by Mark Reaman
Four appointed to parking committee
Eleven Crested Butte citizens applied to sit on a citizens committee dealing with improving the parking situation in town, and four were selected by the Town Council. Kim Raines, Kathy Joyce, Chris Myall and Todd Carroll will begin regular meetings this week to discuss the situation with the hope of coming up with recommendations that could be implemented with the 2018 budget.
They will join council members Chris Ladoulis and Jackson Petito, town planners Michael Yerman and Bob Nevins, Chris Larsen of the Mountain Express, deputy marshal Joe Dukeman and public works director Rodney Due. Despite a desire from some Town Council members to look at a bigger picture, the 11-person committee will focus on the parking situation on Elk Avenue. If successful, they could be asked to pursue other traffic-related issues in town.
Crested Butte resident Jim Starr asked the council at the last two meetings if a public hearing will be held for citizens to comment on the probable annexation of property north of town through the Cypress Foothill Slate River Development. A detailed pre-annexation agreement has been struck between the town and developers but a public hearing is part of any annexation process. A public hearing was held as part of the county approval process for the subdivision.
New planner from Jackson hired
A planner from Jackson Hole, Bob Nevins, has been hired to fill the seat vacated by Yerman, who was promoted to community development director. Yerman said Nevins has great planning credentials and has ski town experience.
Cleaning up the area by the Slate
At the request of council members the town staff will investigate the possibility of putting a port-a-potty and trash cans over by the bridge that crosses the Slate River on the recreation path to Mt. Crested Butte. That is a highly used area by the public but sits on private property. MacDonald said she would investigate the matter.
Community grants awarded
Council approved spring grant requests to local non-profits totaling $21,952. Grants were awarded to groups such as Vinotok, Sustainable Crested Butte, the Wildflower Festival and Living Journeys.