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

Mountain Village hosts Holiday Prelude December 17

Holiday Prelude

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Mountain Village is being transformed once again into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration Saturday, December 17, 2016. This year promises a whole day of holiday movies, train rides, Santa, live reindeer, ice skating, and children’s holiday surprises around every corner. Holiday Prelude is a collaborative effort between Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski & Golf Company, and local merchants to transform Mountain Village into the regional destination for holiday fun and activities.

Children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as Santa’s elves send you up the Gondola to visit Santa’s Workshop at the Telluride Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children can share their Christmas list with Santa, make holiday ornaments with the elves, and enjoy holiday movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. This year’s holiday films include Mickey’s Magical Christmas, Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Parents’ Lounge and cash bar will be available for parents who want to put their feet up. In addition, free ice skating is available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children and adults can expect many surprises on the free train ride throughout the twinkling Mountain Village. This year the train will be making some very special stops through town to visit the live reindeer petting area and local shops will be giving gifts and treats to all children.

The culmination of this year’s event will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa and carolers in Heritage Plaza at 6 p.m. Following the lighting, head back to the ice skating rink because the Telluride Figure Skating Club will be presenting North Pole on Ice. Mountain Village is very excited to feature local ice skaters who are excited to show off their skills on the ice. The show is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. After our local pros leave the ice, stick around for the “coolest” ice skating party ever – all set to your favorite tunes.

For those who need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done, Mountain Village merchants are extending discounts and specials to customers until 9 p.m. Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more. And, in the true spirit of giving, Franz Klammer Lodge will host an Angel Baskets Charity Drive for donations and will be offering complimentary treats and beverages in their lodge on Saturday from 1 p.m. 5 p.m.

Lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun. For more information, visit http://www.visittelluride.com/holiday-prelude. Events and times subject to change so please check back often.

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

Parkmobile, LLC eases parking with its mobile payments solution in Mountain Village, Colorado

Parkmobile App

Words by Nichole Zangara / Parking

Parkmobile, LLC, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking, announced today the launch of its mobile payments solution in the Town of Mountain Village. Motorists will be able to use the app in three off-street lots throughout the town. Customers can pay to park with their smartphones using Parkmobile’s app for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones, or by calling the toll-free number on the green meter stickers.

“We are continuously researching ways to make parking more convenient and accessible to our residents, guests and commuters,” said Transit Director Jim Loebe. “Parkmobile’s pay by app system will enable our users to bypass the meter as well as extend their parking time remotely, hopefully making for a more pleasant parking experience in Mountain Village.”

Parkmobile’s mobile payments system is very simple and easy to use. Customers first must register by downloading the mobile app in their phone’s app store or online at us.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they may use the mobile app, internet, or the toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. Mobile app users may also choose to receive custom alerts and reminders prior to their parking session expiring.

“Parkmobile is excited to bring our service to Mountain Village. Relieving customers of having to carry coins, and instead pay from their phones, makes paying for parking fast and simple, truly enhancing the customer parking experience,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile, LLC.

Additionally, enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using their wireless handheld devices, so customers should not worry when the meter does not change. Parkmobile’s mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options. All existing forms of payment are still valid for meter use.

With the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country and five million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year, Parkmobile is excited to make a difference leveraging our large network of users.

Feedback requested for the red light demonstration on the Ridge

Cell Phone

Words by Nichole Zangara / Communications

For the last five years, many residents and visitors have experienced an interruption in cell phone service, specifically during peak times when the overall destination population increases dramatically. In an effort to combat cell service interruptions, the Telluride Ski & Golf Company (TSG), in association with a tower company, is planning to construct and operate a communications tower which would serve multiple cell carriers and could include equipment for public safety communications in accordance with the approved Mountain Village conditional use permit.

This proposed new lattice communication tower would be located on TSG open space on the Ridge near the top of Station St. Sophia, and next to the existing 90-foot KOTO tower. After obtaining the conditional use permit from the Town of Mountain Village, which does not allow lights on the tower, the tower company learned that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires an eight-inch red light affixed to the tower due to its proximity to the Telluride Regional Airport. In aviation terms, the tower is considered a hazard since it would sit within a certain radius to the airport, so it must be marked appropriately.

