Mountain Village’s Market on the Plaza runs Wednesdays June 19 through August 28, 2019

Market on Plaza blog

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Event

Summer is here, and nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open-air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery that surrounds Mountain Village.

Mountain Village’s pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza comes alive with tents each Wednesday beginning June 19 with vendors selling farm-fresh produce and food, crafts and health products and more for the annual Market on the Plaza.

“Summer calls for outdoor community markets, and we invite locals and guests alike to come to Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village Center on Wednesdays to shop and to visit our brick and mortar merchants,” said Zoe Dohnal, Mountain Village’s business development and community engagement coordinator. “This is an exciting and historic year for Market on the Plaza. The addition of ten new vendors expands the market and brings a never-seen-before level of shopping diversity.”

Now in its ninth year, Market on the Plaza is a vibrant local community market providing an avenue to support regional and local businesses that offer homegrown food and homemade products.

The Market runs every Wednesday, June 19 through August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New this year, select market vendors will set up during the Sunset Concert Series with the Market at Sunset starting June 26 when the series begins. Music fans can peruse these offerings in Sunset Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday, June 26-Aug. 14.

“The quality and quantity of offerings at the Market on the Plaza has been increasing and improving every year, and we are looking forward to our most robust Market ever this summer,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. “I’m excited about the increase in local produce, prepared foods and baked goods.”

Shoppers can expect to find a bounty of farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, garden herbs and oils, and a wide variety of artisan crafts.

Market on the Plaza also features leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies and kitchen goods, among other items.

“I encourage everyone to come out and support the Market and our local farmers and merchants,” Benitez said.

In addition, the town is partnering with the Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center with music and face painting, and local law enforcement teams, the U.S. Forest Service and rotating non-profits will be on hand to answer questions about the community.

Expanded Common Consumption Area begins in Mountain Village Center June 15

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association will celebrate the kick-off of Mountain Village’s newly expanded Common Consumption Area (CCA) with a party and live music in Heritage Plaza on Saturday, June 15 from 12-4 p.m. The party will feature live music from local band, Alan Booradley and the NIA.

In its May monthly meeting, Mountain Village Town Council approved the Mountain Village Promotional Association’s request to expand its Common Consumption Area (CCA) throughout the majority of the Village Center. The Village Center currently has a smaller CCA in the Sunset Plaza area during concerts, but last month’s approval significantly expands the footprint and operating hours throughout the summer season.

Similar to concerts in Sunset Plaza, the newly expanded CCA will allow for the purchase of alcoholic beverages in approved cups from participating licensed establishments and enables for consumption throughout much of the plazas in the Village Center. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed into the area and only beverages purchased from participating licensed establishments in approved cups may be allowed throughout the plazas.

Drinks purchased from one licensed liquor establishment will only be permitted in the Common Consumption Area and cannot be brought into another liquor establishment. (For example, a drink purchased from Telluride Distillery will not be allowed in Reflection Plaza, where the Hotel Madeline holds the liquor license, but drinks from both establishments may be enjoyed in the common area of Heritage Plaza.)

The Common Consumption Area will be in effect beginning June 15 and will run through the close of the gondola on Oct. 20, 2019 with occasional blackout dates due to special events. It will then operate concurrently with the 2019/2020 gondola schedule. The hours will be noon to 9 p.m. daily.

“We wanted to build on the vitality that the Sunset Plaza businesses have experienced with the Common Consumption Area and summer concerts,” said TMVOA President and CEO Anton Benitez.

Seven of the Village Center’s 10 liquor licensed establishments will be participating, and 22 non-liquor licensed businesses are participating, allowing guests to take their beverage into the retail establishments while shopping. All retailers in the Center will be clearly marked to indicate their participation in the CCA.

Telluride Distillery is one of the participating businesses.

“The dynamic of Mountain Village will change considerably with the newly expanded Common Consumption Area,” said Abbott Smith, owner of the Distillery, which opened a tasting room in the Village Center this past winter. “It will create a more inviting experience for shopping, dining, nightlife, walking around and even watching the sunset.”

The CCA map encompasses Sunset Plaza and Heritage Plaza and people with a drink from an approved establishment will not be permitted to cross any roadways. Security and signage will be put in place to enforce the boundaries and rules of this new Common Consumption Area.

