Eagle County Public Health and Environment has updated the county’s Public Health Order to help meet several key goals in the local response to COVID-19. These goals are to slow the spread of the virus in our communities; to ensure we can maintain the medical capacity and continuity to serve the medical needs of Eagle County residents; to protect our most vulnerable residents who are at greater risk for severe COVID-19 disease; and to establish a plan that will help Eagle County recover, socially and economically.
The Vail Town Council will review an update on the town’s Community Wide Recycling Program, including a recommendation to consider a single-hauler municipal waste contract at its virtual meeting Tuesday, April 7. The presentation by the town’s Environmental Sustainability Department is listed as agenda item 2.2 on the afternoon session which begins at 1 p.m. The meeting will be live streamed at www.highfivemedia.org/live-five. Public comments will be accepted in advance of the meeting by emailing email@example.com.
The Town of Vail and Vail Resorts have taken immediate measures to implement the Standing Public Health Order Related to Events, Bars and Restaurants issued by Eagle County Department of Health & Environment and recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. We have adjusted our protocols to emphasize social distancing practices in our day-to-day municipal operations and have canceled public gatherings according to the standing order. We ask that you conduct business with the Town of Vail via phone and/or online services. Operational changes include a suspension of all Vail Transit routes, closure of the Vail Public Library and other public buildings. This information will be updated as new announcements are made.
There’s still time to take part in the Town of Vail community survey which will help the town gather critical information in its response to the COVID-19 virus, among other topics. New questions have been added to learn what the town can do to support the community during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The survey also includes questions used to evaluate municipal service levels and to identify community priorities. Residents, property owners, business owners, employees and others impacted by the town are encouraged to participate. The survey is available in two formats: online at www.vailcommunitysurvey.org/open or in a paper format that can be mailed upon request by calling 970-479-2115 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you received a postcard invitation to take part, please use the login address and passcode on the card to help ensure the survey is statistically valid.
A message of hope and resiliency from the Vail Town Council during these unprecedented times.
The Town of Vail has added an online COVID-19 resource directory to its vailgov.com website to assist with community questions on Public Health Orders, local resources and other information. With the health, safety and well-being of the community the number-one priority of the town, information provided on www.vailgov.com/COVID-19 is intended to be a clearinghouse of resources to help community members access the latest information available. To access official updates from Eagle County Public Health & Environment, please continue to use www.ECEmergency.org. In addition, follow One Valley Voice on Facebook for timely, bilingual updates from Eagle County.
UPDATE: Mayor Chapin is almost fully recovered and would like to thank everyone for reaching out to him with your heartfelt words of encouragement and support. He asks that you join him in turning your attention toward helping our community members who are most in need. He says we face many challenges going forward, but he is confident that our community will persevere. “I have full confidence that our fellow councilors and management team at the Town of Vail will lead the way for our citizens to conquer this crisis as one united group. Now, let’s get to work!” – Mayor Dave Chapin In his interest to convey the urgent need to heed the warnings from trusted public health officials, Vail Mayor Dave Chapin has announced that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and is in isolation. Read more here.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the March 10 State of the Town address featuring overviews by Vail Mayor Dave Chapin and Vail Town Manager Scott Robson as well as a tribute to Vail Trailblazer Award recipient Josef Staufer by Council Member Brian Stockmar: https://www.highfivemedia.org/show/community-meeting-2020.
UPDATE: This community gathering has been CANCELED as it meets the public health risk criteria listed below. Please call ahead or email Info@vailgov.com to check on the status of other previously noticed public meetings or gatherings, as many other activities will be taking place as scheduled.
The Town of Vail’s Environmental Sustainability Team invites artists to submit their qualifications and images of previous artwork such as painting, pastel and drawing for consideration in the town-wide program to educate the public about storm drains and promote the health of Gore Creek. The selected artists will be commissioned to create an original and specific work depicting one of six Colorado wildlife species that live in or near Gore Creek, such as cutthroat trout, bald eagle, moose, American dipper, boreal toad, American beaver or other species.
Town of Vail’s Environmental Sustainability Team is accepting proposals for a neighborhood-based electric assist bike share pilot program to be implemented during the Summer of 2020. The goal of the pilot program is to determine community interest, level of participation, and feasibility of implementing a full-scale electric bike share program in Vail as a micro-mobility option for residents and employees that will reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles traveling in town during non-snow months.
Interested in learning how to incorporate or improve sustainability in your business? Join us for a FREE introductory Actively Green training from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Walking Mountains Science Center. Register here.