Exciting News: Telluride Keeps Being Named Best U.S. Ski Town – Conde Nast Traveler

I am pleased to share with you that Telluride has once again been selected as the #1 Ski Resort in North America by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

This year, because Telluride has received this accolade six out of the past seven years Conde Nast Traveler has also written a feature on the destination:

Why Telluride Keeps Being Named The Best U.S. Ski Town

This is a wonderful recognition for our Mountain Village community and merchants.

TMVOA Election | Dial-a-Ride | Annual Members Meeting & Social

TMVOA Member Election
Last Friday (11/23) electronic ballots were sent out to the email address we have on file for residential property owners. Ballots were also sent to commercial property owners or their leasee for the Class C (commercial) election.

If you did not receive an email containing the link to your official ballot, please contact Heidi Stenhammer at 970-728-1904, ext 7 or heidi@tmvoa.org.

Click here for more election info and FAQs. The election will close on Dec 14, 2018 at 5pm MST.

View the candidates and their bios.
Residential (Class A)
Commercial (Class C)

Dial-a-Ride: Ridership Rules
Since taking over responsibility for the management and funding of dial-a-ride (DAR) in October 2013, TMVOA has worked closely with our service provider (Telluride Concierge) to continually enhance the overall quality, standards, and experience for our members and their guests.

As a result, we’ve seen a significant increase in the overall utilization of the service and an 81% increase (+15,534) in annual vehicle trips since taking over the service. Over the past summer and winter seasons (combined), 1,044 unique residential property owners used the service. As you can expect, the distribution of use by property varied and ranged from 1 – 500 rides for the 12-month period. Most of the property owners that use DAR (97% or 1,017 addresses) use on average 25 rides per year. View the distribution of use of the 1,044 unique users of DAR.

Historically we have utilized a seasonal ride limit, but some members have noted that they would prefer an annual limit (winter + summer) as their use is much higher in one season versus the other.

As such, the TMVOA board has approved up to 200 complementary rides per year for valid residential members beginning this winter through next summer (Nov 2018 – Oct 2019). Additional rides are available at a discounted rate of $15 per ride which will be invoiced separately to the property owner. As always, you can monitor your usage of DAR on the TMVOA website (click here).

TMVOA Annual Members Meeting & Social
Save the date – Join us on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 4pm at the Conference Center located in Mountain Village for the TMVOA Annual Members Meeting.

At the meeting results of the election for one residential seat and one commercial seat will be announced, followed by a presentation on the state of the association. The meeting will be followed by our winter social. Hope to see you there.

Let’s Ski | Gondola Station Enhancements | 2019 TMVOA Budget, Assessments & Election

Resort Opens This Week – Let’s Ski!
A Donation Day preview will be taking place Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s opening day. All ticket proceeds from Donation Day will benefit the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased from the main ticket office in Mountain Village or in Telluride at the Oak Street and Coonskin ticket offices – As a reminder, season passes will not be valid on Donation Day.

For a complete list of Donation Day & Opening Day operations and schedules click here.

Gondola Station Enhancements in MV
Just in time for winter ski season, several enhancements to the gondola station located at Town Hall were completed that will appeal to both your ears and eyes. After hearing from some members, residents and guests that this station was a bit loud, this fall the station was outfitted with sound dampening materials and technology that substantially reduces the noise level from the gondola drive motor. Also, as part of the project, panoramic images of our beautiful region are featured on two of the walls and are strategically lit from behind by LED lighting to bring out certain elements such as rays of sunshine and points of light.

Take a moment to view pictures of the inside of the newly remodeled MV station, now named the Market Plaza Station.

Read the coverage about the Market Plaza Station in the Daily Planet Article – Gondola grows even more amazing.

Important facts about the gondola:
~The Town of Mountain Village owns and operates the gondola
~Majority of funding for the gondola is provided by TMVOA through a 3% real estate transfer assessment on Mountain Village property sales
~It costs approximately $3.6M annually to operate the gondola
~Additionally, capital and major repairs range from $500K to more than $2M annually

TMVOA 2019 Budget & Member Assessments

Last Wednesday (11/14), TMVOA held its Annual Members Budget Meeting to review the 2019 proposed budget and receive member input. If you were not able to attend or watch the meeting, you can view the budget presentation here or watch a video recording of the meeting here.

