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Government Tracker: Minturn Town Council accepts variance request on Taylor Avenue

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Board: Minturn Town Council, evening meeting, Wednesday.

Present: Terry Armistead, Sidney Harrington, Harvey Craig, Sage Pierson, John Widerman, Earle Bidez and Mayor Matt Scherr.

Issue: Variance application for 386 and 392 Taylor Ave.

Who they talked to: Town planner Janet Hawkinson; David Clapp, owner of the properties; and Karl Krueger, homeowner on Taylor Avenue.

What they talked about: Clapp submitted a variance application for a front yard setback from 20 feet to 10 feet. This would allow homes to be parallel with the street, allow for on-site parking, garages and a shared driveway. Hawkinson said the town’s final findings were that Clapp is dealing with a practical difficulty. Krueger said it was a slippery slope to approve variances without detailed plans. Council members, new and old, said it was a slippery slope not to trust town staff and that they saw sufficient plans from Clapp.

How they voted: Approved, 7-0.

What’s next: Bidez said Taylor Avenue needs to be looked at as a whole neighborhood, not on a piece-by-piece basis.

Issue: Beautification and safety project on the 100 block at First Street.

Who they talked to: Kristen Tarrin, of Minturn Realty.

What they talked about: Tarrin addressed the council for the second time during public comments addressing concerns with the project currently underway between Magustos and the Minturn Country Club. Tarrin has concerns with permanent structures, most importantly the non-removable turntable and the problems with safety, parking and snow removal it presents.

What’s next: Construction on the First Street project is underway, and the council will discuss at an executive session if it will stop operations and consider a removable piece instead of the permanent turntable.

Issue: Special event liquor license proposal.

Who they talked to: Michelle Metteer, special events coordinator.

What they talked about: The Minturn Independence Day Celebration takes place Saturday, July 2, and will be a “down home, community-style” event, Metteer said. There will be live music, a bouncy castle, mechanical bull, possibly a dunk tank and more. All proceeds go toward Minturn Community Fund events. Metteer asked the council to approve the special event liquor license.

How they voted: Approved, 7-0.

What’s next: Town staff are still working on what alcohol will be served, but no outside alcohol is allowed at the event. The market also opens July 2, making for a “really happening day in Minturn,” Scherr said.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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