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

February Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the winter season. Our Town Council and staff continued its hard work this month.

January 19 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council re-certified the Mountain Village Promotional Association, allowing the town to have open events across the plazas so people can wander freely between participating bars and restaurants.

2 > The Telluride Regional Airport manager provided a report that included approval of the ‘C approach’, allowing larger commercial and private planes into the airport. In similar news, FBO expansion and work on the airport aprons and infrastructure will begin this Spring.

3 > EcoAction Partners presented its 2017 work plan that outlined specific programs intended to impact Mountain Village, including composting activities.

4 > Mountain Village launched a task force to help define the future of the Telluride Conference Center, a facility which the town currently owns with the Telluride Ski & Golf Company managing and operating it.

5 > Town Council conducted a joint worksession with the Design Review Board to expand the design standards to allow for more contemporary mountain architecture in Mountain Village. Council will take action on these recommendations in upcoming meetings.

6 > Town Council agreed on a funding level for a regional behavioral health initiative that we will share with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County.

7 > Town staff offered a series of updates and Council considered a set of routine land use matters.

February 16 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > Again, Town Council will discuss enhancements to the design standards and processes to keep Mountain Village’s architecture current and relevant.

2 > An action item limiting the amount of light emanating from gondola stations will be voted on.

3 > There will be an important discussion of compliance actions for Village Court Apartments (VCA), which is when Council will describe the situation where enforcement of the ‘lawful presence’ requirements lapsed under the previous manager at VCA. This lapse came to light after there was a management change at VCA and from audits performed by the state and federal agencies that grant money to VCA. In short, the town must come into compliance or put at risk grants that have helped the town keep rental rates affordable at our town-owned housing complexes. We will describe this difficult situation in more detail, the options to move forward, and hear from the public.

4 > Town Council will consider an action item to modify the Coonskin Ridge communications tower to allow for a FAA-required red beacon.

5 > Several regional issues, including a regional composting facility, an expanded jail facility, and revised open burn insurance requirements, will also be discussed.

6 > Finally, Councilmembers will provide updates about the various committees and boards they serve on and staff will provide routine reports and lead any and all land use matter discussions.

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

January Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful snow and sunny skies. The town remains quite busy and your government is working hard.

December 8 Meeting Highlights

1 > Toqn Council conducted a fair amount of its fiscal management last month including approving the revised 2016 and final 2017 budgets. There was the related approval of mill levies, property taxes and the transferring of funds to implement these budgets.

2 > Town Council briefly updated the public on the benchmarking study. The study’s consultant has not been able to gather actionable data from other ski towns. We will agendize a worksession early in 2017 to discuss this issue in more depth and identify options to continue the project with better resources.

3 > Council approved an open burn permit for the Telluride Fire Festival, which I hope you will be able to attend. If you haven’t seen this event, it is quite a sight.

4 > The Telluride Tourism Board and Colorado Flights Alliance gave their biannual updates reporting significant growth in regional tourism including more brand recognition for the destination, increased air seats, the return of service to the Telluride Regional Airport, and the addition of a year-round daily flight to Dallas. The Telluride brand continues to grow and impress, earning many recognitions including Conde Nast again ranking it as the number one ski destination in the country.

5 > Town Council received an update on the wastewater treatment plant that requires both an upgrade of the nutrient levels in the outflows (that need to be 10 times better than our drinking water!) as well as a capacity expansion to accommodate the fact that we are nearing its limit. A master plan is being created and we anticipate that report will start to identify the specific plans and funding requirements that we will share with our regional partners. This will be expensive.

6 > In addition to some usual land use matters, Council heard some staff and Council updates regarding the boards and committees they serve on.

7 > Finally, we bid farewell to our Director of Marketing and Business Development Nichole Zangara Riley and thanked her for all of the wonderful work she contributed over the years.

January 19 Agenda Highlights

This week Town Council will again consider a full agenda.

1 > Local airport manager will provide an update on the Telluride Regional Airport Authority.

2 > EcoAction Partners will present their work plan for the coming year.

3 > The Design Review Board will update Council on their work to expand the design standards for buildings in Mountain Village.

