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 15 Meeting Highlights:

  • Town Council appointed Richard Child and Michael Rosenfeld to the Ethics Commission; Liz Caton to the Mountain Village Community Grant Committee; and Sherri Reeder and Garrett Brafford to the Mountain Village Business Development Advisory Committee. On behalf of Town Council, I would like to thank everyone who volunteered and those who were appointed.
  • We reviewed a number of safety enhancement options to help make biking and walking along Lower San Joaquin Road, Mountain Village Boulevard, and Upper Country Club Drive safer and easier. These three roads were selected based on public feedback, traffic conditions, and Town Council’s concerns about bikes and pedestrians through these corridors. One or more of these road enhancements will be considered for inclusion in the 2020 budget with construction beginning as early as next summer.
  •  Lastly, we heard an update on the Village Center Pond Dredging Project, which is scheduled to begin next month in order to improve the health and overall appearance of the pond area.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can watch a video of last month’s meeting on the town’s website. August’s meeting minutes will be posted online after they are approved at tomorrow’s meeting.

September 19 Agenda Topics:

  • Town Council will hold a work session to review the first draft of the 2020 budget. A few of our goals and key capital expenditures being considered include:
    • Maintain town reserves at or above the 35% and continue to pay down debt when feasible
    • Forecast sales tax revenue growth conservatively at 4% and project a flat forecast in property tax revenue
    • Maintain town infrastructure to a high standard of repair and condition, including trails and necessary improvements for safe pedestrian travel in Mountain Village
    • Continue planning for the financial impact of the wastewater treatment plant upgrade and expansion, including a potential increase of 10% to town water and sewer customer rates
    • Complete the major upgrade of our broadband network infrastructure that will allow us to offer improved 1G fiber services to every home. Engineering, design, and initial construction began this year; the project is estimated to be completed by end of year 2020.
    • Implement a cybersecurity plan based on the 2018 consulting study findings
    • Continue to explore the expansion of Village Court Apartments
    • Consider a 3% merit-based compensation adjustment for town staff
    • Increase available grant funds from $130,000 to $150,000 annually
    • Consider expansion and renovation of the town municipal building in the Meadows neighborhood
  • We will continue discussing the potential 49-unit expansion of Village Court Apartments (VCA). Specifically, we will explore whether the proposed project is designed as a rental or for-sale development and we will review the latest cost estimates and timeline.
  • Town Council will vote on first reading of an amendment to the Community Development Code (CDC) to clarify the definition of Efficiency Lodge units, and other hotel zoning designations. Efficiency Lodge is a zoning designation comparable to what is commonly called a “Hotel Room” – a single room with a bathroom. Council will consider adding an additional definition of “Short-Term Accommodation” to the CDC that is consistent with our Municipal Code and Colorado State Sales Tax laws. Council will also consider adding a provision that would allow these units to be used by the owner for up to 90 days in a calendar year, provided the unit is enrolled in a rental pool. These clarifications are being proposed to ensure that properties zoned to function as short-term hotel rooms or “hot-beds” are not used as a primary residence. Lodge and condominium units, which are sized and equipped for longer-term use, can still be used without stay limitations.
  • Town Council will consider a pilot project to add a phosphate blend to our drinking water system in order to help reduce copper levels at the Telluride Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Mildly corrosive water and copper-containing infrastructure in both the Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride influent flows are thought to be substantial contributors to high copper levels at the WWTP.
  • We will consider changes to the Plaza Vending Committee Rules and Regulations to allow the committee flexibility and the ability to approve additional offerings to the existing vending regulations. These changes are aimed at enhancing the resident and guest experience in the plaza while bringing additional vitality to the Village Center.
  • Lastly, Town Council will appoint one member to the Mountain Village Business Development Advisory Committee and two members to the Green Team Committee.

A full packet and agenda have been posted online; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Telluride Blues & Brews parking and transportation information

Mountain Village Gondola Spring

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

 

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 12 at noon and end Monday, September 16 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.

