Areas Affected By Town of Mountain Village Broadband and Cable Outage

Outage

Words by Bill Kight / Communications, Utilities

Town of Mountain Village is currently experiencing a broadband and cable outage due to a damaged fiber optic cable line on Adams Ranch Road. The outage is affecting approximately 200 modems west of the Mountain Lodge and Ski Area. The areas affected include Mountain Village Town Hall, Trails Edge, Elkstone Place, Village Court Apartments (VCA), Lower Benchmark, Larkspur Lane and Victoria Drive. The outage is expected to last through tomorrow morning, July 12 while crews replace the fiber optic line.

Mountain Village Town Hall and the Police Department phone and internet systems are affected by this outage and are currently down. Offices remain open at Town Hall and the Police Department during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a staff directory please visit: townofmountainvillage.com/staff.

“Crews will be working through the evening to restore service in the affected areas,” said Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “Residents can expect service to be restored by Wednesday, July 12.”

For routine public safety calls, please contact the Mountain Village Police Department dispatch center at (970) 249-9110. In cases of emergency, contact 911 and ‘call if you can, text if you must’.

For questions, please contact Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight at (970) 729-2179 or our broadband and cable customer service personnel at (970) 369-0555.

Real-time updates are posted on the town’s social media channels at Facebook and Twitter while crews work on mitigating the problem.

Thank you for your patience, and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

 

Gondola Hours Extended For Summer Weekends

Photo Ryan Bonneau

Words by Bill Kight / Transportation

To support local businesses and promote safe late-night transportation, this summer the gondola will run on Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. The new weekend hours will run from July 14 through September 16.

The extended hours were made possible through a collaborative and cost-sharing effort by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), Town of Mountain Village and Town of Telluride. The gondola will continue normal operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

Accordingly, TMVOA has extended Dial-A-Ride in Mountain Village until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to ensure our community members and their guests have safe ground transit to their homes. 

Read more about this collaboration by the Telluride Daily Planet.

Photo Credit Ryan Bonneau

Mountain Village Waterline Improvement Project; Village Trail and Prospect Trail Detour

Hiking

Words by Bill Kight / Recreation, Utilities

To maintain a protected and accessible waterline for the Town of Mountain Village, construction on the town’s main waterline will be conducted beginning July 10. Construction for the 12-inch waterline improvement project will take place at the top of Telluride Ski Resort’s (Lift 7) and will run approximately1000 feet in length. The town anticipates construction will last appropriately 60 days through the end of August.

Due to the construction, the Town of Mountain Village in partnership with Telluride Ski & Golf and the US Forest Service will implement trail detours for the popular hiking and biking Village Trail and Prospect Trail starting July 10. The trail detour will provide safe access around the project, and the town asks to please follow signage and use caution while the detour is in place.

“No residents or businesses will experience a disruption in water service or reduced water pressure,” explained Marketing and Business Development Director Bill Kight. “This construction is solely preventive maintenance for the longevity of the town’s main waterline.”

The waterline project will be conducted and managed by the Town of Mountain Village and Williams Construction. To learn more about our construction projects and for trail updates, visit townofmountainvillage.com/construction.

The Ride Festival Kicks Off with a Free Concert in Mountain Village

The Ride Festival

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Two bands, Carolyn Wonderland and The Jibs, will take center stage for an evening of music in Mountain Village July 7. As part of The RIDE Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and The Ride Festival.

RIDE Festival returns to Telluride July 8-9 in its sixth consecutive year of world-class music, camping and mountain adventure that only Colorado can deliver. Featuring an all-star lineup in an intimate mountain setting; event headliners include BECK, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Jackie Greene, and Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive among others.

For more information about the RIDE Festival including ticketing and official festival details check out ridefestival.com

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Jibs are an Austin-native blues-rock band made up of bassist Roman Parnell, drummer Eric Schueler, guitarist and keyboardist Caden Westmoreland, and singer and guitarist Will Clark. The four met as freshmen at the University of Texas sailing club within their first few days on campus. They immediately began writing music and consequently never returned to the sailing club.

Carolyn Wonderland is a musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time
TRANSPORTATION & COMMON CONSUMPTION AREA
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 Ride Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. Dial-A-Ride and the Meadows bus will operate until 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, too, and the Common Consumption Area will be in effect for the Friday concert.

