Eagle Commissioners plan heart to heart convos in El Jebel

Jan 19, 2016

The Eagle-Pitkin County border along the Rio Grande Trail.
Credit Elise Thatcher

  Eagle County Commissioners are getting together to talk about big issues, and they want to do that in the Roaring Fork Valley. Housing, climate change, and early childhood development are the first topics for what are being called “Community Conversations.”

The gatherings start this month, with the first Roaring Fork Valley meeting in February, in El Jebel. “We are doing two sets of these: one on the Eagle River side, and one in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry. “Even though the issues are very similar, it’s different players, different folks.”

Chandler says Commissioners are trying to make sure they connect with residents in El Jebel, Basalt, and other Eagle County communities. Some such residents have voiced concerns that Eagle County leaders are too pro-growth and don’t accurately represent the Roaring Fork Valley. The “Community Conversations” series will pick up again this fall, with topics like transportation and health care.