Mountain Village Minute: December 2023

Categories: Government

With 2024 just around the corner, the Town of Mountain Village is excited to introduce the Mountain Village Minute, a newsletter recapping the latest Town Council meeting and other relevant Town news.

Mountain Village Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 14. Please review meeting highlights below.

December 14 Meeting Highlights:

  • Town staff introduced two new staff members to Council:
    • Scott Pittenger recently started as the Town’s new Public Works Director. He will train under Finn Kjome over the course of the next year before Finn’s retirement. With Finn’s decades of experience with the Town, we are grateful to have Scott as part of the team learning from Finn for the next year before he retires.
    • Community Development Director Amy Ward introduced Senior Planner Drew Nelson. Drew comes to Mountain Village with a wealth of experience from Salida, and we are thrilled to have him in Mountain Village as our new Senior Planner.
  • Town Council appointed two new members to the Town’s Business Development Advisory Committee, Kelsey Bresnan and Joanna Smith. With Kelsey’s experience in the lodging community and Smith’s expertise as the owner of the Telluride Distillery, we look forward to their contribution to the Business Development Advisory Committee’s hard work.
  • Under a handful of agenda items, Town Council approved both the 2024 Mountain Village Metro District Budget and the Town’s overall 2024 budget, in addition to revising the 2023 budget.
    • For an overview of the Town’s anticipated 2024 expenditures, please read this blog post highlighting next year's budget. You may also listen to an interview with Town Finance Director and Manager on KOTO about the budget approval from Friday, December 15. Listen here.
  • Town Council heard from staff regarding the upcoming re-addressing project. Over the course of a few years, some neighborhoods will be asked to re-address their homes/units due to inconsistencies in the numbering of units or street names that don’t meet the Town’s recently adopted addressing standards. Re-addressing efforts are also necessary to improve emergency services response time. The project will be announced to the community in January and rolled out in phases over several years.
  • With the recent appointment of a new Town Council Member, Huascar E. Gomez (Rick), Town Council appointed the following members to the following committees:
    • Ethics Commission: Pete Duprey (regular member); Jack Gilbride (alternate member)
    • Telluride Tourism Board: Huascar E. Gomez
    • Colorado Flight Alliance: Jack Gilbride
    • Transportation & Parking: Pete Duprey and Harvey Mogenson
    • Budget and Finance Committee: Pete Duprey, Scott Pearson and Harvey Mogenson
    • Telluride Historical Museum: Marti Prohaska
    • Gondola Committee: Harvey Mogenson and Marti Prohaska (regular members); Scott Pearson (alternate member)
    • Mountain Village Community Grant Committee: Marti Prohaska and Jack Gilbride
    • Telluride Conference Center Work Group: Tucker Magid and Pete Duprey
    • San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation: Tucker Magid and Harvey Mogenson( regular members); Huascar E. Gomez (alternate member)
    • Collaborative Action for Immigrants: Huascar E. Gomez
    • Business Development Advisory Committee: Scott Pearson and Pete Duprey
    • Wastewater Committee: Pete Duprey and Tucker Magid
    • Public Art Commission: Harvey Mogenson
    • Colorado Communities for Climate Action: Scott Pearson
    • Housing Committee: Tucker Magid and Pete Duprey
    • Ski Ranches Working Group: Harvey Mogenson and Marti Prohaska
    • Technology Working Group: Jack Gilbride and Huascar E. Gomez
    • Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association Liaison: Harvey Mogenson and Scott Pearson
  • Mayor Marti Prohaska presented former Town Council Member Patrick Berry with an award and thanked him for his years of service on behalf of the Town.
  • Without taking action, Town Council held executive sessions to receive legal advice on specific legal questions, to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, developing strategy for negotiations and/or instructing negotiators in connection with the following items:
    • Wastewater Treatment Plan
    • Ski Ranches
    • Telluride Conference Center
    • Telluride Ski & Golf
    • Pending municipal court litigation
    • Village Court Apartments

All Mountain Village Town Council meetings are live-streamed with a Zoom option for remote participation. You may watch this meeting on-demand on the Town’s website to learn more about a particular agenda item.

Town Council will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, January 18. Meeting material is typically posted to our website and distributed via email the Friday before each meeting.

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