Members of the West Vail Master Plan project team will present concepts and recommendations from the draft plan at two upcoming virtual presentations. On Tuesday, May 4, the project team will deliver a presentation to the Vail Town Council during the evening meeting. The discussion item is listed as 6.2 on the virtual meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. The following Monday, May 10, the project team will present to the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission which convenes at 1 p.m. At these presentations, the planning team will present recommendations and policies for West Vail’s commercial area, housing and transportation network.
The Vail Town Council will consider an ordinance that would increase the fine for parking violations around the Booth Lake trailhead in East Vail at its Tuesday, May 4 meeting. The action item, Ordinance No. 10, is listed as 7.2 on the virtual meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. with opportunities for public comment.
Following a rigorous audit process in late 2020, Vail is celebrating the achievement of recertification as a Sustainable Destination under the Mountain IDEAL standard. This coveted achievement builds upon the initial certification in 2017 when Vail become the first Certified Sustainable Destination in the U.S.
The Town of Vail has concluded its Grant Relief Program as of March 31, which provided direct aid to businesses experiencing hardship due to the public health crisis. Developed by representatives of the Vail Economic Advisory Council with assistance from town staff, the grant program was authorized by the Vail Town Council on Feb. 2 in the amount of $500,000 and offered Vail businesses grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.
The Vail Town Council will take action to rescind its mandatory outdoor mask mandate zone in Vail Village and Lionshead at its April 20 evening meeting. Emergency Ordinanance No. 6 is listed as action item 5.5 on the virtual agenda which begins at 6 p.m. and will become effective immediately upon approval.
Vail businesses are invited to apply for relief through the Grant Award Program (GAP), which provides direct aid to businesses experiencing hardship due to the public health crisis from now until March 31. Developed by representatives of the Vail Economic Advisory Council with assistance from town staff, the grant program was authorized by the Vail Town Council on Feb. 2 in the amount of $500,000 and will offer Vail businesses grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.
The Vail Town Council will review the pros and cons of closing the Booth Lake trailhead parking lot for a trial period this summer to help reduce the impacts of overcrowding. The discussion will take place at the Tuesday, March 16 evening Town Council meeting with opportunities for public comment. The action item is listed as 7.1 on the virtual meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m.
Sally and Bill Hanlon have spent more than 50 years serving as Vail’s ambassadors in a way that helped define the community as a world class ski town and showed a unique and caring style to welcoming guests and new community members to town. The Hanlons have been selected as recipients of the 2021 Vail Trailblazer Award as presented by the Vail Town Council. The annual Vail Trailblazer Award honors those who contribute their time and talent to make Vail a great resort community. The Hanlons will be formally recognized at the March 16 evening Vail Town Council meeting in which a mayor’s proclamation honoring their significant contributions will be read into the public record.
Vail’s frontline employees have persevered through the most difficult of times to provide guests with a positive experience this winter. There was Vicky, the restaurant employee, who went above and beyond to make a family feel welcome by showing an interest in the games the young boys were playing while their pizza was being prepared. Or Cindy, the bus driver, who brightens everyone’s morning with her friendly greeting and infectious smile. These are among the 60-plus examples submitted for recognition through the PrimaService award, a component of the PrimaVail guest service training initiative sponsored by the Town of Vail and Vail Chamber & Business Association.
Improvements on West Vail Pass along Interstate 70 can move forward this year, thanks to a major milestone completed by the Federal Highway Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT and FHWA recently signed the Finding of No Significant Impact for the Proposed Action documented in the Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Evaluation of West Vail Pass. The approval is required by federal law and establishes that the proposed improvements to West Vail Pass meet the needs of the corridor.