As part of the 2019 budget process, member assessments were evaluated. For the past 16 years, assessments rates for all member classes have not increased (unchanged since 2002). In order to more closely track with historical inflation rates (CPI) since 2002, member assessments will be increasing for all TMVOA member classes by 25%. This increase represents a $10 monthly increase for single family residential members for a $120 total increase for the year.

View historical member assessments (1993 to present) and 2019 rates for all member classes.

2019 Annual Member’s Budget Presentation
2019 Proposed Budget

TMVOA Member Election
It’s election time at TMVOA, with one Residential (Class A) seat and one Commercial seat (Class C) up for election. The term for each of these board seats is two years. As TMVOA has done for the past four years, the election will be carried out using a secure electronic ballot system unless you request a paper ballot.

The election opens later this week, so please expect to receive an email with your unique voter link and instructions. View election notice & FAQ’s here.

Click below to view the candidate and their bios.

Residential (Class A)
Commercial (Class C)

Member Questionnaire & Open House

Member Questionnaire & Open House
Your support and feedback are needed on 2 important items:

1. Survey. In an effort to implement the values and actions included in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan related to the Village Center Subarea, please take a few minutes to participate in an online survey about the Village Center Subarea (Core). The survey takes only about 10 minutes.

2. Open House. Join us this Thurs (8/9) from 12pm-6pm at Town Hall for an Open House on the ongoing planning initiatives for both the Town Hall and Village Center Subareas. Professional planners from AECOM and members from the subarea committee will be present to engage with TMVOA members and the public.

Your feedback and participation are important and highly valued.

Background
In 2016 the Town of MV, TMVOA, and TSG in a collaborative effort formed a committee to carefully evaluate and engage a public process to determine the most appropriate uses for the Town Hall Subarea (THS). In June 2017, after an 18-month effort that included several public work-sessions, Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to replace the THS chapter. View the amended THS chapter. View entire MV Comprehensive plan.

In the second half of 2017, the committee began discussing the Village Center Subarea (VCS) and ways to implement the existing Comp Plan actions for this subarea. The committee updated Council in October 2017 and identified 3 categories to help organize focus and objectives: Vibrancy & Activation, Infrastructure, and Undeveloped Parcels.

Member Social TODAY, Subarea Initiatives & Open House

TODAY: TMVOA Member Social
Join your fellow TMVOA members today (7/25) from 4-6 p.m. for our Summer Member Social at the Mountain Lodge (457 MV Blvd). To avoid vehicle congestion at the Lodge, please either take Dial-a-Ride or park your vehicle at the gondola parking garage and take the short walk to the Mountain Lodge.

After the social, the fun continues in Sunset Plaza with a concert from 6-8 pm featuring Gavin Turek. See you there!

Subarea Initiatives & Open House
TMVOA, the Town of MV, and TSG through a collaborative effort are excited to announce that there will be an Open House on Thurs, Aug 9, to update the community on the ongoing subarea planning initiatives. The Open House will be held at Town Hall from 12pm-6pm, with professional planners from AECOM and members from the subarea committee present to engage with TMVOA members and the public about both the Town Hall and Village Center subareas.

Please plan to attend – your participation and input are needed.

Background
As a reminder, in 2016 the Town of MV, TMVOA, and TSG in a collaborative effort formed a committee to carefully evaluate and engage a public process to determine the most appropriate uses for the Town Hall Subarea (THS). In June 2017, after an 18-month effort that included several public work-sessions, Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to replace the THS chapter. View the amended THS chapter. View entire MV Comprehensive plan.
In the second half of 2017, the committee began discussing the Village Center Subarea (VCS) and ways to implement the existing Comp Plan actions for this subarea. The committee updated Council in October 2017 and identified 3 categories to help organize focus and objectives: Vibrancy & Activation, Infrastructure, and Undeveloped Parcels.

MV Activities & Events Schedule, Member Social

MV Activities & Events Schedule
With so much going on this week, take a few minutes to plan your schedule so you don’t miss any of the great activities and events taking place in Mountain Village. TMVOA is proud to announce that our Red, White, and Blues Celebration has been expanded – with more activities and shows to enjoy. Live music performances, DJ dance party, games and fun activities for kids, and an evening light show.

