by Avon’s founding fathers
What the VD neglected to tell you last week was in addition to Avon’s Outback restaurant closing; last month Avon’s Pizza Hut quietly and permanently closed their doors too. How many more Avon lost jobs in addition to the 40 lost at Outback, the ECT doesn’t know. Avon’s City Council now apparently busy with their work to pass $100 Million in proposed new taxes this November – apparently so we can all have town buses to shuttle us between empty Avon businesses…
ECT readers know that we have been very critical of Avon’s Mayor and City Council for months, and now it seems voters all up and down the valley agree with the ECT. We’ll prove it. What you’ve been told is that Avon’s Mayor lost last Tuesday’s Water Election – his opponent getting 72% of all votes cast. What you weren’t told was that of all the polling places voters went to vote; Avon is where Avon’s Mayor got the LEAST number of votes – 9 vs. the 40 votes the Mayor’s opponent received in the Mayor’s home town! (Click Here) for that proof.
It’s time for change in Avon, and that time is right now. The ECT now presents our plan to take Avon away from the current path of confused direction lost businesses, litigation and millions in proposed new Avon taxes, and set Avon on a desperately needed new course.
Step 1: Avon’s Mayor needs to resign immediately. Avon can little afford to wait till November when terms limits do to the Mayor, what needs to be done, right now. Current Councilmember and former Mayor Buz Reynolds needs to be appointed our new Mayor, now.
Step 2: Councilmember Brian Sipes needs to resign as well. Mr. Sipes little publicized move to Denver (as a result of changes in his family’s employment) demands this resignation. Avon’s Town Charter clearly states that all Council members must permanently reside in Avon, not somewhere else.
Step 3: All current litigation against Avon must stop, and be replaced by mediation. Right now. Avon can little afford the ($10,000/month?) legal fees when Avon’s Town staff has already suffered pay cuts, and long standing Avon sales tax generating businesses are leaving now at the apparent rate of – one a month. ECT knows local, concerned folks willing to step in and help make this mediation successful.
Step 4: All talk of any proposed new Avon taxes on this November’s ballot must stop. Avon’s Jamie Walker needs to issue a press release to that effect, and state that Avon’s new direction encourages new businesses, not wasteful talk about multi-million dollar pet-projects designed to melt snow on Avon’s (soon to be vacant?) streets.
Step 5: The new Council needs to get Avon’s citizens directly involved in the process of rebuilding the Town. Clearly the results of the latest Water Board election show that Avon voters perceive the Mayor and in turn, the majority of the members of Avon’s City Council as arrogant, not listening and only interested in raising taxes for their ‘pet projects’ – certainly not interested in doing what’s best for Avon, it’s businesses and already overburdened taxpayers.
Time for you to step aside, Mayor Ron, Avon can little afford the economic cost of Avon waiting till November.