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01-02-01 Town Council MinutesSNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES JANUARY 2, 2001 Mayor T. Michael Manchester called to order the Regular Meeting of the Snowmass Village Town Council on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at 4:36 p.m. Item No. 1: ROLL CALL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: STAFF PRESENT: PUBLIC PRESENT: Item No. 3: Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Douglas Mercatoris, Jack Hatfield, Arnold Mordkin, Richard Virtue Council Member Appointee Bob Purvis COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: All Council Members were present. Gary Suiter, Town Manager; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Joe Coffey, Housing Manager; Art Smythe, Chief of Police; Chris Conrad, Planning Director; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Hunt Walker, Public Works Director; Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; Rhonda Coxon, Deputy Town Clerk; Trudi Worline, Town Clerk Judge William Lippman, John Dresser, Bill Kane, David Bellack, Madeleine Osberger, Don Schuster, Sherri Sanzone and other members of the public interested in today's Agenda items. RESOLUTION NO. 01, SERIES OF 2001 COUNCIL CONSIDERATION ON A RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING JUDGE WILLIAM J. LIPPMAN AS MUNICIPAL JUDGE, SETTING THE TERM OF OFFICE AND COMPENSATION The Town Manager explained that the term of office for the Judge has been reduced from two years to one year due to a concern expressed by the Town Attorney regarding the appointment compensation in relation to requirements of the Tabor Amendment. Mordkin made a motion to approve Resolution No. 01, Series of 2001, seconded by Mercatoris. Lippman stated that there has been a 24- percent decline in court activities since 1999. He commended the Police 01 -02 -01 tc Page 2 Department for their efforts in educating the public and maintaining the peace. After further discussion, Council stated their appreciation to Judge Lippman for 13 years of service. Mayor Manchester called the question and the motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed NOTE: The following item was not included on today's Agenda. Item No. 3a: PARCEL 'N' EMPLOYEE HOUSING Joe Coffey, acting on behalf of the owner, provided estimated costs for the Parcel "N" Employee Housing project and explained recent revisions to the Construction Plan. He explained that additional costs would be included when a financing package is provided by the Finance Officer. He further explained that the site is difficult to develop, requiring slope stabilization and ground drainage, the cost of which is estimated to be approximately $420,000 at this time. Coffey further explained that the Town's purchase of the land occurred in 1999 and stated that the land purchase amount is not included in the construction costs. Project costs include a contingency amount for the owner and for the contractor. Manchester explained that Council requested a Fact Sheet be distributed to the voters prior to the January 16, 2001 Special Election on this topic, and requested that the informational material include an estimated cost for the project and the funding sources to be used. The Town Manager stated that the Town finalized an agreement with the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District regarding fees, and the amount presented by Coffey is the discounted fee realized according to that agreement. Manchester requested a more realistic per square -foot cost per unit, for living space. After further discussion, Council requested that this item be further discussed after a financing package has been identified. Item No. 4: PUBLIC HEARING AND DISCUSSION RESOLUTION NO. 17, SERIES OF 2000 TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT AND COUNCIL DISCUSSION ON A RESOLUTION PROVIDING THE TOWN COUNCIL FINDINGS AND DETERMINATION REGARDING AUTHORIZATION FOR SNOWMASS CLUB ASSOCIATES TO SUBMIT A PRELIMINARY PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION FOR THE SNOWMASS CLUB PHASE II PROPOSAL (Continued from 12 -04 -00 and 12- 18 -00) Mayor Manchester opened the Public Hearing, stating that this Public Hearing was continued from the December 18, 2000 Council Meeting. Jim Wahlstrom 01 -02 -01 tc Page 3 explained that the Resolution has been revised as directed by Council during the December 18, 2000 discussions. He requested Council direction regarding the applicability of the three recent Land Use Code changes to this application. Wahlstrom stated that the Town received a letter from the applicant explaining the reasons they feel their application should not be subject to recent Land Use Code changes, which were made after the applicant submitted the Sketch Plan application, and explained that the letter also included a list of community benefits proposed by the applicant. Virtue proposed that recent changes to the Land Use Code, although beneficial for future applications, are unfair when applied to this application. Hatfield explained the history of the Code changes and stated the need to apply the current Land Use Code to this application review. The Town Attorney stated that the Sketch Plan process is conceptual and not a site specific plan, approval of which allows the applicant to proceed to Preliminary Plan review. He further stated that an applicant does not have the right of reliance until approval is received to proceed