Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday July 19, the Salida City Council will consider a number of key items on its agenda. The complete meeting packet is here.
Reconsideration of Ordinance 2022-06 (Salida Bottling Company)
Reconsideration of Ordinance 2022-06 ( Salida Bottling Co.) pursuant to C.R.S. 31-11-105(3) is a critical item to many in the community. Salida City Council had unanimously approved on May 4, 2022 the planned development at 323 West First Street, known as The Residences at Salida Bottling Company.
A citizen referendum petition opposing the project was later timely filed with the City Clerk. Under C.R.S. 31- 11-105, a determination of petition sufficiency was then received (which occurred on Friday, July 8). Despite the petition from opponents, the developers seek to continue their work to bring the project forward.
With this, Salida City Council is obligated to reconsider it, and if affirmed via approval of new Ordinance 2022-11, the matter will be placed in a Special Election as part of the coordinated General Election on November 8, 2022. Then, voters can approve the decision or not. This ordinance is the first reading and will set a public hearing.
Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) Seeks Property Tax Ballot Issue for Funding
As discussed in the Salida City Council Work Session packet on July 18, Becky Gray, Director of CHA, speaking on behalf of their Board of Directors seeks support for a 3.5 mill ad valorem property tax to provide $2.04 million in revenue to largely support a $2.4 million CHA budget.
Gray’s presentation received wide support from council members on July 18 outlining needs for housing development, rent subsidies, and operations.
The proposal goes next to the Board of Chaffee County Commissioners and the Town of Buena Vista over the next few days. In addition, though the Town of Poncha Springs is not a current member named in the CHA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), they will also receive a presentation for their consideration.
To move forward to the November ballot, the proposed funding mechanism needs support from all of its members.
Resolution 2022-33 Seeks Approval To Purchase Land at Vandaveer Ranch
The City of Salida owns approximately 97.5 acres of land in the Vandaveer Ranch which is a planned development. In 2021, the two-acre Armstrong parcel adjacent to the Ranch became available and the City of Salida now desires to purchase it for $175,000 plus additional survey, title work, recording expenses, etc.
Acquisition of this two-acre parcel would allow for the creation of much-needed multi-use recreational field space and related access that could otherwise limit other potential uses if located elsewhere on the site.
According to the city, these two acres are essential to preserving some iconic views between the Gentlemen of the Road trail/bridge and the Sangre de Cristo range, as well as the anticipated developed area and areas to the north such as the Arkansas Hills.
After discussion in a City Council Executive Session on July 5, 2022, the Salida City Council agreed to move forward with negotiations for the purchase, and pending approval of Resolution 2022-33.
Resolution 2022- 34 Considers Appointment to the Parks, Recreation, Open Spaces and Trail Advisory Board (PROST)
City Council members will consider reappointing Kristy Falcon to a two-year term on the PROST advisory board and accepting the resignations of 10-year veteran and Chair, Lisa DeYoung and member Amy Reed. Jessica Downing is the acting Chair of PROST and the Board will continue to look for others to fill out its seven member roster.
Following these items, the meeting will continue with Council, Mayor, Treasurer, Attorney, and Staff reports before concluding.
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Featured image: Salida City Council members Dominique Naccarato, Justin Critelli, Mayor Dan Shore Jane Templeton, Alisa Pappenfort and Harald Kasper pictured in April, 2022 work session. Not shown, but attending virtually is Council Member Mike Pollock. Merrell Bergin photo