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06-24-02 Town Council MinutesSNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES JUNE 24, 2002 Mayor T. Michael Manchester called to order the Regular Meeting of the Snowmass Village Town Council on Monday, June 24, 2002 at 2:11 p.m. Item No. 1: ROLL CALL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: STAFF PRESSENT: PUBLIC PRESENT: Item No. 2: BASE VILLAGE SKETCH PLAN REVIEW Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Douglas Mercatoris, Richard Virtue and Robert Purvis Council Member Mordkin arrived at 2:30 p.m. All Council Members were present. Michael Segrest, Town Manager; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; Craig Thompson, Community Development Director, Marianne Rakowski, Finance Director; Larry Green, Wildlife Official; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; David Peckler, Transportation Manager; Trudi Worline, Town Clerk Don Schuster, David Harris, Doug Mackenzie, Victor Gerdin, Joe Wells, Jack Schroeder, Mary Brown, Gary Suiter, Madeleine Osberger, B.J. Adams, Bernie Grauer, Jack Hatfield, Paul Shepard, Bill Kane, Pat Leto, Paul Shepherd, Phyllis McFillin, Brent Gardner Smith, Mel Blumenthol, Dan Baharov and other members of the public interested in the Agenda items for this Meeting. Mayor Manchester explained the Sketch Plan Review Process and the fine line that exists for information appropriate to this process as opposed to information specific to the Preliminary Plan Review Process. Senior Planner Jim Wahlstrom stated that the application involves ten separate sites located throughout the 06- 24 -02tc Page 2of8 Town. He requested that Council prioritize Core Issues and discuss the review schedule for this Sketch Plan process. Paul Shepherd, Vice President of Intrawest, provided a general overview of the application, which included changes and revisions made since the original presentation at Joint Council \Planning Commission Meetings held during the months of February and March 2002. Changes made were in response to recent Planning Commission recommendations and included the Fanny Hill cabins, lift plans, Cabriolet and gondola. Still under study is the Assay Hill and pool areas, Brush Creek Road intersection, transportation, FAR, height, mass, scale and employee housing. Shepherd provided a visual presentation of the site plan. Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) representative Bill Kane provided revisions to the ski hill plan. He stated that the applicant felt the revisions would improve access from the Base, provide direct access to the top of Sam's Knob and the base of Elk Camp, which are critical secondary arrival points in the ski complex. Kane explained that the previously proposed Cabriolet was meant to be a high -speed connection from the Base Village to the Mall, acting as a people -mover that could operate year -round and connect skiers to a lift for access to Sam's Knob. In response to public comment, Kane proposed an alternative to the Cabriolet, by proposing the "Sam's Knob Express which would run as a high -speed direct access from Base Village to the top of Sam's Knob, include a mid station and allow the ski school to access the bottom segment of the lift. He proposed this connector as a separate, dedicated lift from Base Village to the Mall, to serve as a people mover for the two areas. The Gondola plans remain the same and will run from Assay Hill to the base of Elk Camp, providing access to the entire Burnt Mountain complex, the center of the Mountain through Alpine Springs or the Two Creeks area. Kane explained plans for construction of a beginner and kids ski arena at the base of Elk Camp with two dedicated ski school lifts. He outlined the various advantages of the mountain plan and the concept for redevelopment of the base of the mountain that would include a kids play area, a pulse gondola and Sam's Knob Express. Kane explained the 15- percent proposed grading at the bottom of the hill to accommodate the terminals and Coney Glade. Council and staff discussed prioritization of elements and Core Issues. Council requested the Commercial Core Meeting scheduled for Friday, June 28 at the Conference Center as the number one priority discussion, followed by BaseVillage \Fanny Hill area architecture, height, site plan, Community Benefits concept, overall transportation plans as they relate to this development, employee housing, secondary parcels, and the mountain ski plan. Council and staff discussed a process whereby information could be provided to Council Members as it becomes available, if that were to occur prior to completion of Council Meeting information packets. Council stated their preference to end Council Meetings by 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. and requested that Base Village Sketch Plan review be included on the Agenda on alternate Council Meeting dates to allow time for other application