Town of Pagosa Springs – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:08:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Town of Pagosa Springs – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Vets4Vets “mugshot” http://www.pagosasun.com/vets4vets-mugshot/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208021

Photo courtesy Richard Walker

Officer Tyler Leewitt, Detective Boyd Neagle and Police Chief William Rockensock (left to right) all hold Vets4Vets mugs for an official “mugshot” at the June breakfast meeting of Archuleta County Veterans for Veterans. The officers also received a certificate of appreciation from the organization for their contribution to the community.

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Youth soccer registration underway http://www.pagosasun.com/youth-soccer-registration-underway/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208045 By Darren Lewis
SUN Columnist

The Recreation Department is accepting youth soccer registrations for ages 7-12 starting July 31 through Aug. 28. 

The cost is $35 and you may register only at the Ross Aragon Community Center. There will be three divisions: 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Each division will have a maximum participation of 32 players. 

Registrations will be taken on a first-come basis. You may download the registration from our website www.pagosasprings.co.gov or pick one up at the Community Center. 

Please feel free to contact the recreation office with any questions, 264-4151, ext. 232.

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Taco Bell major design review application approved http://www.pagosasun.com/taco-bell-major-design-review-application-approved/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208057 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

At a regular meeting on July 28, the Pagosa Springs Planning Commission approved a final major design review application for a planned Taco Bell at 2911 Cornerstone Drive.

The sketch plan for the planned development was considered and approved by the town planning commission on May 26 with a variety of recommendations made in the approval motion.

According to agenda documentation the proposal is to construct a 2,053-square-foot chain restaurant with a drive-thru and parking for 24 cars including two spaces that are compliant with the  Americans With Disabilities Act.

The motion to approve the final major design review application for Taco Bell was approved unanimously by the planning commission, with the planning commission directing the applicant to provide the following prior to the issuance of a building permit: evidence of a neighboring property owner agreement to physically modify their property, drainage report stamped by a state-licensed engineer, a revised exterior illumination plan, evidence of a properly sized dumpster enclosure, replacing of missing street trees at proper distances, design details on wall height and veneer finish, and verification that listed plant species are appropriate for Pagosa Springs’ climate.

Other items include relocation of trees to parking lot islands and recorded shared access agreements, among other items.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-232/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208084 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, July 30

Pagosa Springs Town Council special meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Friday, July 31

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 8 a.m. See town website for participation information.

Monday, Aug. 3

Archuleta County Board of Equalization petition hearings. 9 a.m. Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St. Possible Zoom meeting.

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Thursday, Aug. 6

Town of Pagosa Springs Combined Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. 5:30 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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‘The new normal’: Urban renewal authority discusses July 14 election results http://www.pagosasun.com/the-new-normal-urban-renewal-authority-discusses-july-14-election-results/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:00:31 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208043 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

At a July 23 regular meeting, the Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority (PSURA) Commission discussed the aftermath of a special election held on July 14 in which voters approved Ballot Question A, amending the Town of Pagosa Springs’ Home Rule Charter.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Town reports sales tax, lodgers’ tax and overall finances in good shape http://www.pagosasun.com/town-reports-sales-tax-lodgers-tax-and-overall-finances-in-good-shape/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 21:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=208063 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

May 2020 sales tax collections were 21.5 percent higher than May 2019 sales tax collections, according to a report given to the Pagosa Springs Town Council at a regular meeting on July 23.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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Planning commission addresses downtown parking problems http://www.pagosasun.com/planning-commission-addresses-downtown-parking-problems/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207779 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

At a work session on July 14, the Pagosa Springs Planning Commission furthered its discussion on downtown parking and various ideas for the community.

Planning commission member Chris Pitcher and former planning commission member Bill Hudson had previously worked on an outline with some parking considerations for the town, and one of those ideas touched on in-lieu fees.

In-lieu fees for parking describes a scenario in which a development downtown would consider paying a fee instead of providing the on-site minimum parking improvements for the development, according to an email to The SUN from Planning Director James Dickhoff.

“The collected in-lieu fees could then be earmarked for future general public parking improvements that would serve the downtown district public parking needs as a whole. Lodging and Residential developments typically are not eligible for the in-lieu fee option,” Dickhoff wrote.

“I think the general idea is that the in-lieu-of fees, we certainly want to make sure that they are being applied to a location that benefits the business,” he said at the meeting. “It wouldn’t make sense to be spreading out the fees to different parts of the town that other parts have paid for.”

The in-lieu-of fees need to benefit the business that are paying into it, Pitcher explained.

“The idea was that the connection between where that money is spent and where the business is is relatively direct,” he explained.

