December Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Community, Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Mountain Village is ramping up for the holidays and the coming year! Below are some Town Council meeting highlights and upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for this Thursday’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

November 16 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council approved Auberge Resorts, LLC as the replacement hotel operator of Hotel Madeline, pending Flynn Property’s purchase, scheduled to close on December 15. Mark Harmon, the founder of Auberge Resorts, shared plans to make ongoing capital improvements, enhance on-site dining options, and he reiterated their long-term commitment to operate the hotel as the premier luxury hotel in the Telluride region.
  • The Ski Ranches Water System Improvement Plan and the corresponding timeline were reviewed. Due to the aging infrastructure, this system has been prone to ongoing, significant leaks that have led to numerous incidents of residential water being shut off to allow for needed repairs. The phased improvement plan will commence in 2018.
  • Council approved numerous updates to the Town of Mountain Village Employer Assisted Housing Program, which was last reviewed in 2007. In an effort to promote employee homeownership, some of the approved changes include: removing the appreciation cap, removing limitations on capital improvements, the addition of a loan repayment requirement for employees who resign or are terminated, and removal of income limitations to better meet the needs for management housing.
  • Planet Bluegrass‘ Telluride Bluegrass Festival requested town consideration for on-street parking for future festivals. Council recognized the economic significance of the festival but expressed that the residential impacts must be better addressed and mitigated. The request and potential solutions will be discussed at a future meeting.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or review the meeting video at the town website.

December 14 Agenda Highlights

  • Marketing Telluride Inc. and Colorado Flights Alliance will present their biannual report to Town Council.
  • Town Council will vote to approve the 2018 and revised 2017 budgets. A budget-specific communication will be sent out in the coming week, which will review the funding of upcoming projects and a significant reduction in mill levies.
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to secure workforce housing, Town Council will consider waiving the lottery sales requirement for a deed-restricted unit at Cassidy Ridge that would allow the town to purchase this unit. If approved, we will also consider authorization for the town manager and myself to negotiate the purchase of this condo on behalf of the Town.
  • We will review a Conditional Use Permit request to allow surface parking on a portion of Lot 161CR. The application proposes between 28 to 39 parking spaces intended to provide permit parking for businesses in the Village Center and The Ridge at Telluride.
  • Town Council will hear an update about the ongoing Wayfinding Project. This project encompasses new signage throughout Village Center; along roadways and parking areas; and merchant directories.
  • The Green Team Committee will present their mission statement, guiding principles, and 2018 action plan to Town Council. This committee is made-up of council memberstown staff, residents, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), and Telluride Ski & Golf (TSG) staff.

full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

November Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Though winter is taking its time arriving in Mountain Village, the town is hard at work preparing for the season and planning for the coming year.

October 19 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Natalie Binder as the new Town Council member. Based on advice from legal counsel, a motion was necessary to confirm the vote taken by paper ballot at the September meeting. Moving forward all Council votes will be verbal, as prescribed in the Town Charter.
  • The Town Hall Subarea Committee updated us about Phase II of the Town Hall Subarea Plan and we voted to appoint Natalie Binder to fill Cath Jett’s seat on this committee.
  • Additionally, we discussed the overall goals for the 2018 Village Center Subarea and the desire to see a holistic study of the area, which includes existing and future plans for an engaging Village Center, exploring adequacy of the core’s infrastructure, and a review of undeveloped parcels in the village core.
  • We voted to approve, on first reading, an ordinance that would amend Section 3.04.020 of the Municipal Code to adopt statewide standardized sales taxes
    definitions.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or review the meeting video at the town website.

November 16 Agenda Highlights

  • Town Council will consider approval of Auberge Resorts, LLC as the replacement hotel operator of Hotel Madeline, pursuant to the criteria outlined in the town’s Hotel Covenants. Such an approval would be conditioned upon sale of the property and the new owner appointing Auberge as the operator of the Hotel Madeline. Auberge, who also operates the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, has stated their commitment to operate the hotel as the premier luxury hotel in the Telluride region.
  • There is a placeholder item for Town Council to potentially consider a term sheet regarding settlement of the 161CR and Ridge at Telluride ongoing litigation. If a mutually agreeable term sheet is presented by this Thursday’s meeting, in an effort to help all parties act expeditiously on a possible resolution, Town Council is prepared to review and potentially approve a term sheet.
  • Town Council will review and vote on first reading of the 2018 and revised 2017 budgets. Once the last substantive changes have been incorporated in the 2018 budget, a budget-specific email will be sent out.
  • We will take a deep dive into the Ski Ranches Water System Improvement Plan. The Ski Ranches water system has the oldest water infrastructure in the Mountain Village water system; this plan lays out a course to replace the aging infrastructure over the next thirty-plus years.
  • Council will consider updating the Town of Mountain Village Employer Assisted Housing Program, which was last reviewed in 2007.
  • Craig Ferguson, with Planet Bluegrass, will be discussing parking in Mountain Village for future Telluride Bluegrass Festivals.

