May Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the early signs of summer. Your local government continued its efforts this past month, which I’ve outlined below.

April 20 Meeting Highlights

1 > A report was presented to Town Council by President and CEO of Marketing Telluride Inc. on Telluride and Mountain Village’s winter season occupancy and the upward trend of the Average Daily Revenue (ADR). The ADR is a statistical numerical unit used in the lodging industry, which represents the average rental income per paid occupied room in a given period. The region’s summer occupancy and ADR are also trending well, aided by a large digital and social media marketing campaigns currently underway.

2 >Town Council recognized the great work of our Town Clerks by declaring May 3-7 ‘Municipal Clerks week‘ in Mountain Village. Thanks for all you do, Jackie!

3 > Town Council set June 27 as the date for the upcoming Mountain Village Town Council election in which three seats will be determined. Positions will be awarded to three of the 10 strong candidates running for the available seats. Please engage with our candidates to help our community nominate the most qualified representatives. Town Council appointed our town clerk, Jackie Kennefick as the designated election official.

4 > Town Council considered a new Community Grant Program process for supporting broader community goals that could be administered by the Telluride Foundation. Council will wait for the newly appointed committee to make a decision on what to recommend to Town Council for final approval. The action item was continued to our next meeting so that our Council representatives can attend and more community input can be received.

5 > Town Council formed a ‘Green Committee’ to maintain Mountain Village’s environment goals to focus on the town’s green initiatives. This decision was made since Town Council agreed to distribute the responsibilities of our former environmental services manager rather than replace her.

6 > Finally, Adam Chambers from the Pinhead Climate Institute presented creative ideas on a carbon off-set program to be considered in the future for the Town of Mountain Village.

May 18 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > Town Council is declaring May as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in concert with the good people at the San Miguel Resource Center.

2 > Town Council will discuss updates to our Community Development Code, drawing from the 2017 National Electric Code Amendments.

3 > Town Council is having a public joint work session with the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee to look at proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan.

4 > Town Council will update our community grant programs, leveraging the expertise of the Telluride Foundation for the benefit of our community.

5 > Town Council will discuss a few environmental issues including the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and an update by the San Miguel Watershed Coalition on the Forest Health Landscape Assessment

6 > Finally, in standard meeting procedure, Town Council will consider routine land use matters and reports from council members and town staff will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your email input in advance of the meeting.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

Mountain Village Town Council Election Set For June 27

Registered Elector 2017

Words by Bill Kight / Election

The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Regular Municipal Election June 27 to elect three Town Council Members. Ten candidates declared their candidacy for the upcoming election, and are listed on the ballot in this order: Paul Oupadia, Suse Connolly, Marla Meridith, David Schillaci, Jack Gilbride, Angela Pashayan, Natalie Binder, Richard Child, Jonathan Greenspan, and Patrick L. Berry. The order of candidates was determined based on a draw by lot. To learn more about each candidate, visit townofmountainvillage.com/candidate.

The three Town Council seats up for election are currently held by councilmembers Cath Jett, Marty McKinley and Michelle Sherry. Jett is termed out after serving two, four-year terms. She first served on Council in 2009 and as mayor pro-tem from July 2013 to June 2015. Councilmember McKinley has decided not to pursue a second term and has served as mayor pro-tem since July 2015. He joined Council in March of 2014 by appointment, filling the seat of former Councilmember Richard Child. Sherry, who is eligible to serve another four-year term, decided not to run for a second term. She was first elected to serve on Council in 2013. The last regular municipal election held in 2015 had one of its biggest turn outs with 13 candidates vying for four open seats. Once elected, the new Council will convene July 20.

“We are excited to see such a large number of candidates apply for Town Council. It shows that people are interested in making a difference in their community,” said Administration Director and Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick. “Several candidates have served on Town Council previously, and they are back wanting to serve again – that says a lot.”

The deadline to become a registered elector is Friday, May 26 by 5 p.m. (in person) and Monday, May 29 by 5 p.m. (online). Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 5 and June 12, and may be returned either by mail or in person to Town Hall, located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., on or before June 27 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more about the election, visit townofmountainvillage.com/governing/election

Mountain Village Holds Election June 27 For Three Open Town Council Seats

MV TC Open Seats

Words by Bill Kight / Election, Government

The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Regular Municipal Election June 27 to elect three Town Council Members. To qualify one must be a registered elector who has maintained legal residency with the town for at least 120 days immediately preceding the June 27 election. A Letter of Intent and Candidate Biographical Information Sheet must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office via email by May 12 at 5 p.m. To learn more, visit townofmountainvillage.com/election.

