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The Salida City Council will meet tonight, January 21 at 5 p.m. for a work session and at 6 p.m. for their regular meeting in the Touber Building located at 448 East 1st St. in Salida. The regular Monday work session was pushed back a day in observance of the January 20  Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

On the agenda for the work session is an update from Airport Manager Zech Papp about the Harriet Alexander Field. Following Papp’s presentation will be a Colorado Mountain College update from Vice President and Leadville and Chaffee County Dean Rachel Pokrandt.

Mike “Diesel” Post will give the Salida Council members an update on the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Master Plan. The public unveil of the PROST Master Plan will follow tonight at the Salida SteamPlant from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Several public hearings are scheduled during the regular meeting of the Salida City Council. A  public hearing will occur for a New Tavern Liquor License for the City of Salida, doing business as Salida Scout Hut, located at 210 East Sackett Avenue.

A second reading and public hearing will also take place tonight for Ordinance 2020-01 considering approval for a substantial modification of Parcel VPA-5 of the Vandaveer Ranch Planned Development. The Ordinance is to modify the overall development plan by changing the entitlements, zone district map, dimensional standards and Article 10: Pinto Barn Parcel Standards.

The last public hearing on the Council’s agenda tonight is concerning an appeal a of  Historic Preservation Commission Decision with regard to the Manhattan Hotel located at 228 North F Street.

According to the January 21  Salida City Council Packet, “An application was submitted on November 22, 2019 by property owner Ray Kitson, represented by Patrick Payne, Operations Manager of the Boathouse Cantina. The request; for a Major Certificate of Approval for construction of a shade structure at 228 North F Street.”

The application was considered and subsequently denied on a 5-0 vote by the Historic Preservation Commission on December 26, 2019. The applicant filed an appeal of the decision on January 3, 2020.

Pursuant to section 16-2-70 of the Salida Municipal Code, decisions of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) may be appealed to the Salida City Council.

The process of an appeal of Salida Municipal Code is described in the January 21 Salida City Council Packet: “According to our Code, the following procedures apply to the appeal hearing: The Council’s review of the HPC’s December 26, 2019 decision must be limited only to the record established before and relied upon by the HPC in making its decision, and the relevant Code provisions. The Council does not have the authority to override the provisions of the Code. The Council’s decision must include a basis for its appeal decision and cite specific sections of the Code.

The process provided in the packet continues, “The Mayor, as presiding officer, decides what evidence is material to the appeal. Written documents presented at the hearing are made part of the record. The burden of persuasion on appeal rests with the appellant, property owner/applicant Ray Kitson. The Council’s decision may reverse, modify or confirm the HPC’s [December 26, 2019] decision. All decisions on appeal must be in writing, contain facts and reasoning supporting the decision and must be mailed to the appellant.”

Cover Photo: Salida City Council and Planning Commission in Joint Work Session Dec 2, 2019 discussing the Land Use Code rewrite (Photo by Taylor Sumners)