The agenda for Monday's Council meeting was short, but full of important items that drove lively conversation. In case you missed it, here's a very brief summary organized by agenda item. You can also watch the meeting in full on our website
* Please note that an official summary of the meeting will be provided in the meeting minutes, to be reviewed/approved by the Town Council on a later date.
ITEM NO. 5: RESOLUTION No. 9, SERIES OF 2014 - APPOINTING BOARD MEMBER TO CITIZEN'S GRANT REVIEW BOARD
John Hornblower, who previously served as chair of the Citizen's Grant Review Board, applied to continue serving. Council voted unanimously to accept the resolution.
ITEM NO. 6: RESOLUTIONS OF APPRECIATION FOR BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE SERVED ON VARIOUS TOWN BOARDS
Seven members of the community were appreciated by resolution for their time and energy served on various volunteer town boards, including the Environmental Advisory Board, Marketing, Special events & Group Sales Board, Planning Commission, Part-Time Residents Advisory Board, and the Snowmass Arts Advisory Board.
ITEM NO. 7: RESOLUTION No. 15, SERIES OF 2014 - RATIFICATION OF CONSULTING CONTRACT WITH SUITER AND ASSOCIATES, LLC
Council discussion on this item focused on several topics: The process that Town Council has been engaged in to find a permanent Town Manager, the negotiations that have led to Suiter's contract, and the compensation in the contract. Ultimately, Council voted to ratify the contract with Suiter and Associates, LLC with Boineau, Butler, and Kucker voting yes, and Haber and Jacobson voting no.
ITEM NO. 8: MANAGER'S REPORT
Interim Town Manager Gary Suiter discussed progress toward hiring a Community Development Director, and expressed a desire to have a hire made by March, 2014. He also updated Council on the status of a Comp and Class plan that is being spearheaded by the Town's Finance & HR Department. This inventory looks at job descriptions and salaries to determine if, and what adjustments need to be made. He specified that this study would also look at the Town Manager position. Finally, he updated Council on the roll out of a new financial software system that the Town's Finance Department has implemented. Staff has been going through training, and the roll-out has been relatively smooth. He added that this new system is a great step in moving the town toward more transparent financial accounting.
ITEM NO. 11 - COUNCIL COMMENTS
Council inquired as to whether the Town had looked in to a hazardous materials recycling program, and what if any changes were in store with our solid waste and recycling program. Public Works Director Anne Martens was present to answer questions, and specified that she and Dave Ogren, Solid Waste Supervisor, were meeting with Pitkin County shortly. She also answered questions regarding snow plowing with the recent snow accumulations, visibility at several key intersections in Town. Martens responded that the Road Division would be working to improve the snow pile-ups, and that drivers should exercise caution when approaching intersections where visibility has been diminished by the snow.