Celebrating the Fourth of July in Mountain Village & Telluride

Red White Blues Celebration Blog

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

There’s no place like Mountain Village and Telluride during the Fourth of July.

Celebrating Independence Day in the San Juan Mountains brings communities together and pay tribute to the region’s traditional Fourth of July celebrations. The only problem this week is deciding what to as there are options aplenty for good fun, good food and good music.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Fourth of July festivities start on Tuesday evening in Telluride Town Park with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s “America the Beautiful” concert. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m. The band is comprised of 55 members and they’ll play a program celebrating the patriotic spirit of the American people. For more information about this non-ticketed event, visit www.usafacademyband.af.mil.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

On Wednesday, July 3, TMVOA’s Red White and Blues Celebration kicks off with carnival games, jumpy castles and face painting in Sunset Plaza from 1-5 p.m. Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will also host its annual ice cream social during this time, and the Mountain Village Fire Department will have its newest firetruck on hand for kids to check out. For a full schedule of July 3’s events, please visit our event page.

The Red, White & Blues Concert/Sunset Concert Series will kick start at 6 p.m. with Lawrence, a pop and soul brother and sister combo playing everything from Motown to Muscle Shoals and everything in between.

While you’re in Mountain Village on July 3, don’t forget to stop by our farmers’ market, Market on the Plaza in Heritage Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for food, produce, arts, and more! And new this year, a select number of vendors will set up in Sunset Plaza each Wednesday during the Sunset Concert Series from 5-8 p.m. for the new Market at Sunset.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Those looking for some exercise before the BBQs and fun of Independence Day kick their holiday off with the Telluride Foundation’s annual Rundola, a footrace up the ski mountain under the Gondola. Runners start at the base of the gondola at Oak Street Plaza in Telluride and end at the top of the Ridge. Runners and hikers climb up either Telluride Trail or can just bushwhack up to the top of the gondola. The run will start at 8 a.m. and the finish line closes at 10 a.m. Those interested can register online until the evening of July 2 or register in person July 3 in Oak Street Plaza.

Then it’s time to get ready for Telluride’s beloved Fourth of July Parade. Float staging begins between Aspen Street and Davis Street at 10 a.m. and the Honor Guard holds its ceremony on the Courthouse Steps at 10:40 a.m.  The parade officially starts at 11 a.m. and often runs an hour or more. If you cannot attend the parade in person, Telluride TV will live stream the entire parade on their website so you don’t miss out!

After the parade, head to Telluride Town Park for the firefighter’s barbeque from 12-4 p.m. with parade awards presentation at 1:30 p.m. Kids games will start at 2 p.m. in Town Park, and fireworks will begin once its dark, around 9 p.m. The Telluride Historical Museum will also hot its own Fourth of July Celebration celebrating with free museum admission and $5 rootbeer floats.

Mountain Village’s free Red White and Blues Celebration continues on July 4 with more kids activities in Sunset Plaza and live local music starting at 1 p.m. in Heritage Plaza. Alan Booradley and members of the Neighborhood Improvement Association play from 1-1:50 p.m. Claybrook Penn and Tom Nading play from 2-2:50 p.m. and Joint Point plays from 3-4:15 p.m.

And celebrated violinist and DJ Kat V takes the stage as the main act from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If fireworks aren’t your thing, Movies Under the Stars starts at 8:45 p.m. in Reflection Plaza with a free screening of “The Sand Lot.”

If a BBQ isn’t on your Fourth of July schedule, the Hotel Madeline has you covered with their Independence Day BBQ starting at 11 a.m. or head to Altezza at the Peaks for their Fourth of July celebration with two back-to-back artists while you dine at Altezza.

Once the sun goes down, prepare yourself for one of the state’s best fireworks displays from Telluride Town Park, which you can see from almost anywhere in Telluride. The fireworks will start once its completely dark around 9-9:30 p.m.

(Please remember that personal displays of fireworks are strictly prohibited).

 

Happy Fourth of July everyone, have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

 

Design Review Board and Town Council to review proposed development of La Montagne (formerly Rosewood)

La Montagne

Words by Kathrine Warren / Development

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, the Town of Mountain Village’s Design Review Board will host a work session for the proposed development of the La Montage Project on Lots 126R and 152R – historically known as Rosewood PUD (planned unit development).

Mountain Village Town Council will hear the same work session materials on July 18, 2019 at its monthly meeting.