But before this new requirement is considered, officials with Mountain Village and San Miguel County have requested a demonstration. Between October 26 and November 7, a temporary story pole standing at 100 feet on the Ridge will include a lighted red light device, satisfying the applicable FAA hazard lighting requirements as to its size and intensity, from dusk to dawn in order to gauge any impacts the light may have on the neighboring communities.

“This tower is about more than communications; it is about the safety of our residents and visitors, which is why Mountain Village Town Council granted TSG the conditional use permit for the tower in August of 2015. This permit included a condition that a light could not be affixed to the tower. Now that it is a requirement of the FAA, TSG informed us for the need to modify their conditional use permit; however, given the impacts and Ridgeline Covenant on this piece of property a lot more information is needed prior to moving forward,” explained Town Manager Kim Montgomery.

Before granting such a modification and after the demonstration period ends, Mountain Village Town Council, Telluride Town Council, and the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint public worksession, date to be determined, to discuss the matter and the findings of the story pole demonstration. San Miguel County enforces the Ridgeline Covenant, which is intended to prevent lighting
or buildings from extending into the Coonskin View Plane where such improvements would be seen from the Town of Telluride and portions of the Telluride Valley. If it is agreed to move forward, TSG will have to apply and go through the public hearing process to amend the conditional use permit to allow the safety light.

To provide comments about the temporary story pole, please email Planning and Development Services Director Glen Van Nimwegen.

October Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the tail end of our beautiful Fall season and are contemplating when to get those skis out and tuned up. Let me apologize in advance for a very long Mayor’s Minute as we have several important matters to report on, including actions taken in our usual meetings and our special budget meeting.

September 22 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council reappointed Gary Bash to represent Mountain Village on the Telluride Regional Airport Authority Board. Special thanks to others who threw their hat in the ring; I know your opportunity to serve will come. Airport Manager Rich Nuttall provided an update on the significant improvements happening over the coming year including new aprons, resurfacing, an expanded FBO and the work being done to reintroduce commercial service this December.

2 > Town Council endorsed the creation of the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation, which will appear on the November ballot.

3 > An ordinance to prohibit the subdivision of single-family lots in areas zoned residential passed on second reading.

4 > Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of Indigenous Peoples Day, which took place October 8.

5 > Town Council approved a revised parking rates system that emphasizes more free parking in order to create a visitor experience that is easier and more convenient. With that, beginning November 15 motorists will be able to download the free Parkmobile application, allowing them to pay for parking via the app, extend their allotted parking time without having to travel back to the garage or lot, and receive parking reminders directly on their smart phone.

6 > Town Council decided not to proceed with the potential sale of Village Court Apartments citing concerns of losing this critical asset for its workforce, and the potential loss of the employee deed restriction should a new owner enter into bankruptcy. That said, town learned about some of the benefits of a possible sale and decided to form a small taskforce to explore those benefits without actually selling the asset.

7 > Town Council reviewed a first draft of the 2107 budget as the next step in our rigorous and detailed budget process. Council is targeting a slightly lower operational budget compared to last year’s budget, and will isolate the investment areas that will result in a drawdown of reserves, including a four percent compensation increase for employees, which is at the mid-point of the range of resort town benchmarks.

8 > The town’s capital investments will drawdown reserves by $1.2 million due to the purchase and buildout of the new park in the Meadows neighborhood. In addition, the mill levy (taxes) will drop from 11.8 mils to 1.8 mills in 2018 given the pay down of the Telluride Conference Center and some water and sewer debt. This represents a nice tax cut for our constituents.

9 > That said, the waste water plant will likely increase our mill levy in future years as a multi-million dollar expansion is being planned to accommodate our growth and comply with new FDA standards.

10 > Telluride TV reported on the use of its new television facility in Mountain Village, citing several examples where the network broadcast facility was used 87 times since it opened its doors in May, and created a media ad value impact of $1.8 million.

