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During the regular Salida City Council meeting on Dec. 1, Council unanimously approved an amended resolution for the reimbursement of $123,611 from Salida’s CARES Act monies to the Chaffee County Community Foundation.  This fund was launched originally by Chaffee County, local municipalities, the school districts, and others.  It then grew with over $325,000 in donations of all sizes from more than 550 people up and down the Valley as well as from multiple states.

Those funds have now been almost entirely disbursed to hundreds of individuals and numerous nonprofits during the last eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the amended portion of the resolution, $50,000 was also approved to match $50,000 from Chaffee County to support ongoing needs of nonprofits and small businesses struggling to keep up with the current surge.

Council also approved Resolution 2020-42. With the increase of COVID-19 cases and the recent amendment to the COVID-19 action plan, the City acknowledged that the original electronic participation policy adopted by Council in March needed to be updated and amended. This clarifies the electronic participation policy as it relates primarily to city council meetings and work sessions.

The council also renewed the Declaration of Extension of Local Emergency for another 30 days, with some revisions to the COVID-19 action plan since the county will be shifting to Level Orange at 5:00 p.m. Friday. Finally, Council voted Council Person Dan Shore as the new alternative voter for the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) in addition to Mayor P.T. Wood who also serves that function.

During the Council reports Mayor Wood addressed the shift to Level Orange. Wood said “unfortunately we are seeing a significant spike in the coronavirus and we’ll be moving to Orange level on Friday.” He went on to explain some of the changes and added that these changes are “a real plea to keep your masks on, keep your distance and stay home. Stay within your family group. Don’t intermingle. I think one terrifying statistic that is coming out of the latest surge of COVID is that the majority of the spread is happening within family intimate groups.”

Wood continued “As much fatigue as we are all feeling right now, we just need to suck it up for a couple more months until the vaccines start to show up in significant amounts. I think if we can kick this thing by sometime early summer, we’ll probably get to have one of the biggest, fun-est parties we’ve ever seen in Salida.”

To watch the full meeting, click here.