Times | Plaza | Activity & Events

Tues (7/3)
· 1-5 pm | Sunset | Family & kid activities – inflatables, games, face painting, balloons, magic show, and ice cream social
· 2-3 pm | Sunset | Live music concert – featuring Foxfeather
· 3:30 5:30 pm | Sunset | Live music concert – featuring Paul Thorn
· 9 pm | Heritage | Electrolier Light Show – a unique light and music show

Wed (7/4)
· 11 am – 5 pm | Heritage & Sunset | Family & kid activities – games, face painting, balloons, magic show, bunjee jump and ropes course
· 12-1 pm | Heritage | Live music concert – featuring Porch Couch
· 1:30 -2:45 pm | Heritage | Live music concert – featuring Dave Jordon & The Nia
· 3:15 -5:15 pm | Heritage | Live music concert – featuring Glen David Andrews
· 7 -9 pm | Heritage | Music & Dance party – featuring DJ Kat V
· 9 pm | Heritage | Electrolier Light Show – a unique light and music show

Thurs (7/5)
· 8:45 pm | Reflection | Movies Under the Stars – Sing (2016)
· 9 pm | Heritage | Electrolier Light Show – a unique light and music show

Fri (7/6)
· 5 -7 pm | Reflection | Music on the Green – featuring Jim Parker
· 9 pm | Heritage | Electrolier Light Show – a unique light and music show

Sat (7/7)
· 8:45 pm | Reflection | Movies Under the Stars – Jumanji (2017)

Member Social: July 25
Save the date – Wed, 7/25 from 4-6 p.m. for our Summer Member Social at the Mountain Lodge (457 MV Blvd). After the social, walk over to Sunset Plaza for the concert from 6-8 pm featuring Gavin Turek. See you there!

Music on the Green, Village Vibrancy, Emergency Preparedness Member Social

TODAY: Music on the Green
Don’t miss today’s 5pm Music on the Green in Reflection Plaza (next to Madeline Hotel) – It’s the perfect way to start the weekend! This afternoon’s live performance features Brent Cowles.

Member Quotes
The Friday shows in Reflection Plaza are always fantastic. An amazing and perfect way to start the weekend! I enjoy hanging with friends, having a drink, and listening to live music. — Natalie Binder

Village Vibrancy
There is something exciting happening every day in MV. TMVOA, TMV, and TSG are sponsors of daily music, entertainment, and events in Mountain Village – 7 days a week.

Schedule | Plaza | Times
~Live Music in the Core (Heritage: afternoons) – Sun, Mon & Tues
~Market on the Plaza (Heritage: 11 am – 4 pm) – Wed
~Sunset Concert Series (Sunset: 6-8 pm) – Wed
~Movies Under the Stars (Reflection: 8:45 pm start) – Thurs & Sat
~Music on the Green (Reflection: 5-7 pm) – Fri

See our events calendar for band & musician names, movie titles, etc

Emergency Preparedness
With the fires south of us and the wind blowing quite a bit of smoke our way, combined with the ongoing dry conditions, it’s important that our community is confident in emergency preparedness and in ways to stay informed.

Please see today’s Mayor’s Minute (7/29) that covers emergency preparedness, sign-up for CodeRED alerts, evacuation guide and map, and fire restrictions.

Member Social: July 25
Save the date – Wed, 7/25 from 4-6 p.m. for our Summer Member Social at the Mountain Lodge (457 MV Blvd). After the social, walk over to Sunset Plaza for the concert from 6-8 p.m. See you there!

Market, Northlight, Settlement Term Sheet Reached with Ridge, Fire Restrictions

Market in Mountain Village
As previously communicated in our 5/16 email, TMVOA is committed to improving the market in Market Mountain Village. The TMVOA board unanimously decided to pursue legal action against the market as a result of the market’s continued failure to meet pricing and other service level items in the lease.