The three Town Council seats up for election are currently held by council members Cath Jett, Marty McKinley and Michelle Sherry. Jett is termed out after serving two, four-year terms. She first served on Council in 2009 and as mayor pro-tem from July 2013 to June 2015. Councilmember McKinley has decided not to pursue a second term and has served as mayor pro-tem since July 2015. He joined Council in March of 2014 by appointment, filling the seat of former Councilmember Richard Child. Sherry, who is eligible to serve another four-year term, said she has yet to decide if she will run again. She was first elected to serve on Council in 2013. The last regular municipal election held in 2015 had one of its biggest turn outs with 13 candidates vying for four open seats. Once elected, the new Council will convene July 20.

In Mayor Dan Jansen‘s April Mayor’s Minute correspondence he encouraged anyone with interest in local government to consider stepping up and throwing their hat in the ring.

“The experience is fun, it will deepen your knowledge of the community, and I would be more than happy to speak to anyone with interest in running. Our town functions best when our citizens engage, and while it is difficult for some to step forward and serve, I would encourage any interested resident to consider running for Town Council.  It is a great way to deeply understand the key issues facing our town and contributing to the solutions.”

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 5 and June 12, and may be returned either by mail or in person to Town Hall, located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., by or before June 27 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the early signs of spring.Your local government continued its efforts this past month, which I’ve outlined below.

March 16 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council received a fascinating report from our Gondola Subcommittee on the results of their benchmarking trip. Along with our partners from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) and Telluride Ski & Golf, the team shared their best practices, and future ideas to help inform Mountain Village’s long-range gondola strategic planning process. The committee will continue its work, and you can look forward to emerging plans for this wonderful community asset in future discussions.

2 > Town Council progressed our compensation study planning to ensure that our cost basis is efficient and comparable with similar towns.

3 > Town Council considered several important appointments to local and regional boards for the Design Review Board (DRB), Grant Committee, Region 10 and the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.
We are pleased to announce that Council voted to re-appoint David Eckman, Greer Garner and Phil Evans as regular members; and Jean Vatter and Liz Caton as alternate members of the Design Review Board. For the Grant Committee, Council voted to appoint Marty McKinley and Laila Benitez as the Council representatives and Kim Montgomery and Jackie Kennefick as the staff representatives. For Region 10, Council voted to appoint Bill Kight to serve on the board. Lastly, Council appointed Laila Benitez to sit on the Multicultural Advisory Council.

4 > Finally, Town Council received some important reports on our energy use, the Historical Museum, as well as the routine staff and Council reports.

April 20 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > Town Council will hear from President and CEO of MTI (Marketing Telluride Inc.) Michael Martelon who will present a quarterly update on the recent winter season and plans for the upcoming season.

2 > Town Council will initiate plans for the upcoming Mountain Village Town Council election in which three seats will be determined on June 27. I would encourage any of you with interest in our local government to consider stepping up and throwing your hat in the ring. The experience is fun, it will deepen your knowledge of the community, and I would be more than happy to speak to anyone with interest in running.

3 > The town’s grant process for supporting broader community goals will be updated with a potential new approach.

4 > Town Council will receive an update on potential actions for Mountain Village’s environment goals, and revisit who on town staff will focus on different environmental initiatives.

5 > Finally, routine land use matters and reports from Council members and town staff will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your email input in advance of the meeting.
Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

March Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our spring-like conditions and getting the last few turns in. Your local government continued its efforts this past month, which I’ve outlined below.

February 16 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council approved a two-step Design Review Board (DRB) process to enable an initial higher level sketch review and then a more detailed final approval review as unanimously requested by the DRB.

2 > Town Council approved a set of suggested DRB changes to expand the design standards to allow for more contemporary mountain architecture in Mountain Village in a manner still consistent with the overall community.

3 > Town Council also worked on two important lighting issues in the community. The first included reducing the light emanating from St. Sophia Station on Coonskin Ridge. Second, Council approved a communications tower amendment for a FAA-required red beacon. This beacon will connect to an aircraft detection system, similar to what turns the runway lights on when a plane is approaching at night. Similarly, the red beacon will only activate when a plane is within three miles of approach. While nobody is advocating for more light pollution, the new tower is necessary to support emergency personnel and public safety, increase cell coverage, and provide stronger radio tower reception.

