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Council weighs options for green initiatives

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The Snowmass Village Town Council on March 4 discussed two topics related to sustainability in the community.

First, the Environmental Advisory Board presented a plan to solicit ideas, through a request-for-proposal process, for a renewable-energy source for town-owned infrastructure. The idea would be to use budgeted resources to solicit the ideas and then leverage $500,000 from the Holy Cross Enhancement Fund to create a project, possibly by partnering with private companies.

The Holy Cross Enhancement Fund is money held by the utilities company that the town can use toward approved community projects. The town currently has $729,000 available in that fund.

Councilwoman Markey Butler expressed a desire to hear from residents how they think the money should be used.

"This is the community's money, ... so I want to listen to what the community has to say," she said.

The council members discussed two letters they received that encouraged them to use the fund to improve the town entryway.

"This is the community's money, (and) the community, at least a couple of people, have expressed some ideas where that money could be used for the benefit of the community," Councilman Fred Kucker said.

The request-for-proposal process would cost $9,500, which Holy Cross would allow for the fund to cover. If the town ends up not choosing any of the alternatives found, Holy Cross has requested that it replenish $4,500 into the fund.

In order to utilize that $9,500, the council has to approve a resolution during another meeting. Town Manager Russ Forrest said the team would make sure the request-for-proposal documentation clarifies that there are other competing community interests.

He also said that staff will refine the communication strategy of how it will solicit proposals.

The council also reviewed options for green construction codes, presented by Chief Building Official Mark Kittle. The Town Council voted unanimously to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as well as appropriate regulations included in the International Green Construction Code, which specifically has directions for building design and construction.

The Town Council also began editing its strategic plan but continued that process and the vote to approve it to another meeting.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com


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