full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

October Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Government, Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Fall colors may be starting to fade but we are busy here preparing for what promises to be another banner winter.

Last month, Natalie Binder was appointed to Town Council to fill the empty seat left by Paul Oupadia’s resignation. I want to thank all the candidates who stepped up and volunteered to serve our community. While it makes it hard to choose, we are lucky to have so many engaged and highly-qualified community members willing to serve. Before we review last month’s meeting highlights, I would like to share three updates.

  • The Design Review Board and Town Council convened in a special joint meeting on October 5, to review and approve the proposed amendment to add a red-light beacon to the already approved communication tower at the top of Lift 7. The red-light is a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration and a mandated condition of the crucially-needed upgrades for communication and public-safety. Telluride Ski Resort hopes to have the new tower and upgrades completed by August 2018.
  • On October 11, Town Council convened a Special Town Council meeting focused on the 2018 budget where council members reviewed the details of each department’s budget, received the Grant Committee’s recommendations, and discussed upcoming capital improvement projects. Stay tuned in the next month for a more in-depth email dedicated to the budget.
  • On October 12, the Town of Mountain Village held an open-house to discuss a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Lot 30, Parcel M, slated in the Comprehensive Plan as a potential flagship hotel site in the Village Center Subarea. We believe public input is a key component of any comprehensive plan and comprehensive plan amendment and were very pleased to see so many neighbors turn out to learn more and share their feedback.

September 21 Meeting Highlights  

  • Town Council approved a new fire mitigation incentive program that will reimburse homeowners up to $5,000 in building permit fees related to replacement of cedar shake roofs with approved fire-resistant roofing materials. The program is funded in partnership with TMVOA and reimbursements will be retroactive to January 2017.
  • Council reviewed the preliminary draft 2018 budget and the results of the recently completed employee salary and benefits comparison study were reviewed.
  • We approved an intergovernmental agreement with San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) that will fund the town’s transportation. The proposed funding to the town will be approximately $120,000 for 2018 services.
  • The following appointments to committees and projects were made:

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or review the meeting video at the town website.

October 19 Agenda Highlights

  • Town Council will hear an update about Phase II of the Town Hall Subarea Plan and an additional council member will also be appointed to this committee to replace Cath Jett.
  • Additionally, we will discuss a proposed work plan and focus for the 2018 Village Center Subarea. Preliminary discussions have been concentrated on landscaping and site improvements of the plaza areas to meet and refine the resident, guest, and business experience and continue to positively augment the plazas. We will also be discussing whether this committee will conduct an infrastructure analysis that would focus on existing and future plans for an engaging Village Center. This analysis could explore whether we have adequate roadways, parking, pick-up and delivery zones, pedestrian pathways, trail integration, and could potentially include a review of undeveloped parcels in the village core.
  • The Telluride Conference Center will provide their annual update.
  • We will have a first reading of an ordinance approving an amendment to the Municipal Code to adopt statewide definitions for sales taxes.

A full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

September Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

It’s been a busy and beautiful summer here in Mountain Village. Before we review last month’s meeting highlights, I would like to share two updates.

  • As part of our ongoing commitment to communication and keeping you in the loop, Town Council will begin streaming Design Review Board (DRB) meetings starting October 5. Moving forward, all DRB meetings will be available to watch live online, and you will be able to watch past meetings on-demand.
  • The town will be hosting a Meadows Improvement Plan Open House and Ice Cream Social on September 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Meadows Parking Lot. This is a great opportunity to learn more about proposed projects, share your feedback, and get to know your neighbors and town staff.

