Slack says desire to live
in Vail is her strength
Vail Town Council candidate questionnaire
- Kristy Slack
Daily Staff Report
October 27, 2005
1. Why are you running for Vail Town Council?
I am running for the purpose of balancing the council. The older, male
population of Vail is well represented, however both the younger and
female population is not. This will bring new perspective and fresh
ideas on how to handle issues
2. What are the biggest issues facing Vail right now?
The biggest issues facing Vail right now are:
• Conference Center.
• Vail's renewal process, and why aren't we doing all the projects at
the same time?
• The younger population moving downvalley due to increases in real
3. What are Vail's greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: We are a very open-minded community, knowing that we need to
make change in order to continue attracting new residents and
Weakness: There are members of the community that are speaking out
against changes that are occurring. These few have entirely too much
influence on the decision makers.
4. What is your position on the proposed conference center? Why?
Build it. It will bring in dollars for not only our lodging community,
but also our retailers, restaurants and activity vendors.
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?
Yes, I support the plan.
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?
We need to make sure our residents and retail vendors are not
displaced due to the renovations taking place. We also need to make
sure that all changes that occur are done at once. Our community
cannot afford to be under construction for the next 10 years. It will
be difficult now, but better for our town in the future.
7. This year's community survey shows residents said parking is the
top issue facing the town. How would you deal with this issue?
Some of our public transportation runs more frequently than others
during all times of the year. We need to make this more consistent for
both East and West Vail residents. Knowing that many of our residents
purchase parking passes for the winter season, we should come up with
an incentive program for taking our complimentary public
transportation. We should also work more closely with Vail Resorts to
come up with an incentive program for the people traveling from the
Front Range by carpool.
8. Does Vail need to be more welcoming to middle-class families? If
Yes. There is a wonderful first-time homebuyers program in place, but
many times families move out of the town of Vail because they have
outgrown the property they are in. We need to have something in place
to help these families upgrade homes and stay within the town of Vail.
9. Ask and answer your own question that will help voters decide how
Is political experience necessary to be on town council?
No, the desire to make this my home for many years to come will allow
me to make the most well-balanced decisions I can for the community
and its future.