September Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting highlights from last month and some upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for tomorrow’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

August 16 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council held a worksession to further discuss a request from Telluride Bluegrass Festival for continued use of the Gondola Parking Garage and on-street parking for their four-day event. Town Council recognizes the economic significance of the festival but again expressed that the residential impacts must be better addressed and mitigated. Council directed staff to draft and negotiate an agreement which will include updated terms to be presented and considered at this month’s Town Council meeting.
  • Since the Town’s inception, Telluride Ski and Golf (TSG) has provided the town with various licenses, easements, and other conveyances that have been necessary for our town’s growth and development. Last month, Town Council discussed drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the town and TSG acknowledging these public benefits as envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan. This month, Town Council will consider this MOU. Note: the town cannot assign any weight or value to these benefits at this time. The value of public benefits can only be made in conjunction with future land use application(s).
  • Public Works Director Finn Kjome provided our monthly update on our current drought status and water restrictions. Additionally, Police Chief Chris Broady provided an update about our current wildfire risk and ongoing fire restrictions, which were lifted this month.
  • Jon Dwight was reappointed as your residential representative to the Telluride Regional Airport Authority (TRAA) Board.
  • Lastly, we received reports from Telluride Tourism BoardTRAA, Green Team Committee, and the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committees.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or watch the video on the town website.

September 20 Agenda Topics

  • Town Council will consider a new, proposed agreement with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival calling for an increase in the cost of festival parking from $40,000 annually to approximately $120,000 annually. The proposed five-year agreement would ultimately generate $600,000 in town revenue. This additional revenue would be earmarked for future Gondola Parking Garage enhancements, after costs for additional support services. If approved, the Bluegrass Festival will be the only festival or event to which the town extends an on-street parking privilege.
  • Town Council will hold a worksession to review the first draft of the 2019 budget. A few of the key capital expenditures being considered include:o    Village Court Apartments estimated 38-unit expansion
    o    Broadband system fiber capacity upgrades (1G Project)
    o    Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant capacity upgrades
    o    Mountain Village Boulevard relocation and roundabout
    o    Ski Ranches Water System ongoing infrastructure replacements
    o    Town Hall emergency power generator
    o    Trail improvements within Mountain Village
    o    Village Pond restoration
    o    Completion of wayfinding improvements
    o    Consulting for a possible expansion of the Conference Center
  • Earlier this year, the owner of Lots 126R and 152R (commonly known as “Rosewood”) and the town entered into a Standstill Agreement requiring the owner to submit a new Planned Unit Development (PUD) application by September 14, 2018. Since the time of the Standstill Agreement, the property has changed hands and the new owner will not be moving forward with a project of the previously approved size and scale. The Standstill Agreement has been terminated and the town can now act to revoke the existing PUD approvals. Tomorrow, Town Council will consider giving direction to town staff asking them to initiate revocation of the PUD. The proposed PUD revocation would remove all approvals for mass and scale, variances granted, building design, and certain other approvals granted by the existing PUD. Once revocation occurs, any future project on these lots will need a new application and review.
  • We will consider a resolution opposing Colorado Amendment 74, a proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution, which seeks to amend the state constitution to include compensation for any government law or basic local land-use decisions such as zoning or liquor licenses, which might result in a reduction of fair market value of a landowner’s property. This proposed amendment contains expansive language that could result in significant costs to local taxpayers
  • Amy Levek will introduce the Trust for Community Housing, a new local nonprofit focused on helping the region meet its affordable housing needs.
  • Council will review the results of the recently completed Internet Technology Needs Assessment Report by Executech.
  • Lastly, we will receive reports from AECOM, and the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committees.

A full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert featuring Dragondeer and The Bones of J.R. Jones on Thursday, September 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event — a short and scenic gondola ride away from the Town of Telluride — is free and open to the public.

Having Denver’s Dragondeer kick off the Main Stage festivities is the best reminder that this is a blues-loving festival. Their first, full-length album, If You’ve Got the Blues, was released earlier this year and captures perfectly the band’s focused, passionate live energy. Recorded in Topanga Canyon in California, the record reflects the band’s belief that we’re all in this together. “It’s about sticking by your loved ones and being there for ’em when they need it; rising up your tribe,” said Eric Halborg, Dragondeer’s lead vocalist, guitarist and harp player. Halborg’s smoking harmonica runs and blues-perfect vocals pair up well with Cole Rudy’s stinging pedal steel work. Drummer Carl Sorensen and bassist Casey Sidwell drive Dragondeer like it’s a Rolls Royce with a psychedelic paint job. Careening from deep Mississippi blues to far-out jams, this is a band with chops, attitude and the swagger it takes to get this party started.