11 > Hilary Cooper provided an update on the regional Forest Health Initiative aimed to create a landscape assessment of the forest shared with the other governments.

12 > Director Dawn Katz reported on the Mountain Munchkins program, which is thriving. As one of the only infant care facilities in the region, Dawn reported a waitlist and Town Council asked to contemplate expanding the facility and program.

Three weeks later, Town Council convened for a Special Town Council meeting focused on the 2017 budget where councilmembers walked through each department’s detailed submissions. Restating the discussions of an eight-hour hour meeting would fill pages. Instead, some key takeaways worth pointing out follow.

October 13 Budget Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council approved a resolution supporting the small mill levy reinstatement vote to continue operations at the Lone Tree Cemetery, which is a historic gem in our community.

2 > Town Council discussed a significant drop in the mill level for the town resulting from the pay-off of the Telluride Conference Center debt at the end of 2017.

3 > Town Council agreed to fund the Telluride Conference Center marketing and capital at the same level as in years past and to form a subcommittee to determine the best management of the facility after 2017.

4 > Town Council endorsed an increase in the guest service budget in order to offer additional guest service hours during the summer months in Oak Street Plaza in Telluride and in Mountain Village Center. Council also discussed expanding the Guest Service Program through the winter season.

5 > Administrative budgets included only modest increases related to merit increases, but were generally flat.

6 > The town’s child care development fund continues to subsidize infant and early child care in the community, and the waitlist continues to grow. With that, Council asked that the budget include planning funds in order to evaluate whether an expansion or relocation of the facility is needed. The recent closure of a childcare facility in Telluride has exacerbated this pressure.

7 > The Plaza & Environmental Services team is adding a staff member to continue to support the growing number of events and activities in the town and on the plazas.

8 > The Cable and Broadband Department will expand its capacity in the core of town almost four times, which is part of the town’s continuing goal of providing excellent Internet and cell services in our small remote town.

9 > Public Works Department director spoke to the town’s many assets: buildings, roads, vehicles, water and waste treatment. Budgets are generally flat, though Council anticipates a significant cost coming over the next few years for the upgrade and expansion of the waste water treatment plant.

10 > The road maintenance budget is following the current resurfacing plan, though a recent road failure on Touchdown Drive could impact this plan.

11 > The Police Department is flat with staffing levels comparable to last year.

12 > Employee shuttle and bus services are held flat and will be part of the larger regional transportation discussion moving forward if the transportation ballot initiative passes in the upcoming election.

13 > The gondola budget was flat, though we are working with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association to potentially add between nine and 12 cabins on the mainline, increase maximum speed where possible, and move the bike racks from the doors to the back of the cabins where structurally possible.

14 > Town Council approved Mountain Village’s cost share of a Forest Service ranger to help manage regional trails due to current and expected heavy trail use.

15 > Town Council reviewed a list of capital expenditures including backup power generation for Town Hall, implementation of the wayfinding project, and several others.

16 > Town Council agreed on a public process to develop plans for the Meadows Park if the public-private partnership to develop up to 45 workforce housing units on the neighboring lots goes through.

17 > The Planning and Development Services Department showed a flat budget versus last year, which was a peak year. It may be difficult to hold to a flat budget as town senses a lot of projects in the pipeline.

18 > Finally, we considered a series of requests for community grants including Juvenile Diversion, EcoAction Partners, San Miguel Resource Center, Tri-County Health Network and others. Most received a positive reaction though more financial information and data was requested in some cases.

Overall, it was a rigorous, long day. The public and Town Council will have several more meetings to review the 2017 budget as it firms up.

This week Town Council will return to its regularly scheduled meeting with another full agenda with several important items.

October 20 Agenda Highlights

1 > Staff with present the first draft of the schematic wayfinding project design.

2 > Town Council will conditionally appoint directors to the yet-to-be-approved San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) so if this ballot initiative passes in November, the committee can get to work immediately.

