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Letter: Be part of the process

Be part of the process

Dear Editor:

Residents of Eagle County living in the mid-valley have a unique opportunity to be part of the final interviews of the five very qualified candidates vying to fill the vacated seat of District 2 County Commissioner Jon Stavney, who was selected to be the Eagle town manager.

I encourage citizens to attend the Eagle County Commissioner Vacancy Committee meeting at the Basalt Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The school is located at 51 School Street across from the Basalt fire station.

We have many issues going on in the mid-valley, such as the proposed Crown Mountain Ranch Recreation Center, the Dragon Fly Ranch, the Tree Farm and Shadow Rock Developments, the Willits development, the recent open space acquisition at the Saltonstall Ranch, proposed river improvements on the Roaring Fork River through Basalt, and more. There is every reason to attend this meeting.

Public input regarding letters of recommendation or suggested topics for committee interviews with the applicants is encouraged and will be only accepted by email (vacancy@eagledems.org) or by U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 4562, Eagle CO, 81631). All meeting minutes and all candidate applications are available on theWeb page at http://www.eagledems.org. Please click on the “Vacancy Committee” tab. There, you will see up-to-date information, minutes, candidate packets and references, and all materials related to this transparent selection process.

Voting and selection of the Eagle County commissioner for District 2 by the Vacancy Committee will take place on Wednesday or on June 19. The term for the new commissioner begins July 1. General meetings of the Vacancy Committee are open to the public but input will only be taken as previously outlined.

Additionally, prior to the aforementioned meeting, there will be a bus tour designed to show our Eagle County commissioner candidates the sites mentioned above and a few others. The bus will leave the Basalt Middle School parking lot at 5:15 p.m. and return for the 6:30 p.m. meeting.

The Basalt Town Council and staff, Pitkin County commissioners and Open Space and Trails Department have been invited to join the Vacancy Committee and the commissioner candidates on the bus. Members of the public can also join the bus, space permitting. This tour will not be part of the official meeting. Dialogue and questions to the candidates will not be part of the agenda. If the bus fills up, please have dinner in Basalt and return at 6:30 p.m. to the Basalt Middle School, where we will interview the candidates during the official meeting. If you have questions specifically about the bus tour please call Kim Doyle Wille at 970-704-9535.

If you are interested in our rivers, development, public lands, health and human services including children, veterans, disabled and seniors, or anything else county commissioners have purview over, I urge you to attend this meeting and take part in our democratic process.

Thanks, and I hope to see you there.

Kim Doyle Wille

Co-vice chair, Eagle County Democratic Party


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