City Council approves purchase date for Thumb Open Space – Estes Park Trail-Gazette
The Estes Park board of directors met virtually on Tuesday evening and discussed a few items from the planning committee and extended the official purchase date of the Thumb Open Space to June 1, 2021.
There were a total of five resolutions, along with multiple other items on the overnight consent agenda which was passed shortly after the pledge of allegiance was recited. One of the issues on the consent agenda was Resolution 35-21 which approved a grant agreement with Visit Estes Park for a rock climbing boulder to be located in the Big Thompson Recreation Area near the parking garage.
The cost of the block and its installation will be covered by a subsidy which was approved with the adoption of the ordinance. The only financial obligation to the city will be the ongoing maintenance by the Parks Division.
At the start of the meeting, Mayor Wendy Koenig made a point of taking the time to publicly apologize to the Trail-Gazette for gross inaccurate statements about the inquiries made about the travel plans of directors Scott Webermeier and Marie Cenac, who both traveled to Florida during the pandemic, Thanksgiving and Spring Break, respectively.
At a city council meeting in March, mayor and lawyer Dan Kramer were caught on a live microphone accusing the Trail-Gazette of demanding a travel ban on city administrators and officials, before let them not know that the meeting had started.
After the apology, the mayor continued the meeting as scheduled.
The administrators and the mayor then reviewed and unanimously approved Ordinance 06-21, an article of the planning commission which amends section 1.9.D.1 (B) of the Development Code.
“The purpose of this proposed code change is to allow the use of rooftop photovoltaic systems (perhaps better known as solar panels or solar photovoltaic systems) on structures that would otherwise would have installed without minimum removal requirements preventing installation. Said Urban Planner II, Alex Bergeron.
These revisions of the “ measurement rules ” of the code relating to the “ setbacks of buildings and structures in relation to lot lines ” will be made to include the equipment necessary for the operation of solar panels in its existing provisions on the “ characteristics authorized in the setbacks of buildings ”.
There were two formal actions on the city council’s agenda: a High Pines Subdivision fee waiver request and resolution 37-21.
The fee waiver was requested by Van Horn Engineering for fees associated with an early rezoning request, as part of a project to annex Lots 1 and 2 of the High Pines Subdivision. The derogation was dropped, unanimously by the council.
No representative of Van Horn Engineering was present at the meeting.
The unanimous adoption of Resolution 37-21 approved the modification of the purchase contract for the Thumb Open Space.
“City Council approved a purchase contract for the Thumb Open Space on September 8, 2020 and the contract was executed on December 9,” Parks Supervisor Brian Berg said. “Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) requested that the contract be amended to include a uniform description of the land to match the conservation easement and title deed. This amendment also officially extends the purchase date to June 1, 2021. “
It is proposed that the City’s contribution to the project be paid with Larimer County Open Funds of $ 171,700 and State Lottery Conservation Trust Funds of $ 70,000, both of which are on budget.
The next municipal council meeting will be on May 11 at 7 p.m.