The Bones of J.R. Jones, “Jonathon Linaberry” is a one-man band from upstate New York that will get into your very bones. His music is an earthy blend of blues, soul and Americana and he plays every single instrument you hear. It can make for a solitary existence, playing and touring solo as he does. But the music is irresistibly engaging. It’s a sound that is gritty and moody and filled with confidence and swagger. It may bring to mind the stripped down, beefy blues of early Black Keys. His voice is rich and dark and his playing is at once focused and loose. On Jonathon’s latest record, Ones To Keep Close, he recruits other musicians with whom to work, resulting in a must-have collection of songs that are powerful, introspective and downright rocking. Now get your bones to the Blues Stage and shake ‘em.

Both artist sets are scheduled to highlight the scenic sunset backdrop from the lawn in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza. The Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District allows a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from associated restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concert. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Supporting sponsors are The Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada Brewing, SBG Productions, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA).

For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the Blues & Brews festival, visit TellurideBlues.com.

About Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the festival weekend, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday. Long lines are possible during peak times. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights and the festival transportation partner, Telluride Express, has a fleet of customizable transport options available.

Due to the large number of parked vehicles during the festival weekend, the Town of Mountain Village has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Market Plaza Parking lot. 26 spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 13 at noon and end Monday, September 17 at noon. Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking costs $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Fire Restrictions Lifted for Town of Mountain Village and San Miguel County

Fire Ban Lifted

Words by Bill Kight / Emergency Preparedness

In conjunction with unincorporated San Miguel County, the Town of Mountain Village has lifted all Fire Restrictions on Wednesday, September 5 due to recent rainfall and decreased fire danger across the county.

“Town officials are pleased to lift restrictions and want to thank our community members and guests for their patience and diligence during this unusually dry season and ask to please be fire safe, said Marketing & Business Development Director, Bill Kight.”

For information on current conditions, future town restrictions for the Town of Mountain Village, and emergency preparedness information, please visit https://townofmountainvillage.com/current-conditions

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Thanks to our Partners and Participants for the Inaugural Mountain Village Community Clean-Up Day

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Environment, Event

The Mountain Village Community Cleanup Day and Celebration was a great success!! 

We had 100 participants and four truckloads of trash!

Thank you for all who came out to celebrate the beauty of where we live and taking steps to keep it that way.

The Mountain Village Green Team would like to thank our Partners:

Telluride Trappings & Toggery
Telluride Sports

The Market at Mountain Village

Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors

Babies of the Bush African Wildlife Arts & Gifts

Telluride Brewing Company

Poachers Pub

Tracks Cafe & Bar

Town of Mountain Village Owners Association

Telluride Ski & Golf

Mountain Village Boosts Internet Speeds for Broadband Customers

Broadband Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Utilities

Mountain Village Broadband customers will be able to take advantage of new speed increases in their internet service packages, at no extra cost. Broadband Services Director, Steve LeHane said that it would be increasing the speeds of its Internet service packages for customers in Mountain Village with download speeds increasing up to 65 percent for some customers.

Eligible customers will see significant changes in their service depending on their package. Choice Customers with 12Mbps Internet download speeds are being upped to 20Mbps; Entertainment Internet subscribers who currently have 20Mbps are going to 30Mbps, and Ultimate subscribers are being upgraded to 50Mbps.

New service changes are now in effect. If you continue to experience previous speeds at this point, please contact us for help at (970) 369-0555 or by email.

For questions on your service or to order new or upgraded service, please contact the Mountain Village Broadband Department at (970) 369-0555 and email or by visiting townofmountainvillage.com/internet.

Mountain Village Community Clean-Up Day and Celebration Saturday, August 25 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Community Clean-Up and Celebration

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Environment, Event

Join Town of Mountain Village’s Green Team in cleaning up our trails and ski-runs in Mountain Village, Saturday, August 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. Clean up will be followed by a community-wide party in the Meadows Park, located adjacent from the Meadows parking lot on Adams Ranch Road. Music will be provided by the infamous DJ Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. for registration and groups will be assigned an area of clean-up by a Green Team member at Meadows’s Park. Trash bags are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring gloves, wear long pants, comfortable shoes, and park at the Meadows parking lot (carpooling is encouraged!) Fabulous prizes will be awarded for various trash discoveries. Thanks to thoughtful donations from Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride Sports, the Telluride Trappings & Toggery, Poachers Pub, Tracks Cafe & Bar, Starbucks, Town of Mountain Village Owner’s Association (TMVOA), and others, prizes include a GoPro Hero4, Osprey Exos backpack, Grand Trunk Parachute Hammock, August Ink Sweatshirt and more!