to Preliminary Plan review, although Council does have the right to change the Code by Ordinance. Wahlstrom requested that Council review the list of proposed benefits and identify those they wish to have included in the Resolution. Council discussed the appropriate process to proceed with the discussions. Bellack identified the difficulty resulting from Code changes. Don Schuster explained the intent of the applicant's letter and requested that the issues outlined in their letter to Council be addressed during the Sketch Plan process. In response to an inquiry made by Virtue, Manchester explained the reasons changes were made to the Code. Council discussed the applicant's request regarding revisions to the Land Use Code in relation to this review. Mercatoris agreed with the community benefits contained in the letter, stated that he felt this application should be reviewed under the new Code and requested that the Phase I employee housing be deed restricted. Schuster stated concerns regarding Code changes to the job generation rate. Bellack stated a concern regarding future Code changes to the employee housing requirements. The Planning Director explained that staff is working with the applicant to investigate and clarify the Snowmass Club Phase I application approval. Manchester agreed that the Code that is in effect at the time of Preliminary Review should be used to review an application, that the newly adopted Unit Equivalency Chart should not apply to this application, the 65- percentage number that triggers community benefit contributions should apply, and that the community benefits outlined in the Resolution plus those outlined in the letter received from the applicant at this meeting, are sufficient to meet the requirements of the Code. Manchester asked if Council agreed with his statements. Hatfield stated that he felt some of the items listed are business related and are not to be considered community benefits. 01 -02 -01 tc Page 4 Mordkin requested a review of the list of community benefits included in the applicant's letter. Manchester read the list and Council discussed the items individually. In response to a request for clarification made by Manchester, Wahlstrom explained that the applicant is providing a new trail easement and identified the location. Mordkin stated the need to clarify all vague statements made in the Resolution. Manchester stated that he agreed to the applicants offer to provide access to the golfing facilities for non members and at a discounted rate, although requested that the applicant work with Council to determine the fee. Bellack and Schuster explained the basis used to determine the fee. Mordkin stated his concern regarding use of the facility during off season, at which time Town employees may not be working 30 -hours per week as proposed to determine qualification for non members. Schuster explained the applicant's reasoning when stipulating the 30 -hour per week restriction. Mercatoris suggested the use of the language used by the Town for employment guidelines. Hatfield requested that residents be allowed to use the athletic facilities at a reasonable rate. Bellack and Schuster explained that this was discussed during the Snowmass Club Phase I submission, at which time the applicant agreed to allow athletic club memberships to locals and employees until such time as the facilities become over crowded. In response to an inquiry made by Mordkin, Schuster explained that an athletic club membership is the availability to utilize the athletic club and pool for approximately $600 per year plus $60 per month for a single person. Council further discussed the issue. In response to an inquiry made by Mordkin, Bellack explained that the applicant will provide a location for the structure to house the Nordic Council's equipment and has agreed to include the building design in this application for future construction by the Nordic Council. Manchester questioned the need to construct bus shelters on both sides of Brush Creek Road. Council discussed this issue and determined the shelter to be a Community Benefit. Mercatoris explained that the applicant agreed to donate the ball field land to the Town if the Town decides to relocate Brush Creek Road during the Entryway redesign. If the road is not relocated, the Snowmass Club would lease the ball field to the Town on an annual basis. Purvis suggested the Town have fee simple ownership of the ball field parcel. Bellack and Schuster They further explained that the intent is to preserve the recreational character of the land. explained that deeding the land to the Town would interfere with future golf course plans. Mordkin and Hatfield stated the need to clarify the intent on all issues related to this development. Council further discussed this item with the applicant for clarification purposes. Manchester requested that a site plan for the baseball diamond be discussed during Preliminary Review. Mordkin requested that the phrase "consider the land be changed to "convey the land 01 -02 -01 tc Page 5 Manchester provided the assumptions made during a recent Transportation Meeting related to the expense and other problems of moving Brush Creek Road as a part of the Entryway Project. He informed the applicant that Council may request that the ball field parcel discussions be delayed in order to allow time to design the Entryway Project. In response to a concern stated by Mercatoris, Bellack suggested rather than convey a fee interest a