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02-05-01 Town Council Minutes(2)The Work Session began at 2:09 p.m. COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: STAFF PRESENT: PUBLIC PRESENT: SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL WORK SESSION SUMMARY 02 -05 -01 Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Doug Mercatoris, Arnold Mordkin, Richard Virtue, Bob Purvis Gary Suiter, Town Manger; Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; Marianne Rakowski, Finance Director; Hunt Walker, Director of Public Works; Joe Coffey, Housing Manager; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Rhonda B. Coxon, Deputy Town Clerk Scott Smith, Paul Broome, Mark Norris, Russ Caldwell, Madeline Osberger, Mike Mercatoris, Lance Burwell, Matthew Moedyl, Susan Walters, Michael Zane, Greg Masse, Wei Zheng Sandra Story, Kamlyn Cantrell and other members of the public interested in today's Agenda items. PARCEL "N" EMPLOYEE HOUSING FINANCING Marianne Rakowski, Finance Director, reviewed the financial scenarios with Town Council. She introduced Russ Caldwell, Investment Banker with Kirkpatrick Pettis. Rakowski noted that the information and staff recommendation is the same as submitted to Town Council in July, in which she recommended a save and build scenario. She explained that Joe Coffey has submitted updated financial numbers for this project. After a lengthy discussion, and in light of new numbers, Town Council directed staff to take the new numbers and apply them to the three scenarios that Rakowski previously submitted and bring them back for Council review. Council requested Coffey determine the annual income and market for potential purchasers. Mark Norris will provide Council with some firm numbers regarding the financial impact if construction were to be delayed until September. 02 -05 -01 ws Page 2 HEALTHY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES Colin Laird, representing Healthy Mountain Communities (HMC), explained the function of his organization and stated that due to changes in the availability of funding from the State, HMC is currently asking local governments within the region for support for the year 2001. He reported that Pitkin County has committed $8,000 and Glenwood Springs has committed to $5,000 to support HMC in 2001. He requested funding in the amount of $5,000 from The Town of Snowmass Village. After further discussion, Council directed staff to determine budgeted funds that could be used for this purpose. Council suggested that HMC apply for funding through the Town's annual grant process in the future. PROHIBITION OF SMOKING IN RESTAURANTS AND BARS Council Member Doug Mercatoris recused himself from this discussion. Mayor Manchester requested comments from the public. Lance Burwell, General Counsel for the Silvertree Hotel, stated his opposition to the language proposed for the ordinance, explaining that he believes the existing ordinance on this issue is appropriate and the new language would preclude businesses from providing a service to the smoking patron. Burwell requested scientific evidence from the Town which would prove that second -hand smoke is harmful to others and a statement of its effects. Mike Mercatoris III, unofficial spokes person for the pro anti smoking cause, explained that his efforts are to protect the health of the employees and explained the detriments of residual cigarette smoke. He further explained that the cause has not received the support of the business owners to make the changes on their own; therefore he is requesting that Council pass a law to address the cause. Mercatoris stated that he would provide Council with research results and statistical information. He noted several case studies and results of each. Brad Barker, a 25 -year resident, stated his support to ban smoking in public places. Mayor Manchester stated that he has requested written information from the Pitkin County Environmental Health Department on this subject. He also stated his support on the smoking ban and a concern for employees who are exposed to the second -hand smoke in bars and restaurants. Mordkin stated his support to ban smoking in bars and requested that a privilege of smoking used in theatrical presentations be exempt from the restriction. In light of an Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) marketing promotion to European countries, Bill Burwell stated his concern that the smoking ban may turn tourists away from Snowmass Village and requested that Council look at the state of the 02 -05 -01 ws Page 3 Village before making a final decision that could be a detriment to a reclining resort. Michael Zane commented that the only non smoking bar on the Mall is operated by the ASC. Mercatoris replied that the information he would provide to Council would substantiate an increase in European business after New York and California adopted a ban on smoking. Matthew Moedyl stated his concern that money or economy would seem to be more important than the health of employees. Bill Burwell stated that he felt it inequitable to be concerned for the health of bar and restaurant employees and not for others in the service industry such as maids. He suggested that each establishment manage the smoking issue in their perspective establishments rather than Council imposing another law. In response to an inquiry made by Virtue, an employee if it Poggio stated that he does not feel business has diminished since the owners imposed a smoking ban in the restaurant. Lance Burwell requested that Town Council consider instituting incentives rather than a blanket prohibition. Council Member Purvis stated his interest for more information from Lance Burwell regarding incentives. After further discussion, the Town Attorney was directed by Town Council to draft an ordinance for first reading, to be scheduled on the agenda for a Special Meeting on February 12, 2001. The Work Session ended at 3:57 p.m. S b fitted By: 171 /'y Yez,(__) Rhonda B. Coxon, Deputy Town Clerk