“We are looking forward to an exciting and successful summer,” Benitez said. “We are happy to partner with our local merchants and the Town of Mountain Village to make this happen.”

For more information on the Common Consumption Area, and to view a map of its boundaries, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/cca.

Town of Mountain Village encourages homeowners to create defensible space with mitigation incentive

Wildfire Mitigation

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Emergency Preparedness

As the community begins to look forward to another summer in the San Juan Mountains, the Town of Mountain Village is offering incentives to homeowners to help residents protect their homes by creating defensible space through wildfire mitigation work.

The Wildfire Mitigation Incentive Program, created in partnership with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and West Region Wildfire Council (WRWC), offers residents a rebate of up to 50 percent off the total cost of mitigation work up to $5,000. This program is for existing Mountain Village homes, and not new home construction.

“If a homeowner creates defensible space by utilizing our incentive program in combination with a non-flammable roof, the structures chance of survival in a wildfire is 99 percent.  A structure has only a 4 percent survival rate if the roof is flammable and no defensible action occurs on a property,” said Mountain Village’s Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes.

“The Wildfire Mitigation plan is one of the most important programs the Council has initiated,” said Mountain Village Mayor Pro Tem Dan Caton. “[My wife] Liz and I have personally taken advantage of it, by thinning trees, removing trees that are too close to the house and clearing deadwood from near the house. We expect to take more actions this summer, as these precautions not only protect us but our neighbors as well.”

In order to take advantage of this incentive program, residents can schedule a free home visit with the West Region Wildfire Council to learn about their property’s wildfire risk rating. They will receive recommendations tailored to their home’s specific needs and setting.

Defensible space is the natural and landscaped area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire risk. This work can include removing trees that are too close to a structure and clearing brush or other flammable materials from the perimeter of a building.

Homeowners can then hire from a list of regional contractors and apply for a free town permit to start the forestry work. Once the project is finished and approved, the Town will reimburse homeowners up to 50 percent of the total project cost up to $5,000 per property.

“The two most important actions a homeowner can take to be proactive in the event of a wildfire event is to assure they have a non-flammable roof and assuring defensible space mitigation is done on their property,” Haynes added.

To learn more please visit townofmountainvillage.com/wildfire-mitigation.

Town of Mountain Village and TMVOA create Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program

Cedar Shake

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Emergency Preparedness

The Town of Mountain Village in collaboration with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association as a funding partner is upping its commitment to incentivize property owners for preventive measures in wildfire hazard mitigation.

The Town currently has a Wildfire Mitigation Defensible Space Incentive Program in place to help residents create a woodland defensible space barrier around their home or buildings lowering their property’s wildfire risk. The program provides a resident rebate up to 50 percent of the total defensible space project costs up to $5,000 per property.

To continue in these efforts, Mountain Village Town Council implemented a Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program in 2017 providing a rebate toward building permit fees when residents re-roof their home or building from cedar shake shingles to a town-approved fire-rated roofing material.

“A Mountain Village property has a 70 percent wildfire survival rate if the structure on their property has a non-flammable roof and a 99 percent survival rate if the property has both a non-flammable roof on the structure and defensible space has also been created on the property,” explained Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes, “Every cedar shake roof that is replaced in our community with a non-flammable material is a win.”

In order to increase participation in the program and help prepare Mountain Village for the possibility of wildfire, Town Council recently approved changing the program from a rebate to a complete fee waiver and removing the $5,000 cap per incentive with TMVOA committing to funding the fee waiver.

“As we have seen throughout the state, the risk of wildfire and ensuing damages to whole communities is very real,” said Mayor Laila Benitez. “Town Council created the Cedar Shake Incentive Program to support our property owners’ efforts to lower their home’s wildfire risk. This is the single most impactful step homeowners can take to reduce their home’s risk and we are committed to helping owners achieve this risk reduction.”

To take advantage of this program’s cost savings, residents must apply for approval to re-roof their home or building from cedar shake shingles to an approved fire rated roofing material and submit a Town of Mountain Village building permit for review and approval through the Design Review Board. This incentive program is open until funds are exhausted and is for properties within the Town of Mountain Village.