perpetual easement for recreational purposes may be conveyed in accordance with the Colorado Revised Statutes. The group agreed to discuss this issue further during Preliminary Review. Manchester stated that employee housing is mitigation, not a Community Benefit. Council majority agreed that the Community Benefits outlined in the Resolution, plus those included in the letter received from the applicant and identified by Council at this meeting, are sufficient to meet the requirements of the Code. Hatfield stated that he believes some of the items are not Community Benefits, but are a part of the applicant's normal conduct of business. Council Member appointee Bob Purvis agreed with Council majority. In response to an inquiry made by Mercatoris, Schuster and Wahlstrom explained the circumstances whereby the applicant, in a future joint effort with the Town, would restore the stream area from where the stream enters the culvert to the Seven Star Ranch parcel. He explained that Sanzone would meet with staff to develop the design and identify grant funding sources. Purvis recommended that the statement in the Resolution referring to the stream restoration, written "...using RETT funds..." be replaced with the word "coordinating He explained the change. Purvis clarified that of the ten items listed, Council majority agreed that all but Item No. 7 were considered to be Community Benefits. Manchester stated that the items identified as Community Benefits would be listed in the Resolution. Manchester explained issues surrounding the Employee Housing mitigation in relation to this application and the changes which have occurred in the Land Use Code since Phase I approval of the Snowmass Club. He stated his desire to have new Employee Housing generated with this application. Mordkin asked if Employee Housing mitigation would have been required if Phase I and Phase II would have been submitted as one application under the current Code requirements. Wahlstrom and Schuster established that under those conditions no Employee Housing mitigation would have been required. Hatfield stated that previously, mitigated Employee Housing was deeded to the Town. In response to an inquiry from Mordkin, Schuster and Kane stated that there is a need for Employee Housing during the off season. Hatfield stated the need to follow the current Land Use Code. 01 -02 -01 tc Page 6 Schuster and Mercatoris explained that Employee Housing square footage constructed during Phase I exceeded the amount required to meet the Community Benefit requirement, and proposed that Council may consider the additional square footage amount as mitigation for Phase II. Council further discussed this issue. Manchester questioned if applicant -owned Employee Housing is indeed considered Employee Housing mitigation. In response to a clarification requested by Mercatoris, Bellack stated that the applicant would rather not be obligated to construct Employee Housing. The Town Attorney provided clarification of the Code language relating to this issue. Mayor Manchester stepped away from the Council table. Mercatoris explained that reallocation of existing housing does not meet the need for additional employee housing. Kane stated his concern that when employee housing mitigation for the future Base Village development is determined, the requirement on the applicant may become unattainable. He also questioned the need for that amount of Employee Housing and offered the Town first right of refusal for use of the existing employee housing constructed in Phase I, if the applicant cannot fill all the units. Bellack informed Council that Phase I Employee Housing reached 95- percent capacity within the past week. Virtue stated his desire to develop an agreement with the applicant during Preliminary Review, allowing first right of refusal to the Town on the existing Phase I seasonal Employee Housing, as proposed by the applicant to meet mitigation requirements of Phase II. Purvis stated that he would like to see new Employee Housing constructed. Mercatoris explained that any new Employee Housing would require the Town to subsidize the cost. In response to an inquiry from Mordkin, Bellack stated that the applicant feels Employee Housing requirements are too high, and stated a concern of over saturating the market with Employee Housing units. Hatfield suggested the use of cash -in -lieu. In an effort to address the Phase II Employee Housing mitigation, Schuster suggested that the applicant deed restrict the Manager's apartment constructed during Phase I construction. He explained that the square footage of the Manager's apartment could be subtracted from the required square footage mitigation for Phase II, and defer the remaining 3,700 square feet of Employee Housing mitigation to future construction. Hatfield suggested that the Employee Housing mitigation amount for the Ullrhof be included in the formula. The Town Manager suggested a break at this time. In response to an inquiry from Hatfield, the Town Attorney stated that this issue would be dealt with during Preliminary Review and become a part of the Preliminary approval process. The Planning Director clarified that the Manager's unit will no longer be considered a part of the Community Purpose under Phase I, and will now be considered as Employee Housing mitigation under Phase II of this application. Bellack clarified that the approximate 3,700 sq. ft. Employee Housing 01 -02 -01 tc Page 7 requirement would be owned and operated