reviews that are also before 06- 24 -02tc Page 3 of 8 Council at this time and to allow required staff time for review and production of information. The July 1, 2002 Council Agenda will allow time for Council to reflect on discussion from this Meeting, finalize the review schedule, discuss packet information required for the July 8, 2002 Meeting, and reflect on the Commercial Core Meeting of June 28, 2002. The formal Base Village Sketch Plan review will continue on July 8, 2002 and July 29, 2002. August 1, 2002 Agenda will allow time for clarifications or further discussions on Base Village. Staff will revise the review schedule for Council approval at the next Meeting. The applicant will work with staff and utilize the Town's Economic Model to provide Council with additional information. Mordkin requested that staff provide a bullet -point list of changes made to the project. Mercatoris requested that components related to issues requiring a super- majority Council vote for approval be listed as priority items for discussion. He also requested additional information regarding sizes and proposed uses of primary commercial areas related to this project. County Commissioner Jack Hatfield requested Council interaction with the Pitkin County Commissioners regarding the Base Village application. As a citizen, Hatfield requested full and complete Council review at the Sketch Plan process. Manchester stated that public comment would be received on each topic throughout the review process, in addition to the scheduled Public Hearing. Manchester stated that Council anticipates gaining a clarification of what is necessary to create a vital, vibrant commercial core at the upcoming June 28 Commercial Core Meeting. Item No. 5: PUBLIC NON AGENDA ITEMS Don Schuster of the Snowmass Club requested a change in the time for a Council site visit to the Snowmass Club Golf Course construction site. The site visit has previously been set for June 25, 2002. Council agreed to tour the area immediately following today's Meeting. NOTE: Council took at 10- minute break at this time. Item No. 3: 2001 FINANCIAL REPORT Jack Schroeder of Clifton Gunderson LLP, presented the Audit Report of the Town's Financial Statements for the year ending 2001. He identified significant transactions for the year and invited questions from Council. He explained the various types of Town funds and functions of each, and stated that the General Fund ended the year with a $5.5M fund balance, a decrease of $1.5M from the prior year. Special Revenue Funds ended the year with a balance of $5,685,000, an increase from the prior year. Taxes in total were down approximately $804,000 due to a decrease in Real Estate Transfer Tax and Sales Tax. Intergovernmental revenues decreased $256,000 due to a reduction in County Sales Tax. In total, revenues were $1.6M. General Fund revenues were slightly less than expenditures in 2001, down by $110,000. Revenues exceeded 06- 24 -02tc Page 4 of 8 expenditures in Special Revenue Funds by $2.4M. There was a slight increase in Proprietary Fund revenue of $42,000, for a net loss of $1,500 for the year. Schroeder outlined information and reports contained in the remainder of the document. Council requested that staff invite members of the Financial Advisory Board to this presentation in future years. The Finance Director outlined items contained in the Capital Reserve Fund. Council discussed prevention of over funding for Capital Reserve items. The Town Manger stated that he plans to implement a means to prevent over funding the Reserve Fund. Item No. 4: ASPEN SKIING COMPANY WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT MANAGEMENT PLAN Wildlife Official Larry Green presented the ASC Wildlife Enhancement Management Plan. He explained that the Snowmass Ski Area Master Plan approved in 1994, included a requirement for a Wildlife Enhancement Management Plan to mitigate development impacts to wildlife, using wildlife enhancement projects and monitoring the outcome for ten years. The last year of monitoring will be in 2005. He referred to a list of requirements outlined in the report which were met by ASC in 2001 as well as weed control on the ski area, dust control and a water conservation effort through construction of a half pipe estimated to conserve 4- million gallons of water. Green informed Council that Wildlife expert Dan Baharav has reported that the elk population, as well as the mule deer population in 2001, was comparable to the years 1999 through 2000 and are sustainable on the ski area. The number of bird species as well as mammal animal species has shown an increase. Green stated that he felt the Snowmass Ski Area effectively developed a Wildlife Plan, is continuing to implement and monitor the Plan as required and is accomplishing the goal of wildlife sustainability. He recommended that Council encourage the ASC to continue its support of wildlife enhancement projects beyond the year 