Fire Restrictions Lifted for Town of Mountain Village and San Miguel County

Fire Ban Lifted

Words by Bill Kight / Emergency Preparedness

In conjunction with unincorporated San Miguel County, the Town of Mountain Village has lifted all Fire Restrictions on Wednesday, September 5 due to recent rainfall and decreased fire danger across the county.

“Town officials are pleased to lift restrictions and want to thank our community members and guests for their patience and diligence during this unusually dry season and ask to please be fire safe, said Marketing & Business Development Director, Bill Kight.”

For information on current conditions, future town restrictions for the Town of Mountain Village, and emergency preparedness information, please visit https://townofmountainvillage.com/current-conditions

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Thanks to our Partners and Participants for the Inaugural Mountain Village Community Clean-Up Day

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Environment, Event

The Mountain Village Community Cleanup Day and Celebration was a great success!! 

We had 100 participants and four truckloads of trash!

Thank you for all who came out to celebrate the beauty of where we live and taking steps to keep it that way.

The Mountain Village Green Team would like to thank our Partners:

Telluride Trappings & Toggery
Telluride Sports

The Market at Mountain Village

Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors

Babies of the Bush African Wildlife Arts & Gifts

Telluride Brewing Company

Poachers Pub

Tracks Cafe & Bar

Town of Mountain Village Owners Association

Telluride Ski & Golf

Mountain Village Boosts Internet Speeds for Broadband Customers

Broadband Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Utilities

Mountain Village Broadband customers will be able to take advantage of new speed increases in their internet service packages, at no extra cost. Broadband Services Director, Steve LeHane said that it would be increasing the speeds of its Internet service packages for customers in Mountain Village with download speeds increasing up to 65 percent for some customers.

Eligible customers will see significant changes in their service depending on their package. Choice Customers with 12Mbps Internet download speeds are being upped to 20Mbps; Entertainment Internet subscribers who currently have 20Mbps are going to 30Mbps, and Ultimate subscribers are being upgraded to 50Mbps.

New service changes are now in effect. If you continue to experience previous speeds at this point, please contact us for help at (970) 369-0555 or by email.

For questions on your service or to order new or upgraded service, please contact the Mountain Village Broadband Department at (970) 369-0555 and email or by visiting townofmountainvillage.com/internet.

Mountain Village Community Clean-Up Day and Celebration Saturday, August 25 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Community Clean-Up and Celebration

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Environment, Event

Join Town of Mountain Village’s Green Team in cleaning up our trails and ski-runs in Mountain Village, Saturday, August 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. Clean up will be followed by a community-wide party in the Meadows Park, located adjacent from the Meadows parking lot on Adams Ranch Road. Music will be provided by the infamous DJ Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. for registration and groups will be assigned an area of clean-up by a Green Team member at Meadows’s Park. Trash bags are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring gloves, wear long pants, comfortable shoes, and park at the Meadows parking lot (carpooling is encouraged!) Fabulous prizes will be awarded for various trash discoveries. Thanks to thoughtful donations from Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride Sports, the Telluride Trappings & Toggery, Poachers Pub, Tracks Cafe & Bar, Starbucks, Town of Mountain Village Owner’s Association (TMVOA), and others, prizes include a GoPro Hero4, Osprey Exos backpack, Grand Trunk Parachute Hammock, August Ink Sweatshirt and more!

Lunch will be provided for those who attend, and we ask participants to bring reusable plates and cups.

The inaugural event is intended to spread awareness of picking up trash when found, celebrating the beauty of where we live, and taking steps to keep our mountains clean and trash free!

All are welcome to join and take part in the Community Clean-Up Event. For more information on the event, please visit Town of Mountain Village’s Green Team.

August Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Government, Mayor's Minute

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.

July 19 Meeting Highlights

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.

August 16 Agenda Topics

  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival is requesting the continued use of on-street parking for their four-day event. When Town Council discussed this request last November, we recognized the economic significance of the festival but expressed that the residential impacts must be better addressed and mitigated. After months of discussion, a new proposed agreement was outlined calling for a 150% increase in the cost of parking, approximately $100,000 in town revenue annually. If Town Council approves the proposed five-year agreement, the Bluegrass Festival will be the only festival or event to which the town extends an on-street parking privilege. The additional revenue would be earmarked for future Gondola Parking Garage upgrades.
  • Over the years, Telluride Ski and Golf (TSG) has provided the town with various licenses, easements, and other conveyances that have been necessary as our town has grown and developed. TSG has asked the town to acknowledge this assistance as “Public Benefits”, as envisioned by the Comprehensive Plan. Town Council will consider whether to formally acknowledge these public benefits in a Memorandum of Understanding. Note: the town cannot assign any weight or value to these benefits at this time. The value of public benefits can only be made in conjunction with any future land use applications.
  • Town Council will appoint a residential representative to the Telluride Regional Airport Authority (TRAA) Board.
  • Lastly, we will receive reports from Telluride Tourism BoardTRAA, Green Team Committee, and the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea Committees.

