Mayor's Minute

February 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 of the meeting. Warm Regards, Dan Jansen Mountain Village Mayor

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