by the Town. Council determined that due to the amendments made to this Resolution, staff would make the necessary revisions and Council would consider approval of the Resolution at a Special Meeting on January 8 or the Regular Meeting on January 15, 2001. In response to an inquiry made by Mercatoris, Hatfield stated that to change the name of Fairway Drive would require an expense to the Water and Sanitation District by requiring address changes on all of their forms and letterhead. Schuster reported that the applicant is working with the District to assist in relieving the expenses incurred by the change. Mercatoris clarified the Employee Housing mitigation agreed upon by Council and the applicant. The Town Attorney suggested that the Ullrhof Employee Housing mitigation amount be considered as a part of the formula. There being no further comments, Mayor Pro -Tem Mercatoris closed the Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. For clarification purposes, Mercatoris stated that the Town needs to be guaranteed that the ball field land deeded to the Town has no strings attached and is adequate space to allow for the softball field, the proposed golfing enhancements and the Jazz Festival. Mayor Manchester returned to the Council table. Action on Resolution No. 17, Series of 2000 was scheduled for the January 15, 2001 Regular Town Council Meeting. At 7:15 Mayor Manchester convened the Meeting for a 15- minute break. Mayor Manchester reconvened the Meeting at 7:15 p.m. He requested a discussion regarding Council travel times and road trips. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS NOT INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA FOR THIS MEETING Manchester stated that a Village Leadership Forum Meeting to discuss strategic planning, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on January 17, 2001 at Anderson Ranch. Purvis explained that the meeting was previously scheduled for January 16, 2001 and has been changed to the 17 He explained that the meeting format would be discussed at the January 15, 2001 Council Meeting. The January 17 Meeting will be held at Anderson Ranch. Manchester reviewed the agenda of meetings for Snowmass Village Resort discussions. The First in a series of these meetings is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2001, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The second agenda item is a tour of several resorts and meetings with public 01 -02 -01 tc Page 8 officials at Whistler, Park City ski areas and Deer Valley from February 6 through the evening of February 9, 2001. The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, at 5:30 p.m. for a Town presentation of SPA and the Comprehensive Plan as well as transportation priorities related to Base Village and surrounding areas. Council discussed tours of the Telluride, Vail, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain ski areas and agreed that a tour and meetings with Telluride officials would be scheduled for Thursday, February 22. Tours of Vail, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain will be scheduled at the end of March or beginning of April, 2001. The third meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2001 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss public /private partnership finance mechanisms. The fourth meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2001 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss real estate development and management concepts. The fifth meeting was scheduled for March 15, 2001 to discuss planning design criteria. Council requested that consultant Walter Kieser be invited to the March 1 meeting. Council discussed appropriate staff members to attend the tours. Item No. 5: SECOND READING ORDINANCE NO. 28, SERIES OF 2000 COUNCIL CONSIDERATION ON SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF INITIATIVE ORDINANCE NO.1, SERIES OF 2000 AND ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES THEREUNDER (Tabled from 12- 18 -00) Mayor Manchester stated that Second Reading of this Ordinance was tabled from the December 18, 2000 Council Meeting and was moved by Hatfield and seconded by Mayor Manchester at that time. Council reviewed changes made to the Ordinance language since First Reading. Council clarified that changes state that an estimated cost for the project and funding sources would be included in future ballot language on ballot questions subject to Initiative Ordinance No. 1, Series of 2000, which was approved by the voters at the November 7, 2000 Regular Election. There being no further discussion, Second Reading of Ordinance No. 28, Series of 2001 was approved by a roll -call vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. 