Jackson town councilors will take up numerous issues Monday in a series of three meetings that will take up the bulk of their day.
Starting with a 9 a.m. special workshop, the council will resume discussions regarding the “Future Funding of Local Government,” according to the meeting agenda. Town Manager Larry Pardee will continue to lead the discussion and deliberation about how best to fund the town’s many services and other identified priorities.
In his staff report, Pardee asks the council to “take next steps towards securing more diversified funding for the Town of Jackson in order to bring the community closer to achieving the desired Quality of Life through health, safety, and welfare of our community.”
The workshop is scheduled to run until noon, after which councilors will take a short break before convening with the Teton County Board of County Commissioners at a 1:30 joint information meeting where they will get an update on the federal BUILD — or Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development — Transportation Discretionary Grant that Teton County, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the town of Jackson and other entities on both sides of Teton Pass were awarded in September 2020.
The federal transportation grant will allow federal and local agencies to spend $28 million on transportation projects. The goal of the grant is to better connect the highway corridor running from Jackson to Driggs, Idaho, with about 13 projects focused on enhancing alternative forms of transportation. Among the projects that received funding are a new Stilson transit center, new commuter and electric buses for the START fleet, and pathways running from Wilson to the Snake River and over Teton Pass.
In the council’s regular meeting, beginning at 6 p.m., councilors will consider a number of housekeeping items.
Included on the evening meeting’s agenda are a franchise agreement with Terra Firma for trash and refuse pickup services, the second reading of an ordinance governing meeting absences and when a vacancy on the council or mayor’s seat occurs, and discussion regarding the process for applying for retail and/or bar & grill liquor licenses, according to the meeting agenda.
All three meetings will be held virtually, as the town and county remain in the red, or high-risk, level for COVID-19. The public can participate through Zoom links found on the meeting agendas.