“We thank TMVOA for their partnership and continued support of this vital program. We look forward to working together on this and other programs that benefit our community,” Benitez said.

To learn more about the Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program and the necessary steps taken to receive a building permit fee waiver to re-roofing their home or building, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/incentive.

Mountain Village offers building permit fee discounts with smart building measures

Smart BUild

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Development

In an effort to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions, the Town of Mountain Village (TMV) offers property owners up to 100 percent off building permit fees with its Smart Building Incentive Program.

“The Smart Build Incentive Program has been in place since 2015 and reflects the TMV commitment to reducing development’s carbon footprint by smart design. We hope to educate our building community to take advantage of this program in order to reduce building permit fees and encourage energy-efficient design,” said Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director.

The Smart Building Incentive Program offers three owner incentives which can be used for individual building permit fee discounts, or collectively for a full fee waiver. This could save homeowners upwards of tens of thousands of dollars depending on project size.

“The more you lower the energy use of your home the more efficient or “smart” your home is and the higher building permit waiver you get,” said Zoe Dohnal, Mountain Village’s business development and community engagement coordinator.

The first owner initiative is focused on offsetting energy use by renewable energy. A 20 percent building permit fee discount is available for any project with either no exterior energy use or at least 20 percent of estimated energy use being offset by a renewable energy source.

Additionally, Mountain Village’s Solar Energy Incentive program offers a 40 cent rebate per watt up to a total rebate of $2,000. An average home will install a 4,000-watt system which would equate to a $1,600 rebate from Mountain Village.

The second initiative focuses on eliminate exterior energy. A 15 percent building fee permit discount is available for buildings designed with no exterior energy use elements other than lighting and an owner signs a convenient forfeiting the right to install any exterior energy use within 50 years of receiving the property’s certificate of occupancy.

Up to a 100 percent fee discount is available for buildings with a Home Energy Rating (HERS) rating of 50 or lower. HERS ratings can be lowered by either installing on-site or off-site solar photovoltaic systems.

For questions and more information, please contact the Mountain Village Planning and Development Department by emailing our planning department or calling (970)369-8251.

Mountain Village Housing Authority to hold lottery May 6

Castellina Unit E

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community

The Mountain Village Housing Authority is selling a deed-restricted unit in the heart of Mountain Village through a weighted lottery process. The lottery results (along with all lottery applicants) will be posted online at smrha.org on May 6, at 12 p.m.

The unit is available to qualified employees within the Town of Mountain Village.

“THE SMRHA is really excited to be helping Mountain Village employees move into ownership,” said Shirley L. Diaz, executive director of the SMRHA.

The unit is a one-bedroom deed-restricted detached condo in Castellina, in the heart of Mountain Village. It is 700 square feet with parking, private basement storage, upgraded finishes and high-end appliances. HOA, utilities and insurance apply. A number of public meetings and open houses will be held for those interested throughout the month of April.

They are as follows:

Castellina Unit Public Meeting 

Location: Mountain Village Town Hall, 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Ste. A

Dates:

    • April 2, 12-1 p.m.
    • April 3, 5-6 p.m.
    • April 24, 12-1 p.m.

 

Castellina Unit Open House 

Location: 117 E. Vischer Drive, Unit E

Dates:

  • April 3, 12-1 p.m.
  • April 4, 5-6 p.m.
  • April 16, 5-6 p.m.
  • April 17, 12-1 p.m.
  • April 23, 4-6 p.m.

Applications may be submitted to the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority online or by appointment ONLY (820 Black Bear Road G-17) no later than 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

 

For more information, please visit the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority’s website.

 

CSA shares in Mountain Village and Telluride

CSA for the region

Words by Bill Kight / Community

Thinking about signing up for a community supported agriculture (CSA) share but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on.

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a favorite way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “food shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included such as meat and/or dairy. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Here in southwest Colorado, there is an abundance of farm fresh food to offer our community members.

Sometimes farms have pickups only at the farm, but often there are other locations where you can get your produce. Below are farms with shares that can be picked up in Mountain Village and Telluride.