The court has set a trial to take place on Sept 11-13, 2018. TMVOA understands the importance of having a high-quality market in Mountain Village for residents and guests to buy their groceries and general supplies, and TMVOA is committed to ensuring that the market operator provides the highest level of service and competitive prices that our community demands.

5/18 Telluride Daily Planet – Market’s price tags, quality of food questioned
5/16 communication to TMVOA members

Northlight Update
On May 31, a Special Town Council meeting was held to consider an amendment to extend the Standstill Agreement between the Town and Northlight (owners of Lots 126R & 152R). Due to extensive public comment, the landowner requested the deadline to submit a new PUD application be extended to Sept 14, 2018, to consider the feedback received and further evaluate their alternative development plan. Town Council approved the extension, and in their communication stated that the speed in which the application is filed is not as important as having plenty of opportunity for dialog, reflection, and refinement.

More information about the history of this proposed project:
Mayor’s Minute Rosewood Update (6/4/18)
Lots 126R and 152R Rosewood Land and Density Analysis (updated 6/4/18)
Mayor’s Minute Rosewood Edition
Northlight Open House Plan Set
Northlight Open House Presentation

Settlement Term Sheet Reached with Ridge
On Sept 9, 2015, TMVOA acquired 100% of the Membership Interests in CO Lot 161C-R Mountain Village LLC, which holds title to Lot 161C-R, a 2.8-acre site located in the heart of the Mountain Village Core adjacent to the gondola transfer stations. This acquisition was undertaken by TMVOA in order to ensure that Lot 161C-R is developed in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan and Mountain Village property owners.

In August 2017, the TMVOA Board approved an operating agreement for CO Lot 161C-R Mountain Village, LLC. The operating agreement governs the decision-making process with regards to matters pertaining to Lot 161C-R and established a three-person Board of Managers, currently filled by Jim Royer, Tim Kunda and David Mehl. In order to avoid conflicts of interest, TSG Board Members are recused from decision making regarding Lot 161C-R.

In Sept 2017, the Board of Managers for Lot 161C-R, along with designated representatives from The Ridge HOA, The Ridge Club, and the Town of Mountain Village engaged in good faith mediation aimed at resolving the litigation involving claims related to Ridge parking and Lot 161C-R. The litigation was stayed in order to provide the parties the opportunity to further settlement discussions.

As a result of months of direct negotiations, a settlement term sheet was executed in April 2018, which provides the terms for a global settlement agreement among all parties to fully resolve and dismiss the litigation. The term sheet provides for the purchase of adequate vehicle parking for the Ridge on Lot 161C-R which will allow the Ridge Development to be a successful project in Mountain Village and does not unreasonably encumber Lot 161C-R so that it can be developed to benefit the entire community. As for next steps, the parties are in the process of finalizing the global settlement agreement which will bring the litigation to a close by the end of 2018.

TMVOA has been actively engaged in the Village Center Subarea planning process, which is sponsored by TMVOA, the Town, and TSG. Lot 161C-R will be a component of this planning process and will provide TMVOA members and the public the initial public platform for evaluating the best uses for Lot 161C-R for the benefit of the TMVOA membership and community. The planning process will be seeking community input this summer through public meetings conducted by professional planners. The schedule for the public meetings will be available soon and TMVOA and the Town will have future communications on this joint planning program.

Fire Restrictions – Stage 2 Continues
Due to exceptional drought conditions and fire danger in the region, Town Council approved a motion yesterday to continue to remain under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions (read press release). The ordinance includes a ban on open fires and fireworks and restricting smoking within the Town.

Northlight / Rosewood Update, Dial-a-Ride, Updated Website

Northlight Update
As previously communicated, the Town and Northlight, the owners of Lots 126R and 152R (historically referred to as “Rosewood”), entered into a standstill agreement with one of the requirements being that the landowner was to submit an alternative development plan application by June 15, 2018.

According to a Town meeting packet (5/31/18), due to extensive public comment and other factors, the landowner desires to have the application deadline extended by approximately 90 days in order to consider the public comments and further evaluate their alternative development plan.

In a special Town Council Meeting tomorrow (5/31) at 8:30 a.m., Council will consider an extension of the application deadline from June 15, 2018 to Sept 14, 2018.