Voters Elect Berry, Oupadia and Gilbride to Serve on Mountain Village Town Council

Election Results

Words by Bill Kight / Election

Candidates Patrick L. Berry, Paul Oupadia and Jack Gilbride were elected to Mountain Village Town Council Tuesday, June 27. They will join current council members Dan Jansen, Laila Benitez, Dan Caton and Bruce MacIntire who were not up for re-election. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms.

Of the 930 mailed ballots, 409 were cast either by mail or in person for a 43.98% voter turnout.

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 25 Mountain Village Town Council Meeting. Subsequently, members of Town Council will appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.


The Numbers

Listed in the same order as they appeared on the ballot, following is the number of votes each candidate received.

  • Paul Oupadia: 170
  • Suse Connolly: 86
  • Marla Meridith: 20
  • David Schillaci: 90
  • Jack Gilbride: 157
  • Angela R. Pashayan: 83
  • Natalie Binder: 148
  • Richard Child: 35
  • Jonathan Greenspan: 127
  • Patrick L. Berry: 178

For more information about the election results, contact Town Clerk Jackie Kennefick by email.

June Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Greetings neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather. It’s hard to remember that our last meeting was conducted with a major blizzard going on outside…in mid-May! That said, lots of good work was undertaken, which I’ve outlined below.

May 18 Meeting Highlights

1 > Town Council declared May Sexual Assault Awareness Month in collaboration with San Miguel Resource Center.

2 > Council discussed the adoption of National standards for electrical codes in our local building codes and whether these Codes and Regulations should become a new and distinct chapter in the town’s Municipal Code.

3 > Town Council set a cost of $40,000 for the Parking Payment-in-lieu Fee when a property owner cannot build the necessary parking on their property. This price was set based on benchmarks from recent town sales and construction costs. Our goal is to create adequate parking where possible, rather than grow the town’s parking fund.

4 > Council had an extensive discussion regarding the potential to add up to 70 workforce housing units within the Village Court Apartments (VCA) complex and balance the need for housing with the impacts of added density and traffic on the surrounding neighbors.

5 > The Town Hall Center Subarea Planning Committee along with Council reviewed the first draft of the new Town Hall Subarea plan for consideration in adopting the proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan.

6 > Town Council approved a new Community Grant Program for supporting broader community goals that will be administered by the Telluride Foundation. While I recused myself from the discussion and vote, the balance of council members seemed to find great merit in leveraging the Foundation’s regional perspective and extensive experience in grant administration.

7 > We continued our environmental focus with a letter of support for the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and an interim review of the San Miguel Watershed’s Forest Health Assessment. Our forests are healthy, but we face significant fire and other disruptive risks that may necessitate more action on our part to protect our local forests. The final report will help to define the actions needed.

8 > Finally, we heard routine staff and council reports and considered a series of routine land use matters.

June 20 Agenda Highlights

This month Council continues its work with a full agenda.

1 > The Telluride Town Council will join us for an extensive joint meeting to report on the master plan of our jointly owned wastewater treatment plant that is being assessed for a capacity expansion and an upgrade of its treatment processes to comply with new EPA standards. This could be an expensive project and we want the full community engaged and informed.

2 > There will be a public hearing on recommended changes to the Town Hall Subarea plan to adopt proposed amendments to the town’s 30 year Comprehensive Plan as formulated by our Town Hall subarea committee.

3 > We will take an extended lunch break to publicly thank and honor our three Town Council Members who will be serving in their last Town Council meeting. Please join us if you can to thank Michelle Sherry, Marty McKinley, and Cath Jett for their fantastic public service.

4 > Council Member Cath Jett will lead a discussion to approve signing on to joint statements expressing Mountain Village’s commitment to continuing to adopt and intensify policies that will uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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

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

Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the tenth annual Touch-A-Truck June 24

Touch-A-Truck

Words by Bill Kight / Event

Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the tenth annual Touch-A-Truck, a kid-centric fundraising event in which children can touch, climb, explore and sit in the driver’s seat of a variety of vehicles: service vehicles, work equipment, fire trucks, and police cars. Open to the public and organized by Munchkins parents, all proceeds raised will go towards enrichment activities, learning tools and scholarships.

Touch-A-Truck takes place Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carhenge parking lot at the base of Chair 7 in Telluride. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per adult and child. Other activities include a kids area with face painting, tattoos, and live music.