4 > Town Council had an extensive discussion of the ‘lawful presence’ requirements regarding Village Court Apartments (VCA), and the recent lapse in the town’s required enforcement of this rule. This is a difficult situation where previous VCA management enforcement of lawful presence lapsed and allowed non-legal residents to rent VCA units. Mountain Village’s federal and state grants, which total over $1.5 million, just in recent years require that lawful presence is proven. A recent review by the Department of Local Affairs issued a verbal warning that Mountain Village was out of compliance and must comply quickly or the town could lose future funding and/or potentially have to return the grant money received. Mountain Village staff is working with the affected residents to resolve the situation in as compassionate a way as possible.

5 > Town Council chose to retain the $5 million insurance requirements for open fire burns, though added the ability to grant waivers at Council’s discretion. This decision is in response to the Telluride Fire Festival that conducts “artistic burns” as part of its festival.

6 > Letters of support were offered for a regional composting facility and expansion of the San Miguel County jail, including a new dedicated detox facility.

7 > Town Council reviewed the Municipal Benchmarking Study. In the end, the consultant hired to conduct this study was not able to complete it per town’s direction (though his interim study is available on the town’s website). Since the analysis of making costs comparable between towns was incomplete, Council concluded that it would be cost prohibitive to finalize. I reached out to several other ski town mayors, and there is no appetite to participate in this study. Instead, Mountain Village will conduct a separate compensation and benefits study to see how this area of the town’s cost structure compares with other towns. I believe other ski towns will provide this information.

8 > Finally, the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee has been hard at work coming up with some exciting options for enhanced services, better pedestrian and vehicle flows, and an aesthetic upgrade to this area. Special thanks to Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and Telluride Ski & Golf Company for partnering with the town in this exciting work.

March 16 Agenda Highlights

This week Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > The Gondola Subcommittee Task Force will provide a preliminary report on their recent market research trip of world-class gondola and transit systems. The hope is that this information will inform Mountain Village’s long-range gondola strategic planning process.

2 > Town Council will receive an annual report from the Telluride Historical Museum and discuss the results regarding the Governmental Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Report in addition to exploring market-based solutions to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.

3 > Town Council will make several important appointments to the DRB, Grant Committee, Region 10 and the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.

4 > As required, Town Council will hold a second public hearing and reading of previously approved changes to the design review process and design standards.

5 > Finally, routine land use matters and reports from Councilmembers and town staff will round out this month’s agenda.

As always, I hope you can join us whether in person, online or by providing your input in advance of the meeting.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

February Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / 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 input in advance of the meeting.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

January Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful snow and sunny skies. The town remains quite busy and your government is working hard.

December 8 Meeting Highlights

1 > Toqn Council conducted a fair amount of its fiscal management last month including approving the revised 2016 and final 2017 budgets. There was the related approval of mill levies, property taxes and the transferring of funds to implement these budgets.

2 > Town Council briefly updated the public on the benchmarking study. The study’s consultant has not been able to gather actionable data from other ski towns. We will agendize a worksession early in 2017 to discuss this issue in more depth and identify options to continue the project with better resources.

3 > Council approved an open burn permit for the Telluride Fire Festival, which I hope you will be able to attend. If you haven’t seen this event, it is quite a sight.

4 > The Telluride Tourism Board and Colorado Flights Alliance gave their biannual updates reporting significant growth in regional tourism including more brand recognition for the destination, increased air seats, the return of service to the Telluride Regional Airport, and the addition of a year-round daily flight to Dallas. The Telluride brand continues to grow and impress, earning many recognitions including Conde Nast again ranking it as the number one ski destination in the country.

5 > Town Council received an update on the wastewater treatment plant that requires both an upgrade of the nutrient levels in the outflows (that need to be 10 times better than our drinking water!) as well as a capacity expansion to accommodate the fact that we are nearing its limit. A master plan is being created and we anticipate that report will start to identify the specific plans and funding requirements that we will share with our regional partners. This will be expensive.

6 > In addition to some usual land use matters, Council heard some staff and Council updates regarding the boards and committees they serve on.

7 > Finally, we bid farewell to our Director of Marketing and Business Development Nichole Zangara Riley and thanked her for all of the wonderful work she contributed over the years.

January 19 Agenda Highlights

This week Town Council will again consider a full agenda.

1 > Local airport manager will provide an update on the Telluride Regional Airport Authority.

2 > EcoAction Partners will present their work plan for the coming year.

3 > The Design Review Board will update Council on their work to expand the design standards for buildings in Mountain Village.

4 > Town Council will consider a request to increase funding for the Town Hall Center Subarea process, and potential funding for a regional behavioral health initiative.

