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January 14th Town Council Meeting Catch Up

Make Frisco: Art @ Elevation Update

Council supported the Art Committee to continue moving forward on their three central ideas: Community Art Projects, Art and Exhibit Space, and Art Commissions. In the first category, the group is looking at implementing the following community art projects: FROZEN Frisco Ice Event (February, 1st at the Nordic Center), ART BIKE Event, July 4th Parade Float, and the SAIL Frisco Installation.

During the development of the 2020 budget, the Town Council allocated funds to support public art. Thereafter, Councilmember Sherburne formed a community group comprised of local artists from a variety of mediums to discuss concepts for art in public spaces. The community group has been meeting regularly since November with an initial goal of elevating the opportunities and presence of art in the Town of Frisco.

Marina Phase 2 Preliminary Design Options

Council was supportive of the Phase 2 site improvements that Stais Architecture & Interiors presented and preferred the Promenade plan (page 10 of presentation). The scope of the design work includes redesign of a new guest service/office building and design and/or repurpose of a food and beverage building. The scope also includes the larger context of the site such as upgrading site circulation to enhance safety and efficiency, site entry analysis, and future phasing options. Phase II has a budget of 3.3 million.

Council directed staff to collect additional costs on all Phase 2 site improvements and phasing options, and to bring this information back to Council at a future work session. They also gave direction to revisit the repurposing of the Food &Beverage/Lund House/restrooms to ensure the project is meeting the needs of the community and accurately accounting for all costs. If approved these projects would start in 2020 and finish in 2021.

Minimum Wage Discussion

Council was presented with information compiled by Summit County through a work group established to address the potential of a specific minimum wage within the County. Participants in the work group included business, community members, and agency partners along with representatives from each municipality in Summit County. The Council heard from staff regarding recommendations from the work group including specific flaws in the legislation, which would negatively impact employees and local businesses in industries receiving tips and commissions. The Council was informed as to the County’s decision to place a resolution to implement a minimum wage in the unincorporated areas of the County on their February Board of County Commissioner’s agenda for consideration. The Council provided direction to keep a watchful eye on the upcoming state legislative session regarding potential changes to correct the minimum wage regulations.

Amendments Concerning Telecommunications Facilities to Revise Regulations Concerning Small Cell Wireless Facilities

Town Council passed the first reading of amendments concerning telecommunications facilities with one change to height limits of allowing 10 additional feet on existing utility poles instead of the original 2 feet additional limitation.

On September 26, 2018, the FCC adopted Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order (FCC 18-133) regarding small cell telecommunications and the acceleration of wireless infrastructure necessary for 5G and other advanced wireless services through the relaxation of regulatory barriers affecting local permit processes. The existing provisions of §180-5.2.11 of the Frisco Unified Development Code do not fully comply with the requirements and limitations of this FCC ruling.

Meadow Creek Wetland Conservation Easement

Council passed the second reading of an ordinance granting a deed of conservation easement to Colorado Open Lands, a Colorado Non-Profit Corporation, for the purpose of the conservation of an area known as the Meadow Creek Wetlands. This is conjunction with the Marina “Big Dig” project.

Please note that these are not official minutes of the meeting; visit the Town’s website for the official minutes of all meetings.

The next regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting is January 28, 2020; the agenda can be found at Friscogov.com. The public is always encouraged to attend both the work session and the regular meeting at 7 pm.

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