2005. Green provided an early report on the elk that have been fitted and monitored by collars indicates that that a vast number of elk pass through the migration corridor. Green and Wildlife Expert Dan Baharav addressed the items considered a part of the management portion of the program. Doug Mackenzie of the ASC stated that he felt the Wildlife Enhancement and monitoring should continue after the 2003 deadline for this project. Green reported that out of the $250,000 provided by ASC, approximately $180,000 remains in the Wildlife Fund. Item No. 5: PUBLIC NON AGENDA ITEMS There were no further Public Non Agenda items. NOTE: Mayor Manchester stated that since the Public Hearing for Item No. 6 on the Agenda was previously published to be held at a later time during this Meeting, Council would hear Item No. 7 at this time. 06- 24 -02tc Page 5 of 8 Item No. 7: RESOLUTION NO. 33, SERIES OF 2002 CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE PROCEDURE FOR CONTINUED REVIEW OF THE 7 STAR RANCH FINAL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION The Town Attorney stated that this Resolution assumes the trail easement to be completed and executed. He explained that the Town has not received the signed easement. Seven Star Ranch representative Joe Wells requested an extension of time for final review of the PUD application. After further discussion, Mayor Manchester made a motion to extend the date for Final Review of Seven Star Ranch PUD to July 2, 2002. Mercatoris seconded the motion. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Mercatoris made a motion to approve the Resolution with a condition that the Resolution would not go into effect until the after the Town has received the signed Trail Easement Agreement and it has been approved by the Town Attorney. Virtue seconded the motion. The Town Attorney requested that throughout the Resolution, the phrase "Seven Star Ranch Final PUD Application" be changed to "Seven Star Ranch Final PUD pending Application." Mercatoris included the Town Attorney's request in his motion to amend. Virtue accepted the additional amendment as second to the motion. The motion to approve the Resolution as amended, was approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Council Member Mordkin was absent. Item No. 8: DISCUSSION COMMITTEE REPORTS /COUNCIL COMMENTS /CALENDARS Krabloonik Purvis reported that he received a letter from Dave Myler outlining the outcome of the most recent meeting regarding the Krabloonik land trade proposal He stated that he has requested the Finance Director to conduct research to assist Council with the decision. Free Summer Concert Series Mercatoris reported that the first concert of the free Summer Concert Series will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2002 on Fanny Hill. A listing of the concerts and instructions for anyone wishing to sponsor the event will be included in the June 26, 2002 edition of the Snowmass Village Sun newspaper. Jazz Aspen \Snowmass Mercatoris requested a staff report on the Jazz Aspen \Snowmass Concert, held the week prior to this Meeting. Snowmass Village Rodeo Manchester reported that the first Snowmass Village Rodeo of the season is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2002. 06- 24 -02tc Page 6 of 8 Election Question Mayor Manchester requested that discussions regarding the proposed Marketing Tax be held as soon as possible in order to meet deadlines required for a ballot question at the November, 2002 Regular Election. Manchester stated that the plan is for Snowmass Village to coordinate the election with Pitkin County. Conference Center Lease Extention Mercatoris made a motion to approve an extension for the Snowmass Village Resort Association (SVRA) Conference Center lease payment to September 15. 2002. Virtue seconded the motion. The motion was approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Council Member Mordkin was absent. The Town Attorney stated that he wouldl provide a draft contract for sale of the Conference Center to SVRA by the end of the week. He requested Council discussion regarding this issue in the near future. Approval Resolutions Mercatoris and Mordkin Mercatoris stated that although a Council vote approved Mercatoris to appear before Council on Summer Concert Series matters, and Mordkin to appear before Council on Rodeo matters, Resolutions formalizing the votes have not been approved. He directed the Town Attorney to provide Resolutions to ratify the actions in the near future. Appreciation Manchester stated that he received a call from Bill Hegberg, who stated his appreciation to Council for flowers sent to his family in respect of Ruth Kevan. Charter Amendments Manchester directed the Town Attorney to prepare necessary Charter Amendment ballot question for the November 2002 Regular Town Election. The Town Clerk will prepare the special Election Notice for Charter Amendments. Holy Cross Electric Line