The La Montagne project proposes to rescind and revoke the current Rosewood PUD, and as part of the rescission is proposing to eliminate specific uses and densities through the rezone and density transfer process. Specifically, the proposal includes the elimination of all hotel density, a reduction in overall commercial area, as well as potentially reducing employee dorm and apartment unit density to correlate with the overall reduction in density of the site.

The downzoning discussion proposes to reduce the actual unit density from 164 units to 69 units (58% density reduction) and the person equivalent density from 355 to 207 units (42% reduction). The commercial area reduction is more dramatic with a 92% reduction.

 

Mountain Village’s Community Development Code (“CDC”) states that any proposed reduction of workforce housing on the properties is at the sole discretion of Town Council based upon demonstration of practical hardship and the applicants are seeking input from the Design Review Board and Town Council prior to submittal of a development application on this and other matters listed above.

It is important to note that the proposal does not include any changes to the property’s underlying multi-family or open space zone districts although the project is required to pursue a Rezoning as required by the CDC to transfer density off of the Property.  The project proposes to transfer both open space lots to the town subsequent to development approvals of the planned unit development (PUD) rescission and density transfer and rezone.

 

The following section provides more information on the proposed La Montagne development:

 

Name of Applicant: SALT Architecture & Alpine Planning, LLC on behalf of MV Holdings, LLC

Lot Included in Proposal: Lot 126R, Lot 152R, Tract OSP-126; Tract OSP-118

Cumulative Lot Sizes: 4.58 acres

Review Authority:  Design Review Board (DRB) and Town Council

 

Date and Time of Public Meeting Work Sessions:

 

Design Review Board Meeting Date:  July 11, 2019

Design Review Board Meeting Time:  10:00 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter

 

Town Council Meeting Date:  July 18, 2019

Town Council Meeting Time:  8:30 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter

 

Location of Work Sessions:  Town Hall, Town Council Meeting Room, 455 Mountain Village Blvd, Ste. A, Mountain Village, CO 81435

 

Detailed Summary of Development Application(s):  Conceptual work sessions for the revocation and release of the Rosewood PUD; Density Transfer and Rezone that will result in a total of 67 condominium units, two employee apartments and 3,000 square feet of limited commercial area. Discussion of proposed conceptual designs on Lot 152R only.

 

Link to View Concept Plans: Current Planning Projects.

 

Please send written comments addressed to the Design Review Board & Town Council to:  [email protected]

 

Or by mail to:

Mountain Village Planning & Development Services Department

455 Mountain Village Boulevard, Suite A

Mountain Village, Colorado 81435.

 

The project has yet to submit a formal application for the project. There will be additional public notice provided when an application for the proposed project has been submitted to the Planning and Development Service Department.

 

Red White and Blues Celebration July 3 and 4, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association is pleased to announce the lineup and events for the 2019 Red, White and Blues Celebration taking place July 3 and 4, 2019 at Sunset Plaza, on the lawn near Lift 1 and at Heritage Plaza near the base of Lift 4.

The annual Red, White & Blues Celebration, will continue the tradition of family fun on July 3 and 4. The two-day event is set in the panoramic San Juan Mountains in Mountain Village, Colorado offering music, children’s events, merchant discounts, food and drink specials, and much more.

“What a treat for the Mountain Village community and surrounding residents to get two days of fun and quality music that is free!”  said Teddy Errico, producer of the music series.

Along with the music, each day will feature children’s activities and entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m. in a family-friendly atmosphere in both Sunset and Heritage plazas.

On July 3 at Sunset Plaza, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will host its annual ice cream social and the Mountain Village Fire Department will be on hand with its newest fire truck for the kids to check out. The Red, White & Blues Concert will kick start at 6 p.m. with Lawrence, a pop and soul brother and sister combo playing everything from Motown to Muscle Shoals and everything in between.

On July 4, talented local artists will take the Heritage Plaza stage starting at 1 p.m. with Alan Booradley and Members of the NIA, followed by Claybrook Penn and Friends and finally the ever-popular Joint Point. Capping off the evening, nationally acclaimed, Kat V takes the stage in Heritage Plaza at 6:30 p.m.

Kat V has been re-defining the classical violinist image with the help of some strings and needles. Born to a family of musicians, she started classical violin training at age 5. Her inspiration to change the way people experience classical instruments started when she was exposed to the world of house, hip-hop and experimental music. Here curiosity (and frequent appearances) in the Chicago nightclub and DJ scene opened up new outlets and possibilities of musical expression. She will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Heritage Plaza.

