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Salida City Council held a brief meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18, before adjourning to executive session for a conference with the city attorney to receive legal advice regarding negotiations related to hiring a new city administrator.

Prior to the executive session, council unanimously adopted Resolution 2018-45 supporting an application for a planning grant in the amount of $75,000 from the Colorado Board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund. The money would be used to complete the Salida Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan and site-specific plans for Centennial and Marvin parks.

Council also unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance 2018-16 to increase compensation for the mayor and the members of council. Mayor and council compensation was last increased in 1997.

If approved at second reading, the ordinance would increase compensation for the mayor from $250 per month to $650 per month. Council members’ pay would increase from $150/month to $450/month, but the increase would not take effect until after the next regular city election.

The first reading of Ordinance 2018-17, pertaining to compensation for the city clerk and city treasurer, was continued until after the Sept. 25 special election, which includes ballot questions that could affect the offices of clerk and treasurer.

Salida Public Works Director David Lady described a repair project for the F Street Bridge to replace soil and rock that was “scoured” away from the bridge foundation by high flows in the river. He said Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommended completing the project in September or early October to avoid impacts to boaters, fish and tourism.

LM Kersting Construction Co. submitted the winning bid of $167,919.00 to perform the work. Lady said the project would involve construction of a temporary coffer dam and that low flows in the Arkansas River make this an ideal time to complete the work.