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On Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6:00 p.m., the Salida City Council will meet in regular session and the full packet is available here.

After the Consent Agenda, Monica Haskell of Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI) will make a presentation recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month, followed by Citizen Comment.

New Business items are next, including resolutions approving citizen appointments to the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission.  A related Ordinance No. 2022-04, concerning Boards and Commissions, seeks to clarify the appointment procedure for members of Boards and Commissions, updating certain provisions to conform with current practice while repealing obsolete provisions.

In recent months, the City notes that questions about the operation of these boards and commissions and the Salida Municipal Code provisions governing the same have been raised. For one, the Code’s direction regarding the procedure City Council must follow to appoint or re-appoint members of boards and commissions is unclear. Separately, it was discovered that the accepted practices and procedures of certain boards and commissions do not conform with the ordinance establishing the same. Additionally, the provisions codifying the SteamPlant Commission, which has been formally disbanded and no longer meets, remain on the books in the Code.

A resolution seeking to approve the proposed Papp Minor Subdivision will also be considered.  The property is located at 6792 County Road 105 and the request is to subdivide the 2-acre parcel into five lots. Two ordinances concerning the 141 Annex Annexation and Zoning may move to the next stage in their process and if successful, a public hearing on each will be set.

Salida Management Fellow, Miriam Luna Gonzalez to present Resolution 2022-10

Open Doors Image courtesy Alesia Kazantceva and

This item may attract the widest interest of the evening as it considers a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to appropriate funding to the Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) to fund incentive payments for the Open Doors program.

As reported last summer by AVV, the program seeks to offer incentives to owners of short-term rental (STR) units, vacation homes, and other often “vacant” units that are interested in converting their unit to a long-term workforce unit. CHA seeks $140,000 in funding to ensure all incentives are fully paid. The program intends to initially enroll 10 units that will house up to 22 local workforce individuals.

Interested homeowners will apply directly to the program. Interested businesses will apply to the program and their employees will be eligible to apply to be a tenant of the program. Businesses will also be required to pay an administrative fee of $250 per employee, per month for the term of the lease. The Chaffee Housing Authority (CHA) will serve as the master lessor.

Host incentives will be paid in full at the end of the term of their lease and if a lease is broken, hosts will be pro-rated on their incentives. If the Chaffee Housing Authority finds that it has a need for master lease funding, it may come back to the city for such funding.

Closing out the evening, an Executive Session is proposed.  The item is described as “for the purpose of discussing the purchase, acquisition, lease, transfer, or sale of any real, personal, or other property interest in accordance with C.R.S. Section 24-6-402(4)(a), with the following additional information for identification purposes – potential real estate acquisitions.”

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