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02-07-05 Town Council Minutes SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES FEBRUARY 7, 2005 Mayor Douglas Mercatoris called to order the Regular Meeting of the Snowmass Village Town Council on Monday, February 7, 2004 at 4:04 p.m. COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: Mayor Douglas Mercatoris, Bill Boineau, Sally Sparhawk, Arnold Mordkin, and John Wilkinson COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: All Council Members were present. STAFF PRESENT: Mike Segrest, Town Manager; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; David Peckler, Transportation Director; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Art Smythe, Chief of Police; Rhonda Coxon, Town Clerk; PUBLIC PRESENT: Thomas McGarry, Bob Fridstein, Bill Kane, Doug Mackenzie, Janice Huggins, Dawn Keating, Madeleine Osberger, Alex Foresight, and other members of the public interested in Agenda items for this Meeting. Item No. 2: MUNICIPAL CODE ETHICS POLICY Wilkinson stated that the Council is in the process of hiring new legal representation for the Town, therefore he requested that this discussion be postponed until the Town Attorney is on staff. Council discussed Article V, Sections 2-101 and 2-97, which requires a Council Resolution of approval to allow Town Board and Commission Members to appear before Council on personal and private matters or any matters not related to their representative Board. The Town Attorney suggested that Council address the issue as a Town Regulation rather than a law. As a regulation, the issue would not become a violation of public trust or of the Municipal Code, therefore would not be subject to the penalty imposed by for violation of the Municipal Code. After further discussion, Council members agreed to provide their concerns and comments to staff and directed staff to review the Wyoming legislative language regarding this issue as requested by Wilkinson and provide recommendations to Council at a future Town Council Meeting following review of the issues by the new Attorney. NOTE: Mercatoris stated that Council would hear a report on Late-Night Bus Service at this time. Item No. 8: MANAGER’S REPORT Late-Night Shuttle Bus Service Update The Transportation Director referred to results of a trial period conducted for usage of late night taxi service within the Village. He stated that the trial period was from December 23, 2004 through February 8, 2005, and reported that the service averaged approximately 4 trips, 8 passengers and 1.1 hours of service per night. Over four of the 02-07-05tc Page 2 of 5 busier days in January, the study showed that most trips were to employee housing complexes. He informed Council that the cost to run the trial service through Feb 8, 2005 would be approximately $5,750 and costs to run the service through the end of the winter season would be approximately $13,000. Mercatoris disclosed that he is the owner of a restaurant/bar establishment in the Village and chose not to participate in the discussion. Wilkinson stated that the additional cost would not be an appropriate budget expenditure. After further discussion, Council requested that this issue be addressed as a separate Budget line-item during the annual Budget review process, and that staff provide information identifying the subdivisions being serviced by this amenity. Council directed staff to continue the service through the end of the 2004/2005-winter season. Item No. 3: BRUSH CREEK FIELD GUIDE PRESENTATION Janice Huggins and Dawn Keating introduced the completed Brush Creek Field Guide, a book entitled Snowmass Village Wild at Heart, a Natural History Guide. Huggins provided an overview of the Book, which included the history Snowmass Village. She stated that 3,000 copies of the Book were printed in January, 2005, and explained that there were a few remaining unbudgeted expenditures for the book, which included $1,000 bonus for Huggins, a marketing campaign for the Book and additional copies of the Book for the Town. Options to address the expenditures were to fund the expenditures out of the General Fund or to reduce the payback to the Town through sales of the Guide. Huggins stated that Book Signings were scheduled and outlined plans for state and national promotional efforts. Wilkinson suggested that extracts from the book be included in a trail guide and placed at the trailhead locations for the upcoming summer season. Council stated their appreciation to Huggins and Keating for the publication. After further discussion, Boineau made a motion to reduce the payback amount to the Town through sales of the Book from $37,264 to $33,315. Sparhawk seconded the motion. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. NOTE: Council took a 15-minute break at this time. Item No. 4: PUBLIC NON-AGENDA ITEMS There were no Public Non-Agenda items. Item No. 5: COUNCIL UPDATES Marketing Materials Sparhawk thanked the Marketing Board and Marketing for the promotional information sent to the Council Members. Ruedi Water Board Wilkinson attended his first Ruedi Water and Power Board Meeting and commented on the meeting. RFTA Board Boineau stated that in March RFTA would be discussing the question of rail salvage. 