Vail’s Annual Community Meeting takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Donovan Pavilion and will be headlined by a celebration recognizing longtime community advocate Josef Staufer as the recipient of the annual Trailblazer Award as well as a look back on accomplishments from 2019 and new initiatives taking place in 2020.
Full-time and part-time residents, business owners, property owners, employees and others interested in joining in the celebration are encouraged to attend. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with informational displays on a variety of topics of community interest as well as opportunities to connect with friends and neighbors; presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. Also this year, attendees will be invited to sign up for a drawing to win a parking pass for the next winter season.
The annual gathering is hosted by the Vail Town Council and town staff and will include a video narrated by town council members describing Vail’s progress on important topics, including housing, sustainability and elevated partnerships with Eagle County Schools, Vail Chamber & Business Association, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Forest Service. “We’ve had a great year on many fronts,” said Mayor Dave Chapin. “From our neighborhoods to our commercial core areas, we’ve relied on the community’s involvement and our many partnerships to help make Vail the wonderful place that it is today and to position ourselves for even more success in the future,” he said.
In addition to updates on the town’s financial health and various planning initiatives taking place, the event will honor the many contributions Staufer has made as the 2020 Trailblazer recipient through his 50-plus years of civic involvement. Staufer served as a Vail Town Council member during the 1970s and is best known for his advocacy in acquiring the land that would eventually become Ford Park, saving it from certain development. He also helped persuade the Eagle County School District to build an elementary school in Vail by offering up town property for the eventual construction of Red Sandstone Elementary.
The state of the town program will be moderated by Mayor Chapin and will include an introduction of Town Manager Scott Robson who has been on the job since November.
Project updates and community feedback opportunities will be presented in an open house format throughout the evening on topics including:
Community members in attendance will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a free Blue parking pass for the 2020-2021 winter season, a value of $1,250. The drawing will take place immediately following the presentations. Participants must be present to win and restrictions will apply.
This is the 20th consecutive year for the annual Community Meeting. Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. The meeting will be recorded by High Five Access Media and will be replayed on Comcast Channel 5. For more information, contact the town’s communications office at 970-479-2115.