Public is Invited to March 24th Town Hall Meeting

The Salida City Council invites all Salida citizens to attend a Town Hall Meeting to share thoughts or concerns with the City Council.  The meeting will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant, 220 West Sackett, Salida.

The City Council will be focusing on their priorities identified for 2016.  The entire City Council will be in attendance to discuss topics and answer questions.

During their retreat in February the Council identified 17 priorities for 2016.  The topics vary in complexity and timeline, but the Council feels that all are worthy of further discussion and implementation.

Some of the projects were already underway at the time of the retreat and thus are nearing implementation or completed.  These priorities where Council has completed their actions for now include the following:

  • Downtown patios policy – Council has adopted a policy that will allow additional on-street patios in the downtown area in accordance with the adopted guidelines.
  • Maintenance of the Harrington Ditch – The bulk of the initial clearing work has been completed. Council will need to review the options for on-going or long-term maintenance in the fall.
  • Water & wastewater assistance program – Council has approved the program and implementation will take place in the coming months.
  • Consider construction of outdoor soaking pools – After further discussion the Council has continued this discussion until the outcome of new regulations from the CO Department of Health and the Environment has been clarified.

Several of the priorities are in the midst of development and consideration at this time.  These priorities are as follows:

  • Develop a Capital Improvement Plan – A sub-committee of elected officials has been developed and they have kicked-off the process to develop a capital improvement plan for the assets of the city. It is anticipated that this joint staff-Council effort will be completed by June.
  • Housing – This priority has many facets and thus multiple avenues are being pursued. The City is actively participating in the county-wide efforts to update the housing needs assessment and identify county-wide opportunities to address the growing housing needs in the community.  In addition, the city is working directly with a developer on a tax-credit project for a new multi-family development on Vandaveer Ranch similar to River Bend Apartments on Holman Ave.  Efforts to move forward with master planning and development of other portions of Vandaveer Ranch are also being completed with housing for a variety of household incomes in mind.
  • Goals & Mission Statement for the NRCDC/Vandaveer Ranch – The City Council is in the midst of an ongoing effort to define the mission and goals for the Natural Resource Center Development Corp and goals for the Vandaveer Ranch. There will be a work session on this topic at 6:00 p.m. on March 30th.
  • Short-term vacation rentals – There have been several work sessions on this topic already this year. The Council has directed that staff bring forward a licensing program for consideration that would ensure compliance with health and safety concerns and tax remittance.  Following the data collection component of the housing needs assessment the Council may consider further regulatory requirements around this growing industry.
  • Downtown parking – Lease of the public parking lot on West 1st Street has been renewed and other leases are being discussed including expansion of the parking lot at the end of F Street on Union Pacific property. In addition, there are plans to reconfigure parking in some locations downtown to add additional spaces.
  • Increased communication with the public – The city continues to add and update information outlets and opportunities. New avenues added this year include a new weekly radio interview every Friday with the City Administrator at 8:30 a.m. on KSBV, 93.7, in addition to the Friday afternoon show on KHEN, 106.9 at 2:00 p.m. (rebroadcast on Mondays at 9:00 a.m.).  Salida Scene is a new monthly video production featuring discussions with the Mayor and various members of staff about what’s happening in the city.  The videos can be accessed on the city’s website: cityofsalida.com, along with recordings of all City Council, Planning Commission and NRCDC meetings.

These and the remaining 2016 Council priorities will all be discussed during the Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.  The Mayor and Council invite all interested citizens to attend and learn more about what their local government is working on this year and provide their feedback.

Contact Christian Samora at 719-530-2630 or by email christian.samora@cityofsalida.com with any questions or concerns.