'Want to' has become a 'must have'

Vail Town Council candidate questionnaire - Scott Pittman

Daily Staff Report
October 27, 2005

1. Why are you running for Vail Town Council?

I am running for council in order to serve the citizens and community of Vail, and to bring their voice and opinion to council.

2. What are the biggest issues facing Vail right now?

Redevelopment and change.

Focus and vision.

Infrastructure (i.e. fire department, sewer, roads and rights of way, rezoning, etc.)

3. What are Vail's greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Vail's greatest strength is in its people, and why they live here. Vail's greatest "weakness" would be skiing, and I hope that never changes. There are no weaknesses, only opportunities to change.

4. What is your position on the proposed conference center? Why?

I am fully in favor of the convention center. Convention season would bring lots of dollars to Summer Vail, and to the town of Vail, and to its constituents. It will open up a world of opportunity to expand our summer base, expand winter parking, and provide a venue that can hold 1,000 or so inside. The town has already approved hundreds of new hotel beds, and we will need to fill those beds. What was once a "want to" is now a "must have."

5. The planning commission unanimously endorsed a plan for redevelopment of the Crossroads complex in Vail Village earlier this year. Do you support that plan, and, if not, what specific changes would have to be made to this plan to make it acceptable?

I do support the Crossroads redevelopment. I do support the planning commission endorsement, as long as:

The plaza be ample and accessible enough for the summer activities it currently hosts (Teva climbing rock, children's pony ride, et. al.);

The plaza faces the International Bridge;

The plaza is at street level (Meadow Drive).

6. Redevelopment is under way in Vail Village and Lionshead, and major redevelopment is planned in West Vail and West Lionshead. How would you seek to influence this development?

I live in Vail Commons, which is in West Vail. I frequent those businesses. I would seek the concerns of those businesses, and their approvals. I would seek the concerns of home-owners, and their approvals, as they are my neighbors, friends, and co-workers in Vail. My influence would reflect their concerns and approvals. Their collective consciousness is far greater than mine.

7. This year's community survey shows residents said parking is the top issue facing the town. How would you deal with this issue?

Parking has been, is and possibly will be the single biggest issue the town has to resolve. How can we put 10 pounds in a 5-pound bag? Do we reduce the amount or build a bigger bag? I suggest we have to do both. As a stop-gap, would people be willing to park and ride? We can park 250 cars in a convention center garage ... somewhere in the future?

8. Does Vail need to be more welcoming to middle-class families? If yes, how?

Vail should welcome all, and not exclude any single portion of its visitors. After all, it is the visitors that allow us to live, work and play here. By being better hosts, we can be better. Demographics might suggest that we cater to more middle-class families than 10 years ago. By creating more family-oriented fun, we can look forward to the same results 10 years from now.

9. Ask and answer your own question that will help voters decide how to vote.

If you had to choose between one hotel or 20 luxury homes to be built, which one would you choose, and why?

The luxury home does not buy T-shirts. The luxury home only has four pairs of skis that rarely need waxing. The luxury home prefers an intimate dinner at home versus an intimate dinner out. The luxury home can sleep 10, when they're in town. I would certainly choose the hotel. Here's why: A family can't afford a luxury home in Vail, but they can afford three nights in a hotel and all the services and recreation that Vail has to offer. The idea is that if ya' got a good thing, share it, and in sharing, you get to keep it!

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