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01-02-01 Town Council Minutes(2)The Work Session began at 2:13 p.m. COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: STAFF PRESENT: PUBLIC PRESENT: SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL WORK SESSION SUMMARY 01 -02 -2001 Mayor T. Michael Manchester; Richard Virtue, Jack Hatfield, Arnold Mordkin, Douglas Mercatoris Council Member Apointee Robert Purvis Gary Suiter, Town Manager; Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; Craig Thompson, Community Development Director; Art Smith, Chief of Police; Hunt Walker, Public Works Director; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Joe Coffey, Housing Manager; Chris Conrad, Planning Director; Larry Green, Wildlife Official; Laurie Smith, Animal Control Officer; Rhonda Coxon, Deputy Town Clerk Mark Stout, Bob Fridstein, Bill Boineau, Judy Clauson, June Breen Gordon, Linda Sandels, Gracie Oliphant, John Dresser, Jeff Tippett, John Wilkenson, Kevin Wright, Deidre Boineau, Cheryl Morgan, David Bellack, Judge William Lippman, don Schuster, Bill Kane and other members of the public interested in today's Agenda items. Interview Applicants Boards Commissions Mayor Manchester explained that applicants who were not able to attend this Work Session would be interviewed individually at a later date. He reported that there were eight vacancies and seven applicants for the Arts Advisory Board (AAB), six of which were incumbents. The Deputy Town Clerk identified an error and clarified that all applicants were incumbents. The Town Manager explained that the Municipal Code was recently amended to increase the number of members permitted on the Arts Advisory Board from 12 to 15 and eliminated the Town Council Ex- Officio Member. Council interviewed applicants for the AAB which were in attendance. Council interviewed Jim Gustafson, one of three incumbent applicants for three 01 -02 -01 ws, Page 2 vacancies on the Board of Appeals and Examiners. Jim Gustafson reported on the process and actions of the Board. Council interviewed applicants in attendance for the Liquor Licensing Authority. Mayor Manchester reported that the Town received four applications for three vacancies, two of which were incumbents. Mordkin stepped down from the Council table, stating that he currently has a pending application before the Liquor Licensing Board. Mercatoris disclosed that he holds a local Liquor License but did not feel this to be a conflict of interest. Council voted by secret ballot. Manchester stated that the final vote would be formalized during the Regular Town Council Meeting immediately following this Work Session. Mayor Manchester explained that there were 5 vacancies and no applicants to fill the vacancies on the Financial Advisory Board (FAB). Council discussed a means to generate more public interest in this Board and requested that staff meet with the previous Boardmembers to determine if FAB duties could be restructured to create more of a challenge and enhanced community contribution for the members. Mayor Manchester reported that Council received five applications to fill four vacancies on the Planning Commission. Council interviewed the applicants that were present at the Meeting. The applicants included one incumbent, George Huggins. Mercatoris requested that the Planning Commission members attend the upcoming Future Planning meetings as well as the upcoming Council resort tours. Council voted by secret ballot for two Planning Commission Members and determined that the two applicants who were not selected in the vote would serve as Alternates. Manchester stated that the vote would be formalized in Resolution form at the Town Council Meeting immediately following this Work Session. Parcel "F" Discussion The Community Development Director explained that Parcel "F included in the East Village PUD, is currently being used by the public to park their cars and access the Tom Blake Trail. He further explained that the Parcel is currently zoned as Conservation Easement property, which does not allow a parking lot. He suggested the zoning be changed from "Conservation Easement" to "Public" in order to allow the general public to park at this location. The Wildlife Specialist explained that the parking has not created a significant impact, although stated his concern of cumulative impacts and indicated his preference that parking not be allowed in this area. The Landscape Architect stated the need for a parking lot in this area from a trails planning standpoint and discussed optional locations to construct a parking lot near the Tom Blake Trail. After further discussion, Council directed staff to investigate and identify an area near this location to construct a parking 01 -02 -01 ws, Page 3 lot which would not be in conflict with the Conservation Easement or wildlife restrictions in the area. Council also requested that staff plant additional bushes and trees in the open area near the Two Creeks Parking Lot. Council requested that the Trails Map clarify the Tom Blake Trail closure dates and closure locations. Trail Closure Discussion The Community Development Director explained that Council previously requested a discussion regarding trail closure dates. He referred to recommendations made by the Trails Committee, Pitkin County Wildlife Officer, U.S. Forest Service representative and staff, which were included in the information provided to Council for this Work Session. He explained that if Council concurs with the recommendations, an Ordinance would be provided to Council in the near future to review and approve the new trail closure dates as an amendment to Chapter 10 of the Municipal Code. John Wilkenson, of the Trails Committee, explained that the Rim Trail is in an area highly used by elk for calving and transition, and the current trail closure dates came highly recommended by the Division of Wildlife. Kevin Wright of the Department of Wildlife (DOW), explained that all trails make an impact on all wildlife. Larry Green, Wildlife Official, stated that the former Wildlife Official has voiced that she is opposed to any change in trail closure dates. Wilkenson requested that the Town increase enforcement of the Government Trail closure dates during elk calving season and create a more aggressive campaign to educate the public. After further discussion, Council directed staff to improve the signage and install gates at points on the trails where trail closures begin and end, create a flyer to be distributed at bike shops and other appropriate locations. Council requested that the Trails Map clarify the sections of trails that will be closed and dates of closure. Council directed staff to contact Pitkin County and request their cooperation to install a gate at the point of closure on the County side of Government Trail. Council also directed staff to prepare an Ordinance stating the new recommended trail closure dates to be reviewed by Council in the near future. Parcel "N" Owners Discussion This item was not discussed during this Work Session. The Work Session ended at 4:35 p.m. S•tmitted By, Trudi Worline, Town Clerk