01 -02 -01 tc Page 9 NOTE: Mayor Manchester explained that appointment of the Liquor Licensing Authority members would be approved separate from the other Boards and Commissions by Resolution No. 05, Series of 2001. Item No. 5a: Item No. 6: Item No. 7: RESOLUTION NO. 05, SERIES OF 2001 A RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE LIQUOR LICENSING AUTHORITY Mordkin stepped down from the Council table, recusing himself due to a pending application before the Liquor Licensing Authority. Mayor Manchester stated that this Resolution appoints Deidre Boineau, Melissa Forster and Cheryl Morgan to the Snowmass Village Liquor Licensing Authority. Mercatoris disclosed that he is a Liquor Licensee in Snowmass Village. Hatfield made a motion to approve Resolution No. 05, Series of 2001, seconded by Virtue. There being no further discussion, the Resolution was approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Council Member Mordkin abstained. RESOLUTION NO. 02, SERIES OF 2001 COUNCIL CONSIDERATION ON A RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE FINANCIAL ADVISORY BOARD, ARTS ADVISORY BOARD, PLANNING COMMISSION, AND THE BOARD OF APPEALS AND EXAMINERS Mordkin returned to the Council table. Mayor Manchester stated that there were no applicants for vacancies on the Financial Advisory Board. He stated that this Resolution appoints Judy Clauson, June Gordon, Janet Grenda, Shirley Millard, Linda Sandels, Lois Sando and Sandy Stay to the Arts Advisory Board. It also appoints George Huggins and Bill Boineau to the Planning Commission as regular members and Mark Stout and Bob Fridstein as alternate members on the Planning Commission. Appointees to the Board of Appeals and Examiners included Wolf Gensch, Thomas Goode and Jim Gustafson. Council requested that the Financial Advisory Board information be deleted since there were no applicants. They also requested that "Liquor Licensing Authority" be deleted from the heading of the Resolution. Mercatoris made a motion to amend the Resolution as stated above, seconded by Mordkin. The motion to amend was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Mercatoris made a motion to approve Resolution No. 02, Series of 2001 as amended. Virtue seconded the motion. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. RESOLUTION NO. 03, SERIES OF 2001 COUNCIL CONSIDERATION ON A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE LOCATIONS OF THE OFFICIAL 01 -02 -01 tc Page 10 Item No. 8: PUBLIC NOTICE BOARDS FOR THE TOWN OF SNOWMASS VILLAGE Hatfield made a motion to approve Resolution No. 03, Series of 2001, seconded by Virtue. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Mordkin requested that a sign be placed in the areas designated as Public Notice Boards. RESOLUTION NO. 04, SERIES OF 2001 COUNCIL CONSIDERATION ON A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ARNOLD P. MORDKIN TO APPEAR BEFORE THE LIQUOR LICENSING AUTHORITY AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF MORDKIN ENTERPRISES, INC., THE APPLICANT FOR A RETAIL LIQUOR STORE LICENSE Mordkin stated that he has a current application before the Snowmass Village Liquor Licensing Authority and will act as counsel and manager for the application. Mordkin is due to appear before the Liquor Licensing Authority with an application for a new Liquor License on January 5, 2001. He recused himself and stepped down from the Council table. Manchester stated a concern that Mordkin's role as Council Member would appear to assert undue influence over the decision making Board, which may inappropriately prejudice a fair decision. The Town Attorney explained the provisions of the Resolution, which if approved, would allow Mordkin to appear before the Liquor Licensing Board in person. Mordkin further explained his situation as registered manager for the Liquor License. Virtue made a motion to approve Resolution No. 04, Series of 2001, seconded by Mercatoris. After further discussion, the Resolution was approved by a vote of 3 in favor to 1 opposed. Council Member Hatfield opposed. Mordkin abstained. Item No. 9: MANAGER'S REPORT NWCOG /HMC The Town Manager referred to a report included in the information packet provided for this Meeting regarding NWCOG and Water Quality (QQ). Staff recommendation was to defer the QQ issue to Snowmass Water and Sanitation District. He explained that the Town assists the water quality issues in Snowmass Village through the efforts of stream restoration and "catch basin" projects. Collin Laird, from Healthy Mountain Communities (HMC) will provide a report to Council in the near future on regional planning issues before a decision is made regarding possible Town membership in NWCOG. 01 -02 -01 tc Page 11 Item No. 10: APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES FOR 12 -04 -00 Virtue made a motion to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of December 4, 2000, seconded by Mayor Manchester. There being no additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Mercatoris abstained, stating that he was not present at the December 4, 2000 Council Meeting. Item No. 11: DISCUSSION /ACTION 2000 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ATTENDANCE RECORDS Council reviewed the attendance records for Town Boards and Commission members for the year 2000. Council stated their satisfaction and appreciation to the members of all boards and commission members as volunteers, and for their improved attendance at meetings. NOTE: Item Nos. 12 and 13 were heard as one item. Item No. 12: DISCUSSION CALENDARS /STATUS REPORT and Item No. 13: DISCUSSION COMMITTEE REPORTS /COUNCIL COMMENTS Brush Creek Lane Ice Hatfield requested that the ice on Brush Creek Lane be addressed by the Road Department as soon as possible. Numbered Lots Trash Virtue requested that the trash accumulation in the numbered parking Tots on Snowmelt Road be attended to on a daily basis. Operations Facility and Two Creeks Lighting Virtue reported that he has received a complaint from a constituent who reported that the Operations Facility lights are being left on throughout the night. He suggested the lights be turned off at night as a cost savings to the Town. Council also requested that staff contact the Aspen Skiing Company and request that they turn off the parking lot lights at the Two Creeks parking lot at night. 