On May 19th, 2014, I interviewed Incorporate Olympic Valley (IOV) board members Dr. Fred Ilfeld and Tom Day at Tom’s home. I asked them to explain how the process of incorporation works and what strengths and weaknesses they foresee in the process.
Squaw Valley ski resort has officially come out against incorporation. I asked why they think that may be. It may be that KSL is afraid of the town council’s ability to potentially change zoning requirements and hence modify KSL’s development plans. The creation of Olympic Valley as a town could potentially cause some delays in the development that KSL is planning, as well.
“We are not anti-development” – Dr. Fred Ilfeld
IOV makes it clear in this interview that they are not anti-development. They are pro-development, but they want decision making for this valley and its future to be made locally.
If you would like to be involved in this process, please come to one of the IOV meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Squaw Valley Service Public District at 7pm.
We’d like to extend a special thank you to IOV board members Dr. Fred Ilfeld and Tom Day for this interview.
Video Table of Contents:
:20 = “What are Dr. Fred and Tom’s Roles at IOV?”
1:10 = “What is IOV?”
3:05 = “What’s the process of incorporating Olympic Valley?”
5:07 = “What is the revenue source of Olympic Valley?”
5:34 = “What tax revenue does Squaw Valley Ski Resort create?”
6:20 = “The final steps to the process of incorporating Olympic Valley?”
7:40 = “Where are we now in the process of incorporating Olympic Valley?”
8:20 = “In your opinion, is this a finically viable valley?
9:45 = “IOV is raising money right now. What are you raising money for?”
10:20 = “What would change in Olympic Valley if this incorporation is successful?”
13:00 = “If and when the incorporation of Olympic Valley comes to ballot, how many people would have to vote in favor of the motion for it to pass?”
13:18 = “Would taxes rise if Olympic Valley became a town?”
16:38 = “What do you know about anti-incorporation organization called Save Olympic Valley?
17:20 = “Some people feel that there aren’t enough qualified people in this valley to effectively run a town. What is your response to that?”
19:55 = “Which people, do you think, could potentially be candidates for the Town Council and for Mayor of Olympic Valley should the town successfully incorporate?”
21:30 = “How soon could this incorporation of Olympic Valley come to ballot?”
22:45 = “What is IOV’s opinion (and your personal opinion) of the development of Squaw Valley by KSL (current owners)?”
26:40 = “What has been your interaction with Squaw Valley President and CEO Andy Wirth?”
27:25 = “How many people generally come to your IOV meetings? How many meeting have you had?”
28:38 = “People who are against incorporating Olympic Valley have their reasons for being against it. What reasons have you heard to oppose incorporation?”
30:45 = “In your meeting with Andy Wirth, has he brought up any arguments against incorporation that you thought held water?”
32:25 = “If incorporation was successful, could the town council stop the development of Olympic Valley by Squaw Valley ski resort?”
32:50 = “Examples of successful, incorporated ski towns:”