5 > Finally, in addition to our usual staff and Councilmember updates, several significant land use matters will take up some of our time.

As always, I hope you can join us for the meeting online or in person, but if not, please share your thoughts through calls or emails.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

Gondola turns 20; community celebrates December 20

20th Gondola Anniversary Celebration

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event, Transportation

The most unique public transportation system of its kind in North America has gone platinum. The beloved Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola system will celebrate its 20th anniversary December 20, 2016, at Club Red in Mountain Village. This free event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to residents and visitors alike.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this amazing machine and all that it’s done for our community,” said Marketing and Business Development Director Nichole Zangara Riley. “In the last 20 years it has carried over 40 million passengers, brought two communities together – Telluride and Mountain Village – with the views to boot, and reduced the region’s carbon footprint. People have been married on the gondola. Musicians have recorded songs and films have been produced on the gondola. The list goes on and on. Simply put, this mode of transportation is unforgettable and it’s part of the lifestyle, so it only makes sense to celebrate the gondola turning 20.”

All told, the anniversary celebration will include appetizers and dessert, a champagne toast, and live music by local band Chrome Velvet. In addition, a GoPro camera, Stalk-It snowboard and Osprey backpack will be raffled off, gondola anniversary schwag items will be given away, and the coveted red cabin will turn into a photo booth.

“And of course we couldn’t stop there, so we are premiering two short gondola films and launching Vizzit, a Mountain Village tour guide and storytelling app that features the gondola,” explained Zangara Riley. “We are also excited to announce that the Telluride Ski Resort will run a #GondolaSelfie sweepstakes on Instagram between December 20 and December 31 along with surprising several gondola riders with gifts and prizes in celebration of the gondola’s 20th anniversary. And to add a personal touch to the evening event, Mountain Village visionary Ron Allred will share his story of how the gondola came to be. This really is a not-to-be-missed event.”

Gondola Background

Owned and operated by the Town of Mountain Village, the gondola opened on December 20, 1996, one year after the Town of Mountain Village was incorporated, to provide free transportation between Mountain Village and Telluride while reducing the area’s carbon footprint. The electricity used to operate the gondola comes from on-site solar energy and wind power purchased from San Miguel Power Association; LED lighting throughout the terminals ensures it is used efficiently. With roughly 2.61 million passenger rides each year, the gondola offers an effective mode of transportation that reduces carbon emissions resulting in cleaner air for the region. It also adds to the guest experience, giving visitors ease of access to both towns without needing a vehicle, making the destination one of the most pedestrian-friendly mountain resorts in the country.

Green transportation is not the only perk the gondola provides. It also gives riders access to hiking and biking trails in the summer and ski terrain in the winter. Guests have a front-row seat to view the striking scenery from 10,500 feet on the gondola. The ride from Mountain Village to Station St. Sophia has an elevation gain of 960 feet, which then takes an exhilarating 1,750 foot vertical foot plunge down in to the Town of Telluride. The entire two-mile journey takes about 13 minutes. The gondola runs daily from 7 a.m. to midnight during summer and winter, and it is ranked as the number one thing to do in Telluride and Mountain Village on TripAdvisor.

Since 1996, the gondola has remained a free mode of transportation. The Town of Mountain Village owns and operates the gondola, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association funds operations, maintenance and capital improvements.

“The gondola has played a vital role in our community over the years,” said President and CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board Michael Martelon. “It has become an icon for the destination, and we look forward to honoring its importance and celebrating 20 years of operation.”

To learn more about the gondola, visit townofmountainvillage.com/getting-around/gondola-chondola. For event details, visit townofmountainvillage.com/event/20th-gondola-anniversary-celebration.

December Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying our open ski mountain … and praying for more snow! We had a busy month with many interesting work streams.

November 17 Meeting Highlights

1 > Staff presented a second schematic wayfinding design that will permeate the Village from the entrance all the way to Oak Street Plaza in the Town of Telluride, helping our visitors find everything such as parking, the gondola, shops and restaurants, and much more.

2 > Town Council endorsed a significant reduction in our mill levy from 11.8 to 1.8 after next year given the substantial pay down of debt. This presents a significant tax cut for all of our property owners. Residential property tax per $100,000 in taxable value will go from $201.26 in 2017 to $121.30 in 2018 in a static valuation analysis. All other property will go from $733.21 to $441.92.

3 > Town Council discussed the revised 2017 budget, with the only significant change being an increase to $430,000 for the upgrade of our wastewater treatment plant. This is the first of several years of increased spending to fund this multimillion dollar required upgrade.

