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MEETING

MAY 19, 2011

AGENDA

Date:

May 16, 2011

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Michael Collins, Chair

Subject:

Special Meeting, May 19, 11:00 a.m.

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave, Second Floor

Colorado Springs, CO

Agenda:

1.

Approval of April 21st CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of April 30, 2011

3.

North Nevada Sculptures

4.

UCCS North Campus Master Plan – Jim Rees

5.

Statewide Survey on URA’s – Anne Ricker

6.

North Nevada Sculptures – Mary-K. Burnett

7.

Other Matters

8.

Adjournment

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE

URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

HELD ON THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

On the 19th day of May, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Colorado Springs met in Special 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

John Olson

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Jim Kin

Judy Noyes

Also in attendance:

Ryan Tefertiller

City Land Use Review

Carrie Bartow

Clifton Gunderson CPA

Kevin Kratt

Kratt Commercial Properties

Anne Ricker

Ricker/Cunningham

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Council

Mary-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Vice-Chairman Olson called the meeting to order at 11:09 a.m.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Venezia, seconded by Commissioner Harman, that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on April 21st be adopted as written; the motion carried.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report

Mary-K. Burnett, reviewed the income and expenditure financial statement for April 2011 answering questions from Authority members. Carrie Bartow, Clifton Gunderson CPA, reported that she had been contacted by Karen Garcia, City Sales Tax, offering an opportunity for CSURA to review the sales tax calculations for the North Nevada Avenue URA. Authority members gave verbal approval for the review.

RESOLUTION NO. 1727

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING APRIL 30, 2011

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

The financial statement and expenditures of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority for the period ending April 30th are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Venezia, that Resolution #1727 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harman

Scott Hente

John Olson

Rosemarie Venezia

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – North Nevada Sculptures – Kevin Kratt

Mr. Kratt, University Village Colorado (UVC), shared the background on the sculptural scholarship offered by UVC to students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). He explained that he wanted to build a cross cultural relationship with UCCS and expand the number of sculptures within the North Nevada Avenue area between the University and the UVC retail center. The scholarship is in the amount of $5,000 for two students to do two works of public art.

Mr. Kratt presented the two proposed sculptures; color images were included in the CSURA meeting packet. He also distributed a drawing showing the layout of UVC and noted the proposed site for the installation of the two sculptures. Commissioner Harman asked if anyone had been consulted to advise on the placement of the proposed sculptures. Mr. Kratt stated that his company had done quite a lot of due diligence on both sculptures designs including reviewing the pieces from an engineering standpoint as well as checking on the welding and materials proposed for each sculpture. The installation sites (18” concrete pedestals) have been reviewed to be sure that the pieces will stand up to wind and other natural weather conditions for endurance and public safety. Commissioner Venezia asked about the process used to select the pieces. Mr. Kratt explained that he had contacted the head of the art/sculpture department and requested assistance with the selection of students who might be interested in applying for the scholarship. This first year there were approximately 12 submittals reviewed by Mr. Kratt and his wife. Originally the sculptures were to be installed within the UVC retail center but further thought brought about the idea of installing the sculptures along North Nevada Avenue to expand the beginnings of an “art walk” along the project corridor. Mr. Kratt invited CSURA to have a representative on the jury for the selection of next year’s scholarship recipients.

Commissioner Collins enters at 11:40 a.m.

Mr. Kratt went on to share some exciting events scheduled for the UVC center, including a weekly farmers market, summer concert series, a running club and sponsor/partnership with USA Cycling for a cycling event with the largest purse ever offered in Colorado.

There being no further discussion Commission Wood-Ellis presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1728

A RESOLUTION GIVING APPROVAL TO THE PROPOSED SCULPTURES CREATED BY UCCS STUDENTS TO BE INSTALLED ALONG THE NORTH NEVADA AVENUE CORRIDOR JUST SOUTH OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE INTO UNIVERSITY VILLAGE COLORADO

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

A resolution accepting the design and installation of two public art pieces created by UCCS students to be displayed within the public easement on the west side of North Nevada Avenue within the URA project area is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Harman, that Resolution #1728 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harmon

Scott Hente

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

Item #4UCCS North Campus Master Plan – Jim Rees

Jim Rees, CSURA staff, reviewed the process followed in selecting the team for the UCCS North Campus Plan in response to the Request for Proposals released in early 2011. He reported that the UCCS representatives on the selection committee were so impressed with the selected team Ayers/Saint/Gross that they want to expand the scope of services to include a Facilities Strategic Plan. This additional scope will increase the amount of the contract which will be covered by UCCS. Commissioner Olson, also on the selection committee, interjected that the Ayers/Saint/Gross team was very impressive and have extensive experience in campus planning.