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

Sunset Blues Concert

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert featuring Ida Mae and Southern Avenue on Thursday, September 12 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.

Southern Avenue records for Stax Records, which should tell you all you need to know. This Memphis-based outfit stays as true to blues, rock, funk and soul traditions as any of its predecessors at the legendary label, but with a fresh injection of youthful energy and sheer talent. Named after the road that leads to “Soulsville,” the original home of Stax, Southern Avenue is Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii (vocals) and Tikyra (drums) Jackson, Israeli-born blues guitarist Ori Naftaly, and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. Their self-titled album earned them a Blues Music Award last year for Best Emerging Artist Album and that’s no surprise. It is a fine collection of fiery blues, call-and-response gospel-tinged outings, mature arrangements and ace musicianship. They are, after all, just living up to the Stax reputation. As Tierinii says, “I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility. It’s up to us to live up to that.”

Ida Mae, British husband-wife duo — Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean — dish up a stripped down, intimate and unique brand of blues that will entrance festival attendees. They’ve relocated to Nashville from their native England and that part of the country’s rootsy sounds will be evident in their songs. The pair’s voices weave in and out, the instrumentation is minimal and searingly effective in conveying their compositions. Some call them a “sensual version of The White Stripes.” The two met and fell in love when they were part of the British indie band, Kill It Kid. As a duo, they’ve toured with bands like Greta Van Fleet and The Marcus King Band, and this year have numerous dates with Blackberry Smoke. Their sound is at once raw and reined in. One minute they’re bringing the electric guitar noise, the next they’re crooning like nightingales. We’re excited to present this exciting new act to the mountains.

Both artist sets are scheduled to highlight the scenic sunset backdrop from the lawn in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza. Be sure to enjoy the Town of Mountain Village’s Common Consumption Area throughout Sunset Plaza and Heritage Plaza 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 12 at noon and end Monday, September 16 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.

Recycling reminders from Waste Management

Words by Kathrine Warren / Environment

The Town of Mountain Village and Waste Management, the company that processes our recycling here in Mountain Village, would like to remind customers of some key rules for proper recycling.

Before recycling, please make sure that all containers are clean and dry and free of food and liquids.

All empty plastic bottles and containers can now be recycled as long as they are clean and drink. Caps and lids are also recyclable and can be put back on the empty containers. Food and beverage cans and glass bottles and containers are also all accepted as well as paper and flattened cardboard & paperboard.

These items can be mixed in the same container.

Please do not include any foam cups or containers, and no loose plastic bags in your recycling containers. This will contaminate your recycling. For a full picture of what can, and can’t be recycled, please download this handy infographic. And download this image for a look at the Most Common Contaminates to keep out of your recycling bin.

To learn more and to find information to share with your residents, neighbors, friends, etc, please visit RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com.

September Green Tip of the Month

Recycle Plastics

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Environment

September’s Mountain Village Green Team Green Tip of the Month reminds you that you can currently recycle plastic film.  EcoAction Partners is currently collecting grocery bags, packaging air pillows, ziplock bags, dry cleaning bags and other plastics free of resident and designated locations through November. To learn where and how to drop off plastics for recycling, please visit their website.

Mountain Village now has two drop-off locations for plastic recycling, at the TMVOA office and outside council chambers on the second floor of the Mountain Village Town Hall.

Small quantities, a grocery gab volume or smaller are collected at no charge, and larger quantities are charged at 25 cents per pound. EcoAction Partners’ entire process can be found on their website.

The programming is ongoing through November 24, 2019, and will be assessed for permanent implementation at that time.

