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The Salida City Council will hold a work session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday March 14.  The meeting will include two major topics; solar lighting options plus a “Dark Sky” presentation as well as an update from the Chaffee County Amateur Hockey Association. A third item, making the rounds of county and municipal presentations is the Envision Next Generation Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) 2021 Annual Community Report.

Solar Street Lighting Evaluation Update and Dark Sky Presentation

Consulting firm Clanton & Associates will follow up on the topic they introduced to City Council a year ago for managing public and private lighting within the city limits. In the interim, staff has worked with Clanton to review and develop standards for solar lighting options. In a related topic, Council also expressed interest in learning more about “Dark Sky” initiatives in other Colorado communities and considerations if a program would be proposed here.  The purpose of this session is to help staff plan any next steps.

Salida Solar Lighting On-Grid vs. Solar Costs.  Xcel-owned streetlights have a significantly higher 15-year system cost than solar options. Image courtesy Clanton & Associates for City of Salida

The Solar Evaluation analysis considers, among other components:

• Solar Fixture Options and Styles to fit different areas of the City
• Pros/Cons of each
• Lighting Parameters
• Life Cycle Cost Analysis of On-Grid vs. Solar for City lighting

Dark Sky Initiatives include a variety of considerations.  To be addressed are lighting standards for different uses, code language, and involvement with other organizations such as the International Dark Sky Association. Clanton will provide an overview of this topic including the following items:

• Existing Conditions for the Region
• Lighting Zones for Different Uses
• Land Use Code and/or Ordinance Development

Chaffee County Amateur Hockey Association (CCAHA) Updates Council on Progress With Ice Rink

Logo courtesy Chaffee County Amateur Hockey Association (CCAHA)

Parks and Recreation Diesel Post will introduce a presentation regarding the Chaffee County Amateur Hockey Association.  Since receiving expressions of interest, 28 months ago, progress has been made by CCAHA, securing nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, providing interim ice hockey/skating  programs, and as reported by AVV, securing donations of equipment and community funding.

The slide show will outline a plan for the future and discuss partnership options moving forward.  These may include:


  • Determining a permanent location (per the City Recreation master plan)
  • Partnerships with CCAHA to fund and design the facility
  • Partnerships with CCAHA to operate youth and team sports programs

CCAHA will show their market analysis and business plan for ice skating.

Those desiring to listen in real time are encouraged to register early for the City Council Work Session

After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent.

Featured image: Family skating organized by Salida Parks and Recreation Department and Chaffee County Amateur Hockey Association. Photo courtesy CCAHA