Mayor Explains Water Rate Increase

In the middle of March a hand written letter was left for me at Salida City Hall. In this letter a Salida resident, who has lived here for twenty years, expressed her concern that the rise in water rates would create a situation where she and her husband might have to leave the City. ... more »

New Utility Code Nears Completion

A significant project is underway at the city. Over the next several months, we will re-write the Salida Municipal Code. The water and wastewater utilities chapter is the first to be addressed. The ordinance adopting the revised code will be presented to city council on April 19 for approval on first reading. Changes of most significance ... more »

Salida Utilities Customer Survey

We want to hear from you! In an effort to gather your opinions on a some specific topics related to customer billing we developed a short customer survey. The survey takes just a few minutes and is available at city hall or may be completed online. One topic that comes up repeatedly is the quarterly billing cycle. Many people ... more »

Wastewater Plant Manager’s Spring Update

The Wastewater Project has been put on hold, awaiting rebid of the project. We have decided to add some components back into the project that we originally had talked about but did not think we could afford. But with the lower interest rates and the money available we have added the components back into the bid ... more »

Bring in the Sunshine

I appreciate the articles and comments regarding Sunshine Week. As a reminder Sunshine Week was the Florida’s press response to State of Florida legislation that would broaden the situations that public access could be blocked by the state. Watergate and the Teapot Dome Scandal are just two of hundreds of public official’s ... more »

Water Rates Will Increase April 1st

Council approved a water rate increase that will go into effect April 1, 2011. For well over a year now, we have discussed the need to increase water rates to keep up with costs. The fund is not breaking even and reserves are depleted. Water service is provided to residents and property owners in Salida through ... more »

Spring Fire Safety

As many you witnessed a couple of weeks ago, it appears the spring fire season is already upon us. While we watch the snow fall on the mountains around us, the valley has seen little significant moisture this winter. This newspaper said in an article earlier this week there had been below average moisture for ... more »

Rates to be increased for water service

A revised water rate study recently completed by the city’s engineering firm Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM) is now available for review. The draft study, which was made available on March 1st, indicated rates are well below the required level to pay for the cost of the plant and water system. Alternatives for increasing rates will be considered by the ... more »

Money from 2A and 2B

Mayor's Article March 4, 2011---- I am going to focus on just one topic, that topic being how capital improvements and operating expenses are linked and the impact that linkage has on government expenses. Simply stated, capital improvements are new things. Operating expenses mostly go to the personnel that monitor, maintain ... more »

Advertisement for Boards and Commissions

THE CITY OF SALIDA IS SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS The City currently has vacancies for the Board of Adjustment, Board of Appeals and the Historic Preservation Commission. We are seeking a number of Salida residents to volunteer their time, energy, and enthusiasm to serve on these boards. Applications are available at City Hall or on the ... more »

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