According to Pitcher during the meeting, part of this process would be defining districts in town locally.

“In each area of town, there’s kind of these low-hanging fruit that we should be able to improve and create some additional parking capacity,” he said.

The price point for in-lieu fees ultimately comes down to the Pagosa Springs Town Council, Dickhoff noted.

“For town council’s consideration, we just want to bring what the realistic cost of developing a parking space with all the accessories that are associated with that,” he said.

Another item to consider when it comes to downtown parking is walking distance for patrons to retailers or other areas in town.

“I think if you ask a native Pagosan like myself, they don’t like to walk very far at all because we never have had to,” Pitcher said. “I think there are some people who are used to walking pretty far in other places to get to where they’re going.”

For Pagosa Springs, convenient parking is preferred, but making people walk has benefits to not only the patrons, but other business owners, Pitcher added.

“If they have to walk by other businesses on their way back or to the car, there may be additional purchases that may happen along the way,” he said.

There is not an overall lack of parking, planning commission member Jeff Posey stated, citing the town’s 2006 comprehensive plan and adding that demand might only be in one district in downtown.

“I think there are some hot spots around town,” Pitcher said. “Specifically I think the east end of town.”

Planning commission member Peter Hurley noted that he had spoken with a couple of local business owners about parking.

“They were suggesting that we do a parking structure basically in that practice football field right across from Town Park,” he said. “They were suggesting doing a parking structure there that you access right off of U.S. 160 and on top of the parking structure have other businesses that could be on top of that.”

It’s important for the planning commission to give town council options and to consider other items, Dickhoff explained.

Some ideas to consider include if town council approves the use of in-lieu fees, where to put the money collected, Dickhoff explained.

Funds could be dedicated to a particular district in which the parking is located, or the money could be placed into a parking fund to deal with parking issues as a whole in the town, Dickhoff described.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to generate enough funds to outright pay for these parking areas unless we increase our in-lieu fees,” he said.

Next steps for this project would involve some parking counts of downtown Pagosa Springs to count parking spaces, Dickhoff noted.

In his email, Dickhoff noted that the planning commission would present its findings and recommendations on parking requirements in two to three months to town council.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-231/ Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:00:26 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207806 The following meetings are subject to change.

Thursday, July 23

Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Tuesday, July 28

Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the login information.

Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96904926293, meeting ID: 969 0492 6293 Phone in using: (346) 248-7799. 

Town Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments and Design Review Board work session. 5:30 p.m. See town website for participation information. 

Friday, July 31

Pagosa Springs Town Council work session. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.

Monday, Aug. 3

Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.

Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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Director outlines tourism climate amid COVID-19 pandemic http://www.pagosasun.com/director-outlines-tourism-climate-amid-covid-19-pandemic/ Thu, 23 Jul 2020 10:58:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207744 By John Finefrock

Staff Writer

In an interview Wednesday morning, Jennifer Green, executive director of tourism for Visit Pagosa Springs, provided an update on the general tourism climate in the area amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

 

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Town council approves policy and fees for mobile event stage http://www.pagosasun.com/town-council-approves-policy-and-fees-for-mobile-event-stage/ Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=207495 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

The Town of Pagosa Springs’ fee schedule was amended by the Pagosa Springs Town Council at a regular meeting on July 7 in order to account for a recently purchased mobile event stage.

The stage was purchased for $83,000 by the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) in 2019 following approval from town council and the county commissioners.

A subcommittee meeting was held on June 17 with town staff, members of the PATB and the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss policies for the stage and a fee structure.

During that meeting, the group discussed the idea of having a different fee structure for nonprofit versus private events; however, the subcommittee eventually decided to come up with one rental fee to make things easier.

According to agenda documentation for the July 7 meeting of town council, the town will be the owner and operator of the stage.

The daily rental fee for the stage is $600 per day, according to agenda documentation.

Additionally, the security deposit for the stage is a refundable $500 charge, and to rent stage wings it is a onetime charge of $35.

“We backed into that price of $600 per day by taking a look at what the town’s costs would be,” Phillips said.

The town did some research while crafting the fee schedule, and Phillips explained that this cost is “reasonable” compared to the city of Durango’s fees.

“Really, the goal of this is not to make money. It’s really to encourage more events in town and more usage of the stage. We’re really just trying to cover our costs at this point,” she said.

According to the policy, the stage is only available for use within a 5-mile radius of the Pagosa Springs Town Hall.

“We don’t want to become an equipment rental type of thing,” she said. “Most of the events would be in town, anyway.”

The motion to amend the town’s fee schedule in relation to the mobile event stage fees was approved unanimously by town council.

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