Name: Geoff grimmer
Occupation: Executive Director, Zealous Schools
District: Eagle Ranch
Duration of residence at Eagle: 13 years
Have you served on any other boards or commissions, at Eagle or elsewhere? I currently serve on Eagle City Council (since March 2021) and was also appointed to Eagle City Council in 2015-2016. I served on the Police Advisory Council (Town of Eagle) from 2016 to 2021.
Why do you want this job? I believe most of us invest our energy in areas of the community where we can have the most impact. For me it has been schools and education for the past 20 years. Running for the city council is an opportunity to generate positive changes for my neighbors, my friends and the city in general. I’m excited to develop solutions that help real people, that improve our collective quality of life.
What did the current Eagle City Council do right? What could he have done better? The current board has created a high level administrative process between staff and board. They’ve crushed a ton of important work over the past 24 months and I think a lot of that is due to great communication between vision (board) and execution (staff). I think the council has the opportunity to develop ideas / actions around affordable housing. We have done very little to research solutions for people and I am excited to see what other cities are doing to meet this challenge and then implement a strong plan that supports working families at Eagle.
If elected, what is the main thing you would like to see the board accomplish over the next four years? First, Eagle’s transition to “beneficial electrification” is a big deal that will leave future generations in an optimal position for long-term improvements in quality of life. This means net zero buildings, electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps, solar and storage facilities – designed early in development rather than modernization. Second, I would like us to add 200 to 300 homes to purchase over the next four years so that young families can start building equity here in Eagle. Third, connecting downtown to the Eagle River has always been a great initiative and I hope the great work along Grand Avenue over the next few years will inspire progress in making that connection.
What do you think of the city plan for the East Eagle subzone? How should the city prioritize land use to attract the types of development that will best support the Eagle community as a whole in the years to come?
I think the best way forward is a mix of residential, commercial and industrial zoning. The details of this discussion should be guided by a market analysis, depending on the timing of the projects. Rather than guessing which is best, we should gather more information on what will best serve the city’s long-term interests. This would be an ideal solution for accommodating “outside economy” businesses in East Eagle, especially local businesses.
How should the town of Eagle work to achieve its Newly adopted goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2030?
The key to this work and most city initiatives is to have a strong central plan with clear goals and ownership by staff. The recent 7-0 vote in favor of net zero goals for 2030 is a clear message from the board. We will need to inspire and engage a wide range of participants in this effort, from big players like Holy Cross Energy to niche innovators like business owners, schools, nonprofits and seniors. This multi-year effort will be facilitated by maintaining a strong sense of community pride, the joy of the process, and the confidence that the satisfaction of achieving this goal will outweigh all the hard work it will take to achieve it. Being one of the first mountain towns in the west to achieve this goal will open up many leadership opportunities for the public and private side of our municipal leaders.