Installation Manchester reported that he attended a Pitkin County Commissioners Meeting regarding installation of electric lines in the near future to provide Snowmass Village with additional electricity. At that time, the Pitkin County Trails Committee assured the Town that the additional lines would be positioned along the easement in a manner that would allow Snowmass Village to proceed with construction of the Brush Creek Trail along that easement. The Town Manager will provide Council with information outlining alternative alignments for the electric lines, which include underground lines, above ground lines, a combination of the two, a proposed substation and funding that would be required from the Town. Staff will monitor the Pitkin County review process and determine the appropriate time for a meeting with Council and the County on this issue. 06- 24 -02tc Page 7 of 8 Droste Property \Conservation Easement In response to a concern expressed by Manchester, County Commissioner Jack Hatfield stated that the fencing being construction on the Droste property to contain horses, is in compliance with the law associated with that type of land use. Manchester also stated a concern that a road is being constructed on the Droste property leading to the draw near Pioneer Springs. Hatfield will investigate the issue and report the information to the Town Attorney. July Council Meetings Council agreed to hold Regular Town Council Meetings on July 1, 8, 15 and 29, 2002. Council requested that the Town Attorney provide a Resolution setting the Regular Meeting dates for July. Item No. 6: PUBLIC HEARING AND SECOND READING ORDINANCE NO. 07, SERIES OF 2002 TO RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT AND SECOND READING CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A MINOR PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT AMENDMENT TO THE ASPEN SKIING COMPANY'S PREVIOUSLY APPROVED SPECIALLY PLANNED AREA PLAN, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ELK CAMP VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY, FUEL STORAGE AND SHEER BLISS WATER DETENTION POND Mayor Manchester opened the Public Hearing at 5:25 p.m. Community Development Director Craig Thompson stated that all submittal and Public Hearing notification requirements have been met by the applicant in accordance with the Snowmass Village Municipal Code. Jack Hatfield stated his support of this application. Hatfield requested the number of employees currently at the facility, compared to the number provided at the time Ordinance No. 9, Series of 1994 was approved. Bill Kane explained that the ASC is required to provide a new five -year average number of employees at the time a Certificate of Occupancy is issued. The new number would then create a base line average for this particular project. Mercatoris made a motion to approve Second Reading of Ordinance No. 07, Series of 2002, seconded by Virtue. There being no further comments from the public, Mayor Manchester closed the Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thompson requested an amendment to Paragraph No. 4 in "Exhibit B by changing the words "Chapter 16" to "Chapter 16A After further discussion regarding employee generation rate for this application, Mercatoris made a motion to amend the Ordinance In Section Three, Paragraph No. 21 to read the applicant shall provide 448 square feet per employee. Type of housing and location to be determined by the Town Council Virtue seconded the motion. Purvis made a motion to delete Item No. 4 from "Exhibit B Virtue seconded the motion. After a recommendation from the Town Attorney, Purvis made a motion 06- 24 -02tc Page 8 of 8 to amend the Ordinance by including Item Nos. 1, 2 and 3 from "Exhibit B" in Section Three, Paragraph No. 21, and deleting "Exhibit B After further explaination from the Town Attorney, Purvis made a motion to amend the Ordinance by deleting "Exhibit A deleting "Exhibit B deleting the reference to "Exhibit A" under Section Three Paragraph No. 9 and deleting the reference to "Exhibit B" in Paragraph No. 19. Virtue seconded the motion to amend. All amendments were approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. A roll -call vote was taken, and Second Reading of the Ordinance was approved as amended, by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Council Member Mordkin was absent. NOTE: The following item was not listed on the Agenda for this Meeting. Item No. 8a: SNOWMASS CLUB CONSTRUCTION SITE VISIT At 5:35 Mayor Manchester stated that this meeting would be reconvened at the Snowmass Club construction site near the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highline Road to review the construction grading. Item No. 9: ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, Mayor Manchester adjourned the Meeting at 6:30 p.m. This set of Minutes was approved at the July 8, 2002 Regular Town Council Meeting. Submitted By, Trudi Worline, Town Clerk