Eagle Vision 20/20, held on March 9th at Eagle Town Hall, brought together several presenters and an audience of more than sixty to hear the latest news from the Town and the Chamber. ‘Building a Better Eagle’ was the program’s theme.
Mayor Yuri Kostick presented his final ‘State of the Town’ that included highlights from his four years as mayor and shared some good news: sales tax revenues are up fifteen percent (15%) from the prior year and eighty percent (80%) of the town’s residents are connected to the water and sewer lines. According to a town poll that was taken last summer, seventy-seven percent (77%) of the respondents said the town is heading in the right direction. Mayor Kostick closed by saying, ‘We’re the little town that could.’
Eagle’s Town Planner, Tom Boni, presented an update on the Eagle River Park, which is a portion of the Eagle River Corridor Plan. Boni reminded the audience that the Eagle River is one of the town’s greatest assets and connecting it to downtown Eagle will enhance this asset’s benefit to the town.
The April 5th ballot includes a sales tax referendum seeking a half percent sales tax increase to pay for the improvements. Boni said, “The town is prohibited by law for advocating for a ballot issue, but others can become advocates.”
Ken Hoeve, a Gypsum resident and a ‘star’ of TV8, shared his passion for a water park in Eagle along Fairground Road and its benefit to the town. He related that the .5% increase in the local sales tax rate would cost the average family about $55 annually, which will be only 40% of the increase in total sales tax revenue as the remainder will come purchases by visitors to Eagle.
The final presentation before the Eagle Chamber’s Annual Meeting, featured Matt Scherr, Marketing Director, Castle Peak Senior Life & Rehabilitation, on “The Health of Eagle”. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 and will be the only one of its kind in Eagle County. This non-profit facility, currently under construction on Sylvan Lake Road in Eagle Ranch, has created 100 construction jobs and there will be 65 permanent jobs once it is completed. Eagle County is the fastest growing county in the state for individuals 65 or older. Dan Shields has been appointed campus administrator; he’ll oversee the day-to-day operations. He is relocating from a similar facility in Steamboat Springs.