August 17 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council received an update on the Crown Castle Macro Tower Project and recent roadblocks to the project’s completion. Update: Telluride Ski Resort’s amended application will be reviewed by San Miguel County on September 27 and pending approval, DRB and Town Council will review the proposal in a special joint session meeting October 5.
  • The owners of Lot 30, slated in the Comprehensive Plan as a potential flagship hotel site in the Village Center Subarea, proposed a Comprehensive Plan amendment as it relates to their lot. The proposed changes will be open for public review and comment as part of next steps.
  • We discussed an intergovernmental agreement with San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) that would fund the town’s interjurisdictional transportation. Once approved, the proposed funding to the town would be approximately $102,000 for 2018 services
  • The following appointments to committees and projects were made:
  • And finally, we adopted bylaws for the formation of the Green Team Committee. This board of Town Council members, town employees, residents, and local partners will advise Town Council on local environmental issues, information, and resources.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting or review the meeting video at the town website.

September 21 Agenda Highlights

  • Town Council will vote to appoint a new town council member to replace Paul Oupadia, who resigned earlier this month. After which we will make appointments to several committees and projects.
  • The results of the recently completed employee salary and benefits comparison study will be reviewed. In addition, Council will review and discuss the preliminary draft 2018 budget.
  • The intergovernmental agreement between the town and SMART, discussed with council at last month’s meeting, will be considered for approval.
  • Town Council will consider a new fire mitigation incentive program that would reimburse homeowners the building permit fees related to replacing a cedar shake roof with an approved fire-resistant roof material.
  • Representatives of Strong Start Strong Community Early Childcare Initiative will present an upcoming ballot measure to provide funding for improved early childhood care and education in San Miguel County. The ballot measure would be funded by a 0.75% property mill levy that would generate approximately $612,000 annually.
  • The Regional Behavioral Health Commission will provide their first annual update and the Telluride Mountain Club will be presenting their 2017 Summer Trails Proposal Plan.

full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

August Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors

Last month’s Town Council meeting was the first meeting following the June 27 election and we started the meeting by swearing in newly elected Town Council Members Patrick Berry, Jack Gilbride, and Paul Oupadia. Council then elected me, Laila Benitez, as Mayor and Dan Caton as Mayor Pro Tem.

I look forward to serving our community in this new role and to working closely with my fellow council members.  I would also like to again thank Dan Jansen for his four plus years of service as mayor.

July 20 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council appointed representatives to various boards, committees, and commissions, such as the Finance and Budget Committee, The Historical Telluride Museum, and the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation.
  • EcoAction Partners and San Miguel Regional Housing Authority both gave their annual reports.
  • We heard an introductory presentation from the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Community Committee. CMC is considering introducing college courses toward bachelor’s and associates degrees, certificate programs, and occupational training to San Miguel County. They requested appointment of a Town Council representative to participate in a future “needs assessment”.
  • Century Link provided an update on their efforts to increase redundancy in the region. Unfortunately, none of the projects they described will provide redundancy for Mountain Village or help us to avoid future outages. Council will continue to look for alternative solutions but so far reasonable and cost-effective solutions have been elusive.
  • Finance presented and Council accepted the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the 2016 Independent Auditor’s Report.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can review minutes from the meeting.

August 17 Agenda Highlights

  • We will receive an update on the Crown Castle Macro Tower Project near the top of Lift 7 and recent roadblocks to the project’s completion. The aim of the tower is to expand phone coverage and data capacity for wireless providers/customers, to accommodate emergency broadcast systems, and to allow for future communication providers.
  • Telluride Regional Airport Authority will present their biannual report.
  • We will make appointments to the following committees and projects:
  • Discussion of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Lot 30 in the Village Center Subarea.
  • The San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation will be discussing the terms of an intergovernmental agreement to contract and fund the operation of the town’s interjurisdictional transportation.
  • And finally, we will consider adoption of bylaws for the formation of the Green Team Committee. This board of Town Council members, town employees, residents, and local partners would advise Town Council on local environmental issues, information, and resources.

A full agenda has been posted on our website; we welcome your input by any means you are comfortable with and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

 

July Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our summer weather and the arrival of monsoon season. Your town government has been busy at work with a few highlights being:

June 20 Meeting Highlights

1 > Our friends from Telluride Town Council joined us for a joint session to discuss a long range master plan for upgrading and expanding the jointly owned wastewater treatment plant. While not a glamorous subject, this project discussion is necessary given new EPA standards and the growing demand for our region. This project will be costly and could reach over $30 million in expenses and will require careful planning and regional collaboration.

