All-day meetings mark busy Monday for town officials

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Elected town officials have a busy day in front of them today. In addition to continued budget talks finalizing FY 2018 (beginning July 1), civic leaders will also hold a special afternoon workshop and a regular town meeting at 6 pm.

At the workshop, town council will take on several meaty topics including a look at Snow King’s Forest Service master plan for Phase 2 expansion. Town leaders will be asked to sign off on a letter to the Bridger-Teton NF giving the go-ahead for a NEPA study to begin.

Tenant protections will get another round of discussion. Legal ramifications of drawing up various ordinances to protect renters are still being weighed but staff hopes to have a resolution for signing at the council’s June 1 meeting. A seven-person group was established to explore the feasibility and need for tenant protections. They will meet bi-weekly between May and July and report back to council at its July 17 meeting.

It will be do or die for workforce camping. Staff is looking for direction on whether or not to move forward with a pilot program involving overnight spaces for those with a fulltime job in the county from June 15 through September 4. Councilors may also choose to set aside money for a more robust program next summer.

At the request of councilman Don Frank, the sewer line from Munger Mountain Elementary School might be increased in capacity from four to six inches. At the last meeting, Frank said he had been thinking about it and with expansion south of town along US 89 virtually a given, it would be prudent to plan for the future and beef up the pipe before WYDOT gets moving on road widening and can’t change its work order. Hog Island Special improvement District is making the formal request.

Town officials are also scheduled to make it easier to drink in Jackson. Council may authorize several changes to the town’s municipal code to allow for relaxed definitions of a dispensing room, relaxed hours of operation, and a possible definitive number of items that would better quantify a “handful” of choices that serve to make alcohol sales legit with a restaurant liquor license. For instance: Are fries a food? And does the use of a fork a meal make?

Restaurant liquor licenses are also going to double from three to six. Many of the changes to municipal code are necessary to mirror new state statutes taking effect July 1.

Finally, town leaders hope to get to the growing issue of tents, tarps, and other coverings and enclosures, which have become popular with restaurants and retail businesses in town. What constitutes permanent as opposed to temporary? Are building permits needed? How long can they stay up for the summer and should the framework also have to be removed after the season?

The regular town meeting is packed with plenty as well. Five planning items are on the agenda including two Hidden Hollow items, an amendment to the Pine Glades PUD that would add another 100 SF of living space to six units, as well as allowing for enclosed balconies and a covered 9-space parking area.

The Affordable Housing Department’s Stacy Stoker will also present on proposed changes to fee in lieu developers are allowed to pay in exchange for not building affordable or employee housing.

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