Grand Lake to weigh new rules for short-term rentals on Monday

Pressed to reign in short-term rentals in Grand Lake, the town manager expects to have a couple ideas for town leaders to consider on Monday.

John Crone’s work on the topic follows a Jan. 13 workshop in which the town’s board of trustees discussed a variety of ideas to better regulate short-term rentals operating in Grand Lake.

During the meeting, it was said that as many as half of the short-term rentals in Grand Lake are operating illegally, and the elected officials pushed Crone, who started the job in November, to bring back some proposals for votes.

Over the phone Wednesday, Crone said he plans to bring two proposals pertaining to short-term rentals before the Grand Lake Board of Trustees during their next meeting on Monday.

Likely one of the most popular ideas, Crone said he will present a measure that could force the units to come with lockable, bear proof trash containers.

Black bears have been getting into trashcans around Grand County for ages, and it’s been an ongoing problem in Grand Lake. Many locals believe requiring bear proof trash bins would ease some of the conflicts they’ve seen with wildlife while helping keep bears and people safe.

For the other measure, Crone said he will present a plan that would require short-term rentals be inspected by the Grand Lake Fire Department. Crone said the inspections would be geared toward ensuring essentials like ingress and egress, fire alarms and extinguishers.

Town leaders have also asked Crone to look into a lodging tax, and he expects that discussion to happen later this year.

The Grand Lake Board of Trustees meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Grand Lake Town Hall, 1026 Park Ave. Work sessions start at 5 p.m. and the regular meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

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