TELLURIDE - Telluride Town Clerk Mary Jo “MJ” Schillaci was surprised to receive a standing ovation when she walked into the Telluride Town Council meeting earlier this week, as friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate her many contributions to the Town of Telluride since she became clerk in 1989.
Recently, Schillaci was chosen by the Colorado Municipal Clerks Association to receive the “2012 Outstanding Contributions by a Clerk to her Municipality Award.” She was nominated for the award by town staff with assistance from council and other Colorado clerks.
Mayor Stu Fraser capped off the heaps of praise piled upon Schillaci by reading a proclamation declaring Dec. 11, 2012 “We Love MJ Day!”
“From a personal perspective, MJ, you are a consummate professional, a wonderful friend and a leader who we continue to learn from daily,” Fraser said, getting choked up.
Schillaci intends to retire next year.
“To receive this award from my colleagues is huge,” she said. “Thank you to all who help me shine. Thanks to all the clerks and all my friends. I’m honored.”
CDOT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Council received construction updates this week on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s projects in the region, including the Leopard Creek Bridge and the upcoming roundabout project at Society Turn.
“The new bridge is now complete and carrying traffic,” CDOT official Lorna Alexander reported. Temporary signage and striping are also in place, and rock blasting and wetland mitigation have been done. However, because of delays with extra rock removal, completion of the project won’t take place until next spring, Alexander said. But for now, traffic delays at the construction site have reached an end.
Preliminary work on the Society Turn roundabout project is also underway. The Town of Telluride paid its contribution to the project, $900,000, in 2011. The initial cost of the project was estimated to be approximately $3.2 million, but competitive bids
came in higher than what state procurement policy would allow, so the project was not
awarded in 2012.
The project is due to enter full construction phase next summer. Traffic mitigation will involve a temporary roundabout as the permanent roundabout is being built. Concrete work is due to commence in mid June and the project should be complete by October 2013.
Council spent quite a bit of time discussing the lighting design at the roundabout with CDOT officials, and agreed on solution that will utilize six 30-foot tall poles with dimmable LED fixtures with a fairly “warm” Kelvin temperature that are compliant with Telluride’s dark skies initiative.