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

Join Mayor Benitez for the Final ‘A Walk with the Mayor’ Event of the Season August 7

Laila-Benitez-Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community

The final ‘A Walk with the Mayor’ event takes place today, Tuesday, August 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning in Mountain Village’s Heritage Plaza. The inaugural monthly walking series gives community members and visiting guests the opportunity to discuss current events, topics, and town projects that interest them with Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez.

“I heard from a lot of people that live here that they would come to see me, but would never come to a Town Council meeting, and it would be great if we had an opportunity to talk that is more casual,” Mayor Benitez said of the idea to host such walks.

If you are interested in talking with Mayor Benitez, all are welcome to join in the walk around Mountain Village. To learn more about Mayor Benitez, please visit townofmountainvillage.com/meet-the-mayor .

Mountain Village Celebrates Safe Communities with National Night Out Event, Food and Ice Cream Social

National Night Out

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Emergency Preparedness

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department is hosting their seventh annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to join their neighbors, police, fire, and EMS teams at Mountain Village’s Meadows Parking Lot located at Adams Ranch Rd for free ice cream, BBQ, swag, games, and tours of police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance. Food will be provided by Shake N Dog Grub Shack and Telluride Fire.

National Night Out, a part of the National Association of Town Watch, involves over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This well-known and celebrated annual event was designed to heighten community awareness of safety and fire prevention issues, as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership.

National Night Out is one of many ways local police and fire departments become acquainted with our community in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Come to celebrate this national event referred to as America’s Night Out Against Crime.

“National Night Out provides a great opportunity for our residents to get out and meet the first responders that serve them in the community. It allows our first responders and our neighbors the chance to build a safer community through open communication and community engagement in a fun, relaxed, and inclusive environment, “ said Mountain Village Police Chief Chris Broady.

For more event information, please contact the Mountain Village Police Department at (970) 728-9281.

Mountain Village Chip Seal Project Begins Monday July 30 Through August 2

Chip-Seal-Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Public Works

The Town of Mountain Village will perform chip seal operations, Monday, July 30 through August 2. The project will improve and prolong the life of the road surface.

United Companies has been contracted to chip seal the following roads. Please use caution, and travelers are also urged to watch for equipment, and maintenance crews working along the roadway.

  • Aspen Ridge Drive
  • Vischer Drive
  • Victoria Drive
  • Stevens Drive
  • Hanglider Drive
  • Gold Hill Court
  • Benchmark Drive from Rocky Road to the Cul-de-sac
  • San Sofia Drive

For additional information, please visit: townofmountainvillage.com/construction-projects

July Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Bill Kight / Government, Mayor's Minute

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 Thursday’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

June 14 Meeting Highlights

July 19 Agenda Topics

  • We will appoint one residential representative to each of the following two boards:
    o    Ethics Commission
    o    Community Grant Committee
  • Town Council will consider a resolution to sell an affordable housing unit, Cassidy Ridge Unit C201, to a town employee via a weighted lottery system and based on ongoing town-employment requirements. The Town Charter requires that Town Council approves any sale of town-owned property. The town has gone through the lottery system and is set to sell the unit to an employee with a closing date of August 7. All proceeds from the sale go back into the Affordable Housing Fund.
  • After months of direct negotiation between principal-designated representatives, in April Town Council approved a term sheet regarding settlement of the 161C-R and Ridge at Telluride litigation. Per the terms of the settlement, the Ridge Development is submitting an Alternative Parking Requirements Application with a request to reduce the required parking to one parking space per condominium unit from the two parking spaces required by the Community Development Code.
  • Finance Director Kevin Swain will present the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and 2017 Audit Report for Council approval. A few highlights from the report:
    o    The town’s net position increased $4.2 million – up from $52.6 to $56.8 million.
    o    Sales tax collections continue to establish new record levels – exceeding $4.26 million for the first time.
    o    Development-related revenues exceeded prior year by over 100%  – contributing to surpluses building the town’s General Fund reserves to $10.9 million.
  • Due to recent staffing changes, Town Council will consider short- and long-term options to support forest health and mitigation program administration. To continue offering these programs, we will be considering a proposal to move forward in the short-term by contracting for the necessary tree-marking services while a Request for Proposals (RFP) for longer-term services is in the works. I am hopeful we can find a solution that allows us to continue offering the Defensible Space Initiative Program and the Cedar Shake Incentive Program to property owners without interruption during the program’s busiest season.
  • Public Works Director Finn Kjome will update us on the current drought status and ongoing water restrictions.
  • Lastly, we will receive reports from EcoAction Partners, Telluride Ski & Golf, 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.

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

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