3 > Town Council will consider a Colorado Communities for Climate Action policy statement for purposes of approval.

4 > The usual array of staff and Council updates along with routine land use matters are part of the October 22 agenda.

5 > Finally, Town Council will consider a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County regarding the hire of an owners representative relating to the town’s work across the three governments on workforce housing opportunities.

As always, please join us if you can for this Thursday’s Town Council meeting and/or share you thoughts in advance.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

September Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful summer weather and all of the great activities and events that this time of year offers.

It certainly continues to be a busy season in Mountain Village. Last month Marketing Telluride Inc., otherwise known as the Telluride Tourism Board, highlighted the record summer season we are having in terms of visitation, sales tax and occupancy. While we feel special, it is important to note many communities across Colorado are achieving records, too. Clearly our state has been discovered, and how we manage this success is an emerging issue. Accordingly, we participated in the quarterly intergovernmental meeting discussion on whether we are “too busy”. The outcome of that discussion is to form a subcommittee across the governments and with the Ski Company to manage the heavy summer tourist volume, recognizing that visitation drives our economy. In addition, Mountain Village approved a series of rules and resolutions for the upcoming November 8 election that will likely include many interesting local issues in addition to state and national decisions.

August 18 Meeting Highlights

Intergovernmental meeting aside, at the August Town Council Meeting the packed agenda included the following highlights.

1 > Council approved the First Reading of the Community Development Code resolution prohibiting single-family lot subdivisions.

2 > CenturyLink provided an update regarding the recent Internet and cell service outages. Council pushed for more tangible plans for redundancy and consistent service, and expects to review CenturyLink’s plans at a future meeting.

3 > County Commissioner Goodtimes asked Council to support Indigenous Peoples Day set for October 8. Some of the day’s events will take place in Mountain Village, including the reading of a resolution welcoming the Ute people to the community.

4 > Council continues to work on a joint parking fund with Telluride Ski & Golf Company (TSG), and potentially Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), to help keep daytime parking free at the Gondola Parking Garage.

5 > A representative from Continental Acquisition Corporation discussed with Council the conditions and potential for a sale of Village Court Apartments.

6 > The Forest Service presented a proposal asking Mountain Village to help fund a seasonal recreation ranger who would oversee our trail network and manage the growing impact of heavy usage.

7 > Council and the Design Review Board (DRB) met jointly to discuss the town’s design standards and brainstorm how to stay current with evolving design trends while staying consistent with the alpine setting. The DRB will develop specific proposals through a public process to evolve the town’s roof sloping, glass glazing, materials/colors and other rules. What we have observed is many of the projects being built require variations, leading us to ask whether our codes reflect the current market and preferences of our community. If you have an interest in design regulations, please speak up. Any potential changes will be shared publicly before coming back to Council for consideration and a public vote.

8 > The San Miguel Watershed Coalition reported on their work preserving the only free-flowing river in Colorado, the San Miguel.

9 > Paul Reich shared the Tri-County Health Network’s San Miguel County Behavioral Health Strategic Plan to educate Council and seek support for expanding mental health services. Council expressed an interest in dedicating a portion of  liquor sales tax revenue to address substance abuse and other behavioral health issues.

10 > The town’s environmental services director proposed a new incentive program for water conservation that received strong support.

To close the August meeting summary, I would note that all of the items discussed last month that involve funding will be vetted through our usual budget process for 2017.

Going forward, we have a very busy September schedule. To begin, the Subarea Planning Committee – made up of representatives from Mountain Village, TMVOA, TSG and AECOM – will host the Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Workshop Tuesday, September 20 at the Telluride Conference Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please attend this workshop or share your thoughts if you have an opinion on the Town Hall Center Subarea. This advisory group will propose some changes for Town Council to consider at the conclusion of their work.

In addition, Town Council will meet this Thursday to move through another packed agenda.

September 22 Agenda Highlights

1 > Rich Nuttal will present the Telluride Regional Airport Authority’s biannual report, which will include an update on the return of commercial service to the Telluride Airport this December.

