The Telluride Kayak School estimates it will teach between one and eight students per day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the 12-foot pool.
The temporary use permit goes into effect on June 1 and is contingent upon the school’s receipt of approval from local agencies including the Building Department and Public Works as well as the Colorado Department of Health.
Kentucky Placer Annexation Moves Ahead
The town’s plan to acquire 117 acres of open space adjacent to Town Park known as the Kentucky Placer moved forward a step on Tuesday when council approved an annexation agreement between the Town of Telluride and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, which currently owns the land.
The agreement passed by a 5 to 0 vote (Andrea Benda, David Oyster absent) and builds on council’s final approval last month to annex and rezone 1.74 acres of that parcel. That approval allows for the development of three lots occupying four-tenths of an acre located at the entrance of Bear Creek. Sale of those parcels is expected to generate funds to pay for the open space preservation.
“This is really major,” said a smiling Mayor Stu Fraser. “This process has been going on for years and years.”
Dolese Appointed to P&Z
Council appointed Andrew Dolese, a Telluride Real Estate Corporation broker associate, to a regular seat on the Planning and Zoning Commission by a vote of 4 to 1 (Thom Carnevale dissenting) on Tuesday.
Dolese, who was not in town to attend the meeting, moved to Telluride from Atlanta in 1994 and has served as an alternate on P&Z since last summer.
He will occupy the seat recently vacated by Harley Brooke-Hitching, who held the now defunct crossover seat shared between the Historical and Architectural Review Commission and P&Z. Council voted in April to eliminate the crossover seat in favor of one separate seat on each commission because of concerns that it unnecessarily exposed the town to potential lawsuits.
The application also sparked discussion as to whether applicants’ presence at council meetings should be mandatory and led one councilmember to withhold his positive vote.
“I’m voting no because I do not have an opportunity to question,” said Councillmember Thom Carnevale. “If there had been a more definitive statement written by Andrew I would have felt more comfortable.”
Public Meeting Webcasts Tested
Webcasts of select Town of Telluride council and commission meetings will be available in the upcoming months as council gauge’s community interest in the service for possible inclusion in the 2009 budget.
TellurideWEBTV.com already livecasts a variety of public meetings in Mountain Village, including those for town council and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. A number of sports, arts and community events can also found on the website. All livecasts are archived on the website for later viewing.
According to TellurideWEBTV.com’s owner, Ron Brumley, who will provide the service to the town, the webcasts have been popular with second home owners in Mountain Village, who are able to keep up with community developments from a distance. One event held last July, the Pinhead/TSRC Telluride Town Talk about what doctors and nurses fear most, was even picked up by CNN and watched by about 46,000 viewers around the world, Brumley said.
Out-of-town developers have also taken advantage of the Mountain Village Design Review Board meetings available on TellurideWEBTV. Now, rather than board airplanes to attend meetings, they can stay home and watch the webcast – in real time or after the fact – according to Brumley.
“We’re saving the planet one developer at a time,” he joked.
Groups Help Community Fight Unwanted Catalogs
Next week The New Community Coalition in partnership with the Sheep Mountain Alliance and the Town of Telluride Ecology Commission are lending a hand to help locals cut down on the amount of junk mail they receive.
The groups will have sign-up sheets for the Catalog Choice service available at a table outside the post office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. next Monday through Friday.
According to Eliza Keating, TNCC Green Building Director, signing up for the service can be done at the website www.catalogchoice.org, but the groups are hoping to make the process even easier by catching postal patrons at the moment they’ve got unwanted catalogs in their hands and by providing volunteers who will input their catalog preference information at the website for them.
The groups will also provide information on removing your name from other junk mail lists, and, if that’s not enough, Keating is providing homemade, organic cookies to draw in the crowds.