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MEETING

MARCH 17, 2011

AGENDA

Date:

March 9, 2011

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Michael Collins, Chair

Subject:

Regular Meeting, March 17, 11:00 a.m.

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave, Second Floor

Colorado Springs, CO

Agenda:

1.

Approval of February 24th CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of February 28, 2011

3.

Vineyard Project Update – Mike Collins

4.

Ivywild Project Conditions Survey – Anne Ricker

5.

Grant Funding Options – Brian Colvert

6.

Other Matters—Street light update

7.

Adjournment

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE

URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

HELD ON THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

On the 17th day of March, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Colorado Springs met in Regular Session at 107 N. Nevada Avenue, at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Conference Room, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In attendance were:

COMMISSIONERS:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Jim Kin

Rosemarie Venezia

Also in attendance:

Ryan Tefertiller

City Land Use Review

Carrie Bartow

Clifton Gunderson CPA

Walter Lawson

Citizen

Bob Cope

City of Colorado Springs

Dave Mullen

Mayoral Candidate

Rich Laden

Gazette

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Council

Mary-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Chairman Collins called the meeting to order at 11:02 a.m. and thanked Authority members and visitors for attending the regular meeting. He requested that all guests sign in on the sign-up sheet.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Noyes, seconded by Commissioner Harman, that the Minutes of the Special meeting, held on February 24th be adopted as written; the motion carried.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report

Carrie Bartow, Clifton Gunderson CPA, reviewed the income and expenditure financial statement for February 2011. She noted that ServicesGeneral category is over budget due to consulting contracts for Vineyards and the Ivywild projects. She reviewed the TIF revenue and reported that $221,795 had been reported in sales tax collections and another $154,000 would be received for December 2010 for the North Nevada University Village of Colorado retail center.

RESOLUTION NO. 1723

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 2011

The financial statement and expenditures of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority for the period ending February 28th are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Hente, seconded by Commissioner Noyes, that Resolution #1723 be adopted.

Upon a Call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted.

AYES:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – Vineyard Project Update – Mike Collins

Chairman Collins reported that Vince Colarelli had made an informational presentation to City Council on the Vineyards Project on Monday, March 7th. The project was well received and the Urban Renewal Plan will be presented to City Council for consideration of approval on Tuesday, March 22.

Item #4 – Ivywild Project Conditions Study – Anne Ricker

Ms. Anne Ricker, Ricker/Cunningham, presented the findings of the Conditions Study for the Ivywild School Project, as found by her firm. She stated that there were eight parcels, including rights-of-way, within the boundary area of the conditions study. All but three are owned by the applicant and they are in the process of purchasing the Ivywild School from School District #11.

Nine conditions of blight were found within the 5.51 acre project area. Most of the structures were built in the late 1800 to mid 1900 construction era. Many have apparent decay as well as serious site deficiencies in the area. Ms. Ricker noted that each parcel is affected by at least five conditions of blight. The two parcels owned privately will be contacted by the applicant by written form to update them on the proposed urban renewal project and boundary area.

Ms. Ricker further reported that a Colorado Department of Transportation grant had been obtained for intersection improvements at Cascade Avenue, Tejon Street and Cheyenne Boulevard. The improvements will include a round about for better traffic flow.

There being no further discussion Commission Olson presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1724

A RESOLUTION BY THE COLORADO SPRINGS URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY APPROVING THE IVYWILD NEIGHBORHOOD CONDITIONS STUDY AS PRESENTED BY RICKER/CUNNINGHAM

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, THAT:

A resolution for the Ivywild Neighborhood Conditions Study is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Olson, seconded by Commissioner Hente, that Resolution #1724 be adopted.

Upon a Call for the Vote, the following Commissioners voted:

AYES:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harmon

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #5Grant Funding Options – Brian Colvert

Commissioner Colvert stated that he was not comfortable with the financial situation for lack of operating funding for CSURA expenses. He suggested that perhaps there were options for grants that CSURA might be eligible for. He thought that perhaps a volunteer might be found who would be willing to write the grants. Chuck Miller stated that there are various types of grants and funding but that it takes time to research, build relationships, write the grants as well as in many cases matching funds. He further stated that in some cases there is a need for political support and that Authority members might be needed to reach out for that type of endorsement. Authority members requested that CSURA staff look into grants that might be applicable for the needs of the Authority for operating funds.

Item #6Other Matters

Mary-K. Burnett reported that the street light situation behind the Pikes Peak Center is being handled by staff from the Mayor’s office.

Mr. Walter Lawson requested financial information on the costs of the public improvements in the Vineyards project. Mr. Miller stated that when the information was completed it would be made available to him. Mr. Lawson then asked if a toxicology report had been done on the bio mass plant. Mr. Miller stated that currently CSURA is looking only at the data center for the Urban Renewal Plan. The bio mass plant may be a possibility in the unknown future.

Item #7 – Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Hente, seconded by Commissioner Wood-Ellis to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

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