TELLURIDE – Tuesday marked the birth of a new Town of Telluride Council. Newly elected Councilor Todd Brown and re-elected incumbents Ann Brady and ‘Glider Bob’ Saunders were sworn in by town clerk M.J. Schillaci on Tuesday. Jenny Patterson, who also won a council position in the November election, was not present at the meeting.
The new council started with a minor dispute over the appointment of the mayor pro tem, whose principal duty is to fill-in for the mayor when he is absent, after Mayor Stu Fraser moved to appoint Brady, rather than Saunders, who was the last mayor pro tem.
“Ann will bring an administrative background and a meeting leadership background that would be appropriate to this leadership,” said Fraser. “This is not to say that Bob [Saunders] has not been a good pro tem. He has been there whenever I have not. In my last two years as mayor of Telluride, I would like to endorse Ann to be the next Mayor Pro Tem.”
Fraser’s motion drew initial disagreement from Saunders, who said he would prefer to see Thom Carnevale appointed.
“Thom has two years left on council before he’s termed out, and I’d rather see him serve in that position,” said Saunders. Carnevale declined the nomination from Saunders, saying that he’d prefer to finish the remainder of his term as a councilor.
Council elected Brady to the position, with Carnevale opposed, saying he disagreed with the way Fraser moved to nominate Brady.
Bluegrass Capped at 11,750
The Telluride Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to cap the daily attendance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival at 11,750, down from 12,000 that were permitted in 2012 and 2013. A thousand of those daily admissions will be set aside for Telluride residents. These tickets will be available starting Thursday, Nov. 21. If they are not sold out by March 1, the remainder will be available to anyone.
Bluegrass producer Craig Ferguson originally asked council to approve an increase from from 11,500, to 12,000. But due to the town’s already strained infrastructure, in particular its worsening sewage treatment pumps, council agreed only to 11,750 with hopes of easing the pressure on the town’s utilities.
Amendment to Floodplain Regulations Discussed
In a work session, the Telluride Town Council on Tuesday discussed amending the town’s Land Use Code to meet the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s new minimum statewide floodplain standards.
The new standards exceed those required by the National Flood Insurance Program, which will be implemented in January 2014. The proposed changes to the town’s land use code (available online) come after disastrous floods ravaged communities on the Front Range this fall.