Borden Farms is situated in the fertile Uncompahgre Valley in the historic farming community of Pea Green. At an elevation of 5,423 feet, the warm summer days and cool nights combine with a fertile, sandy loam soil to provide ideal conditions for growing. From a modest beginning, we have grown each year to 14 acres of field production and over 13,000 square feet of flowers, herbs and vegetable plants in our greenhouses.

Buckhorn Gardens, located at the base of Buckhorn Mountain at 6700′ elevation, Buckhorn Gardens is a small, organic vegetable farm 13 mile. south of Montrose, Colorado. Our farm is an active part of a 12,000-acre ranch; however, we only manage 3 acres with intensive vegetable gardening.

Farm Runners is a regional food distributor specializing in custom-harvested farm products that serve the Roaring Fork, Gunnison, and Grand Valleys of Colorado with local food year-round. Based in Hotchkiss, CO, where they have been building lasting relationships with farmers since 2012. In addition, they help new and established family farms find a market for their product while making it easier for consumers to access the amazing food grown here in Western Colorado.

Fresh Food Hub is the only CSA that can be picked up in Mountain Village at our Market on the Plaza. They are a community food cooperative based in Norwood offering local meat, produce that is all organically grown and non-GMO. To sign up before their April 20 deadline, please visit their website.

Happy Belly, located in Paonia, CO is a small farm that specializes in culinary and medicinal herb production, as well as value added products. Located at Elderberrys, the former Fresh & Wyld property, now owned by The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. They are dedicated to growing highly nutritious culinary herbs and vital medicinal herbs for our CSA farm share members, as well as education for use in the kitchen and beyond. They thread together this holistic multi-farm experience, providing weekly menus and newsletters full of inspiration from the garden.

Indian Ridge Farm is a pastured poultry apprenticeship in Norwood, Colorado, located at 7,000 feet in elevation, is a 120-acre diversified farm operation that centers around pastured broilers, layer hens and turkeys, but also includes hogs, beef cattle, dairy goats, horses, a large on-site vegetable operation, beehives, greenhouse, and hay pasture. The farm is situated outside Norwood, Co., on a mesa-top in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, near Telluride.

Jubilee Family Farm is a local farm in Olathe, Colorado.

Mountain Roots Produce located in the beautiful Mancos Valley, just to the east of Mesa Verde National Park, in Southwest Colorado. Their goal of producing high quality and reasonably priced vegetables for their local and regional communities while improving soil health and being water resilient in their high desert climate.

Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative is a collaborative of small family farms from southwestern Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and now the North Fork Valley of Colorado. Their farms came together in 2014 to form the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative, a farmer-owned marketing and distribution business.

March Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Community, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council 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.

February 21 Meeting Highlights

  • The town is excited to welcome another new business, Sunshine Pharmacy, to the Mountain Village Center. They will be opening a second location in the Franz Klammer Building across from the Telluride Distilling Company’s new Tasting Room. In addition to prescription pick-up service, health and wellness products, and other sundry items, Town Council approved Sunshine Pharmacy’s Fermented Malt Beverage Liquor License application at their Mountain Village location.
  • Town Council discussed the continued use of lot OSP39 (commonly known as the wood lot) for tree removal staging. Since 2015, the town has informally allowed large private and forest-health property tree removal projects to drop-off chopped wood on the lot, where it is then picked up for use by local residents. The wood lot provides major cost savings for new home building and defensible space tree removal projects by reducing the transportation arborists’ charge for staging the wood outside of the Village. This cost savings further incentivizes community members to create defensible space on their properties in order to lower property owner’s wildfire risk.Town Council directed staff to conditionally keep the wood lot in the existing location as a courtesy with the provision that landscaping and trees are planted to shield the wood lot from being viewable from the Mountain Village Boulevard. The use of this area will continue to be observed and reviewed by Town Council in the future.
  • We approved the formation of a Plaza Vending Committee to facilitate an open and transparent vendor selection process. The committee bylaws will be approved at a future meeting.
  • Lastly, Michael Martelon provided  Marketing Telluride’s (MTI) quarterly update.

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 and February’s minutes will be posted online after they are approved at tomorrow’s meeting.

