Minturn meeting focuses on town home project
Councilman Bill Burnett was taken away in an ambulance prior to Minturns Town Council meeting after he tripped while walking into the town hall. Burnett, 83, was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and regularly carries an oxygen tank. He reportedly tripped over the tanks wire while entering the building and the excitement set off his heart defibrillator. His condition was unknown Wednesday night but town staff said they believed he would be fine. The council meeting started about 20 minutes late as a result.
The Town Council unanimously sent the proposed Minturn Town Home project back to the drawing board, after expressing numerous concerns about inconsistencies between the projects description and the submitted drawings.The project, which as presented Wednesday would consist of duplexes, three-plexes and four-plexes, would be built on undeveloped land west of the Minturn Turntable.Town Planner Wiley Smith and the towns planning commission an agency appointed to review projects before sending them to the council recommended approval. However, two members of the planning commission voiced second thoughts during council meeting.Steve Isom, architect for the developer, C&B Development, said the application met all of the towns requirements. However, Councilman Tom Sullivan said the application was incomplete and inaccurate.Some other concerns included too-small of a turnaround for larger vehicles such as a fire engine, though Isom said Eagle River Fire Protection District officials said the access was adequate. I really like the whole project, said Councilman Darell Wegert. These are just minor things that I think can be solved.Jim Comerford, one of the partners in C&B Development, said he hoped his team could bring back a project that satisfies the councils concerns.Our intent is to do a really nice project, he said. We would like to have a shot at doing this in Minturn.
In terms of area, it’s the county’s smallest conservation deal ever. In terms of location, it’s one of the county’s rarest acquisitions.