4 > Town Council will consider a request to increase funding for the Town Hall Center Subarea process, and potential funding for a regional behavioral health initiative.

5 > Finally, in addition to our usual staff and Councilmember updates, several significant land use matters will take up some of our time.

As always, I hope you can join us for the meeting online or in person, but if not, please share your thoughts through calls or emails.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

December Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our open ski mountain … and praying for more snow! We had a busy month with many interesting work streams.

November 17 Meeting Highlights

1 > Staff presented a second schematic wayfinding design that will permeate the Village from the entrance all the way to Oak Street Plaza in the Town of Telluride, helping our visitors find everything such as parking, the gondola, shops and restaurants, and much more.

2 > Town Council endorsed a significant reduction in our mill levy from 11.8 to 1.8 after next year given the substantial pay down of debt. This presents a significant tax cut for all of our property owners. Residential property tax per $100,000 in taxable value will go from $201.26 in 2017 to $121.30 in 2018 in a static valuation analysis. All other property will go from $733.21 to $441.92.

3 > Town Council discussed the revised 2017 budget, with the only significant change being an increase to $430,000 for the upgrade of our wastewater treatment plant. This is the first of several years of increased spending to fund this multimillion dollar required upgrade.

While Council had hoped to have the findings from our Benchmarking Study in time for the budget season, our consultant is struggling to get comparable data from other municipalities to finalize this report. With that, the town is exploring alternative paths to obtain the necessary data.

In the meanwhile, on first reading, Town Council approved the 2017 and revised 2016 budgets and will consider them for a second reading this week.

4 > Telluride Ski & Golf Company presented its Master Development Plan that laid out a long-term vision of the ski resort for the Forest Service. I would encourage you to visit the company’s website to peruse the plan and learn about the possible enhancements.

5 > Routine land use matters and reports were offered and considered.

6 > Finally, the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee updated Council with options for the area including enhanced services, better access, a larger park, more parking and better transit access, among many other ideas. Council hopes to see a fuller report from this committee over the holidays.

December 8 Agenda Highlights

This week Town Council will again consider a full agenda.

1 > The Telluride Tourism Board and the Colorado Flights Alliance (CFA) will provide their biannual update, including the recent expansion of year-round daily flight service and the re-establishment of service into Telluride Airport. Well done CFA!

2 > Council will consider a request to approve an open burn related to the Telluride Fire Festival.

3 > While not glamorous, there will be an update on the possible upgrade and expansion of our shared wastewater treatment plant with the Town of Telluride. These necessary improvements could prove quite expensive, so Town Council is seeking a full update and complete transparency.

4 > Councilwoman Benitez will lead an informational session on enhancements we can make to the town’s grant process for future years.

5 > Council will consider forming a committee to investigate options for the town-owned Telluride Conference Center. This facility will be fully paid off at the end of 2017.

6 > As usual, the agenda includes a full array of staff and Council updates as well as consideration of some routine land use matters.

7 > Finally, on the personnel front, we will be thanking and recognizing our Director of Marketing and Business Development Nichole Zangara Riley. She is leaving us and will be missed; please join us to wish her the best of luck in new endeavors.

As always, we welcome your comments and please join us online or in-person for our meeting, if you can.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

November Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are practicing your best snow dance as the mountains look pretty bare. As we await snow, plenty of work is getting done.

October 20 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council discussed putting a ‘story pole’ type structure that will simulate the new cell tower and red light that could be built on Coonskin Ridge. It has been up for several days. Did you see it? Any comments? The light is required by the FAA, so if we want expanded cell coverage, particularly on the mountain, we need to endure the nuisance of the light. At the Intergovernmental Meeting next week, we will hold a worksession on the merits of installing the light permanently, so please share your thoughts.

2 > Mountain Village declared October Domestic Violence Awareness month, which is not only an important issue, but a chance to recognize all of the residents who volunteer to help in these difficult situations.

3 > Town Council received an update from its wayfinding project team and reviewed schematic design options to better improve signage and pedestrian and vehicular flow throughout Mountain Village.

4 > Legal counsel provided a legislative update about what is happening at the state level that impacts our town. There were many interesting changes, but nothing too dramatic.

