Silverthorne council updates: Helmet rule changed at skate park |

Silverthorne council updates: Helmet rule changed at skate park

The skate park in Silverthorne will no longer require helmets and other protective safety equipment, and will instead post signs that say the items are “strongly recommended.”

The Silverthorne town council approved police chief Mark Hanschmidt’s recommendation to revise an ordinance from 1999 requiring protective equipment and the enforcement of rules at their Wednesday meeting. Violation of the law resulted in a $50 fine, and second offenders were summoned to municipal court.

The rule is being repealed because the police department has difficulty enforcing it. Council members said they agreed that encouraging protective equipment is a parent’s duty, as long as there’s no resulting insurance liability placed on the town.

Hanschmidt said the insurance company recommends posting signs about the equipment being “strongly recommended” instead of required. He also said that the Silverthorne park is the sole park in Summit County enforcing a helmet ordinance, and few unstaffed parks statewide have helmet ordinances.

Hanschmidt also said he would like to make the interaction between officers and the public more positive instead of negative. Local businesses supply coupons and vouchers that officers can hand out to individuals wearing equipment as an incentive, he said.

Helmets and protective equipment will remain mandatory for all town-sponsored events, and the Silverthorne Recreation Center will continue providing helmets to check out for free to those wanting them.

A new plow truck is to be added to Silverthorne’s fleet next year at a price of about $177,000.

The 2011 budget allows for a plow purchase up to $182,500, as well as a new replacement loader and a new replacement sidewalk loader. The latter two are currently being investigated by town staff.

The new plow is an International and will be outfitted with a snow plow, V box sander, snow box, swap hook, dump bed and shouldering attachment. It replaces the 2000 Freightliner truck as the newest in a fleet of four.

The old truck is to be advertised and sold at the end of the snow season.

A lease with Cutthroat Anglers, a fly fishing business that leases its retail space from the Town of Silverthorne, is set to expire at the end of May, but Wednesday approval of a new contract will allow the business to stay on.

It’s now under the ownership of James Buckler, who negotiated the new lease with town staff. The terms of the lease include an initial two-year term with two optional two-year renewals. It’s a 1,700 square foot area to be leased at $24 per square foot, or $40,800 per year.

Town attorney Jerry Dahl said the lease abides by the council’s desire for the retail space to be devoted to fly fishing, instructional and guide operations – other business will have to receive council consent.

There’s also a no-compete clause that disallows the lessee to conduct similar business within a five mile radius of the Pavilion property, with the exception of a store in Frisco. The town isn’t permitted to lease to a competing operation on any other town-owned property. The new lease commences June 1.

The 2011 sales tax collections are off to a better start than they were at this time last year.

This year’s collections are down .27 percent from 2011, but the 2009-10 change was minus 5.47 percent. The 2010 year finished .68 percent over the year prior, compared to negative trends in the first month of 2008 and 2009.

The levels are still lower than January values going back to 2007, though, at $573,681 for the month.

Actual collections for January are down from budgeted values, which are based on a 3 percent increase from 2010 sales tax revenues. The budgeted value is $577,316, putting the budget 99.37 percent on track.

The largest losses were seen in auto and outlet categories, as each dipped about 9 percent. Phase II at the outlets dropped the most among the center, at 12.5 percent. Phase I and III dropped about 5.4 percent each. Nonetheless, the outlets were the highest contributor, at 28.6 percent of January’s collections.

Gains of 8 to 10 percent were seen in building retail, lodging and food and liquor categories.

Summit Place Shopping Center collections were up 10.82 percent over January 2010. The $56,446 collected is on par with 2009’s revenue of $56,414. The highest value in five years for the center was in 2008, at $58,844.

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