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06-12-03 Town Council Minutes SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL JOINT MEETING WITH PITKIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (BOCC) SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2003 Mayor T. Michael Manchester called to order the Special Joint Meeting of the Snowmass Village Town Council and the B.O.C.C. on Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. Item No. 1: ROLL CALL COUNCIL PRESENT: T. Michael Manchester, Dick Virtue, Bill Boineau and Douglas Mercatoris COUNCIL ABSENT: Council Member Arnold Mordkin was absent. B.O.C.C. PRESENT: Shelly Roy, Jack Hatfield, Dorothea Farris, Mick Ireland, and Patty Clapper STAFF PRESENT: Mike Segrest, Town Manager; Carey Shanks Economic Resources Director; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Hunt Walker, Public Works Director; Carolyn Poissant, Senior Planner; Chris Conrad, Planning Director; David Peckler, Transportation Director; Rhonda Coxon, Deputy Town Clerk; Dean Gordon, Town Engineer B.O.C.C. STAFF PRESENT: Suzanne Wolf, Hillary Smith, Tom Oken, Cindy Huber, Mike Davis, Dale Will and Brian Pettet PUBLIC PRESENT: Jeff Tippett, Bernie Grauer, Linda Sandels, Beige Jones, Gary Suiter, Gary Ross, Dave Myler, Larry Dempsey, Bob Schultz, Phyllis McFillen, Paul Shepherd, Bill Kane, Mike Davis, Bob Gardner, Lydia Whipple, Craig Murray, Chris LaCroix and other members of the public interested in Agenda items for this meeting. Item No. 2: BASE VILLAGE DISCUSSION Town Manager Mike Segrest outlined the purpose of the discussion, which was to allow the Town Council to address any concerns or questions about information brought forth by the B.O.C.C. Representing Pitkin County, Suzanne Wolf highlighted the basic issues and the possible effects that the proposal might bring to the outlining community such as traffic, transit, affordable housing, fiscal and environmental impacts. She stated that the County supports the commercial 06-12-03tc Page 2 of 4 aspect of the development to revitalize the Town, but that the applicant has not addressed all the issues. She recommended that a comprehensive plan be developed to relieve community concerns. TRAFFIC, TRANSIT AND PARKING IMPACTS Representing Pitkin County, Tom Oken stated that a 20-year road plan was developed for Brush Creek Road, although lack of funding for the reconstruction of Brush Creek may delay the project. He mentioned that since there are no tax revenues coming from Base Village sales tax that the project may face some financial difficulties. Representing the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), Mike Davis explained that RFTA would receive the same level of financial support from Base Village as from other similar developments. He stated that a tax increase may be necessary to cover operating costs if there is transit revenue shortfall. Pitkin County Commissioner Jack Hatfield requested that adequate space be made available in the Base Village plan for RFTA operations. Council Member Mercatoris requested statistics showing mitigation revenues used for County roads. Hatfield responded to Mercatoris by stating that County staff has conducted an analysis, although the County has not been involved with this type of project before. Wolf emphasized that the comprehensive plan is very important and would bring insight to the different projects. Item No. 3: CONTINUATION OF PITKIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (BOCC) PUBLIC HEARING AND JOINT DISCUSSION REGARDING HOLY CROSS SUBSTATION BOCC Public Hearing – Holy Cross Site Selection for a major public utility, scenic overlay, ridgeline and 1041 Hazard review, Pitkin County Code amendment and Special Review Commissioner Chairman Jack Hatfield opened the Public Hearing at 4:24 p.m., which was continued from the May 19, 2003 BOCC Meeting. Representing Pitkin County, Cindy Huber explained that the County Land Use Code is still in the review process. Huber reported that County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the power lines be buried underground. Representing Holy Cross, Bob Schultz explained that in order to move forward, the two governments would have to agree on a funding solution and a surcharge. Schultz outlined three possible surcharge scenarios and explained that there are several factors that may affect the overall cost and related rate increases. He mentioned that there are still some architectural issues to discuss. Snowmass Village Mayor Manchester stated that a Public Hearing and discussion on this 06-12-03tc Page 3 of 4 issue would be held on Monday, June 16, 2003 at a meeting scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Commissioner Chairman Hatfield opened the Public Hearing at 5:20 p.m. Representing the Snowmass Homeowners’ Association, Linda Sandels spoke in requested that underground power lines be mandated. Citizen Ben Vanderworth voiced curiosity about building a substation in Aspen and constructing a larger distribution line. Schultz responded by outlining the conflicts involved in constructing a substation in Aspen. Representing the Open Space and Trails Board, Dale Will emphasized that the Town and County have a substantial amount of money invested in the preservation and scenic qualities in the valley and that these amenities would be degraded if the power lines are to be built above ground. He mentioned that the Board has been anticipating revised cost projections and that the Board has advised him to seek out a consultant. Representing Brush Creek Village Homeowners, Mike Cooper stated that if the Village cannot afford to build a new facility then researching upgrades would be a beneficial alternative. Brush Creek Village Homeowner, Jerry Scheinbaum stated that his Board has unanimously voted against financial participation in burial costs for the power lines. Citizen Beige Jones suggested that the utilities trail and road be constructed simultaneously to decrease inconvenience. Citizen Becky Sparks and Mel Blumenthal stated that they support under grounding the lines. Shelly Roy stated that she supports the under grounding but feels it inappropriate to assess a surcharge to fund under grounding the lines. Manchester stated that the Land Use process and the issue of under grounding will be decided and discussed at the June 16 and 30, 2003 Regular Town Council Meetings. Hatfield made a motion to extend the deadline for final local government action on the application to August 1, 2003. He amended his motion to direct County staff to work with Holy Cross and the Town to reach an agreement before June 30, 2003. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Town Council Member Mercatoris also made a motion to extend the deadline and allow the Town to come to an agreement before June 30, 2003. The motion was seconded by Virtue. The motion was approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Council Member Mordkin was absent. Item No. 4: PITKIN COUNTY DISCUSSION\ACTION DISCUSSION OR APPROVAL OF PITKIN COUNTY RESOLUTION OR DIRECTION TO STAFF Commissioner Hatfield made a motion to continue the Meeting and Public Hearing and Resolution action for Holy Cross Transmission Lines to June 26, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. The motion was approved by a vote of 3 in favor 2 opposed. Shelly Roy and Dorothea Farris were opposed. 06-12-03tc Page 4 of 4 Item No. 5: ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, Mordkin made a motion to adjourn the Meeting, seconded by Virtue. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. The Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m. This set of Minutes was approved at the Regular Town Council Meeting of July 14, 2003. Submitted By, ______________________________ Julie Lindt, Town Clerk Secretary