5 > Town Council appointed, tentatively, Councilmembers Laila Benitez and Dan Caton as Mountain Village representatives to the just passed SMART Board, with Bruce MacIntire as an alternate. Given the strong passage of SMART, all three government representatives have already begun their work.

6 > The Colorado Communities for Climate Action policy statement was approved by Town Council. Mountain Village is one of many small towns across Colorado teaming up to push more action on climate change issues.

7 > Town Council considered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County, as presented by the Telluride Foundation, to hire an owners’ representative to drive regional workforce housing solutions.

8 > Finally, the usual set of update reports and routine land use matters filled out the agenda.

Just this week a few significant events occurred, notably the election at the federal, state and local levels. I won’t repeat all of the results, but would direct you to the San Miguel County website or media outlets if you have an interest in the local results. Second, the Telluride Hospital District Board chose to withdraw its wetland permit with the Army Corp of Engineers and will again be considering a broader range of sites for a potential new medical facility.

November 17 Agenda Highlights

This month we have many interesting items to tackle.

1 > Staff will present the second wayfinding schematic design draft, which includes additional recommendations based on Town Council and Design Review Board feedback from last month.

2 > Some important quasi-judicial matters will be considered regarding land use, so please review the agenda for the specifics to see if you would like to comment.

3 > Telluride Ski and Golf Company will present its five-year master plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Forest Service.

4 > Finally, in addition to our usual staff and Council reports, the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee will provide an update on their work.

As always, we welcome your comments and please join us online or in-person for our meeting, if you can.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

October Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the tail end of our beautiful Fall season and are contemplating when to get those skis out and tuned up. Let me apologize in advance for a very long Mayor’s Minute as we have several important matters to report on, including actions taken in our usual meetings and our special budget meeting.

September 22 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council reappointed Gary Bash to represent Mountain Village on the Telluride Regional Airport Authority Board. Special thanks to others who threw their hat in the ring; I know your opportunity to serve will come. Airport Manager Rich Nuttall provided an update on the significant improvements happening over the coming year including new aprons, resurfacing, an expanded FBO and the work being done to reintroduce commercial service this December.

2 > Town Council endorsed the creation of the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation, which will appear on the November ballot.

3 > An ordinance to prohibit the subdivision of single-family lots in areas zoned residential passed on second reading.

4 > Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of Indigenous Peoples Day, which took place October 8.

5 > Town Council approved a revised parking rates system that emphasizes more free parking in order to create a visitor experience that is easier and more convenient. With that, beginning November 15 motorists will be able to download the free Parkmobile application, allowing them to pay for parking via the app, extend their allotted parking time without having to travel back to the garage or lot, and receive parking reminders directly on their smart phone.

6 > Town Council decided not to proceed with the potential sale of Village Court Apartments citing concerns of losing this critical asset for its workforce, and the potential loss of the employee deed restriction should a new owner enter into bankruptcy. That said, town learned about some of the benefits of a possible sale and decided to form a small taskforce to explore those benefits without actually selling the asset.

7 > Town Council reviewed a first draft of the 2107 budget as the next step in our rigorous and detailed budget process. Council is targeting a slightly lower operational budget compared to last year’s budget, and will isolate the investment areas that will result in a drawdown of reserves, including a four percent compensation increase for employees, which is at the mid-point of the range of resort town benchmarks.

8 > The town’s capital investments will drawdown reserves by $1.2 million due to the purchase and buildout of the new park in the Meadows neighborhood. In addition, the mill levy (taxes) will drop from 11.8 mils to 1.8 mills in 2018 given the pay down of the Telluride Conference Center and some water and sewer debt. This represents a nice tax cut for our constituents.

9 > That said, the waste water plant will likely increase our mill levy in future years as a multi-million dollar expansion is being planned to accommodate our growth and comply with new FDA standards.

10 > Telluride TV reported on the use of its new television facility in Mountain Village, citing several examples where the network broadcast facility was used 87 times since it opened its doors in May, and created a media ad value impact of $1.8 million.

11 > Hilary Cooper provided an update on the regional Forest Health Initiative aimed to create a landscape assessment of the forest shared with the other governments.