01 -02 -01 tc Page 12 Building Permits Mercatoris reported a constituent complaint regarding the untimely delay for issuing Building Permits by the Community Development Department and requested that they be issued in a more timely manner. Rodeo Parcel Mercatoris reported that he met with Bill Burwell regarding the Rodeo parcel. Mr. Burwell proposed that the Town invest to develop single family homes on the site. Council agreed to invite Mr. Burwell to a Council Meeting to discuss the plans after a land appraisal has been obtained by the Town. Non Smoking Bars Mercatoris reported that he has been contacted by bartenders in Snowmass Village, who have requested legislation to ban smoking in local bars. He requested public comment and comments from all local bartenders be obtained before an ordinance is drafted for Council review and consideration. Rodeo Parcel Committee Mordkin reported that as Council representative on a Committee to discuss purchase of the Rodeo parcel, he and Council Member Virtue recently met with Bill Burwell, Lance Burwell and Archer Bishop. Mordkin and Virtue reported on the details of the meeting. Mordkin recommended that the owners of the Rodeo Lot be invited to a Council Meeting to present their concept of a public private ownership of the Rodeo parcel as a Pre Sketch item. Council agreed for Mordkin to invite the Rodeo parcel owners to a scheduled Council Meeting following receipt of the land appraisal. Heated Bus Stop Mordkin reported that he has requested staff to install heaters at the Daly Lane bus stop. Excise Tax Mayor Manchester reported that to date, the Town has collected Excise Tax in the amount of $812,000, with a commitment of approximately $40,000. He explained that the amounts do not include fees collected from a recent Accessory Employee Unit (AEU) buy -out. State of the Town Mayor Manchester reported that he met with a representative of the Snowmass Village Sun, for an interview regarding the "State of the Town The article will appear in the January 4, 2001 edition of the newspaper. 01- 02 -01tc Page 13 Town Newsletter Mayor Manchester stated that a Town newsletter would be published and distributed in January, 2001. Special Election Information Mayor Manchester explained that a Fact Sheet on the Parcel "N" Employee Housing ballot question would be finalized and distributed to the general public during the upcoming week. Manchester reminded the public that the Town of Snowmass Village will hold a Special Election on Tuesday, January 16, 2001. The single ballot question for this Election will request voter approval for the Town to construct the Parcel "N" Employee Housing project. ASC Appreciation In response to a request made by Council, Mercatoris reported that he contacted Pat O'Donnell of the Aspen Skiing Company, and relayed Council's appreciation for his company's effort and interest to increase activities in Snowmass Village. O'Donnell informed Mercatoris at that time of an article which recently appeared in the Denver Post newspaper reporting a low percentage in the Town's lodging reservations. Purvis reported that Skier Day visits for all four ski mountains is up 20+ percent and Snowmass Village Skier Day visits show an increase of 30+ percent from last year. He suggested the Town provide monthly operating indicators of Town information for public information. Council /Press /Public Information Sharing Mordkin reminded the public and members of the press of a brown -bag information sharing session with Council, the public and the press. The session is scheduled for noon on January 17, 2001. The discussions will be held in Council Chambers. RTA Meeting Mayor Manchester reported that he attended a Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) Board Meeting. He stated that a budget was adopted and approximately $500,000 was approved for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), as well as funding for trails. He stated that an interim amount was also budgeted for Railroad Corridor Management, until further discussions can identify the necessary amount and method to evolve the Corridor Investment Study (CIS) process. RTA staff has been directed to investigate and provide a recommendation to the Board. Alice Hubbard has been hired as the Director of the RTA Transition Team and will employ Walter Kieser and others to assistance in the development of an action plan. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be advertised to hire an Attorney for the RTA. The Board has called a halt to the CIS for further evaluation and to further identify components of the Study. 01- 02 -01tc Page 14 Mercatoris stated his concern regarding further expenditure of funds for additional staff, development of the CIS and other expenditures. Manchester also reported that the Department of Revenue is denying RTA the use of sales tax dollars on vehicles purchased in Glenwood Springs by anyone who lives outside the RTA jurisdiction. He explained that this creates approximately $300,000 loss of income to the RTA. The RTA staff has been in contact with legislators regarding this issue. Item No. 14: ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, Hatfield made a motion to adjourn the Meeting, seconded by Mordkin. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. The Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Submitted By, Trudi Worline, Town Clerk