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Salida Crossings ordinance will go back to city council.

Salida City Clerk Alisa Pappenfort has certified as “sufficient” the referendum petition objecting to the proposed Salida Crossings condominium development.

The validated petition, submitted by former mayor Jim LiVecchi April 19, prevents Ordinance 2018-04, approving the Salida Crossings planned development, from taking effect.

Salida City Council passed the ordinance after consideration at three Salida Planning Commission meetings and four city council meetings, beginning during LiVecchi’s term of office.

According to state statute, city council must now reconsider the ordinance, which is expected to happen at the May 8 city council meeting. If council votes against the measure, the ordinance will not take effect. If council reaffirms the original vote, a special election will be required, and Salida voters will determine whether or not the ordinance takes effect.

As previously reported, the cost to the city of a special election is estimated at $10,000-20,000. State law requires that the special election take place “not less than 60 days and not more than 150 days after the final determination of petition sufficiency.” Salida voters would then decide whether or not to approve the ordinance.

In order to be validated as “sufficient,” the petition must be signed by at least 227 “electors registered to vote in the city of Salida at the time the ordinance was adopted. After examining the signature lines, Pappenfort determined that 279 signatures are valid.

The petition initiative was spearheaded by LiVecchi and former city councilman Hal Brown. Former city councilwoman Melodee Hallett and Monika Griesenbeck also spoke in favor of the petition. LiVecchi, Hallett and  Griesenbeck were defeated by greater than 2-1 margins in the November 2017 election, and Brown did not seek re-election.