and Jon Stavney would like you to believe. That decision should be made by the voters after we elect at least two commissioners that believe in democracy and are willing to place the issue on the ballot. Countygovernment in Colorado is unique in that only the commissioners can place an issue like this on the ballot. The law does not allow for a petition or initiative process so we have to only elect commissioners who are willing to follow the will of the voters. We should all consider Stavney and Ryan’s opposition to placing this issue on the ballot as a slap in the face to Lady Liberty. Our nation was based on our right to choose and be self governed. Jill and Jon believe that they know better than we do about how we should be taxed. We must ask ourselves why they refuse to let the people decide. My guess is that they and their campaign donors believe that the voters will boldly state that the county has spent enough of our hard earned dollars on open space. And what about property owners like me that cannot vote? Who represents them? My wife and I have had to temporarily relocate for work but hope to return someday to our home. I have ultimate faith in a voting majority of the citizens in Eagle County to represent me and not in only three politicians. Jon and Jill would be free to plead their case in defense of the open space tax once they allow the issue to be placed on the ballot. For now the only reasonable and responsible decision is to vote for the two candidates that have committed to support democracy and let the people decide…Jeff Layman and Courtney Holm.

Tom Stone is a former county commissioner who currently resides in Genoa, Nevada.

ECT Note:  Independent County Commissioner candidate Dale Nelson is also AGAINST the REPEAL of the County’s Open Space Tax (Click Here)

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