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The Salida City Council host a work session at 6:00 p.m. December 14, with several items on the agenda.

The council will consider appointments for two new members plus an alternate to the new Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) Board of Directors. It is anticipated CHA will be very active in seeking funding through various sources in the near future and the director relationship with Council may be beneficial to all. Staff would also offer to fill the role of an alternate to ensure continuity beyond the election of cycle.  During the work session, candidates will be interviewed and Council will discuss their expectations.  A formal appointment is slated for the full Council meeting On Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Buena Vista has already placed two members on the board, Trustee Amy Eckstein and Joseph Teipel from the Chaffee County Community Foundation. Their alternate is Phillip Puckett, Town Administrator.

Chaffee County has not yet submitted their official Board Members. The Board seats are for two-year terms, however for the initial placement, one of the seats can only be for one year. The call for applicants was sent out in November and eight interested parties submitted applications: Stephanie Davis, Emily Marquis, Craig Nielson, Randy Pigg, Patrick Post, Eileen Rogers, Tobie Thurman and Justin Veltri.

Among other items for consideration, the council will discuss the fire station needs assessment. The proposed assessment recommends building a new fire station as the current has lasted four times its typical life cycle. Along with this, more space is needed to provide a single floor design for firefighter safety, drive through bays, gender specific quarters and separation of hot, warm, and cold zones.

The assessment suggests that a new facility will strengthen the current department by increased training opportunities, providing a safer firefighting environment and reducing traffic disruptions downtown. This would secure the future of the program through an excellent track record of services and continued success for both the City of Salida and the South Arkansas community.

City Council will also discuss Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) board elections and during the same session will conduct Public Art Commission applicant interviews. There are seven voting Members of the Public Art Commission, five of which are residents of Salida and two who are Chaffee County residents. The members will remain on the commission for the duration of their term unless they resign or are removed. The Council will vote the following night to select one applicant to the current open position to serve a one-year term.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and health regulations, the work session will be held via GoToMeeting. To preregister, click here.

Featured image: Screenshot taken during Salida City Council work session on August 31.