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Commissioner Macker

August 4, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

53362055bf843.preview-620Natalia Macker is Teton County’s newest county commissioner. After 11 hours of closed-door meetings since the initial interviews and a second interview, the remaining four commissioners made their announcement. Macker, who is Director of Education at Off Square Theatre, was also an unsuccessful candidate for the Wyoming Legislature losing to Marti Halverson in 2014. She replaces Melissa Turley who resigned to take a position at Teton Village Association. She will finish out Turley’s term, which is up in 2016.



Brakes Put on Rural Regs

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Comp-Logo1-150x150County Commissioners heard public comment today on the proposed Rural Zone Land Development Regulation.

Most comment asked the board to give additional time to contemplate changes that have been made to the plan and allow more public input.

The Land Trust spokesperson, Liz Long, echoed sentiments of others by saying the new regulation giving the Planning Director final say on conservation easement amendments was a deal killer for the group. Scott Pierson, incoming president of the Trust, said he would not sign easements subject to that rule.

The commission had earlier indicated that it would try to vote on the zones on August 31st. Now, after a 3-1 vote, that meeting will be for public comment and commission discussion. Public comment will now be taken until September 18th and the new date for adoption has been moved out to September 28th.

Swinging Bridge Repair On Hold

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bridge-out-signWhen a landscape truck caused significant structural damage to Swinging Bridge in April of this year, the bridge was closed for repairs. It is still closed today, and may remain so for a considerable time if it ever re-opens.

In a meeting today, commissioners were presented with bids for repair of the span that cost anywhere from 185,000 to 243,000. During the discussion, County Attorney Keith Gingery told the board that the insurance company for the landscape company is denying the claim for damages. Gingery said he did not yet know why the claim was rejected but he said the denial could result in a … Continue Reading

“I’d Rather House People Than Cars” Project Gets Aprughval

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TOJ-LogoHailey Morton Levinson spoke for the majority decision of the town council on the 12-unit rental apartment proposal on Milward. Morton Levinson noted the she thought it was more important to provide housing for people that for parking. The proposal requested a waiver from the normally-required 2.5 parking spaces per unit and, instead, proposed one space per unit. Mayor Sara Flitner and Councilor Bob Lenz concurred and the project passed 3-2.

Councilman Jim Stanford said that the developer could build 8 units instead of 12, saying he preferred less units rather than less parking. Councilor Don Frank also voted no.


Moose-Wilson Road Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

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To accommodate a dust abatement application, a brief travel closure will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. today, on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, August 6.
Motorists and bicyclists should plan to use an alternate route on August 4-5 as this temporary closure will prevent making a ‘through trip’ on the Moose-Wilson Road from Granite Canyon Entrance Station to the Teton Park Road at Moose, Wyoming. This is the second dust abatement treatment for the 2015 season.
For those wishing to reach the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve or Death Canyon trailhead, access will only be possible by heading south from the Teton Park Road junction near the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.
To alert park visitors and local residents of the scheduled road closure, electronic signs will be placed on Wyoming Highway 390, beginning Monday, June 8. For travelers heading south to Teton Village from the Moose area, signs will also be placed at the junction of the Teton Park Road.
The product used for dust abatement is a slurry of magnesium chloride—the same product that is used to treat dirt roads in and around Jackson Hole. This product coats the road surface, but it can also adhere to the undercarriage of vehicles. Motorists who drive the unpaved portion of the Moose-Wilson Road after it reopens on Thursday may want to rinse off their vehicles to eliminate any residue.
Roadwork schedules may change, or be delayed, due to weather conditions, equipment malfunction, or other extenuating circumstances.

Vail Kicks Plastic Bags

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Distribution of free, custom-designed reusable bags is taking place to coincide with Saturday’s transition to a plastic grocery bag-free community in Vail. The Kick the Bag Habit reusable bags are available to residents and guests on a first come, first served basis, courtesy of the Town of Vail. The bags are available from four outlets: the Welcome Centers in Vail Village and Lionshead, the Vail Municipal Building and Community Development office, 75 S. Frontage Rd. A supply is being made available to lodging properties and property management companies, as well. A bag share program also has been implemented. The town asks that distribution be limited to one bag per person to ensure widespread availability.

Beginning Aug. 1, single-use plastic bags will be eliminated at the two grocery stores in West Vail; paper bags will be available for a 10-cent per bag fee for those who forget to bring their reusable bags.

To help raise awareness, representatives from the town’s environmental sustainability office will be distributing the free bags throughout the summer while supplies last. The giveaways include a kick-off distribution at 10 a.m. Saturday at the City Market and Safeway stores in West Vail and will continue throughout the morning while supplies last. Additional bags will be distributed every Friday in August at the two grocery stores from 4 to 5 p.m.

The plastic bag ban was adopted by the Vail Town Council on March 3, 2015. Ordinance No. 2, Series of 2015 is part of an overall effort by the town to reduce waste and environmental impacts associated with single-use disposable items.  … Continue Reading

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