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The Salida City Council will host their regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. on August 17. Agenda items include the first reading of Ordinance 2021-13 which, if approved would address changes to family childcare home zoning as required by recent State legislation.

This act requires local governments to treat family childcare homes as residential property when it comes to zoning, land use, fire and life safety, sanitation, and building code regulations. Local governments cannot impose regulations on family childcare homes unless the regulations apply to all residential properties.

Under this bill, a family childcare home is a type of state-licensed childcare facility serving up to 12 children and operated by a person who resides in the same dwelling where the care is provided. A local government retains the ability to prohibit, on a case-by-case basis, the operation of childcare homes in immediately adjacent residences of two or more large family childcare homes to manage the flow of traffic and parking.

New business/action items on the agenda also include Resolution 2021-30 which, if approved would authorize the purchase of real property and approve a purchase and sale agreement on a property at 611 Oak Street which would be used as the new fire station for the Salida Fire District (SFD).

Council members wore masks to “lead by example.” Image taken during August 4 regular meeting.

The subject property at 611 Oak Street is approximately 2.44 acres in size and meets the minimum lot size threshold for a fire department facility that would accommodate SFD, as well as the South Arkansas Fire Protection District’s space needs.

There is currently a single-family residence located at the southwest corner of the property; however, it is currently in a state of disrepair due to water damage over the winter. At this time, the property has not yet been annexed into the City of Salida.

Council will also host the first reading and set a public hearing of Ordinance 2021-12; the Chaffee County Government Major Impact Review application for a Planned Development Overlay at their property located at 104 Crestone Avenue. The adjustment accommodates the major renovation work on the county administration building, as well as the road improvements and adjustments made to make the traffic patterns safer and improve parking capacity.

An executive session has been added to the session, with two topics: discussion of a personnel matter and an update on a property negotiation.

City Council meetings continue to allow in-person attendance, primarily for purposes of conducting public hearings. The city still requests that those wishing to testify should plan to do so via the GoToWebinar platform or by email or letter.

Anyone who is unvaccinated and who wants to provide testimony must wear a face mask and remain at least six feet away from others both inside and outside of the Council Chambers.

To watch the meeting virtually, click here.