2 > Town Council approved an expansion of the Mountain Village-owned Village Court Apartments (VCA) workforce housing development project by 50 units. The impacts of added density and traffic on the surrounding neighbors for this expansion were taken into consideration during the discussion. This approval marks the beginning of a potential project at VCA with more public discussions to be held as the project moves forward.

3 > The Town Hall Subarea committee held a public hearing and recommended a revised Town Hall Subarea Chapter for our 30 year Comprehensive Plan. Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Telluride Ski & Golf (TSG) and the Town of Mountain Village worked collaboratively to create a compelling vision for the Town Hall Subarea Plan. Now the committee will focus on beginning the long process of prioritizing projects and establishing funding for implementation of the plan.

4 > Council, staff and guests, took an extended lunch break to publicly thank and honor our three Town Council Members Cath Jett, Michelle Sherry, and Marty McKinley for their years of service on Town Council during their last meeting. Special thanks to Cath, Michelle, and Marty their families for working so hard for our community and for their public service.

5 > Marketing Telluride Inc (MTI) and the Colorado Flights Alliance presented our destination’s tourism and flight performance reports. Report highlights noted another record winter season and healthy growth in regional air service.

6 > Council chose not to sign the current petition supporting the Paris Climate Agreement and will instead draft our own letter supporting the goals of the pact, minus some of the critical comments included in the petition letter.

7 > Finally, we heard from Council and staff on council boards and commissions updates and staff reports as well as conducting a series of routine land use matters.

July 27 Agenda Highlights

This month Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > This week’s meeting represents a significant milestone in our local government. The Town of Mountain Village will swear into office our three newly elected Town Council members and put them to work almost immediately. A special welcome to Patrick Berry, Paul Oupadia, and Jack Gilbride.

2 > Next, Town Council will vote and elect the Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem to serve the next two-year term.

3 > With the new team in place, council will work together to assign roles on the various boards and commissions that members of the Council serve on.

4 > Council will hear updates from the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority, Eco-Action Partners and the potential for expanded higher education in the Telluride area.

5 > CenturyLink representatives will update our community on their plan to increase reliability and redundancy for local internet services to the town.

6 > Finally, in standard meeting procedure, Town Council will consider routine land use matters as well as reports from Council members and town staff that will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, we hope you can join us for the meeting whether in person, online or by providing your thoughts and input in advance of the meeting by email to the Clerk’s office.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

June Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather. It’s hard to remember that our last meeting was conducted with a major blizzard going on outside…in mid-May! That said, lots of good work was undertaken, which I’ve outlined below.

May 18 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council declared May Sexual Assault Awareness Month in collaboration with San Miguel Resource Center.

2 > Council discussed the adoption of National standards for electrical codes in our local building codes and whether these Codes and Regulations should become a new and distinct chapter in the town’s Municipal Code.

3 > Town Council set a cost of $40,000 for the Parking Payment-in-lieu Fee when a property owner cannot build the necessary parking on their property. This price was set based on benchmarks from recent town sales and construction costs. Our goal is to create adequate parking where possible, rather than grow the town’s parking fund.

4 > Council had an extensive discussion regarding the potential to add up to 70 workforce housing units within the Village Court Apartments (VCA) complex and balance the need for housing with the impacts of added density and traffic on the surrounding neighbors.

5 > The Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee along with Council reviewed the first draft of the new Town Hall Subarea plan for consideration in adopting the proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan.

6 > Town Council approved a new Community Grant Program for supporting broader community goals that will be administered by the Telluride Foundation. While I recused myself from the discussion and vote, the balance of council members seemed to find great merit in leveraging the Foundation’s regional perspective and extensive experience in grant administration.

7 > We continued our environmental focus with a letter of support for the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and an interim review of the San Miguel Watershed’s Forest Health Assessment. Our forests are healthy, but we face significant fire and other disruptive risks that may necessitate more action on our part to protect our local forests. The final report will help to define the actions needed.

8 > Finally, we heard routine staff and council reports and considered a series of routine land use matters.

June 20 Agenda Highlights

This month Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > The Telluride Town Council will join us for an extensive joint meeting to report on the master plan of our jointly owned wastewater treatment plant that is being assessed for a capacity expansion and an upgrade of its treatment processes to comply with new EPA standards. This could be an expensive project and we want the full community engaged and informed.