And, for those families who don’t want to head into Telluride for the fireworks display, Movies Under the Stars will feature a screening of The Sand Lot starting at 8:45 p.m. in Reflection Plaza.

“TMVOA is excited to continue to provide two days of music and kids activities during Red, White & Blues in Mountain Village,” said TMVOA Administration and Operations Manager Heidi Stenhammer. “We look forward to having our members, guests and visitors attend this entertaining holiday event.”

The Red, White & Blues Celebration is provided to the public free of charge by TMVOA and is sponsored by Telluride Express. This event along with the Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by Telluride Society for Music, By Sutton, Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Rodney Strong Vineyards, KOTO FM Radio, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, the Town of Mountain Village and The Peaks Resort & Spa, Teddy Errico of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and Telluride Bottleworks. The event is held rain or shine.

Learn more about the Red, White & Blues Celebration and event by contacting the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association at (970) 728-1904 or by visiting tmvoa.org and www.SunsetConcertSeries.com.

Mountain Village Town Council 2019 Election Results

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election

Candidates Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska were elected to Mountain Village Town Council on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. They will join current council members Patrick Berry, Natalie Binder and Jack Gilbride. The newly elected council members will serve four-year terms.

Of the 935 Mountain Village ballots that were issued,  340 ballots were cast by mail or in person for a 39.65 percent voter turnout. 

The newly elected council members will be sworn in at the July 18, 2019, Mountain Village Town Council Meeting where members will appoint the position of mayor and mayor pro-tem.

The Numbers:

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

 

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

 

Telluride TV goes worldwide

Telluride TV

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community

For the first time ever, Telluride’s local public access channel will be available around the globe. The station is offering all of its unique community programming to the rest of the world through the world wide web. Telluride TV’s Executive Director Peter Kenworthy announced the official launch today of a new online platform that allows viewers to stream the channel anywhere in the world and to view Telluride TV’s content on demand on TellurideTV.org.

“It used to be that if you wanted to watch Telluride TV, you needed to be in Telluride,” said Kenworthy. “And, even if you were in Telluride, you had to have a cable subscription. And, even if you were in Telluride, and subscribed to cable – and our signal was working – you needed to actually be in front of your television at the right time to see a particular show. All that is now history. From today, anyone, anywhere, at any time, can check out our Telluride-based broadcast and our archived content.”

In operation since the 1980s, Telluride TV has produced a wealth of local content ranging from musical and theatrical performances to festival interviews, fashion shows and community profiles. Kenworthy said his focus since taking the reins in 2016 has been to create new content that engages today’s community and to curate archival content from the past so that it’s both properly preserved and showcased. He thinks bringing the channel’s current and historical content to a streaming, on-demand platform transforms Telluride TV with an exciting new relevancy.

“This is different than a YouTube channel,” he said. “On this site, you can actually stream whatever is showing on our local cable channel or easily take your pick from our archives. The 2006 KOTO Lip Sync? A Telluride Film Festival interview with Forest Whitaker or Helen Mirren? Your kid in the latest Young People’s Theater play at the Opera House?  The world will now have access to all of those. And a whole slate of cool new programming.”

Among the categories of new content are a weekly resort show as well as shows focused on health and fitness, food and wine, tech advice and local history.  Also included are profiles of many community businesses and organizations.

“It’s still local TV,” said Kenworthy. “That’s our reason for being. But, where we used to say, ‘The rest of the world doesn’t get us,’ we’re now flipping that to ‘does.’”

 

Mountain Village Town Council Election June 25, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Election

The Town of Mountain Village Regular Municipal Election will take place June 25 to elect four Town Council members.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters between June 3 and 10 and may be returned in person to Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A by or before June 25, 2019 to be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Election results are available here

Six candidates are running and are listed on the ballot in this order (which was drawn at random): Chris Busbee, Peter Duprey, Dan Caton, Kara Mills, Laila Benitez and Martinique Davis Prohaska. To learn more about each candidate, visit townofmountainvillage.com/candidate.

The four Town Council seats up for election are currently held by Mayor Laila Benitez, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Caton, Dan Jansen and Bruce MacIntire. Benitez and Caton are running for a second term.

Jansen is termed out after serving two four-year terms. He was first elected in 2011 and served as mayor of Mountain Village from January 2013 through June 2017. MacIntire was elected in 2015 and has decided not to pursue a second term.

Once elected, the new council will convene July 18 where the elected members will be sworn in,  mayor and mayor pro tem will be appointed by the new town council.

