Government tracker: South Minturn Exchange discussions continue
Board: Minturn Town Council, evening meeting, Jan. 20.
Present: George Brodin, Shelley Bellm, Earle Bidez, Matt Scherr and Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty. Jason Osborne and John Rosenfeld had excused absences.
Issue: South Minturn Exchange development.
Who they talked to: Tom Glass, Tim McGuire and Cliff Thompson, of Crave Community Co.
What they talked about: Crave Community Co. is continuing its conversation with the town and residents about a plan to provide workforce housing in Minturn. Ultimately, anything the company wants to do regarding a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service has to be approved by the town, so Crave Community Co. is continuing its outreach.
What’s next: Crave Community Co. will host a series of open houses for the public. The next one is Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the town offices located at 302 Pine St. The company has a meeting with the Minturn Planning & Zoning Commission today, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers.
Issue: Eagle River Fire Protection District looking to build a training facility in town.
What they talked about: The council has been working with the Eagle River Fire Protection District for a few meetings discussing the possibility of a training facility being built in Minturn. The district needs confirmed interest from the town before moving forward with planning. The council agreed that it would be beneficial to town, and the region, to work on a deal to allow the training facility.
What’s next: The district has to secure its funding before coming back to the council.
Issue: Considering marijuana sales in town.
What they talked about: The council discussed different types of marijuana licenses, from sales centers to grow centers to infused-product manufacturing. They also talked about the difference between medical and recreational sales, and the possible taxes that can be applied to each.
What’s next: The council decided to delay any decision until a new council is elected in April. Council members want a strong majority of town support on the divisive issue. The council concluded that there is no pressing need to move forward at this time.
Issue: Appointing a Planning & Zoning commissioner.
Who they talked to: Residents Justin Carter and Jeff Armistead were applying for the one available spot on the planning commission. Armistead has been a resident of Minturn since 1997 and in the construction industry for 20-plus years. Carter, 31, has lived in Minturn for two years, volunteers for Vail Mountain Rescue, is an entrepreneur and wants to bring “fresh” ideas to town. Both candidates stressed sidewalk access as a main concern around Minturn.
What they decided: The council chose Carter, 5-0. “I’m excited to make a positive change,” Carter said.
What’s next: The council advised Armistead to come back in March, when two more positions are available on the Planning & Zoning Commission.
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