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Snowmass council puts off funding request

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The Snowmass Village Town Council didn't vote Oct. 22 on a funding request from those working on a history book of the town.

Council members raised a few concerns with the request, mainly about which fund the money should come from, how much money should be given and if there is really a need since the book already has some funding.

Former resident Randy Woods is the primary financial backer for "The Story of Snowmass," and writer Paul Andersen said at the meeting that Woods has agreed to support the project to the end.

"He'd like to feel it's more of a community venture, however," Andersen said.

Councilman Fred Kucker said he thought it would be more appropriate for the contribution to come out of the town's marketing fund.

"We have a marketing committee, and the marketing committee has its own budget," he said. "It seems to me that the appropriate body you should go before and talk to is the marketing committee."

The council approved its 2013 budget recently and approved the amended 2012 budget at the meeting on Oct. 22. Kucker pointed out that the budgets approved were already tight.

The town supported the book when work first began on it but pulled funding in 2008 when it could no longer afford it.

Councilman Jason Haber said he didn't think the town should extend funding when it had already given some support, "especially in light of the fact that you said you already have the funding that you need," he said.

Mayor Bill Boineau said he disagreed with the book being a good use of marketing dollars.

"I think marketing is to bring new people here," he said.

Boineau also said the town should further discuss the amount of the grant. The group was requesting $30,000.

"I don't believe we're going to get to it today," he told the book team.

Britta Gustafson, along with Andersen and Catherine Lutz, presented a slideshow of some pages from "The Story of Snowmass." The book features art and stories of events in Snowmass Village reaching back as far as the Ice Age and the early ranching days.

The Town Council gave owners of a Rodeo Place home an extra year to sell their rental condo in Basalt. New owners of town housing are required to sell any other residential property that they own in the Roaring Fork drainage within six months of closing.

Scott and Lee Ann Vold sold one of their two residential properties shortly after closing on their Rodeo Place home in March but have been unable to sell their rental condo in Basalt.

Haber was hesitant to approve the extension, saying the owners knew the risk when they applied for the housing.

Town Attorney John Dresser pointed out that the owners had come to the Housing Department on their own and that there had been a rash of foreclosures in the area of Willits where their condo is. The Volds had applied for Rodeo Place housing before but pulled out because they knew they'd have difficulty selling their properties, but applied again when the last phase was built.

"This was the very end of an opportunity in Rodeo Place," Dresser said.

"In that situation you're taking an opportunity that another family with a small child could have taken," Haber said. "I'd be more inclined toward a shorter timeframe. We've already had six months."

The council however voted in favor of the one-year extension.

Council also extended the Snowmass Club's vesting rights for employee housing by five years, as it did on first reading on Oct. 8.

Mayor Bill Boineau was the only dissenting vote, saying he thought the extension should only be for three years.

"It wasn't that much today to spend the time fighting it," he said.

The council also voted to approve the amended 2012 budget. Haber cast the only opposing vote again on second reading.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com


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