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.

 

 

 

 

Mountain Village launches Fiber to the Home project

Words by Kathrine Warren / Business Development, Communications

The Town of Mountain Village is pleased to announce the official launch of its Fiber to the Home project which is slated to deliver ultra-high-speed 1-gigabit internet to every property in Mountain Village by the end of 2020. 

At its July meeting, the Mountain Village Town Council voted unanimously to hire Lightworks Fiber & Consulting to install the fiber optic cables, and last week a contract was officially executed. 

“We’re very excited to be launching construction of this major upgrade to our broadband network infrastructure, which will allow us to offer improved internet services to every home and business in Mountain Village,” said Mayor Laila Benitez.

Town of Mountain Village Chief Technology Officer Jim Soukup explains that current internet systems in Mountain Village were originally intended only to deliver cable television to properties. 

“When the internet came along, cable providers learned how to deliver that over their existing networks,” Soukup said. “The current system we have was good in its day, but it’s become dated. We’re now putting the infrastructure in that’s specifically designed to give us a fast service. This is a monumental upgrade that we’re doing.” 

Fiber networks are much simpler in design and function, making it easier to troubleshoot connection issues and, “easier to deliver the high-speed internet experience we all want,” Soukup said. 

The construction of the fiber network will be completed in two phases. Phase one construction began July 29 and is expected to finish by the middle of October. Once this initial construction work is complete, customers living in the Boulders Prospect Plaza Shop Area will have the option to begin testing different fiber internet boxes in exchange for free internet. 

The construction of the fiber network will be completed in two phases. Phase one construction began July 29 and is expected to finish by the middle of October. During this time, crews will begin installing the new fiber network underground in certain parts of Mountain Village.

To view a map of where this will happen, please see our phase one map. Additionally, during this phase, the Boulders Prospect Plaza Shop Area (along Boulders Way in the Meadows) will be the beta test site.

Once this initial construction work is complete, the customer in the beta area will have the option to begin testing different fiber internet boxes in exchange for free internet.

Customers who live within the beta test site have already been contacted by the town, but those interested in learning more can email [email protected]. To view a map of the beta test area, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/fiber. Periodic updates of the project’s progress will be posted to this site as well.

The second phase is planned to begin spring of 2020 as construction and installation will be rolled out through the entire town of Mountain Village. When fiber is installed to each premise, cable modem internet service will be removed, and other services, such as phone and TV will connect to the new internet box and remain active.

Once the fiber is installed, current Town of Mountain Village phone and TV customers will automatically be migrated to the new fiber network.

“Town Council has heard from residents and businesses, both large and small, that reliable and fast connectivity is an indispensable need,” Benitez said.

To learn more about the fiber project and to sign up for the updates on the fiber construction project, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/fiber.

Mountain Village now accepting summer vending cart applications

Words by Kathrine Warren / Business Development

The Town of Mountain Village is now accepting applications for vending carts for the 2019 summer season.

Local and regional chefs, foodies and entrepreneurs are invited to apply by April 1, 2019 to be considered for vending spaces in Heritage Plaza and Sunset Plaza in Village Center.

“With plans in the works for a new bike park and increased vitality in the Village Center from both residents and visitors alike, we are expecting a fun and busy summer season in Mountain Village,” said Zoe Dohnal, business development and community engagement coordinator for the Town of Mountain Village.

For minimum operating hour requirements, more information and to apply to be a vendor, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/vending-carts. For questions regarding summer vending specifics please reach out to Dohnal at (970) 369.8236 or [email protected].

Ah Haa School for The Arts and True North Youth Program Mural Design for Village Court Apartments

VCA Mural Project

Words by Special Contributor / Business Development, Community, Housing

The Planning and Development Department of Mountain Village has been looking for creative ways to improve common areas around Village Court Apartments (VCA) in Mountain Village. The Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes, was aware that the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, collaborated with the local school and other partners in Norwood to produce a mural at the Norwood Post Office. Town of Mountain Village reached out to the Ah Haa to see if they could model a similar mural project at VCA. The Ah Haa suggested to partner with True North Youth Program to paint two murals.

The decision was made to hold a mural design contest with Kids from True North Youth Program with winning designs to be painted in approved areas at VCA where Kids can take pride in providing this service by having their art displayed.

“We are excited about this mural project on so many levels. It will activate common areas, provides a fun collaborative project for local artists and will be a source of community pride,” said Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director for the Town of Mountain Village.

Winners for the mural designs were announced January 10, 2018, during the weekly afterschool academic tutoring class for the True North Youth Program. Congratulations to Telluride High School students, Brenda Guitierrez and Kaila Reloj for their mural designs chosen as templates to create the mural at VCA. Cecilia Curry, VCA Manager, had the honor of presenting the awards signed by Mountain Village Mayor, Laila Benitez and Town Manager, Kim Montgomery. Young painters will collaborate to paint within the templates drawn by the winning students with direction by Tara Carter, Ah Haa Youth Curriculum Director and Ann Cheeks, local artist.

The murals are to be painted in the main laundry room at VCA. VCA looks forward to continuing their partnership with the Ah Haa this summer for future mural projects.

VCA is accepting paint donations for the mural project to repurpose existing materials. If you are interested in donating paint for the mural project please call Cecilia Curry, Property Manager at VCA (970) 369-8233.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Telluride Daily Planet.