5/31 Special Town Council Meeting Packet

Dial-a-Ride | TMVOA Member Benefit
Why drive in Mountain Village if you don’t have to? With the opening of the gondola last week, TMVOA’s funded ground transportation for its members and guests is also up and running. This TMVOA member benefit allows residential property owners convenient point-to-point transportation in Mountain Village.

The service is free for up to 200 rides per season, per valid address. After the 200th ride, there is a nominal charge of $8.00 per ride. Members can easily track their usage by accessing the Ridership Report on our Website (tmvoa.org), under Member Resources, Dial-a-Ride. The report is organized by street, in alphabetical order, and then address number for quick and easy search.

To schedule a pick-up, call: (970) 728-8888
Hours
Daily 6:15 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Fri – Sat 6:15 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. (starting June 22)

Updated Website
At TMVOA, one of our missions is to “promote member communications and education”, with special attention to keeping our members updated on important items facing our community. As part of this commitment, we’ve expanded our communications (like these brief email updates) and are continually evaluating ways to increase interaction with our members.

We’ve recently updated our website, allowing our staff more flexibility and control to update content and provide our members with the concise and straightforward information they desire. While we invite you to take a look at our new and simplified website, over the next few months we will be sending you links to new information and features. For today, here are two links to check out:

Blog – Contains “quick-view” of all communications…. Useful if you missed one or searching for a specific topic

MV Economic Snapshot… Contains a quick look at our local economy (RETA/real estate transfer assessments, lodging, retail, restaurant)

Gondola Opens 5/24, Improving the Market in MV, Water Conservation

Gondola Opens 5/24
The gondola opens Thursday, May 24 – just in time for the first festival of the season.

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm (5/24-28) is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. You can view the festival schedule here.

TMVOA is Committed to Improving the Market in Mountain Village
Since 2006, there has been a grocery market located in the Town Hall Building of Mountain Village, with the market conveniently located just steps away from gondola terminal and parking garage. The market is a tenant of TMVOA, as TMVOA is the owner of the commercial space in which the market resides.

Over the years, TMVOA has worked closely with the current grocery market tenant to ensure that our members, residents, and guests have a positive experience when shopping at the market with respect to quality, selection, price and service. However, in 2009 and 2010, TMVOA issued notices of default for failure to provide certain required services and failure to sell goods at competitive and reasonable prices. Mediation followed that ultimately resulted in a 2012 amended lease that included terms that the market is required to operate a first-class fully stocked grocery store, with competitive prices, among other items designed to ensure a positive shopping experience.

In a proactive effort to ensure the market is operating to the standards of its lease and provide a first-class market, TMVOA has performed audits since the amended lease, as well as met with the tenant to review findings and discuss potential areas of improvement. In 2017, TMVOA unfortunately began to receive additional negative feedback about the market, most commonly about high prices, poor selection, and deli quality.

In order to validate the market’s performance and compliance with the lease, TMVOA contracted with an independent CPA firm and food industry expert to audit the market. Over the past 4 months, these consultants performed three separate audits, with each of their reports showing that the market was not compliant with terms of the lease. Specifically, the pricing audit showed that the market’s prices, in many instances, were substantially higher for the exact same item (same SKU) at Clarks in Telluride, and out of compliance with lease terms of prices being no more than 7.5% higher than Clarks. Also, the deli and some related grocery services were noncompliant.

As a result of the market’s continued failure to meet pricing and other service level items in the lease, the TMVOA board unanimously decided to pursue legal action against the market. TMVOA understands the importance of having a high-quality market in Mountain Village for residents and guests to buy their groceries and general supplies, and TMVOA is committed to improving the market and ensuring that the market operator provides the highest level of service and competitive prices that our community demands.

Water Conservation Measures in Effect
Earlier this month, both the Towns of Telluride and Mountain Village initiated water restrictions in an effort to conserve water rather than waiting until June when the area could be potentially in a more sensitive drought situation.

Today, MV provided additional information through its Mayor’s Minute update that highlights water conditions of our local area, as well as throughout southwest Colorado. Additionally, their communication discusses the threshold of in-stream flow requirements on the San Miguel River and the Town’s water rights.

See full details on the water conservation measures in effect for Mountain Village