2 > Town Council will decide whether to take a position to support the establishment and funding of the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation, which will appear on the November ballot.

3 > Mountain Village’s Parking Committee will present its policies for new parking regulations for the coming year for Council’s consideration.

4 > Council will consider a request to fund a new and significantly upgraded sound system for the Telluride Conference Center.

5 > Council will hold a worksession to discuss and better design the process by which the town grants money to deserving organizations.

6 > The executive director of the new Mountain Village TellurideTV facility will update us on how the facility is being utilized.

7 > And finally, in addition to some routine staff and Council reports as well as land use matters, Council will receive an update on the recently held forest health stakeholder meeting.

As always, please join us if you can for this Thursday’s Town Council meeting and/or share you thoughts in advance.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off with a free concert Con Brio & Israel Nash

Sunset Blues Concert

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert featuring Con Brio and Israel Nash on Thursday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event — a short and scenic Gondola ride away from the Town of Telluride — is free and open to the public.

Con Brio is a musical term meaning “with vigor” and this Bay area outfit doubles down on that. Known for its live shows – lively, booty-shaking, throw your hands in the air pure joy, Con Brio’s sound is infused with funk-rock psychedelic soul that is reminiscent of Sly and The Family Stone.

The country’s hippest radio stations caught on to Israel Nash’s mesmerizing sound – you can hear the Neil Young and 1970’s electric folk influences – and his latest record received solid play from Seattle’s KEXP, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philadelphia, not to mention NPR and a stint on World Café.

Both band’s sets are scheduled to highlight the scenic sunset backdrop from the lawn in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza. The Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District allows a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from associated restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concert. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Supporting sponsors are the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada Brewing, SBG Productions, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association.

For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the Blues & Brews Festival, visit TellurideBlues.com. Three-day, single-day, and Juke Joint (late-night) passes are currently on sale and quantities are extremely limited. To purchase tickets by phone, call toll-free at (866) 515-6166.

About Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 15 at noon and end Monday, September 19 at noon. Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Mountain Village agrees to purchase park site; adjacent land could include up to 45 housing units

Mountain Village Park Site

Words by Nichole Zangara / Development, Housing

The Town of Mountain Village is moving forward with plans to construct a new community park and more affordable housing units. On August 18, Town Council unanimously agreed to proceed with the acquisition of Lot 640A, a 1.21 acre parcel, to develop a park and construct additional affordable housing for the community.

The town had previously entered into a non-binding term sheet with Adams Ranch MV LLC, owner of Lot 640A, setting forth the general terms of a deal for the acquisition of the park site. Town Council’s decision will result in a formal purchase and sale agreement memorializing those terms.

The asking price for the park site is set at $550,000, far lower than the appraised price of $650,000. Based on the term sheet, Adams Ranch MV LLC must submit a Rezone, Replat, Conditional Use Permit and Density Transfer Application to the town, and if that is approved, the town must close on the park site no later than 30 days following final approval. To protect the town’s investment, the term sheet requires Adams Ranch MV LLC to begin a safe and town-approved demolition of Telluride Apartments within the first 30 days following closing.

Nothing in the term sheet obligates the town to approve Adams Ranch MV LLC’s development application. Adams Ranch MV LLC will have to follow the standard land use process as set forth in the Community Development Code. The town’s acquisition of the park site is contingent upon these development approvals, allowing the town to terminate the purchase if these are not obtained. The approvals include, among other things, a replat of Lot 640A and adjacent open space in order to create the park site and an increase in zoning up to 45 units from the current 30.

According to town staff, the park area would remain open to the public after closing of the acquisition; however, access would be limited during construction of the employee housing and new park. When the project is complete, the newly constructed employee units would be subject to an employee housing deed restriction.

Lot 640A, also known within the community as the site where Telluride Apartments sits vacant, garnered the attention of voters last year when a citizen-initiated ballot called for various zoning limits on this lot. The ballot passed with 219 yes votes and 180 no votes in favor of limiting the number of units that could ultimately be built on this site to 45.

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