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The Salida City Council will meet in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 5 and the complete packet is here.  While the packet is large, the Agenda on the first page contains hyperlinks to take the reader directly to the topic they are interested in.

The consent agenda includes multiple, late-Spring special event permits.  Following Citizen Comments, Council will read a “Proclamation Declaring that Salida Stands in Solidarity with Ukraine and in Support of the Sovereign Ukrainian Nation, People, and Armed Forces. ”

Two ordinances related to housing will be given a second reading and a public hearing will be conducted. As previously reported by AVV, Ordinance 2022-05 updates the Salida Municipal Code to amend inclusionary housing provisions and provide additional tools for increasing workforce housing.

Ordinance 2022-06 would approve a major impact review (with multiple conditions attached) for a large housing project at 323 West First Street between the Monarch Spur Trail and I Street.  While both proposed ordinances have previously been supported by the Planning Commission and City Council, the public hearing affords the community a chance to weigh in before final adoption.

Chaffee County Community Foundation

Logo courtesy Chaffee County Community Foundation

In new business, Council will hear recommendations from the Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) to award a budgeted expenditure of $85,857 to CCCF to provide funding for the City’s Donor Advised Fund earmarked for Salida’s 2022 Community Grants.  As always, the competition was intense among the numerous nonprofits in Chaffee County.  And, as in 2021, combined applications were taken from nonprofits across the county with both Salida City Council and Buena Vista Trustees providing funding.

In the 2022 grant round, five applicants were not recommended for funding, and 33 organizations were allocated funding with Salida providing $85,857; representing more than double the 2021 amount.

Salida City Council will hear a review of the intake, scoring, award process, and awardees during their April 5 session.  The Grant Review committee consisted of 8 volunteers who contributed at least 25 hours of their time to review applicants and make the funding recommendations.

In other new business, the council will consider applications for amplified sound permits from two restaurants/bars and one special event organizer and conduct a public hearing on them.  The reason these are being heard is that they are for dates outside the May 1- Nov. 1 window where, under current code provisions, applicants need only have their permit reviewed by the city administrator.  Citizen feedback is encouraged for these “pre-season” applications.

Section of Hwy 291 street improvements proposed from Marvin Park the hospital campus. Recommended changes to the existing cross-section would provide traffic calming entering town, pedestrian/bike mobility, landscaping, lighting, and entryway improvements for the City. Map courtesy Salida Department of Public Works.

Resolution 2022-13 will be presented by Public Works Director, David Lady.  It would authorize a grant application and commit funding for streetscape improvements to U.S. 291, at the western gateway to Salida from Marvin Park to HRRMC.  The proposed project follows on the heels of similar improvements made over the last years at the eastern edge of the city along U.S. 291.

If approved, the city is committing to a 25 percent fiscal match (up to $607,000) and authorizing staff to pursue CDOT grant opportunities on behalf of the city. The City of Salida street fund is anticipated to have sufficient revenues in 2023-2025 to support this project along with other planned street work.

After concluding the regular session, the council will move to adjourn, and if adopted, go into Executive Session to consider the annual performance evaluation for City Administrator Drew Nelson.

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To simply watch the meeting “LIVE”, click on the City’s broadcast channel.

Featured image: Salida City Council members Dominique Naccarato, Justin Critelli, Mayor Dan Shore, Jane Templeton, Alisa Pappenfort and Harald Kasper pictured in April, 2022 work session. Not shown, but attending virtually is Council Member Mike Pollock. Merrell Bergin photo