 

 

 

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Parking and Transportation Information

Gondola Chondola Summer

Words by Kathrine Warren / Transportation

FESTIVAL TRANSPORTATION

Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza (formerly Town Hall Plaza) in Mountain Village to Village Center, and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other via Mountain Village Center.

During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. Expect long lines during peak times. Additionally, the Meadows bus loop will run until 3 a.m. these nights with the last departure from Market Plaza to the Meadows at 2:35 a.m. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

PARKING INFORMATION

Overnight parking at the Gondola Parking Garage will be free beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday parking will be allowed along Mountain Village Boulevard for festivarians.

For visitors needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, Planet Bluegrass will run a free circulator bus delivering people to their cars or to the closest gondola station.  The bus will run Thursday through Sunday 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 24 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Mountain Village’s Gondola Parking Garage located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., behind Town Hall and the Mountain Village Market and northwest of the gondola terminal is free to park. 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.

Planet Bluegrass’ FirstGrass concert kicks off summer festival season in Mountain Village

Firstgrass

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event, Transportation

The 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in picturesque Mountain Village with the annual Firstgrass, a free outdoor concert in Sunset Plaza on Wednesday, June 19.

The genre-defying Jon Stickley Trio plays at 5 p.m. followed by the only-in-Telluride jamgrass supergroup of Ben Kaufmann & Adam Aijala (of Yonder Mountain String Band), Andy Thorn (of Leftover Salmon), and Stephen “Mojo” Mougin (of the Sam Bush Band)!

This free show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

After the show, stick around to dine in Mountain Village and for those lucky enough to have a ticket for Planet Bluegrass’ evening celebration with Leftover Salmon, head to the Telluride Conference Center as they play to a sold-out crowd. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.

For more information on the festival, visit bluegrass.com/telluride.

FESTIVAL TRANSPORTATION

Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Market Plaza (formerly Town Hall Plaza) in Mountain Village to Village Center, and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 12 minutes to get from one town to the other via Mountain Village Center.

During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. Expect long lines during peak times. Additionally, the Meadows bus loop will run until 3 a.m. these nights with the last departure from Market Plaza to the Meadows at 2:35 a.m. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

PARKING INFORMATION

Overnight parking at the Gondola Parking Garage will be free beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Starting at 8 a.m. Thursday parking will be allowed along Mountain Village Boulevard for festivarians.

For visitors needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass bus there will be a free circulator bus delivering people to their cars or to the closest gondola station.  The bus will run Thursday through Sunday 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 24 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Mountain Village’s Gondola Parking Garage located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., behind Town Hall and the Mountain Village Market and northwest of the gondola terminal is free to park. 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

As of June 15, the Common Consumption Area in Sunset and Heritage plazas is in effect from 12-4 p.m. daily. 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. For a map of the area, please visit the town’s website.

June Mayor’s Minute

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Mayor's Minute

Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting highlights from last month and some upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for tomorrow’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

Quick reminder: Election Day is June 25. All ballots must be received either by mail or in person to Town Hall by 7 p.m. on June 25. On Election Day, the polling place at Town Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (970)369-6406 or via email for any questions.

May 16 Meeting Highlights:

  • As part of our annual budgeting process, we held a work session last month to establish and refine the budget goals for projects, programs, and infrastructure in 2020, as the Finance Committee and Finance Department draft the 2020 budget. The following goals were proposed:
    • Maintain town reserves at or above the 35% and continue to pay down debt when feasible.
    • Forecast sales tax revenue growth conservatively at 4% in anticipation of the expected impact of the Gallagher Amendment on residential property valuation and a projected flat forecast in property tax revenue.
    • Maintain town infrastructure to a high standard of repair and condition, including trails and necessary improvements for safe pedestrian and bike travel in Mountain Village.
    • Continue to plan for the financial impact of the wastewater treatment plant upgrade and expansion. This includes a potential increase of 5-10% to the town water and sewer utility customer rates.
    • Complete the major upgrade of our Broadband network infrastructure that will allow us to offer improved 1G fiber services to every home. Engineering, design, and initial construction began this year; the project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020.
    • Implement a cybersecurity plan to be developed from the 2018 consulting study.
    • Complete expansion of Village Court Apartments.
    • Increase available grant funds from $130,000 to $150,000 annually.
    • Address the Public Works Department’s need for expansion and improvement of the town shops.
  • We voted to approve on first reading an ordinance amending our Community Development Code (CDC) residential lighting regulations. These proposed changes are being considered to better balance our need for residential outdoor illumination that allows us to enjoy our homes while minimizing unintended negative impacts to neighbors and the surrounding community. There will be a public hearing and second vote on the lighting regulations at this week’s meeting.
  • We voted to approve a density transfer and rezone for the expansion area of Elkstone on Lot 600A, an increase of two condominium units and six person-equivalents of density. One of the conditions of approval was the new project must allow for the future construction and use of the Elk Pond Loop Trail, as envisioned in the Town of Mountain Village Trails Master Plan.
  • Town Council appointed Adam Miller to the Design Review Board (DRB) to fill the seat recently vacated by Luke Trujillo.
  • Last month was outgoing Council Member Dan Jansen’s last meeting. Town Council thanked Dan for his eight years on Town Council, four years serving as Mayor. His energy, commitment, and service to our community will be greatly missed.
  • Lastly, the Telluride Tourism Board, Colorado Flights Alliance, and Gondola Subcommittee provided their quarterly reports.