“We are excited for our tenth annual Touch-A-Truck event. Last year we raised $12,000 with all of the proceeds going towards scholarships, curriculum materials and new playground equipment. This year we are raising money for enrichment activities, learning tools, and scholarships for both our infant/toddler program and preschool,” explained Mountain Munchkins Director Dawn Katz. “We feel so fortunate to have the continued support from the Town of Mountain Village. Their awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood education has made this program possible. We could only hope that other community leaders will adopt this supportive vision.”

Mountain Munchkins will hold two raffles during the event. Now until the event, patrons can purchase a $10 raffle ticket through Mountain Munchkins parents to win festival passes for the Ride Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews, and Telluride Jazz Festival. There will be an additional prize drawing for a Skuut and Trike bike.

Mountain Munchkins is the only childcare and preschool that serves children from infancy until kindergarten. Children are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate activities that encourage a lifetime of learning. For additional information about Touch-A-Truck, raffle tickets or Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool, contact Dawn Katz at (970) 369-6428 or by email.

Two Musical Acts Take Center Stage for the Free FirstGrass Concert

TBF17 FirstGrass

Words by Bill Kight / Event

Folky Americana duo Freddy & Francine and the hilarious GrassHipPop family Bluegrass band The Cleverlys kick-off the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Eighth Annual FirstGrass Concert Wednesday, June 14. This free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival director Craig Ferguson notes The Cleverlys, who mix traditional bluegrass with humor, are likely to make an impression on the festival crowd. Ferguson also speaks highly of Freddy & Francine, a folky Americana duo that “has a soul sense to them.”

After the show, stick around for the 16th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party as Yonder Mountain String Band plays to a sold-out crowd at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.; all ages welcomed. For those without a ticket, take advantage of the culinary options in Mountain Village. For more information on the festival, including tickets, visit bluegrass.com.

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 Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. For those needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass Bus will pick up festivarians at Town Hall Plaza and drop off passengers near their vehicle. The bus will run Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. To assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 19 will be towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its residents and businesses from Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. 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. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full. The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though 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 parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking is $2 for each hour and $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

COMMON CONSUMPTION AREA
For the FirstGrass Concert, the Common Consumption Area is in effect. The Common Consumption Area will allow people to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating licensed establishments attached to the Common Consumption Area and move freely with beverages within the defined boundary of the concert area. Only alcohol from the participating establishments is permitted in the Common Consumption area.

Market on the Plaza is a summer Mainstay in Mountain Village

Market On The Plaza

Words by Bill Kight / Uncategorized

Nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery of Mountain Village Center. Beginning Wednesday, June 14, the pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza once again comes alive with white tents, and Colorado-proud vendors as Market on the Plaza returns to Mountain Village.

Now in its seventh year, Market on the Plaza is a vibrant local community market providing an avenue to support regional and local businesses that offer homegrown food and homemade products. The Market runs every Wednesday beginning June 14 through August 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons can, of course, expect the basics: farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, and garden herbs and oils.

“Summer calls for outdoor community markets, and we invite locals and guests alike to come to Heritage Plaza on Wednesdays to shop and to visit our brick and mortar merchants,” said Bill Kight, director of marketing and business development for the town. “Let’s also not forget about the 18th annual Sunset Concert Series kicking off evenings June 21 in Sunset Plaza on the same day.”

Market on the Plaza will also have less traditional purveyors selling leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies, and kitchen goods, among other items. In addition, the town is partnering with the Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center.

To learn more about Market on the Plaza visit townofmountainvillage.com/market. For Market highlights follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Mountain Village Holds Town Council Candidate Forum June 7

Candidate Forum

Words by Bill Kight / Election

The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Town Council Candidate Forum Wednesday, June 7 beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Mountain Village Town Hall. Wilkinson Public Library will moderate the event. There will be a candidate meet and greet starting at 5:15 p.m. followed by candidate introductions at 6:00 p.m. The format will include opening statements by each candidate and two questions pertinent to the election prepared by library staff. Each candidate will be given a specified amount of time to answer each question. To close, the moderator will ask for written questions from the audience if time permits. The Forum will be streamed live at townofmountainvillage.com/video and available to watch on-demand immediately following the event.

The Town of Mountain Village Regular Municipal Election will take place 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 R. Pashayan, Natalie Binder, Richard Child, Jonathan Greenspan, and Patrick L. Berry. To learn more about each candidate, visit http://townofmountainvillage.com/candidates.

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.

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.

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