While Council had hoped to have the findings from our Benchmarking Study in time for the budget season, our consultant is struggling to get comparable data from other municipalities to finalize this report. With that, the town is exploring alternative paths to obtain the necessary data.

In the meanwhile, on first reading, Town Council approved the 2017 and revised 2016 budgets and will consider them for a second reading this week.

4 > Telluride Ski & Golf Company presented its Master Development Plan that laid out a long-term vision of the ski resort for the Forest Service. I would encourage you to visit the company’s website to peruse the plan and learn about the possible enhancements.

5 > Routine land use matters and reports were offered and considered.

6 > Finally, the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee updated Council with options for the area including enhanced services, better access, a larger park, more parking and better transit access, among many other ideas. Council hopes to see a fuller report from this committee over the holidays.

December 8 Agenda Highlights

This week Town Council will again consider a full agenda.

1 > The Telluride Tourism Board and the Colorado Flights Alliance (CFA) will provide their biannual update, including the recent expansion of year-round daily flight service and the re-establishment of service into Telluride Airport. Well done CFA!

2 > Council will consider a request to approve an open burn related to the Telluride Fire Festival.

3 > While not glamorous, there will be an update on the possible upgrade and expansion of our shared wastewater treatment plant with the Town of Telluride. These necessary improvements could prove quite expensive, so Town Council is seeking a full update and complete transparency.

4 > Councilwoman Benitez will lead an informational session on enhancements we can make to the town’s grant process for future years.

5 > Council will consider forming a committee to investigate options for the town-owned Telluride Conference Center. This facility will be fully paid off at the end of 2017.

6 > As usual, the agenda includes a full array of staff and Council updates as well as consideration of some routine land use matters.

7 > Finally, on the personnel front, we will be thanking and recognizing our Director of Marketing and Business Development Nichole Zangara Riley. She is leaving us and will be missed; please join us to wish her the best of luck in new endeavors.

As always, we welcome your comments and please join us online or in-person for our meeting, if you can.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

November Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are practicing your best snow dance as the mountains look pretty bare. As we await snow, plenty of work is getting done.

October 20 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council discussed putting a ‘story pole’ type structure that will simulate the new cell tower and red light that could be built on Coonskin Ridge. It has been up for several days. Did you see it? Any comments? The light is required by the FAA, so if we want expanded cell coverage, particularly on the mountain, we need to endure the nuisance of the light. At the Intergovernmental Meeting next week, we will hold a worksession on the merits of installing the light permanently, so please share your thoughts.

2 > Mountain Village declared October Domestic Violence Awareness month, which is not only an important issue, but a chance to recognize all of the residents who volunteer to help in these difficult situations.

3 > Town Council received an update from its wayfinding project team and reviewed schematic design options to better improve signage and pedestrian and vehicular flow throughout Mountain Village.

4 > Legal counsel provided a legislative update about what is happening at the state level that impacts our town. There were many interesting changes, but nothing too dramatic.

5 > Town Council appointed, tentatively, Councilmembers Laila Benitez and Dan Caton as Mountain Village representatives to the just passed SMART Board, with Bruce MacIntire as an alternate. Given the strong passage of SMART, all three government representatives have already begun their work.

6 > The Colorado Communities for Climate Action policy statement was approved by Town Council. Mountain Village is one of many small towns across Colorado teaming up to push more action on climate change issues.

7 > Town Council considered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County, as presented by the Telluride Foundation, to hire an owners’ representative to drive regional workforce housing solutions.

8 > Finally, the usual set of update reports and routine land use matters filled out the agenda.

Just this week a few significant events occurred, notably the election at the federal, state and local levels. I won’t repeat all of the results, but would direct you to the San Miguel County website or media outlets if you have an interest in the local results. Second, the Telluride Hospital District Board chose to withdraw its wetland permit with the Army Corp of Engineers and will again be considering a broader range of sites for a potential new medical facility.

November 17 Agenda Highlights

This month we have many interesting items to tackle.

1 > Staff will present the second wayfinding schematic design draft, which includes additional recommendations based on Town Council and Design Review Board feedback from last month.

2 > Some important quasi-judicial matters will be considered regarding land use, so please review the agenda for the specifics to see if you would like to comment.

3 > Telluride Ski and Golf Company will present its five-year master plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Forest Service.

4 > Finally, in addition to our usual staff and Council reports, the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee will provide an update on their work.

As always, we welcome your comments and please join us online or in-person for our meeting, if you can.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

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