Grand Lake trustee resigns; board appoints new judge |

Grand Lake trustee resigns; board appoints new judge

Natascha O'Flaherty gets sworn in Monday evening as the new Grand Lake municipal judge.
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Grand Lake’s Board of Trustees were busy Monday night approving a slew of ordinances regarding town related fees while also appointing a new municipal judge, all amidst the resignation earlier that evening of trustee Tom Goodfellow.

At the outset of Monday night’s Grand Lake Board meeting Town Manager Jim White announced the resignation of Town Trustee Tom Goodfellow. Goodfellow was initially elected to the Grand Lake Board in April 2016. During that election Goodfellow received more voters from the citizens of Grand Lake than any other trustee candidate and secure a four-year term for himself. His current term was set to expire in 2020.

Goodfellow, who did not attend Monday night’s evening meeting, was not immediately available for comment Tuesday morning.

Monday night Grand Lake’s Board of Trustees dug into a series of issues primarily related to the fees the town assesses for a host of activities from those assessed on users at the Grand Lake Center to the application fee the town imposes on new business licensees. Earlier in the evening the board held a discussing regarding a proposal to begin requiring nightly rental operators, or short-term rental operators, to obtain a business license from the town, on top of their existing requirement to obtain a nightly rental license.

That discussion followed debate earlier this year that focused on a separate proposal to increase the annual nightly rental license fee the town assesses on all short-term rentals within its jurisdiction. That proposal would have seen the fee increased from $600 annually to $900. Prior to Monday night’s meeting, the last the Grand Lake Board will hold in 2018, a decision was made not to increase the annual license fee for nightly rentals.

Monday night the board also chose to not require nightly rental operators obtain a business license in addition to their nightly rental license. The board passed a resolution that changes the nomenclature of the applicable license from a nightly rental license to a nightly rental business license while explicating stating that nightly rental operators are not required to obtain a separate business license.

Grand Lake’s board did vote to increase the fee assessed on new nightly rental applications. That fee, which is separate from the annual licensing fee and is assessed on nightly rentals at the time of their initial application, was increased from $150 to $165, which town staff members said would cover the costs the town incurs to process the applications.

In other Grand Lake town news the Board of Trustees appointed Granby resident Natascha O’Flaherty as Grand Lake’s newest municipal judge, replacing the town’s longtime municipal judge Georgia Noriyuki, who submitted her resignation to the town in mid-October. O’Flaherty was sworn in Monday night but will not officially become Grand Lake’s municipal judge until January. Noriyuki is set to serve out the rest of the year as the municipal judge.

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