• Thanks all who attended and watched via YouTube!  I believe the Town received good feedback and ideas for a direction moving forward. More to come! Corinne

Notes from the talk session:

  • Central Location
    • Host food trucks at town property across from library
      • Concerns
        • Town’s liability
        • Town competing with private businesses
        • Town sponsoring one type of business
        • Not a continuous, safe walking path from downtown
    • Allow people to park in central location and offer electric bikes to get around town
    • Shuttle from town parking lot to other areas/businesses
  • Permits and Fees
    • Taxes and accountability for food trucks are unclear
    • Permitting and local versus county versus state regulations are not easy to follow
    • There’s a lack of understanding from both sides
      • Suggestions:
        • Make sure that all food businesses are abiding by regulations and keeping our community safe
        • Work on standard county-wide regulations for food trucks
        • Review Denver’s toolkits for foodtrucks for ideas
        • Revisit business licensing (for property owners/landlords)
        • Require a permit for transient businesses of all kinds
        • Provide a Q&A on the town website
  • Specific Location at First and Grand
    • Food truck patrons block driveway at First and Grand
      • Suggestions:
        • Signage beside driveway
        • Signage on street
        • Physical barrier
  • Food Trucks: Cons
    • Adequate parking for food trucks
      • Counterpoint: Businesses on Grand Ave do not generally have private parking
      • Suggestion: Require property owner to abide by setback, parking rules
    • Availability of restrooms
    • Zoning
      • Counterpoint: brick and mortar and food trucks are limited to zoning that allows food businesses
    • Property tax
      • Counterpoint: building is an appreciating asset and truck is a depreciating asset
      • Property taxes for food truck areas are paid by other private land owners
    • Overall expense of a food truck is much lower
      • Suggestions:
        • View food trucks as a stepping stone to brick and mortar locations
        • Incentivize/improve costs to open a brick and mortar restaurant
    • Unfair competition
      • Counterpoints:
        • Should restaurants be denied liquor licenses because they compete with breweries?
        • Brick and mortar business doesn’t feel threatened because if they offer a good product consumers will come
    • Brick and mortar losing business to food trucks (Subway)
      • Counterpoint: Subways around the country are going out of business because of changing consumer preferences
  • Food Trucks: Pros
    • Greater diversity
    • Food trucks help fill the gap for specialty foods that could not be afforded by brick and mortar locations or not available full-time
      • Counterpoint: Town is too small to support food trucks in addition to restaurants
    • Food trucks bring people to town
    • Food truck patrons often visit other local shops
  • Market Awareness
    • People are unaware of the number and type of food choices available in our community
    • The town should encourage and work with all food providers
    • Businesses should do market studies
    • The town must understand what makes it special to bring people in (example: Marble)
    • Understand your market (locals versus tourists, cost per plate)
    • The town should put more effort into understanding how to draw people into town
  • One Way Streets
    • It would reduce parking
    • It seems like too much for a small town
      • Counterpoints
        • It provides expanded outdoor seating (example: Crested Butte)
        • It could support pedestrians and bicyclists
    • Suggestion: Temporary one-way street so the community members can see how it would work and make an informed decision


Voluntary Water Restrictions Requested:

9/2/2020 UPDATE: Our tank is full! Keep up the good work so we can avoid mandatory restrictions! Corinne

 Paonia Water update - 8/27/2020: WAY TO GO Paonia water users! Your work to reduce use is having exactly the affect on our system and storage we hoped for. Our storage tank continues to replenish and currently is just under 23 feet. Please stay diligent, water supply to the springs will continue to drop usually through September, where they hold steady until March, when they begin to increase. All of us working together prevents the need for harsher restrictions. On behalf of the Town Administration and staff we can't say well done and thank YOU for making this happen enough.
The Town of Paonia strongly encourages all residents to follow voluntary watering restrictions in the interest of water conservation during the current drought situation. Please reduce water use to domestic use only and refrain from extra uses such as filling pools, landscaping and/or irrigation use.
Why Watering Restrictions?
Water conservation is always an important goal. In the event of drought conditions, the Town will occasionally need to place and enforce mandatory watering restrictions in order to conserve water for the most necessary purposes to support the health, safety and welfare of our community and to ensure that our water supply is not depleted. For this reason, The Town is strongly encouraging all domestic water users voluntarily reduce water use to domestic use only and refrain from landscaping and/or irrigation use.
The Town will continue to monitor water usage and may enact mandatory restrictions at a later date.
Thank you, Corinne

8/17/2020 @ 2:05PM

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