May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Words by Kathrine Warren / Uncategorized

The month of May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the San Miguel Resource Center has a series of events to commemorate this month to educate our community and fight stigmas around sexual assault.

The San Miguel Resource Center’s (SMRC) mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in our community through intervention services, prevention education and social change.

On Wednesday, May 15 the SMRC, Telluride Theatre and Ah Haa School for the Arts present #WhatNow Continuing the Conversation — a night of performance, Downlow stories and connection at the Ah Haa at 7 p.m.

WhatNow is an event in partnership with The Downlow, Telluride Theater, and Ah Haa and will be a night of storytelling and performances. Many people attended our #MeToo event last year. The format will be similar, but this year’s event is  #WhatNow and has a focus on moving forward, healing, education, awareness, and action. It will be a space to explore paths forward where we consider strategies and ways to address the issue of sexual violence, how to heal, practicing consent, etc.

Other events in May include a: Consensual Bar Crawl is in collaboration with local bars and the Library Friday, May 17 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. At each location, there will be a fun activity related to consent and shifting the culture of victim blaming.

And on May 20 at 8:30 p.m. is Sex Pub Trivia at the Cornerhouse. For a full schedule of events, download their Sexual Assault Awareness Month flyer.

To stay up to date on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, be sure to follow the Resource Center on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information.

The SMRC has a toll-free 24-hour helpline at 1-844-816-3915.

October Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Mayor's Minute, Uncategorized

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting 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.

  • On October 10, Town Council convened a Special Town Council meeting focused on the 2019 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 for a more in-depth email dedicated solely to the 2019 budget.

September 20 Meeting Highlights

  • Town Council approved a Telluride Bluegrass Festival agreement increasing the cost of festival parking from $40,000 annually to approximately $120,000 annually. The five-year agreement will ultimately generate $600,000 in town revenue earmarked for future Gondola Parking Garage enhancements, after costs for additional support services. The Bluegrass Festival remains the only event to which the town extends an on-street parking privilege.
  • Town Council held a worksession to review the first draft of the 2019 budget. The following key capital expenditures were reviewed and are still under consideration:o    Village Court Apartments estimated 45+ unit expansion
    o    Broadband system fiber capacity upgrades (1G Project)
    o    Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant capacity upgrades
    o    Ski Ranches Water System ongoing infrastructure replacements
    o    Trail improvements within Mountain Village
    o    Village Pond restoration
    o    Completion of wayfinding improvements
    o    Consulting for a possible expansion of the Conference Center
  • Town Council directed town staff to initiate revocation of the Lots 126R and 152R (commonly known as “Rosewood) PUD. The proposed PUD revocation will remove all approvals for mass and scale, previously granted variances, building design, and certain other approvals granted by the expired PUD. Once revocation is completed, any future project on these lots will need a new application and review.
  • We approved a resolution opposing Colorado Amendment 74, a proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution, which seeks to amend the state constitution to include compensation for any government law or basic local land-use decisions such as zoning or liquor licenses, which might result in a reduction of fair market value of a landowner’s property. This proposed amendment contains expansive language that could result in significant costs to local taxpayers.
  • We reviewed the results of the recently completed Internet Technology Needs Assessment Report by Executech. In the coming year, we will be making changes and upgrades to our IT infrastructure based on this review.
  • Lastly, we received reports from AECOM, and the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committees.

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

October 18 Agenda Topics

  • On September 23, 2018, Mountain Village lost a dear friend and neighbor with the sudden death of local business (Tracks) owner, Jeff Jurecki. Jeff was an active member of our community, helping his neighbors with generosity and thoughtfulness, and bringing the community together for gatherings at the Meadows Playground. On Thursday, we will consider renaming the playground as the Jeff Jurecki Memorial Playground.
  • Town Council will consider a proposal by the Green Team and the Ecology Commission to pass an ordinance banning single-use plastics.
  • We will review an ordinance regarding the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) within town limits.
  • Town Council will discuss supporting the development and renovation of workforce housing by reducing and/or waiving building fees in the existing Planning and Building Department Fee Schedule.
  • We will discuss whether the Community Development Code requirement that major development applications be in “General Conformance” with the Comprehensive Plan is too vague and could hinder implementation of the Comprehensive Plan as the term lacks clarity. Town Council will consider whether an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan which gives more guidance and certainty as to what “General Conformance” means would be helpful.
  • AECOM and the Village Center Subarea Committee recently came up with expedited workplan recommendations for Town Council to consider. The following seven items were identified as low-hanging fruit to be addressed by December 31, 2018:o    Improve Wi-Fi Speed and Connectivity in the Village Center
    o    Regulate Trash and Delivery Service Routes & Times in the Village Center
    o    Utilize Drop-Off at Blue Mesa Building to its Full Potential
    o    Explore Installation of “Pop-Up” Businesses in Heritage Plaza
    o    Install Lighting for Safety Improvements in Village Center
    o    Explore Open Container/Common Consumption Approach
  • Finally, the Telluride Conference Center, Telluride Ski and Golf, and the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committees will provide updates.

