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The next Salida City Council regular meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 20. The agenda is a busy one, with several funding needs up for discussion. The complete agenda and packet are here.

Request for Funding – Chaffee Housing Trust

The City of Salida is a fiscal and land partner with the Chaffee Housing Trust (CHT) on a project to construct six affordable workforce housing units on a property owned by the City (but to be donated to the CHT) located at the intersection of 3rd and M Streets in Salida. The project concept dates back to Oct. 2019.

Excavation underway in April 2022 for Chaffee Housing Trust property at West Third and M Street. Merrell Bergin photo

Pre-construction work involved the realignment of M Street, combining two parcels and moving underground utilities. While work has been underway, progress has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, a shortage of available labor and equipment, and supply chain cost increases.

Due to construction cost increases, labor shortages, and supply chain issues, the overall budget for the project has increased by $110,000.

According to information provided by the city, on September 13, the Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved a request to fund $55,000 of the cost overruns and challenged the Salida City Council to fund the remaining half for the project.

The BoCC is allocating funding from their remaining American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) award, and the City of Salida still has approximately $143,000 in ARPA funds remaining, some of which could be allocated to this project.

Resolution 2022-45 Considers New Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA)

Dr. David Blackburn hosts the Salida Schools Emergency Operating Plans meeting on July 19, 2022 at the new Crest Academy School. Photo courtesy Salida School District

A new IGA is proposed between the City of Salida and the Salida School District R-32-J. The agreement updates the working relationship between the two parties, as driven by the law enforcement incident at Salida High School in 2021.

According to the staff memo, the updated IGA is meant to reflect current state law, more accurately describe roles and responsibilities, clarify emergency operations procedures, and reflect the values of both organizations on educating our youth in a safe, productive environment.

It is one outcome of extensive roundtable meetings between the city, school district, first responders, and others following that incident.

The packet also notes that the new IGA clarifies the City’s responsibility around funding for the position based on current practices as opposed to the prior IGA, which included funding from the District. The IGA would not preclude the parties from agreeing on a different funding model in the future.

Ordinance 2022-18 Seeks to Increase Nightly OLT to Previously Voter Approved Maximum

In November 2008, voters approved an occupational lodging tax (OLT) of $4.82 per night on short-term commercial lodging in the city. Monies raised were directed at funding parks and recreation and arts facilities and programs, specifically noting the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center and the SteamPlant Events Center.

The then city council chose a moderate approach to access the funding, setting the initial rate at $2.50 per night. In 2018, the OLT was raised to $3.66 per night per occupied room. This ordinance, if approved, would increase the OLT to its 2008 fully-approved amount of $4.82 per occupied room per night. It should be noted that this measure is apart from a pair of separate ballot issues, scheduled for the November 8, 2022 general election.

Those measures, if approved, would set higher OLT’s only on short-term rentals (STRs) and target those funds specifically for affordable housing projects. This ordinance is on first reading and would be followed by an Oct. 4, 2022 public hearing.

Public Meeting Concludes with Council, Mayor, Treasurer, Attorney, and Staff reports.

The Treasurer’s report will include sales tax collections for the month of July as well as a budget tracking update.

Department reports are included in pages 70-77 of the meeting packet for those interested in their detailed activities.

2023 City of Salida Proposed Budget as presented in Sept. 19 work session

The Finance Department notes that the 2023 Proposed Budget (as discussed in the Sept. 19 work session) is available for public inspection in the Touber Building, Suite 112  during business hours or online anytime.

Executive Session

The council will vote to go into Executive Session following the public session, to discuss the city’s Sewer System Intergovernmental Agreements and related negotiations with the Town of Poncha Springs.

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

As a reminder, City Council Regular Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Touber Building at 448 East First Street, Room 190. Council Meetings are open to the public and participants may choose to attend in person or virtually.

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