March 21 Agenda Topics:

  • Town Council will consider a Settlement Agreement resolving litigation related to 161CR and Ridge at Telluride. This agreement is the result of months of direct negotiations between principal designated representatives from Lot 161CR, The Ridge HOA, The Ridge Club, some of The Ridge owners, and the town.
  • Town Council will consider the appointments of five members to the Design Review Board (DRB). The DRB is made up of seven full-time members and two alternate members, who are all appointed by Town Council to two-year terms.
  • An ordinance to implement a dismount zone in the Village Center plazas for both bicycles and skateboards will be considered by Town Council. Over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of accidents and incidents between bicycles and pedestrians in the Village Center. With the upcoming expansion of the bike park and summer use of lift 4 for bike park access, the town has been examining tactics used in other communities such as Fort Collins and Durango. If approved, the dismount zone would go into effect this summer.
  •  We will hold a work session to discuss potentially amending the Community Development Code (CDC) Residential Lighting Regulations. The purpose of the lighting regulations is to balance our need for residential outdoor illumination that allows us to enjoy our property while minimizing unintended negative impacts on neighbors and the surrounding community.
  • Town Council will also hold a work session to consider a CDC amendment to clarify the definition of an Efficiency Lodge unit and to add a definition of “Short-Term Accommodation” as less than 30 consecutive days and no more than 60 days in a calendar year. These clarifications are being proposed to ensure that properties that were zoned to function as hotel rooms or “hot-beds,” are not used as a primary residence or as long-term rentals.
  • We will hear an update about our Wildfire Mitigation Defensible Space Rebate and Cedar Shake Fire Mitigation Incentive Programs and consider changes to the program that we hope will encourage increased participation in the programs.
  • Lastly, we will consider a resolution by the family, friends, and neighbors of Michael Ruterbories asking the town to rename the Village Court Community Garden as the “Michael Ruterbories Memorial Community Garden.” Michael, a longtime Mountain Village resident, gondola operator, and cherished friend to all who knew him passed away unexpectedly last month. He is greatly missed by the Town of Mountain Village and the community he adopted.

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

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Important reminders for snow removal measures

Snow Removal

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Emergency Preparedness

With this week’s monumental snowstorm dropping 58 inches of new snow in the past seven days (39” of which has fallen since Monday), the Town of Mountain Village would like to remind residents, property managers and business owners of the following safety precautions when clearing snow from properties:

  • Ensure the address monuments for your properties are cleared of all snow so emergency personnel can see them from the main road. This is also helpful for FedEx and UPS drivers.
  • Remember to clear any exterior vents on your house. If the vents are on the roof, please consider hiring professionals to do this work. If boiler vents are blocked with snow, this can create an increased risk of carbon monoxide emissions in your home. In that same vein, be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home and ensure they have fresh batteries.
  • When removing snow from your roof be sure to communicate with any possible individuals below and make sure a potential roof slide isn’t going to bury or break your gas meter line. Also, please keep snow clear from your gas meter.

 

If you have any questions please call the Mountain Village Police Department at 970.728.9281 or Telluride Fire District offices at 970.728.3801. if you have an emergency always call 911, or if you can’t call, text 911. And be sure to follow the Mountain Village Police Department on Twitter and Facebook for the updates on conditions, safety and more.

 

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program presents the Blue Party

Adaptive

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

On Friday, March 8, 2019 the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will host its 23rd annual spring fundraiser — The Blue Party. This event takes place at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village from 6-10 p.m.

 

The ticket price of $65 ($70 at the door) includes a glass of award-winning Emeritus Pinot Noir, a selection of hearty hors d’oeuvres from Telluride’s top restaurants including: The Village Table, Rustico & La Piazza, Wine Geek Food Freak, Siam’s Talay Grille, Telluride Truffle, The Butcher & The Baker, There Bar, Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, Wood Ear Whiskey Lounge & Noodle Bar and more, along with a night filled with dancing to the fabulous Anders Brothers Band. There will also be a silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items and fabulous getaway vacations.

In honor of the amazing volunteers, instructors, veterans, and athletes, TASP is throwing a “Blue Tie” event; dress up in your best blues, just as TASP instructors wear their best blues on the slopes. The funds we raise at this annual event provide quality adaptive winter & summer programs for low-income participants, many of whom live in the Telluride region. Last year, with the funds raised, we provided more than 3,000 lessons to over 500 students with disabilities.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit TASP’s website.

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