Town News

Catch Up on Council November 26th Meeting

Frisco’s Finest – Lynda Colety

Frisco Town Council presented Lynda Colety with a Frisco’s Finest Award during their November 24, 2019 meeting. This award was established to thank and honor citizens who have made a difference in the community.  Lynda Colety, more fondly and commonly known as “Mama Moose”, was chosen by Frisco Town Council because of the significant impact she has had on the Frisco community. Ms. Colety opened the Moose Jaw in 1973, creating a legacy of hospitality for legions of locals and visitors and a workplace that has inspired exceptional loyalty in her employees, which resemble a family more than a group of co-workers. Long before being sustainable became a buzz phrase, Ms. Colety moved from plastic to compostable and recycled products and sourced Colorado beef for her “world famous” burgers. Ms. Colety’s steadfast devotion to both her clientele and staff has earned her many accolades, including being proudly named one of the best “Mountain-Town ‘Dive’ Bars” in the United States.  Read more about “Mama Moose” at FriscoGov.com.

Colorado Safe Passages for Wildlife

Summit County Safe Passages presented information on the importance and success of wildlife safe passages. Over 3,600 collisions with wildlife are reported on Colorado roads each year, and that number is most certainly higher when you factor in unreported collisions. The recently completed wildlife over and under passes and fencing on Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling have reduced wildlife collisions in that area by 90%, proving these efforts highly effective.

Colorado Safe Passages has identified two areas adjacent to Frisco for wildlife collision mitigation efforts- the east side of Vail Pass and I70 between Frisco and Silverthorne. The group is seeking an endorsement from Frisco Town Council so they can pursue grant opportunities and solidify ongoing collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). It was indicated that a funding request from Safe Passages may be part of a later conversation with the Town of Frisco.

Granite Street Redesign

Granite Street has been identified by the community and Town Council, as a road in need of improvements, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians, and a redesign is one of Town Council’s 2019/20 Strategic Plan goals. Council gave staff direction to hire a firm to evaluate the conditions on Granite Street with a traffic study, which will then subsequently inform a redesign of Granite Street. This study and design will be done, while considering how these improvements will be impacted by the “Gap Project”- CDOT’s final phase of Highway 9 improvements between Frisco Main Street and the hospital, which is scheduled to start in 2020 and be completed in late 2021.

The decision to move forward with a study and redesign came after a staff presentation that gave an overview of the survey of existing conditions on Granite Street, which included right-of-way delineations, buried utilities, topography, storm water facilities, right-of-way encroachments and existing edge of asphalt. Challenges and opportunities for future street improvements were also outlined.

Council directed staff to take on a robust community outreach strategy throughout the traffic study and redesign to better understand community needs and to support better public understanding of Town right of way issues.

2018 International Building Code Adoption Amendments Ordinance

On final reading, Town Council passed the 2018 International Building Code Adoption Amendments Ordinance. The purpose of this ordinance is to update the Town’s construction codes. The Ordinance is tailored to our location and environment and is consistent with those of Summit County, the Towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, and Silverthorne, and Summit Fire & EMS Authority, and supportive of the Summit Community Climate Action Plan. The Ordinance also includes a revised construction permit fee schedule.

Meeting Minutes & Future Meetings

Please note that these are not official minutes of this meeting; the entire meeting packet may be found on the November 24, 2019 Town Council calendar item.

The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting is on December 10, 2019. The public is always encouraged to attend both the work session and the regular meeting at 7:00pm.