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The Salida City Council will meet in back-to-back sessions beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tues. Jan. 17. At 5:00 p.m. a joint work session will be held with the Salida Planning Commission. The agenda and overview for the work session are here.

Those interested may attend in person at the Touber Building; City Council Chambers, 448 East First Street, “C” Street Entrance, Suite 190.

City Council Regular Meeting to Follow at 6:00 p.m.

The complete regular meeting Agenda and Work Packet are here and highlights follow below.

Consent Agenda Includes Updates to Financial Polices

Included in the Consent Agenda are updates to the City of Salida Purchasing Policy, together with the related Credit Card and Electronic Payment Policies. The updates were prepared by the Finance Department, with input from department heads, the City Administrator, Assistant City Administrator, City Attorney, and the City Treasurer.  The revised polices were presented to the Finance Committee on Jan. 10; they recommend approval by the council.

Lundberg/Castro Annexation and Zoning

Lundberg/Castro parcels at 601 and 745 Scott Street. Image courtesy City of Salida

Two ordinances regarding the Lundberg/Castro properties located at 601 Scott Street and 745 Scott Street will be heard in a final reading and include public hearings.

The matters involve annexations for the properties as well as zoning to align with neighboring parcels. The matters were last heard on Jan. 3, 2023 and will be followed by a pair of resolutions, and if approved, complete the process.

Resolution 2023-05 Innovative Housing Development Incentives Grant Program For First and D Streets Site

According to the work packet, the City of Salida has been invited by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to apply for the Innovative Housing Incentives Grant Program (IHOI), a one-time grant program designed to promote the development of affordable housing
that is driven by community benefits and that focuses on critical housing needs as identified by the City.

Sponsored by Colorado Senator Julie Gonzales, HB21-1271 created three new programs for the purpose of offering grant money and other forms of state assistance to local governments to promote innovative solutions to the development of affordable housing across the state.

As previously reported by Ark Valley Voice on Aug. 15, 2022, support for a grant application is the next step in a lengthy process, that began with a feasibility study and identification of needs for safe, affordable housing in downtown Salida, followed by an evaluation of city-owned sites and now, a search for initial grant funding for pre-development costs. Goals for the proposed project include preserving affordability, supporting rural Creatives and Art Forms, supporting a diverse cultural community, and anchoring the existing Creative District.

D Street Apartments at 102-120 D Street in Salida, now city-owned, ready for redevelopment. Photo by Merrell Bergin

The City, in partnership with the Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) and nonprofit ArtSpace, has made an initial application to the IHOI program for funding for the revitalization of the city-owned property located at First Street and D Street.

The application is intended to fund the predevelopment costs, estimated in the amount of $650,000. The resolution, if approved, would allow the City to move forward with an application for the IHOI grant program.

The City currently has been funded in the amount of $100,000 from the Boettcher Foundation for this project, which can be used as the City’s local match of 20 percent ($130,000). Other funders may include the Gates Foundation and other similar nonprofits.

Meeting Concludes With Reports From Council Members, Mayor, and Staff

To register to listen and participate in the Regular City Council Meeting click on the Go To Meeting link. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To watch the meeting with enhanced audio and video, “LIVE”, click on the City’s broadcast channel.

As a reminder, City Council Regular Meetings are generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Council Meetings are open to the public and participants may choose to attend in person or virtually.

Featured image: Members of the Salida City Council about to start their meeting. (Left to right) are Jane Templeton, Harald Kasper, Dominique Naccarato, Mayor Dan Shore, Mayor Pro Tem Justin Critelli, and Alisa Pappenfort. Not shown: Mike Pollock, who attends virtually. AVV staff photo