MAY REPORT – From the TAR Government Affairs Department

MAY REPORT – From the TAR Government Affairs Department

This Article was written By Nick Bokone, TAR Government Affairs Consultant

May Article, 2018 |

Water Restrictions in Place Since Early May

By now, everyone is likely aware of the mandatory water restrictions the town council and the town manager put into place in early May.

But if you are not aware, or if you’re looking for one place that lists all of the restictions in one place to share with your clients, consumers, families, etc. they’re listed here:

  1. Persons are urged to conserve water in every possible way in their homes and businesses;

    2. Washing of public or private sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other hard surfaces with municipal treated water shall be prohibited (the Town’s use of non-treated well water for such purposes is exempted);

    3. Power washing of structures with municipal treated water shall be prohibited (commercial power washing of structures will be allowed when necessary for exterior painting and related repairs);

    4. Filling, refilling or replacement of water in swimming pools, hot tubs or landscape water features with municipal treated water shall be prohibited (Town Park pool shall be exempted; the addition of water to public or private pools, hot tubs or water features to make up for evaporative losses is exempted);

    5. Noncommercial washing of privately owned cars or other motor vehicles, trailers or boats with municipal treated water shall be prohibited, unless by bucket;

    6. Use of municipal treated water for commercial car washes shall be prohibited, although commercial car washing which is programmed or operated to minimize water consumption (approximately 23 gallons per wash) will be allowed;

    7. Service of water to restaurant patrons shall be prohibited unless requested by the patron;

    8. Use of municipal treated water for irrigation of any public or private lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs, plants, municipal or school fields, golf courses or similar grass areas shall be prohibited, except for a singular period not to exceed thirty (30) minutes upon the following days, either before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday for residents and businesses with odd- numbered addresses; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for residents and businesses with even numbered addresses; Sundays for all residents and businesses

NOTE: Any business involving the growing and selling of plants shall be exempt from these irrigation restrictions with respect to irrigation water for such plants only. Drip irrigation systems and hand watering by bucket or watering shall also be exempt from these restrictions. The use of municipal water for dust suppression in Town Park during festival events shall be exempt, and irrigation by non-treated well water in Town Park shall likewise be exempt. Newly planted landscaping that requires additional watering may be exempted on a case by case basis through the Town Manager’s Office.

Three New Members Elected to Fire Protection District Board

In an election that ended on May 8th, Lisa Andrews, Chris Broady and Chris Hazen were elected to the Telluride Fire Protection District board. The new directors were sworn into office on May 20th

Voters cast 750 ballots in the election to fill three empty seats on the board. Hazen received the most votes with 539, Andrews received 437 votes and Broady tallied 334. The two other candidates, Steve Langion and Scott Stewart, received 189 votes and 202 votes respectively.

District Director John Bennett said he was happy with the number of ballots returned. “We had 750 ballots returned which is awesome; I’m not disappointed in the turnout,” Bennett said. “I’m excited to continue the path, and I think any of the five were excellent candidates. The public did their due diligence and made their choice, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Roughly 4,200 ballots were mailed out to voters during the week of April 13 and the deadline to return them was Tuesday.

State News – June is RPAC Month for Colorado REALTORS®

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® has designated June as Colorado’s RPAC Month and is asking all local boards to participate.

The focus of RPAC Month is to boost participation – $25 from each individual investor.  Our 2018 RPAC participation goal is 37%.  We are currently at 34.09% participation – only 746 new individual investors away from reaching our goal and your help to get there

Any member that invests at least $25 in June will be entered in a drawing to win one of the following prizes:

  • One First Prize winner will receive a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card to use toward their next vacation
  • One Second Prize winner will receive a Series 3 Apple Watch with GPS capability
  • Three Third Prize winner will receive an Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker

Bonus drawing: Members that invest at least $25 before June 7th will also be entered to win two tickets to the U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

RPAC is your best investment in real estate. Voluntary contributions from members are collected to elect candidates and work on issues that affect our industry.  For more information on RPAC or to contribute online click here: http://www.coloradorealtors.com/political-advocacy/legislation/

National News: HUD Extends Puerto Rico and USVI Foreclosure Moratorium

On May 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) extended the Hurrican Maria-related Presidentially-Declared Disaster Areas foreclosure moratorium for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The moratorium is extended for 90 days, until August 16, 2018. The extension was done through Mortgagee Letter 2018-03 and is effective immediately. This is the second extension of the foreclosure moratorium for Puerto Rico and  USVI, as the original moratorium was extended on March 1, 2018.

New Video Highlights Commercial Victories in Tax Reform Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last year contains half a dozen big wins for commercial real estate. Tax Analyst Evan Liddiard walks through the wins in this NAR Advocacy Group update.

Link to video: https://www.nar.realtor/videos/commercial-victories-in-tax-reform-law

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