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

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Join the Mountain Village Police Department for Coffee with a Cop, a free event to meet our local officers and discuss community issues over a cup of coffee.

The event takes place October 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Mountain Village. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

For more event information, contact Mountain Village Police Department by email, (970) 728-9281, and visit our event page on Facebook.

Mountain Village Sets Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to Begin Monday, May 21

Fire Restrictions Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

In conjunction with San Miguel County, Telluride Fire Protection District, Norwood Fire Protection District, and Egnar Fire Protection District, the Town of Mountain Village will be placed under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Monday, May 21 at 6 a.m. due to exceptional drought conditions in the region.

Sheriff Bill Masters said that it is each citizen’s responsibility to do their part to prevent human-caused wildfires. “Fire danger is unusually high for our county and neighboring counties. Everyone needs to know and obey all fire restrictions.”

Under ordinance No. 02-04 § 2 of the Town of Mountain Village Municipal Code the following shall apply to all open fires within the incorporated limits of the Town, as further specified herein, but shall not apply to approved, permanent gas fireplace locations within a residential or commercial building:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire to burn trash, debris, or vegetation, any campfire, warming fire, and charcoal, paper or wood grills;
  • Smoking; except within an enclosed vehicle or building or an area at least three (3) feet in diameter cleared of all flammable material and all smoking debris shall be disposed of properly in an enclosed container;
  • Fireworks of any kind;
  • Operation of a chainsaw or a chop saw for cutting steel without USDA or SAE approved spark arresting devise property installed and in effective working order, and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than eight (8) ounces capacity by weight, and one size zero (0) or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least thirty-six (36) inches. The extinguisher shall be with the chainsaw operator. The shovel may be kept with the fueling supplies but readily available for quick use;
  • Welding or operating acetylene or any other torch with an open flame; except within an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable material at least ten (10) feet on all sides from the equipment;
  • Using explosives requiring fuses or blasting caps.

The following shall be considered exempt from such open fire restrictions:

  • Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty;
  • Any fires contained within liquid fueled or gas fueled stoves and fireplaces;
  • Campfires or bonfires required in religious ceremonies for which the Chief has granted a valid written permit in advance. (Ord. No. 02-04 § 3)

Permitted actions include:

  • Operating a stove, lantern, or other device fueled by liquid petroleum or bottled fuel equipped with a valve that allows the operator to turn the flame on and off.
  • Operating an internal or external combustion engine with a properly installed and maintained spark-arresting device in effective working order.

This Order shall remain in effect for 30 days unless adopted by Resolution by the Mountain Village Town Council.

Ouray, Montrose, and Delta counties are also being placed under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Monday. Dolores and San Juan counties have had restrictions in place since May 1.

Telluride Fire Protection District Chief John Bennett said while the Telluride region is not currently at as high of a risk as the western part of San Miguel County, this is a prudent measure. “Our job is to protect our people and property in our district from fires, and this is one very important step to help reduce that risk.”

Mountain Operations- SKI AREA CLOSURE Effective Monday, October 30TH

Telluride Ski & Golf Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Uncategorized

As part of the Winter Operating Plan with the United States Forest Service,Telluride Ski Resort (TSG) sets a preseason closure date where the mountain is closed to ALL ACCESS for a variety of safety-related reasons. This year the closure period will be Monday, October 30, 2017 through Opening Day.

During the closure the ski area is closed to the public for all uses. Beginning Monday, October 30th and through the closure period, NO TRAVEL on TSG property or within USFS permitted boundary is allowed due to snowmaking equipment, snowmobiles, snowcats, Howitzer use/training, and use of explosives for avalanche mitigation work. Deadly shrapnel from live explosives can travel up to ½ mile.