12 > Director Dawn Katz reported on the Mountain Munchkins program, which is thriving. As one of the only infant care facilities in the region, Dawn reported a waitlist and Town Council asked to contemplate expanding the facility and program.

Three weeks later, Town Council convened for a Special Town Council meeting focused on the 2017 budget where councilmembers walked through each department’s detailed submissions. Restating the discussions of an eight-hour hour meeting would fill pages. Instead, some key takeaways worth pointing out follow.

October 13 Budget Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council approved a resolution supporting the small mill levy reinstatement vote to continue operations at the Lone Tree Cemetery, which is a historic gem in our community.

2 > Town Council discussed a significant drop in the mill level for the town resulting from the pay-off of the Telluride Conference Center debt at the end of 2017.

3 > Town Council agreed to fund the Telluride Conference Center marketing and capital at the same level as in years past and to form a subcommittee to determine the best management of the facility after 2017.

4 > Town Council endorsed an increase in the guest service budget in order to offer additional guest service hours during the summer months in Oak Street Plaza in Telluride and in Mountain Village Center. Council also discussed expanding the Guest Service Program through the winter season.

5 > Administrative budgets included only modest increases related to merit increases, but were generally flat.

6 > The town’s child care development fund continues to subsidize infant and early child care in the community, and the waitlist continues to grow. With that, Council asked that the budget include planning funds in order to evaluate whether an expansion or relocation of the facility is needed. The recent closure of a childcare facility in Telluride has exacerbated this pressure.

7 > The Plaza & Environmental Services team is adding a staff member to continue to support the growing number of events and activities in the town and on the plazas.

8 > The Cable and Broadband Department will expand its capacity in the core of town almost four times, which is part of the town’s continuing goal of providing excellent Internet and cell services in our small remote town.

9 > Public Works Department director spoke to the town’s many assets: buildings, roads, vehicles, water and waste treatment. Budgets are generally flat, though Council anticipates a significant cost coming over the next few years for the upgrade and expansion of the waste water treatment plant.

10 > The road maintenance budget is following the current resurfacing plan, though a recent road failure on Touchdown Drive could impact this plan.

11 > The Police Department is flat with staffing levels comparable to last year.

12 > Employee shuttle and bus services are held flat and will be part of the larger regional transportation discussion moving forward if the transportation ballot initiative passes in the upcoming election.

13 > The gondola budget was flat, though we are working with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association to potentially add between nine and 12 cabins on the mainline, increase maximum speed where possible, and move the bike racks from the doors to the back of the cabins where structurally possible.

14 > Town Council approved Mountain Village’s cost share of a Forest Service ranger to help manage regional trails due to current and expected heavy trail use.

15 > Town Council reviewed a list of capital expenditures including backup power generation for Town Hall, implementation of the wayfinding project, and several others.

16 > Town Council agreed on a public process to develop plans for the Meadows Park if the public-private partnership to develop up to 45 workforce housing units on the neighboring lots goes through.

17 > The Planning and Development Services Department showed a flat budget versus last year, which was a peak year. It may be difficult to hold to a flat budget as town senses a lot of projects in the pipeline.

18 > Finally, we considered a series of requests for community grants including Juvenile Diversion, EcoAction Partners, San Miguel Resource Center, Tri-County Health Network and others. Most received a positive reaction though more financial information and data was requested in some cases.

Overall, it was a rigorous, long day. The public and Town Council will have several more meetings to review the 2017 budget as it firms up.

This week Town Council will return to its regularly scheduled meeting with another full agenda with several important items.

October 20 Agenda Highlights

1 > Staff with present the first draft of the schematic wayfinding project design.

2 > Town Council will conditionally appoint directors to the yet-to-be-approved San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) so if this ballot initiative passes in November, the committee can get to work immediately.

3 > Town Council will consider a Colorado Communities for Climate Action policy statement for purposes of approval.

4 > The usual array of staff and Council updates along with routine land use matters are part of the October 22 agenda.

5 > Finally, Town Council will consider a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County regarding the hire of an owners representative relating to the town’s work across the three governments on workforce housing opportunities.

As always, please join us if you can for this Thursday’s Town Council meeting and/or share you thoughts in advance.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

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