The Salida City Council voted during their regular meeting April 2, both to clarify the duties of the city treasurer, as well as make the city administrator’s performance review open to the public. They also discussed a splash pad project for the pool and improvements to the basketball court.

The duties of the city treasurer were clearly defined by an amendment passed by the Salida City Council. They unanimously approved Ordinance 2019-07 on first reading, with a motion made by Councilman Jason Critelli and seconded by Councilman Mike Bowers

According to the agenda packet, staff had been tasked by the council to adjust the duties for the city treasurer “to better acknowledge the desires of Salida voters to retain a city treasurer as well as expand oversight of the city’s finances.”

At the March 18 meeting of the council, staff was directed to prepare an amendment the Salida Municipal Code, “based on a draft reworking of responsibilities” for the treasurer and the “audit committee.” The proposed ordinance was based on discussions with past city treasurers, “the current” treasurer, and city council.

The ordinance included a compensation increase for the city treasurer commensurate with the rates effective for city council members following the next election in November 2018-9. The increase from $142.67 to $450 a month, included an increase of $900 in total expenditures for the 2019 budget.

Drew Nelson, the city administrator, explained these changes were to help strengthen the treasurer’s position and to help communication between the council and the treasurer.

According to the packet, the treasurer duties now include reviews and reports on all financial statements for the city staff, functioning as chair of the finance committee and the annual budget and audit. Nelson explained that the audit committee’s name was “redirected” to a finance committee to expand their services.

The council voted to go into executive session with the city attorney at the end of the regular meeting for purposes of discussing the city administrator evaluation process and open space property.

At the end of the executive session, Councilman Harald Kasper made a motion to make the final city administrator’s performance review open to the public. It was seconded by Critelli. The motion passed unanimously.

Earlier in the meeting, the council voted to approve a professional services agreement for pre-construction services for 2019 Outdoor Soaking Pools/Splash Pad Project to Diesslin Structures Inc. (DSI).

For some years, the city has had an interest in offering outdoor soaking pools, according to the agenda packet for the meeting. The project for these soaking pools has gone through several stages, “with staff now pursuing a group of soaking pools and a splash pad area.”

The site plan is an update of the 2008 plan, according to Theresa Casey, city recreation manager who has shepherded Aquatic Center renovation plans for the past several years before her retirement April 5. DSI has done much work at the Aquatic Center in the past. The city budgeted $950,000 in 2010 for the splash pad/soaking pool project, according to the packet.

The pre-construction series fee is $8,000, or equivalent to “1 percent of construction services.” Critelli moved to approve Resolution 2019-14 authorizing the city administrator to enter into a professional services agreement with DSI for the project.

It was seconded by Councilwoman Cheryl Brown-Kovacic, and passed unanimously.

The council voted to approve the use of Cloward H2O for the design services of the project.

The motion was made by Councilman Dan Shore, seconded by Brown-Kovacic and passed unanimously.

Several other items of note were voted on as well, including a proposed splash pad construction and work in Alpine Park.

One of the items on the consent agenda was the Alpine Park Basketball Courts Project.  Critelli explained concerns about the Alpine Park Basketball Project, including that concrete is not the best playing surface for the game due to slippage.

The city’s Building and Grounds Supervisor Will Taliaferro described a reconstruction using post-tension concrete, which was better for preventing cracks. He also explained an acrylic surfacing material that would help with the slipping. He noted that the tennis courts in town have this same post-tension concrete and acrylic surfacing.

The court was bid out, and Evergreen Tennis Courts was selected for the lowest bid of $70,500 for the specialized work.

Kasper made a motion to approve the items on the consent agenda, it was seconded and passed unanimously.

Also discussed was the appointment of members to the Recreation Advisory Board.

Four of the five terms for regular members and one of the alternatives were up, according to Casey. All four reapplied and all four members were re-elected, after Shore motioned to approve, it was seconded and passed unanimously.

Brown-Kovacic thanked the members for their re-application due to their stability and familiarity of the board.