For questions regarding this closure, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Administrator Scott Pittenger by email or (970) 728-7550

Oak Street Gondola Station Closure (Temporary)

Closure Sign

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (TSG) will begin work on the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) to replace the haul rope line. Due to the project the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola line between the Town of Telluride and San Sophia will close operations on Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Monday and Tuesday, Gondola operations will open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and at 4:30 p.m. to close (12 a.m.) as scheduled to allow commuters and guests travel access between Telluride and Mountain Village.

During the closure, the Mountain Village Transportation Department and the Town of Telluride will provide bus service to run until the mainline reopens on both Monday and Tuesday. Passenger pick-up and drop-off locations include the San Miguel County Courthouse and Mountain Village Town Hall; buses will run approximately every 15 minutes. The Gondola line referred to as the parking section, running between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Plaza, and the Gondola Plaza to San Sophia will operate as usual from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

For questions regarding the Coonskin Lift (Chair 7) project, please contact Telluride Ski & Golf Resort Mountain Operations Erin Kress at  (970) 728-7522 or by email. For information on Mountain Village, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 369-6430 or by email.

Mountain Village Appoints Natalie Binder to Serve on Town Council

Natalie Binder

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

By a 4-2 vote, candidate Natalie Binder was appointed to Mountain Village Town Council on Thursday, September 21 to serve the remainder of Paul Oupadia’s four-year term that started in July. Oupadia, announced his resignation on Thursday, August 31. Binder will join current council members Laila Benitez, Dan Caton, Dan Jansen, Bruce MacIntire, Patrick Berry and Jack Gilbride. Binder was immediately sworn in and joined the September Town Council Meeting.

Natalie Binder currently serves on the Board of The San Miguel Resource Center and is a member of Telluride Association of Realtors. At the Thursday September 21 council meeting, Binder was appointed to serve on the following boards:  San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) (Alternate), Mountain Village Community Grant Committee (Regular), and EcoAction Partners (Alternate).

For more information, please contact Jackie Kennefick, Director of Administration/Town Clerk by email.

The Ride Festival Kicks Off with a Free Concert in Mountain Village

The Ride Festival

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Two bands, Carolyn Wonderland and The Jibs, will take center stage for an evening of music in Mountain Village July 7. As part of The RIDE Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and The Ride Festival.

RIDE Festival returns to Telluride July 8-9 in its sixth consecutive year of world-class music, camping and mountain adventure that only Colorado can deliver. Featuring an all-star lineup in an intimate mountain setting; event headliners include BECK, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Jackie Greene, and Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive among others.

For more information about the RIDE Festival including ticketing and official festival details check out ridefestival.com

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Jibs are an Austin-native blues-rock band made up of bassist Roman Parnell, drummer Eric Schueler, guitarist and keyboardist Caden Westmoreland, and singer and guitarist Will Clark. The four met as freshmen at the University of Texas sailing club within their first few days on campus. They immediately began writing music and consequently never returned to the sailing club.

Carolyn Wonderland is a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time
TRANSPORTATION & COMMON CONSUMPTION AREA
The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During The Ride Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. Dial-A-Ride and the Meadows bus will operate until 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, too, and the Common Consumption Area will be in effect for the Friday concert.

Market on the Plaza is a summer Mainstay in Mountain Village

Market On The Plaza

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery of Mountain Village Center. Beginning Wednesday, June 14, the pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza once again comes alive with white tents, and Colorado-proud vendors as Market on the Plaza returns to Mountain Village.

Now in its seventh 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 beginning June 14 through August 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons can, of course, expect the basics: farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, and garden herbs and oils.

“Summer calls for outdoor community markets, and we invite locals and guests alike to come to Heritage Plaza on Wednesdays to shop and to visit our brick and mortar merchants,” said Bill Kight, director of marketing and business development for the town. “Let’s also not forget about the 18th annual Sunset Concert Series kicking off evenings June 21 in Sunset Plaza on the same day.”

Market on the Plaza will also have less traditional purveyors selling leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies, and kitchen goods, among other items. In addition, the town is partnering with the Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center.

To learn more about Market on the Plaza visit townofmountainvillage.com/market. For Market highlights follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.