What can be recycled (all plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue):

• Grocery bags
• Packaging Air Pillows
• Ziplock & reclosable food storage bags
• Dry cleaning bags
• Bread bags
• Cereal Liners
• Trash bags, any color
• Newspaper sleeves
• Ice bags
• Wood pellet bags
• Produce bags
• Bubble wrap
• Salt bags
• Case overwrap
• LDPE / HDPE Films
• 2, 4 polyethylene film

 

What cannot be recycled: 

• Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging
• Pre-washed salad mix bags
• Frozen food bags
• Candy bar wrappers
• Chip bags
• Six-pack rings
• Other recyclables; this waste stream is for plastic film only

 

Market on the Plaza – recipe of the week – 8/28/2019

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community

Title:

Carrot and Cabbage Slaw

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head cabbage, shred
  • 4 large carrots, shredded
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup  Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey, as needed for sweetness
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

 

Instructions:

  1. Place shredded cabbage, carrots and green onions in a large salad bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dijon mustard, garlic, oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, vanilla, chili powder, salt and pepper; whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour dressing over the lettuce mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from fridge and garnish with chopped parsley.
  7. Serve.

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

Clean Up Day

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community

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

The Results:

  • PARTICIPANTS 97
  • ACRES CLEANED 100
  • TOTAL BAGS COLLECTED  82
  • TOTAL POUNDS OF TRASH COLLECTED 203.2
  • TOTAL POUNDS OF RECYCLING COLLECTED 156.1
  • TOTAL OVERALL POUNDS  COLLECTED 359.3
  • RAFFEL PRIZES WON 66 prizes, collectively worth over $1000

 

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:

Between the Covers

BootDoctors

Burton

Club Red

Mountain Adventure Equipment

Neve Sports

North Face

Poachers Pub

Sheridan Opera House

Sunshine Store

Telluride Avalanche Dogs

Telluride Brewing Company

Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association

Telluride Sports

Telluride Ski Resort​

The Market at Mountain Village

Town of Mountain Village

Tracks Cafe & Bar

 

Market on the Plaza – recipe of the week – 8/21/2019

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Uncategorized

Title:

Baked Zucchini

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini sliced into
  • 1/2″ rounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3
  • cup shredded parmesan cheese divided

 

Instructions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss zucchini slices with olive oil, seasoning, salt & pepper and about 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese.
  3.  Place on a baking sheet and top with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake 5 minutes.
  4. Turn oven to broil, place pan near the top and broil 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and zucchini is tender-crisp.

Telluride Ski Resort helicopter operations to begin Aug. 19

Words by Kathrine Warren / Recreation

Telluride Ski Resort will begin helicopter flight operations starting Monday, Aug. 19 and continuing through mid-September. Operational hours will be Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Preliminary helicopter work begins Friday, August 16 with no trail closures.

Due to the flight path and project scope, certain trails will be closed to keep all trail users, like hikers and bikers, safe and out of harm’s way during operational hours. These trails include See Forever, Basin, Prospect Trail and Prospect Loop.

The helicopter operation is part of a Forest Health Mitigation project to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risk, and improve recreation. The focus of the project is within the Lift 9 area and trees will be flown via helicopter from the forest health mitigation units to a decking/processing location in the Chair 10 area. Logging equipment and trucks will be moving through the resort in conjunction with the project.

As the majority of these trees are dead and dying, the potential for limbs/debris falling from the load is high.

“Guests can expect to see ‘CLOSED’ signage on trails and access points, so we ask everyone to please respect these signs and stay safe,” said Scott Pittenger, Director of Mountain Operations at Telluride Ski Resort.

The last time the resort performed this type of operation was during the expansion into Prospect Basin in 1999-2000.

Seeking applications for one at-large seat on Mountain Village Business Development Advisory Committee

Words by Bill Kight / Business Development

The Town of Mountain Village is currently seeking candidates for one at-large representative on the recently formed Mountain Village Business Development Advisory Committee. Applicants must be a representative of a Mountain Village business.

The purpose of this committee is to create dialogue and to advise on a strategic economic development plan for the Town of Mountain Village.

Please submit your letter of intent and bio by 5 p.m. on September 11 via email.

The Mountain Village Town Council will appoint the committee member at its September meeting.

 

 

 

 

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