Avon, CO – The Avon Town Council held a regular meeting on June 13th. Highlights of the meeting include the following:
- Council approved a resolution amending the Transit Fund budget. The budget was increased by $58,744.00, allowing for expanded summer bus service hours for the Red and Blue lines due to increased ridership. The additional funds will also support the Night Rider route, which offers increased bus service between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. Other changes include a pilot Town of Avon carpool program, new bus shelter signage and community boards, and a pilot bike-share program.
- During the work session, Council discussed whether a ballot measure should be considered for the November 7, 2017 election, to seek an exemption from the prohibitions of Senate Bill (SB) 05-152, which restricts the ability of a municipality or county to provide broadband services. In the past few years, 68 municipalities and 28 counties have placed measures on the ballot to override SB 152’s prohibitions. An exemption allows municipalities the right to provide advanced high speed internet, cable television or telecommunications services, directly or indirectly with public and/or private sector partners, to residents, businesses, nonprofit entities, and other users located within the Town’s boundaries. Discussion included the opportunities for broadband partnerships, estimated cost and timing for a ballot question. Council decided to move forward with a ballot measure, and directed Town staff to present a resolution to Council in July to consider the ballot language.
- Town Council also, during the work session, assessed options for identifying short term rental units and enforcing town codes regarding the requirement for business licenses and the payment of taxes when rented. Currently, the Town of Avon’s Short Term Rental (STR) codes require every person who advertises for rent an accommodation unit(s) or room(s) used for accommodation for a period of fewer than thirty (30) days to have a business license and to collect and remit accommodation and sales taxes. Town staff recommended Host Compliance LLC be retained, which has a STR tracking an enforcement system. Council will consider an agreement to retain Host Compliance LLC, at its July 11th meeting.
At Council Comment, the Council agreed to hold work sessions on: 1) prohibiting smoking during free special events in Harry A. Nottingham Park, 2) removing the disc golf course in the park due to conflicts with other park users and park rule violations; and 3) restricting dogs on the beach and surrounding beach area, Council also asked that a resolution be prepared for Council action to declare that the Town of Avon will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement. All topics will be scheduled during regular Council meetings in July.
All Town Council meetings can be streamed live or viewed online in the days following the meeting at www.highfivemedia.com/watch. The Town Council’s next meeting will be July 11th at 5:00 p.m. The June 27th meeting has been cancelled. Agendas and packet materials can be found at www.avon.org. For more information on the June 13th meeting or future meetings, please contact Preston Neill, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager at 970-748-4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.