2 > There will be a public hearing on recommended changes to the Town Hall Subarea plan to adopt proposed amendments to the town’s 30 year Comprehensive Plan as formulated by our Town Hall subarea committee.

3 > We will take an extended lunch break to publicly thank and honor our three Town Council Members who will be serving in their last Town Council meeting. Please join us if you can to thank Michelle Sherry, Marty McKinley, and Cath Jett for their fantastic public service.

4 > Council Member Cath Jett will lead a discussion to approve signing on to joint statements expressing Mountain Village’s commitment to continuing to adopt and intensify policies that will uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

5 > Finally, in standard meeting procedure, Town Council will consider routine land use matters as well as reports from Council members and town staff that will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your thoughts and input in advance of the meeting by email to the Clerk’s office.
Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

May Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the early signs of summer. Your local government continued its efforts this past month, which I’ve outlined below.

April 20 Meeting Highlights

1 > A report was presented to Town Council by President and CEO of Marketing Telluride Inc. on Telluride and Mountain Village’s winter season occupancy and the upward trend of the Average Daily Revenue (ADR). The ADR is a statistical numerical unit used in the lodging industry, which represents the average rental income per paid occupied room in a given period. The region’s summer occupancy and ADR are also trending well, aided by a large digital and social media marketing campaigns currently underway.

2 >Town Council recognized the great work of our Town Clerks by declaring May 3-7 ‘Municipal Clerks week‘ in Mountain Village. Thanks for all you do, Jackie!

3 > Town Council set June 27 as the date for the upcoming Mountain Village Town Council election in which three seats will be determined. Positions will be awarded to three of the 10 strong candidates running for the available seats. Please engage with our candidates to help our community nominate the most qualified representatives. Town Council appointed our town clerk, Jackie Kennefick as the designated election official.

4 > Town Council considered a new Community Grant Program process for supporting broader community goals that could be administered by the Telluride Foundation. Council will wait for the newly appointed committee to make a decision on what to recommend to Town Council for final approval. The action item was continued to our next meeting so that our Council representatives can attend and more community input can be received.

5 > Town Council formed a ‘Green Committee’ to maintain Mountain Village’s environment goals to focus on the town’s green initiatives. This decision was made since Town Council agreed to distribute the responsibilities of our former environmental services manager rather than replace her.

6 > Finally, Adam Chambers from the Pinhead Climate Institute presented creative ideas on a carbon off-set program to be considered in the future for the Town of Mountain Village.

May 18 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > Town Council is declaring May as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in concert with the good people at the San Miguel Resource Center.

2 > Town Council will discuss updates to our Community Development Code, drawing from the 2017 National Electric Code Amendments.

3 > Town Council is having a public joint work session with the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee to look at proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan.

4 > Town Council will update our community grant programs, leveraging the expertise of the Telluride Foundation for the benefit of our community.

5 > Town Council will discuss a few environmental issues including the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and an update by the San Miguel Watershed Coalition on the Forest Health Landscape Assessment

6 > Finally, in standard meeting procedure, Town Council will consider routine land use matters and reports from council members and town staff will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your email input in advance of the meeting.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

April Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the early signs of spring.Your local government continued its efforts this past month, which I’ve outlined below.

March 16 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council received a fascinating report from our Gondola Subcommittee on the results of their benchmarking trip. Along with our partners from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) and Telluride Ski & Golf, the team shared their best practices, and future ideas to help inform Mountain Village’s long-range gondola strategic planning process. The committee will continue its work, and you can look forward to emerging plans for this wonderful community asset in future discussions.

2 > Town Council progressed our compensation study planning to ensure that our cost basis is efficient and comparable with similar towns.

3 > Town Council considered several important appointments to local and regional boards for the Design Review Board (DRB), Grant Committee, Region 10 and the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.
We are pleased to announce that Council voted to re-appoint David Eckman, Greer Garner and Phil Evans as regular members; and Jean Vatter and Liz Caton as alternate members of the Design Review Board. For the Grant Committee, Council voted to appoint Marty McKinley and Laila Benitez as the Council representatives and Kim Montgomery and Jackie Kennefick as the staff representatives. For Region 10, Council voted to appoint Bill Kight to serve on the board. Lastly, Council appointed Laila Benitez to sit on the Multicultural Advisory Council.

