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July Mayor's Minute

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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. June 13 Meeting Highlights:

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can watch a video of last month’s meeting on the town’s website. June's meeting minutes will be posted online after they are approved at tomorrow’s meeting. July 18 Agenda Topics:
  • First, the Town of Mountain Village will swear into office our four newly elected Town Council members: Dan Caton, Peter Duprey, Marti Prohaska, and me. Town Council will then vote to elect a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem to serve the next two-year term. With the new team in place, Council will work together to assign roles for the various boards and commissions on which we serve.
  • Town Council will make three appointments to the Telluride Regional Airport Authority (TRAA): one resident to replace and serve the remainder of Jon Dwight’s recently vacated term and one regular seat and one alternate seat, each for four-year terms. On behalf of Town Council, I would like to sincerely thank Jon Dwight for his significant service on behalf of our community to this key regional organization.
  • The Green Team will present their quarterly report and offer for consideration the adoption of an initiative calling for a voluntary single-use plastics reduction (i.e. plastic straws, cutlery, to-go containers) for all grocers, lodgers, restaurants, and merchants. It is currently not legal to ban plastic products in the State of Colorado; however, the Green Team is proposing an effective and legal alternative to a mandatory ban that can still help us to reduce our use of single-use plastic products and replace these products with reusable and compostable alternatives. Additionally, the Green Team is working to identify options and locations to make composting locally a reality.
  • Council will hear and vote on the first reading of an ordinance considering a density transfer, rezone, and height variance for the 49-unit expansion of the Village Court Apartments. Preliminary plans call for breaking ground on the affordable housing project later this year with funding through a revenue loan, paid for by the collected VCA rents and dedicated funding from the Mountain Village Affordable Housing Fund.
  • On the tech front, we will consider for approval a number of items related to the upcoming 1G fiber construction project, which will allow us to provide high-speed internet services to every home and business in Mountain Village. Engineering, design, and initial construction has begun; the first phase of the project is estimated to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.
  • Town Council will hold a conceptual work session to discuss the proposed La Montagne, historically referred to as the Rosewood, Planned Use Development (PUD) rescission, density transfer, and rezone on Lots 126R and 152R and preliminary design review for the proposed Lot 152R development. The PUD rescission and revocation are a request to remove the existing site-specific development plan from the properties. The design, density, and zoning of the properties will be discussed but no application or approvals are being considered at this time. Historical information about these lots and the now-expired PUD are available for review here.
  • We will consider a pilot project to add a phosphate blend to our drinking water system in order to help reduce copper levels at the Telluride Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (TRWWTP). Mildly corrosive water and copper-containing infrastructure in both the Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride influent flows are thought to be substantial contributors to the copper levels at the TRWWTP.
  • Lastly, Alta Planning + Design will present a draft of the Trails’ Master Plan. This plan has been an ongoing project since last spring to update, refine, and expand upon the open space and recreation vision of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. Alta Planning + Design conducted a series of stakeholder meetings, public events, online surveys, and a thorough review of the entire Mountain Village trail system. They will be presenting an analysis of our current transportation and recreation trail system and an assessment of trail conditions, user conflicts, an analysis of trail connectivity, opportunities to expand the network by identifying specific trail segments, and estimated costs for trail construction and maintenance.
A full packet and agenda have been posted on our website; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting. Warm regards, Laila Benitez Mountain Village Mayor

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