Lunch will be provided for those who attend, and we ask participants to bring reusable plates and cups.

The inaugural event is intended to spread awareness of picking up trash when found, celebrating the beauty of where we live, and taking steps to keep our mountains clean and trash free!

All are welcome to join and take part in the Community Clean-Up Event. For more information on the event, please visit Town of Mountain Village’s Green Team.

August Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting highlights from last month and some upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for tomorrow’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

July 19 Meeting Highlights

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or watch the video on the town website.

August 16 Agenda Topics

  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival is requesting the continued use of on-street parking for their four-day event. When Town Council discussed this request last November, we recognized the economic significance of the festival but expressed that the residential impacts must be better addressed and mitigated. After months of discussion, a new proposed agreement was outlined calling for a 150% increase in the cost of parking, approximately $100,000 in town revenue annually. If Town Council approves the proposed five-year agreement, the Bluegrass Festival will be the only festival or event to which the town extends an on-street parking privilege. The additional revenue would be earmarked for future Gondola Parking Garage upgrades.
  • Over the years, Telluride Ski and Golf (TSG) has provided the town with various licenses, easements, and other conveyances that have been necessary as our town has grown and developed. TSG has asked the town to acknowledge this assistance as “Public Benefits”, as envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan. Town Council will consider whether to formally acknowledge these public benefits in a Memorandum of Understanding. Note: the town cannot assign any weight or value to these benefits at this time. The value of public benefits can only be made in conjunction with any future land use applications.
  • Town Council will appoint a residential representative to the Telluride Regional Airport Authority (TRAA) Board.
  • Lastly, we will receive reports from Telluride Tourism BoardTRAA, Green Team Committee, and the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committees.

A full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Join Mayor Benitez for the Final ‘A Walk with the Mayor’ Event of the Season August 7

Laila-Benitez-Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community

The final ‘A Walk with the Mayor’ event takes place today, Tuesday, August 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza. The inaugural monthly walking series gives community members and visiting guests the opportunity to discuss current events, topics, and town projects that interest them with Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez.

“I heard from a lot of people that live here that they would come to see me, but would never come to a Town Council meeting, and it would be great if we had an opportunity to talk that is more casual,” Mayor Benitez said of the idea to host such walks.

If you are interested in talking with Mayor Benitez, all are welcome to join in the walk around Mountain Village. To learn more about Mayor Benitez, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/meet-the-mayor .

Mountain Village Celebrates Safe Communities with National Night Out Event, Food and Ice Cream Social

National Night Out

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Emergency Preparedness

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department is hosting their seventh annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to join their neighbors, police, fire, and EMS teams at Mountain Village’s Meadows Parking Lot located at Adams Ranch Rd for free ice cream, BBQ, swag, games, and tours of police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance. Food will be provided by Shake N Dog Grub Shack and Telluride Fire.

National Night Out, a part of the National Association of Town Watch, involves over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This well-known and celebrated annual event was designed to heighten community awareness of safety and fire prevention issues, as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership.

National Night Out is one of many ways local police and fire departments become acquainted with our community in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Come to celebrate this national event referred to as America’s Night Out Against Crime.

“National Night Out provides a great opportunity for our residents to get out and meet the first responders that serve them in the community. It allows our first responders and our neighbors the chance to build a safer community through open communication and community engagement in a fun, relaxed, and inclusive environment, “ said Mountain Village Police Chief Chris Broady.

For more event information, please contact the Mountain Village Police Department at (970) 728-9281.

Mountain Village Chip Seal Project Begins Monday July 30 Through August 2

Chip-Seal-Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Public Works

The Town of Mountain Village will perform chip seal operations, Monday, July 30 through August 2. The project will improve and prolong the life of the road surface.

United Companies has been contracted to chip seal the following roads. Please use caution, and travelers are also urged to watch for equipment, and maintenance crews working along the roadway.

  • Aspen Ridge Drive
  • Vischer Drive
  • Victoria Drive
  • Stevens Drive
  • Hanglider Drive
  • Gold Hill Court
  • Benchmark Drive from Rocky Road to the Cul-de-sac
  • San Sofia Drive

For additional information, please visit: townofmountainvillage.com/construction-projects

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