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03-29-01 Town Council MinutesThe Work Session began at 3:12 p.m. SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL WORK SESSION SUMMARY MARCH 29, 2001 COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Robert Purvis, Richard Virtue, Arnold Mordkin COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: Council Member Mercatoris was on approved leave of absence. STAFF PRESENT: Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; David Peckler, Transportation Manager; Chris Conrad, Planning Director; Robert Voigt, Senior Planner; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Trudi Worline, Town Clerk PUBLIC PRESENT: Michael Pracht, Madeleine Osberger, Chris Kiley, Victor Gerdin and other members of the public interested in today's Agenda item. TRANSPORTATION ISSUES DISCUSSION Michael Pracht from Siemens, a light rail transportation provider, was invited to this Work Session to provide information regarding services Siemens could provide to assist with the Town and Valley transportation needs. Pracht explained that light rail is one of the many components provided by Siemens, which is one of the largest turn -key design /build contractors in the world. He provided an outline of the light rail and other services provided by the company. Pracht explained that Siemens identifies possible public /private partnerships in municipal or regional areas where a private sector company like Siemens can form a partnership with local entities that are in need of an alternative mass transportation system. He further explained that his company does not follow the traditional process such as use of Federal government funding, which due to incremental funding, is time consuming and increases the overall cost. Pracht outlined the breakdown of cost related components for the traditional process versus the savings of time and money associated with the method used by his company as the turn -key design /build provider. He explained that Siemen's program involves less consultants, contractors and contracts than the traditional process, can provide a better delivery system with less cost and less time involved. Once a plan is in place, government funding is secured and the involved entities have identified and secured the remaining funding necessary, Siemens would begin the construction process in anticipation of the remaining necessary government funding. 03 -29 -01 ws Page 2 Council stated their desire for a more expeditious and cost efficient system to move people back and forth from Aspen to Snowmass Village. Pracht explained that different systems would be necessary to address the transportation needs from lower valley to upper valley and from Highway 82 to Snowmass Village. Due to steep grades within the Town limits, one system could not address the transportation needs from Highway 82 along the Brush Creek corridor to the Mall, and would require a change of transportation product to move people along the steep grades from the Rodeo lot area to the upper Mall. Further discussions were related to determination of need, capacity, frequency of service, appropriate product for the terrain, other transportation options and current Town funding of bus transportation systems. All these issues would need to be addressed to identify total cost and determine a fee for users. Pracht informed Council of the Transportation Infrastructure Financing Investment Act, a Federal Government funding program strictly for infrastructure investment, which has fewer requirements than traditional government funding programs. After further discussion, Council stated their appreciation to Pracht for providing the information, which will be taken into future considerations of area transportation needs. Competition Analysis Mayor Manchester distributed copies of a competition analysis compiled by the Community Development Director of Mammoth, which included a review of the ten top Colorado resorts. The document listed information related to number of skiers, population, visitors per year, number of pillows, etc. Attached to the document was a workbook on mapping the coarse for the future of Mammoth and a guide for green infrastructure for the Canadian government. Conference Center Refinancing Purvis stated his concern that a recent letter sent to Snowmass Village Resort Association (SVRA) was not specific to inform them of Council's desire to meet with members of the SVRA Board of Governors as well as with the President of SVRA, Jim France. After further discussion, Council directed staff to contact Mr. France with a request that members of the Executive Committee on the SVRA Board accompany France to a scheduled Council Meeting on April 2, 2001. Council also directed staff advise Council of their options related to this request, to request France provide specific information for Council review prior to the April 2, 2001 Meeting and notify Aspen Skiing Company representatives of the April 2 Meeting. Mayor Manchester invited Council to accompany him to the SVRA Board of Governors Meeting on April 20, 2001. 03 -29 -01 ws Page 3 Trail Easements Manchester reported that he met with property owners of Cozy Point South to discuss the Town's desire to acquire easements for future construction of a trail. He informed Council that the Pitkin Board of County Commissioners would discuss the trail topic at a meeting scheduled for April 3, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. He urged Council Members to attend. Fire Debris Virtue stated that notice from the Town for the Walsh family to remove the remains of their burned home in the Divide subdivision would expire on April 3, 2001. He requested that the Town Attorney and Building Official be notified and prepared to move to the next step of the process if the owner does not clear the debris by the expiration date. RTA Meetings Manchester reported that Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) Meetings are scheduled for April 5 and 12, 2001 in Carbondale. The Work Session ended at 5:00 p.m. S bmitted By, Trudi Worline, Town Clerk