December Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our great snow on the re-opened mountain. The community is clearly sparkling with all of the holiday activities well underway.

This last month Town Council approved, on First Reading, the proposed 2016 town budget totaling $30.3 million, which after pulling out the pass-through items (gondola, tourism and museum supported budgets), represents more than a five percent reduction in expenses when compared to the prior year’s revised budget adjusted for pass-through items. Equally important, the proposed budget is balanced with revenues generating a net surplus of $240,000. That said, Town Council was still able to make some important investments including more road repaving, establishing a Telluride TV facility in Mountain Village, and adding Recreation Department resources, among other investments. In addition, Town Council extensively reviewed the new marketing and business development budget, which included some revisions and reductions while still working to achieve its mission. While I recused myself from the discussion, the balance of Town Council deferred the Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) sponsorship and co-working space funding requests pending a more specific proposal from TVA and the Telluride Foundation. In other business, Town Council appointed Larry Crosby and Richard Child to represent Mountain Village on the Telluride Regional Airport Board. Finally, in addition to some routine land use matters and reports, Council reviewed the town’s water policies and rights to ensure adequate supplies of water for years to come.

This week’s meeting will include some important discussions, too. Town Council will consider final approval of the 2016 and revised 2015 budgets. There will be a worksession evaluating whether to launch a Plaza Use Committee to ensure there is an appropriate nature and level of activity in the plazas throughout town. And related to this, a discussion surrounding possible uses of the Village Pond for this winter season will be up for consideration. Council will also evaluate the state of recycling in Mountain Village. Given that I will recuse myself, Mayor Pro-tem Marty McKinley will lead a follow-up discussion on potential funding of specific TVA programs and a possible co-working space in Mountain Village. Lastly, in addition to some routine land use matters and Council/staff reports, Council will conduct a worksession about Mountain Village’s possible participation in a potential Regional Transportation Authority.

As always, please join us December 10 in person, online or feel free to share comments on any topics of interest to you.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor