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The Salida City Council will meet in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 6 in Council Chambers at 448 East First Street, “C” Street Entrance, Suite 190. The agenda and complete meeting packet are here. It will begin with a lengthy consent agenda, and move into several land use and development items:

Image courtesy of the City of Salida.

Three Contracts for Professional Services Under Consideration

  • The first is with Valerian, LLC to help guide on-call planning and design services for the Parks and Recreation Department and its numerous projects. Valerian was the high scorer in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and the time and materials contract has a not-to-exceed amount of $80,000 which is included in the approved 2023 budget.
  • The second proposed contract is one of the most far-ranging projects on which the City of Salida is moving forward. It is for planning and design services for the long-awaited South Arkansas River Sub-Area (SARSA) Master Plan for the city-owned, 100-acre “Vandaveer Ranch”. Community Development Director Bill Almquist will recap the comprehensive RFP process and explain the justification for the proposed award to Studio Seed, LLC.

The extensive proposal and related documents are contained in the meeting packet (pages 21-53); it would not be surprising for this item to be pulled from the consent agenda for individual discussion. The not-to-exceed contract for $210,000 includes a fixed fee of $201,615 “plus $8,385 in contingency funds for services yet unrealized and to be mutually agreed upon in writing by City Administrator and Contractor prior to service.”

  • Third, a proposed contract will be considered for opinion research services from Magellan Strategies. According to the meeting packet, the potential award is “to is a public opinion research firm specializing in measuring and understanding resident and voter opinion, after the most recent election.”

City Administrator Drew Nelson says that are two objectives for the survey project. “The first is to measure and understand why Salida voters supported or opposed ballot measures 2A, 2B, 2D, and 6A. The second objective is to educate and inform voters about having a Home Rule form of government, the process to get there, and measure support and opposition levels.”

With a cost ranging from $16,000 to $35,000 depending on the final scope of negotiated services, the staff is seeking guidance from the council members on the proposal “in order to accurately gauge the community’s interest and support of various funding mechanisms and begin an education campaign regarding Home Rule status.”

Action Items

  • Ordinance 2022-21 – 505 Oak Street

505 Oak Street parcel proposed for planned development overlay in Salida. Image courtesy Salida Planning Commission

Senior Planner Kristi Jefferson will outline a final reading and public hearing for a 2.09-acre, planned development with 44 rental and for-sale units, including six rental and two for-sale inclusionary housing units.

The project was approved on first reading by the council on Nov. 15, 2022.

  • Paul and Rebecca Stringer Annexation – 1730 Holman Avenue

Salida Planning Technician Franco Palumbo will present a package of four related ordinances for final reading, public hearing and potential approval. These include considerations for annexing the 0.17 acre parcel of land with the street address of 1730 Holman Avenue to the City of Salida. The ordinances are numbered 2022-22, 2022-23, 2022-55, and 2022-56.

  • 2023 Community Grants Program
Chaffee County Community Foundation

Logo courtesy Chaffee County Community Foundation

The Chaffee County Community Foundation will present its plan for administering the annual Community Grants program.

With a proposed budget for Salida of $96,277 (tied to the 2023 budget-approved, one percent of General Fund revenues), applications are scheduled to open Jan. 9 with awards by April 30, 2023.

  • Resolution 2022-54 – Lundberg/Castro Annexation 601 and 745 Scott Street

Senior Planner Kristi Jefferson will propose that the annexation is “in substantial compliance with city and state statutes, recommending that the council adopt the proposed resolution and set a public hearing for January 17, 2023.”

  • Ordinance 2022-24 – Implementing Ballot Measures 2A, 2B and Imposing Occupational Lodging Tax Changes

As City Administrator Drew Nelson is expected to explain, this ordinance is derived from the Nov. 8 General election city ballot measures that passed voter approval. The required “Emergency Ordinance” language is solely to accommodate a first reading at this meeting, with final reading and public hearing on Dec. 20, 2022 so the Municipal Code amendments and tax changes reflecting the will of the people can be timely noticed and take effect on January 1, 2023.

  • Ordinance 2022-25 – Substantial Modification to Development Plan for Salida Crossings Planned Development, 1520 E. Hwy 50

Salida Crossings Site Plan, 2017 versus 2022. Image courtesy BVD Investments and Phelps Engineering

Community Development Director Bill Almquist will present the proposed modifications to the development plan in a first reading. A conceptual review was previously heard by members of the planning commission and city council on Oct.4, 2022 and again in a Salida Planning Commission public hearing on Nov. 8. The applicant is BV Investments, LLC of Murphy, TX whose representative is Bernard Weber.

The project is now proposed to have reductions in both height and number of units (92). 72 condominiums are planned for the two mixed-use buildings and 20 newly incorporated townhomes with 24 deed-restricted units be listed between 100 percent AMI  to 140 percent AMI (instead of at 80 percent AMI as originally required), with eight at 100 percent AMI, 8 at 120 percent AMI, and eight at 140 percent AMI, all located within the mixed-use buildings.

If approved, the plan would move to final reading and a public hearing on Dec. 20, 2022

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 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m. 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