Vail’s council candidate Brian Stockmar in his own words
The Vail Daily is hosting Q&A with the 10 candidates vying for four seats on Vail City Council. The questionnaires will take place in the order in which the candidates appear on the ballot paper. The town participates in the coordinated Eagle County election. Ballots will be mailed out on October 8.
Name: Brian Stockmar (incumbent)
Occupation: Retired economist and financial lawyer
District: Vail East (Bighorn)
Duration of residence at Vail: Full-time for approximately 12 years, part-time since mid-1960s
Have you served on other municipal boards or commissions? (which includes the Vail Recreation District and County Councils and Commissions, if applicable): I currently sit on the Vail Economic Advisory Board and the Eagle County Regional Transportation Authority Board. I served on the Vail Planning and Environment Commission for four years and chaired this board during my second term.
Why do you want this job? I have been part of the Vail community since its inception. Serving my community is important to me, and serving on city council is an amazing way to serve. In particular, I would like us to put more emphasis on maintaining and improving the quality of life of our residents.
What did the current board do right? What could he have done better? The current council has focused on navigating the turbulent waters of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the economic and financial challenges the pandemic has caused. The current council has also done a reasonable job of protecting our most vital resource – parks and open spaces – although much remains to be done in this regard.
Hiring Scott Robson as CEO was one of the best decisions the board has made. His experience and leadership have served us well.
Our fire chief, Mark Novak, said it’s not if, but when, Vail suffers a major fire throughout the community. I have raised this issue several times and requested an update to our building codes to remove highly flammable building materials from structures as quickly as possible.
In the last election, I campaigned for the council to adopt a comprehensive code of ethics. I have given a draft of such a code to other members of the council and have asked that it be adopted or that its revisions be adopted. Only one other board member discussed the project or issue with me. Our city now needs a comprehensive code of ethics and conflict of interest.
I have also publicly criticized what I believe to have been an excessive number of executive sessions, which prevent full and open public discussions on issues of importance to our residents. Finally, arbitrarily limiting public comment in meetings to three minutes is an insult to the intelligence and vital contributions of our residents.
What’s your position on the proposed half-cent sales tax increase for housing initiatives? I voted in favor of the proposed sales tax increase of half a cent for housing initiatives. This tax will complement our general fund, which has historically been the primary source of financing for housing.
As a member of the Planning and Environment Council and Commission, I have supported reasonable and appropriate housing for employees, including the proposed residences in Main Vail. I objected to the design and some financial aspects of this project.
If elected, what is the main thing you would like the board to accomplish over the next two or four years?
If re-elected, I will continue to focus on financial, environmental and open space issues while working to improve employment issues, including childcare, health care, living wages and salaries. appropriate housing initiatives.