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What’s Up Salida”, a monthly community-wide networking event will meet next in Salida from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 16.

Set for the Salida Community Center at 305 F Street, the informal get-together seeks to engage a variety of attendees including business owners, elected officials from the County, as well as the City of Salida and the Chamber of Commerce, along with anyone wanting to know more about what’s happening in Salida.

Judging by the wide range of discussion topics at the first meeting last month, “What’s Up” is a valuable opportunity for the community to share and connect.

City seeks input on public restroom issues and options

At the November 6 Salida City Council work session, Parks and Recreation Director Diesel Post led a far-ranging discussion on the multi-faceted issue of public restrooms in city parks and public facilities. As reported by Ark Valley Voice, Post stated that  “public restrooms are the #1 amenity asked for” in public polling. However, he also noted increasing challenges in keeping the City’s public restrooms open, clean, and safe for all.

Providing services like restrooms for locals and visitors is a key city function. While the majority use public facilities responsibly, a small number do not and may put public safety and health at risk, compounded this week by an assault at the Chaffee Community Clinic (CCC) that forced it to shut down its planned visit this Monday, Nov. 13. The mayor, staff, and council members are asking for input from the community as a whole, and especially downtown business owners in the hopes of improving support and safety at current  restroom facilities for staff and all users.

Reusable mugs, work great for plain coffee too. Image courtesy Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash

Fast-paced updates cover much ground in one hour

Keynotes will include information from downtown merchants, uptown businesses, and others to talk about upcoming events.

There will also be Chamber updates and time for “community buzz”, where members from the community can ask questions and hold discussions.

Coffee will be provided, bring your own reusable mug if you wish

This will be a community-wide, community-building opportunity taking place on the 3rd Thursday morning of each month. A similarly-styled series of events held in Buena Vista has proven to be highly popular.

Organizers suggest that this extended “coffee break” might enlighten your workday and put you in touch with other people you might not otherwise know.