If you would like more specifics about any of these topics, you can watch a video of last month’s meeting on the town’s website. May’s meeting minutes will be posted online after they are approved at tomorrow’s meeting.

June 13 Agenda Topics

  • Town Council will consider authorizing of the sale of two deed-restricted units at Cassidy Ridge and Castellina. One unit will be sold to a Town of Mountain Village employee and the other unit will be sold to a long-time employee within the Mountain Village.
  • There will be a public hearing and second vote on an amendment to the CDC to allow for staff-level review instead of DRB review of roof repair and replacement applications using synthetic roof materials. This change should streamline and ease the process for property owners interested in replacing the cedar shake shingles with more fire-resistant materials as part of the Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program.
  • We will publicly thank and present Town Council Member Bruce MacIntire with a Service Award in gratitude for his four years of service on Town Council. During his term, Bruce served on the Town Hall and Village Center Subarea, Telluride Conference Center, Green Team and Parking and Transportation Committees. If you can, please join us to thank Bruce for his public service.
  • Lastly, Bill Jensen will provide the Telluride Ski & Golf quarterly update.

A full packet and agenda have been posted on our website; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Town of Mountain Village offers residents smart irrigation control incentive

Smart Irrigation Controls

Words by Kathrine Warren / Development, Environment

As part of its effort to encourage environmentally friendly measures in the home and beyond, the Town of Mountain Village is offering a rebate to homeowners when they take measures to increase the efficiency of their irrigation systems.

The goal is simple: to help residents use only the water they need to achieve the desired results on their property. As water becomes an increasingly precious resource worldwide, water conservation efforts are critical for helping reduce water consumption.

When Mountain Village property owners replace their outdated irrigation control system with a WaterSense product, which includes weather sensing capabilities, the Town will offer a rebate of up to $500.

“These controllers are really a win-win for our residents,” said J.D. Wise, Mountain Village’s plaza services manager. “In addition to being a great water conservation tool, their ability to react and adjust to real-time weather conditions can truly have positive impacts on the overall health of a landscape. It’s exciting to see this technology continue to be embraced and improved on by a number of manufacturers. “

WaterSense is a certified smart irrigation control product sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency which helps homes meet the EPA’s criteria for efficiency. These controllers use real-time local weather data, including humidity, wind speed, air temperature, soil moisture, solar radiation and rainfall to calculate evapotranspiration rates and automatically adjust irrigation watering accordingly.

Most smart irrigation controllers either connect to the Internet for weather data or collect real-time weather data from an on-site station on the property. Some of these controllers can be monitored over the Internet and the settings controlled remotely, while others can be linked to other “smart” devices in your home. With a smart irrigation controller, your plants and lawn get the water they need, without being over or under watered.

“Gone are the days when a rain sensor was the only option to automatically turn the water on or off,” Wise added. “Now, a number of these systems can adjust your daily run-times so that on a cool, cloudy day, your landscape is receiving less water than on a hot, dry day.  Not only does this conserve water, but it also improves irrigation efficiency, and helps to achieve optimal plant health.”

Residents are encouraged to consult with their landscaping professional to choose the best WaterSense rated controller and submit the Smart Irrigation Controls Program application to receive a rebate of up to $500 for the cost of the controller. (Please note, this program does not cover the cost of installation).

This incentive program is open until funds are exhausted and is for residents of Mountain Village, Ski Ranches and West Meadows.

For more information please contact J.D. Wise at (970) 369-8235 or please visit townofmountainvillage.com/smart-irrigation.

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