02-07-05tc Page 3 of 5 Election – Base Village Development Mercatoris reported on the recent Town Special Election held on February 3, 2004, regarding final voter approval of the Base Village development. He requested Council Meeting Agenda time to determine a means for construction management to ensure the project construction has minimal impact on the community and that the applicant and developer fulfill all agreements made with the Town. Item No. 6: PUBLIC HEARING AND SECOND READING – ORDINANCE NO. 02, SERIES OF 2005 – SNOWMASS MOUNTAIN MASTER PLAN PUBLIC HEARING AND SECOND READING CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE FINAL PUD FOR THE SNOWMASS MOUNTAIN MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT, INVOLVING REVISIONS TO THE SKI AND SNOWBOARD AREA FOR THE REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF SKI AND SNOWBOARD LIFTS, THE CAPACITY INCREASE OF CERTAIN LIFTS, THE ADDITION OF A GONDOLA BETWEEN PROPOSED BASE VILLAGE AND ELK CAMP MEADOWS, EXPANSION OF ON-MOUNTAIN FACILITIES, RECREATION AREAS AND RESTAURANTS, DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW BEGINNERS AREA AND TUBING PARK, CREATION OF ADDITIONAL TRAILS OR GLADING SKI AND SNOWBOARD AREAS, EXPANSION OF THE SNOW MAKING SYSTEM, WINTER AND SUMMER PROGRAMS AND USES; TOGETHER WITH A REZONING OF THE SKI MOUNTAIN TO A ‘RECREATION’ ZONE DISTRICT. Mordkin made a motion to approve Second Reading of Ordinance No. 02, Series of 2005, seconded by Boineau. Mayor Mercatoris opened the Public Hearing at 5:25 p.m. In response to an inquiry made by Bob Fridstein, Bill Kane of the Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) stated that construction and completion of the Sam’s Knob Express ski lift is scheduled for completion during the 2005 summer season. Scheduled for construction during the 2005 and 2006 season is the six passenger high-speed ski lift to Sam’s Knob, the Cabriolet, Fanny Hill grading and the foundation for Building No. 1, the Children’s Center. The Elk Camp gondola construction is scheduled for 2006-07 season, and a re- build of the Sam’s Knob restaurant would be constructed before the 2007-2008 season. The Town Clerk informed Council that she received a telephone call from Silvia Smith requesting that the Longshot run remain as it currently exists. In response to an inquiry made by Alex Forsight, Kane stated that a high speed quad chair lift is planned to service the Burnt Mountain area. Application has been made to construct a traverse and is currently under consideration by the Forest Service. Senior Planner Jim Wahlstrom stated that all public notification requirements were met by the applicant in accordance with the Municipal Code. There being no further comments from the public, Mercatoris closed the Public Hearing at 5:31 p.m. Doug Mackenzie of ASC explained availability of the mountain for public use during the upcoming summer season. Mordkin made a motion to amend the Ordinance under Replacement Restaurant Facility at Sam’s Knob Summit to state “…a minimum of 125 seats…” , rather than 175 seats, and requested that the change also be made in the PUD Guide. Sparhawk seconded the motion to amend. The motion to amend was 02-07-05tc Page 4 of 5 approved by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. There being no further discussion, a roll-call vote was taken and Second Reading of the Ordinance was approved as amended, by a vote of 5 in favor to 0 opposed. Representing the applicant, Bill Kane stated that he accepted the Conditions as outlined in the Ordinance. NOTE: Mercatoris stepped down from the Council table. Mayor Pro Tem Boineau conducted the remainder of the Meeting. Item No. 7: RESOLUTION NO. 08, SERIES OF 2005 – TOWN MANAGER EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION RENEWING THE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH D. MICHAEL SEGREST AS TOWN MANAGER AND TOWN TREASURER. Sparhawk made a motion to approve Resolution No. 08, Series of 2005, seconded by Mordkin. Boineau called the question and the motion was approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Mayor Mercatoris was absent. Item No. 8: MANAGER’S REPORT This Item was discussed earlier in the Meeting. Item No. 9: APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES FOR 11-15-04 Sparhawk made a motion to approve the November 15, 2004 Council Meeting Minutes, seconded by Mordkin. There being no additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Mercatoris was absent. Item No. 10: COMMITTEE REPORTS/CALENDARS Elected Officials Transportation Committee Mordkin stated that the Elected Officials Transportation Committee Meeting (EOTC) had been rescheduled to March 10, 2005. February Council Meeting Date Change – Presidents’ Day Mordkin reminded the public that the Council Meeting that would regularly be scheduled for Monday, February 21, 2005 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 22, 2005 due to the Presidents’ Day holiday. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS NOT INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA FOR THIS MEETING. Item No. 10a: Interview Applicant for Town Attorney Position Council interviewed applicant Thomas McGarry for the position of Snowmass Village Town Attorney. Interview questions were included in the information packet for this Meeting. Item No. 11: ADJOURNMENT 02-07-05tc Page 5 of 5 There being no further business, Mordkin made a motion to adjourn the Meeting, seconded by Sparhawk. The motion was approved by a vote of 4 in favor to 0 opposed. Mercatoris was absent. The Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m. This set of minutes was approved by Town Council at the May 23, 2005 Regular Meeting.