4 > Finally, Town Council received some important reports on our energy use, the Historical Museum, as well as the routine staff and Council reports.

April 20 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > Town Council will hear from President and CEO of MTI (Marketing Telluride Inc.) Michael Martelon who will present a quarterly update on the recent winter season and plans for the upcoming season.

2 > Town Council will initiate plans for the upcoming Mountain Village Town Council election in which three seats will be determined on June 27. I would encourage any of you with interest in our local government to consider stepping up and throwing your hat in the ring. The experience is fun, it will deepen your knowledge of the community, and I would be more than happy to speak to anyone with interest in running.

3 > The town’s grant process for supporting broader community goals will be updated with a potential new approach.

4 > Town Council will receive an update on potential actions for Mountain Village’s environment goals, and revisit who on town staff will focus on different environmental initiatives.

5 > Finally, routine land use matters and reports from Council members and town staff will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your email input in advance of the meeting.
Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

March Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our spring-like conditions and getting the last few turns in. Your local government continued its efforts this past month, which I’ve outlined below.

February 16 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council approved a two-step Design Review Board (DRB) process to enable an initial higher level sketch review and then a more detailed final approval review as unanimously requested by the DRB.

2 > Town Council approved a set of suggested DRB changes to expand the design standards to allow for more contemporary mountain architecture in Mountain Village in a manner still consistent with the overall community.

3 > Town Council also worked on two important lighting issues in the community. The first included reducing the light emanating from St. Sophia Station on Coonskin Ridge. Second, Council approved a communications tower amendment for a FAA-required red beacon. This beacon will connect to an aircraft detection system, similar to what turns the runway lights on when a plane is approaching at night. Similarly, the red beacon will only activate when a plane is within three miles of approach. While nobody is advocating for more light pollution, the new tower is necessary to support emergency personnel and public safety, increase cell coverage, and provide stronger radio tower reception.

4 > Town Council had an extensive discussion of the ‘lawful presence’ requirements regarding Village Court Apartments (VCA), and the recent lapse in the town’s required enforcement of this rule. This is a difficult situation where previous VCA management enforcement of lawful presence lapsed and allowed non-legal residents to rent VCA units. Mountain Village’s federal and state grants, which total over $1.5 million, just in recent years require that lawful presence is proven. A recent review by the Department of Local Affairs issued a verbal warning that Mountain Village was out of compliance and must comply quickly or the town could lose future funding and/or potentially have to return the grant money received. Mountain Village staff is working with the affected residents to resolve the situation in as compassionate a way as possible.

5 > Town Council chose to retain the $5 million insurance requirements for open fire burns, though added the ability to grant waivers at Council’s discretion. This decision is in response to the Telluride Fire Festival that conducts “artistic burns” as part of its festival.

6 > Letters of support were offered for a regional composting facility and expansion of the San Miguel County jail, including a new dedicated detox facility.

7 > Town Council reviewed the Municipal Benchmarking Study. In the end, the consultant hired to conduct this study was not able to complete it per town’s direction (though his interim study is available on the town’s website). Since the analysis of making costs comparable between towns was incomplete, Council concluded that it would be cost prohibitive to finalize. I reached out to several other ski town mayors, and there is no appetite to participate in this study. Instead, Mountain Village will conduct a separate compensation and benefits study to see how this area of the town’s cost structure compares with other towns. I believe other ski towns will provide this information.

8 > Finally, the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee has been hard at work coming up with some exciting options for enhanced services, better pedestrian and vehicle flows, and an aesthetic upgrade to this area. Special thanks to Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and Telluride Ski & Golf Company for partnering with the town in this exciting work.

March 16 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > The Gondola Subcommittee Task Force will provide a preliminary report on their recent market research trip of world-class gondola and transit systems. The hope is that this information will inform Mountain Village’s long-range gondola strategic planning process.

2 > Town Council will receive an annual report from the Telluride Historical Museum and discuss the results regarding the Governmental Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Report in addition to exploring market-based solutions to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.

3 > Town Council will make several important appointments to the DRB, Grant Committee, Region 10 and the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.

4 > As required, Town Council will hold a second public hearing and reading of previously approved changes to the design review process and design standards.

5 > Finally, routine land use matters and reports from Councilmembers and town staff will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your input in advance of the meeting.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

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