I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Fall colors and the wonderful addition of some snow on the peaks. Though shoulder season is beginning, there is still plenty of activity in our town.
Last month, Town Council took several important actions. Council declined the developer’s request to extend the closing deadline for The Lofts workforce housing project. As a result the developer has indicated that they will not be continuing the project at this time. Council also agreed to pursue a more detailed planning of the Town Hall Center Subarea, assuming that or our friends at TMVOA and TSG will join us. We also passed a first reading of an ordinance to allow an additional vending cart in Heritage Plaza and remove some constraints on the types of carts that can serve us. There was also another public forum called by the Telluride Hospital District to update on the new Medical Center. Topics included financing options for the Medical Center, updates on the wetland mitigation process, and discussion of the critical access hospital (CAH) designation, among others. The Hospital District Board is conducting these sessions every few months if you missed this one.
This week we have another Town Council meeting with several important issues, in addition to several routine land use matters. There will be an important work session reviewing the findings of a recent study we commissioned to identify long term operational options for the gondola. This will help to inform the long term gondola strategy that we need to develop with our neighbors. We will also finalize our vending cart policies. There will be an important discussion of COWS (Cells Towers on Wheels), which are temporary solutions that will help to increase our cell network capacity while a permanent solution is being designed. There will also be a discussion of the Gay Ski Week event which the Tourism Board is very concerned about its potential departure from our resort. And finally, an issue that I would guess many of us have personal experience with, our safety committee has raised concerns about the blankets being offered to our gondola passengers, and the extent to which they represent a safety issue and whether we should continue to offer them.
As always, we hope you will be able to join us for this week’s meeting, whether in person or via web access. Please share your thoughts in advance if you have a moment.
Mountain Village Mayor