Commissioner Wood-Ellis asked if the allotted $200,000 for the contract could be used to do planning on the west side of Nevada to the north of UVC up to the I-25 interchange. Both Jim Rees and Dan Hughes, CSURA legal counsel, stated that to do that there needed to be a restructuring of the bond documents as they currently do not include the western side of North Nevada above the phase 1 UVC boundaries.

Mr. Rees stated that he did not have the amended contract in hand as yet. It was decided that this item be put on the June CSURA agenda for consideration.

Item #5Statewide Survey of URA’s – Anne Ricker

Ms. Ricker stated that the reason for the survey was literally to infuse reality by making accurate information available to advocacy organization for debate when representing urban renewals before the legislature. Another reason was to quantify the economic impact of urban renewal within Colorado, develop a database of accurate information to better understand trends and to begin standardized reporting.

There are 52 Urban Renewal Authorities with 121 urban renewal areas within Colorado as of the survey with 40 municipalities participating in sharing of information. The survey gathered information such as project size, blight factors, public and private investment dollars, jobs created, original sales and property tax base and current assessed value and sales taxes, etc. There were questions about public reaction to urban renewal, fee schedules, intergovernmental agreements, impact of urban renewal projects on a community, etc. Ms. Ricker shared the results of the survey that showed economic impact of new development market values increasing by $5-5.5 Billion. Construction of new development was valued between $2.5-3.0 Billion; 65,000 to 70,000 people were employed through construction with an estimated 90,000 to 95,000 permanently employed. The results of the survey showed an average public investment of $37,800,000 with an average of private investment amounting to $83,300,000. The survey further showed that there is no standard of reporting for Urban Renewal Authorities and few have their own websites.

Ms. Ricker stated that the next steps will be to finalize the full report and distribute it to legislative representatives and participating entities. The survey will be refined and distributed again in 2011/2012. Also there will be a focus on developing a format and process for standardized reporting.

Item #6 - North Nevada Sculptures – Mary-K. Burnett

Mary-K. Burnett, CSURA staff, stated that there was a need for liability insurance on the four sculptures recently installed at the intersection of Eagle Rock Road and North Nevada Avenue. She explained that there was the option of donating the pieces to the City of Colorado Springs to be included in the City’s public art inventory and the pieces would therefore be covered for liability through City insurance coverage. The City requires 10% of the cost of each sculpture to be put into an escrow account for future maintenance. Mr. Kratt suggested that with the City’s current budget issues that there might be an opportunity to keep the pieces under the ownership of CSURA and have coverage of the pieces along with those from UCCS under a current liability policy for maintenance between UVC and UCCS. He would check into this and contact CSURA staff with information. There was also discussion concerning the need for revocable permits for each sculpture installed within the public easement. Mr. Ryan Tefertiller offered to handle this through the City’s Land Development Department.

Item #7 - Other Matters

Jim Rees reported that the Ivywild Urban Renewal Plan had been approved by the City Planning Commission earlier this morning. He further reported that CSURA Chairman Collins, Mike Bristol, Jim Fennell and himself had met with newly elected City Council member Lisa Czelatdko to update her on the Ivywild project. She was very supportive of the project and later visited the site and sent an email stating that this was the type of project that the City should get behind. The Ivywild Neighborhood Urban Renewal Plan will go before City Council for consideration of approval on June 28th. Anne Ricker will present the plan as well as give a short presentation on the benefits of Urban Renewal to the new City Council members.

Mr. Rees shared copies of a contract between CSURA and the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) for burying major transmission lines along North Nevada Avenue. It was a standard agreement whereby CSU agrees to paying half the cost of burying the lines underground and CSURA would pick up the other half. The project is scheduled to start in June/July 2011 with completion in early 2012.

There being no further discussion Commission Wood-Ellis presented

RESOLUTION NO. 1729

A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT BETWEEN CSURA AND THE COLORADO SPRINGS UTILITIES TO BURY TRANSMISSION LINES UNDERGROUND ALONG NORTH NEVADA AVENUE

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

A resolution approving a contract sharing the cost of burying transmission lines along North Nevada Avenue is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Venezia, that Resolution #1729 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Brian Colvert

Dottie Harmon

Scott Hente

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

Commissioner Hente reported that there are plans for branding Colorado Springs at the northern and southern entries by using signage stating that the city is the “home of the Olympic Training Committee”. He also mentioned that there is the possibility of an Olympic themed mural to be painted on the roof the “long barn” building just north of the Colorado Avenue Bridge.

Commissioner Olson asked if CSURA staff had had any communication with representatives from Gold Hill Mesa concerning negotiations with a big box store for the project area; as well as additional access points into the development area. CSURA will offer to assist the developer in anyway they can to encourage the continued progress of the project. CSURA staff will look into both matters.

Commissioner Venezia suggested that representatives from both Gold Hill Mesa and the Lowell area be invited to give a project update at the June meeting. CSURA staff will follow up on this as well.

Item #8 - Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Venezia, seconded by Commissioner Wood-Ellis to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

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