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MEETING

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

AGENDA

Date:

August 11, 2011

To:

Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority

From:

Michael Collins, Chair

Subject:

Regular Meeting, September 15, 11:00 a.m.

Hangar Lofts

110 S. Weber Street, Suite 104

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Agenda:

1.

Approval of August 18th CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of August 31, 2011

3.

North Nevada Sales Tax Audit – Carrie Bartow

4.

Vineyards Project Update – Chuck Miller

5.

UCCS Planning Project Update – Jim Rees

6.

Council Member Meetings – Commissioners Olson, Harmon and Noyes

7.

Clarification of Downtown Organizational Restructure

8.

Other Matters

Revocable Permits

NN Sculpture Selection Committee Representative

9.

Adjournment

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE

URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

OF THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

On the 15th day of September, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioners of the Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Colorado Springs met in Regular Session at the Hangar Lofts, 110 S. Weber Street, Suite 104, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In attendance were:

COMMISSIONERS:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Jim Kin

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

ABSENT:

Brian Colvert

Scott Hente

Judy Noyes

Also in attendance:

Ryan Tefertiller

City Land Use Review

Bob Louden

SW Property Owner

Dan Hughs

CSURA Legal Council

Mary-K. Burnett

CSURA Staff

Chuck Miller

CSURA Staff

Jim Rees

CSURA Staff

Chairman Collins called the meeting to order at 11:06 a.m.

Item #1 – Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by Commissioner Kin, seconded by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, that the Minutes of the Regular meeting, held on August 18th be adopted as written; the motion carried.

Item #2 – Approval of Financial Report

Mary-K. Burnett, reviewed the income and expenditure financial statement for August 2011 answering questions from Authority members. She noted that the tax increment figures for the urban renewal areas included in the August financial report were received in September.

RESOLUTION NO. 1736

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND EXPENDITURES OF THE CSURA FOR THE PERIOD ENDING AUGUST 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 August 30th are hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Venezia, seconded by Commissioner Kin, that Resolution #1736 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harman

Jim Kin

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #3 – North Nevada Sales Tax Audit – Carrie Bartow

Jim Rees presented this item as Carrie Bartow with Clifton and Gunderson CPA was unable to attend the meeting. Mr. Rees summarized the proposed contract between CSURA and Rubin Brown LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Business Consultants, stating that the purpose of the audit was to verify the following:

Item #4 – Gold Hill Mesa Metro Agreement Changes – Dan Hughes

Mr. Hughes (CSURA Legal Counsel) explained that the Gold Hill Mesa Metro District No. 2 was planning to issue bonds which required clarification in two areas within the Agreement. The first was to state that the $50,000 annual CSURA administrative fee would begin in 2011 and end in Fiscal Year 2017. The other change was in Section 2.02 paragraph (c) which dealt with the use of Pledged Tax Revenue Funds for the payment of debt service and the District’s operations and maintenance expenditures.

There being no further discussion Commission Hente presented:

• That the City is correctly capturing all of the taxing entities within the North Nevada Avenue Urban Renewal Area

• That all TIF collections are being calculated and remitted in accordance with the Sales Tax Sharing Agreement between the City and CSURA

• That the vendors listed within the project area are all current with their tax filing requirements

He further explained that the cost for this audit is estimated between $6-8,000, which Clifton and Gunderson, CPA felt was within reason. However, CSURA was not involved in the selection of the auditor. The question was asked whether this expense was necessary if individual business tax input within the North Nevada project area was not made available to CSURA. There is currently some question about whether CSURA is considered a City entity or not; thus making the individual business tax information unavailable until an updated determination is made through the City Attorney’s office.

Mr. Rees explained that the December 2011 bond payment would be made, however it is questionable whether there will be enough funding to cover the June 2012 bond payment for the North Nevada project. The benefit would be that an independent audit would supply accurate information on the three bullet points above and would be helpful if it became necessary to request re-negotiation of the project bonds next year. Mr. Rees did state that the last two months of sales tax reports from the City have shown marked increases in sales tax collections.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Kin presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1737

A RESOLUTION TABLING THE APPROVAL OF THE NORTH NEVADA SALES TAX AUDIT AND DIRECTED CSURA LEGAL COUNSEL TO CONTACT THE NEW CITY ATTORNEY CONCERNING AN UPDATED DETERMINATION OF WHETHER CSURA IS A CITY AGENCY OR NOT

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

A resolution tabling the sales tax audit contract for North Nevada and directing legal counsel to obtain an updated determination of CSURA’s status as a City agency is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Kin, seconded by Commissioner Venezia, that Resolution #1737 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harmon

Jim Kin

John Olsen

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

Item #4 – Vineyards Project Update – Chuck Miller

Mr. Miller informed Authority members that the next step in the Vineyard Project is the formation of a special district. This request needs to go before City Council and has been postponed to September 27th. Once the district is formed it will be time to begin negotiations of the Redevelopment Agreement between the developer and CSURA. Other decisions will need to be made concerning the issuing of bonds and how the Public Improvement Fees will be handled.

Item #5 – UCCS Planning Project Update - Jim Rees

Mr. Rees reported that the consultant’s initial analysis pinpointed areas adequate for development and areas that are not fit for development on the UCCS Campus. They also reviewed issues concerning student population and where best to build housing for students. The North Campus on the northwest end of the campus site is considered the public side of the campus. The possibility of a sports arena (a joint facility with National Governing Bodies), a performing arts center and a health center are being considered. It is envisioned that pathways for shuttle buses only will be put in place for student transportation across the entire UCCS campus as well.

The next public meeting for the UCCS Planning Project is scheduled for October 12-14th. The consultant team will focus on concepts. Mr. Rees stated that the University Village of Colorado development has benefitted students immensely in terms of employment as well as offering uses never before available near the campus.

Item #6 – Council Member Meetings – Commissions Olson, Harman and Noyes

Commissioner Olson reported that he had attended the meeting with Council Members Val Snyder and Brandy Williams. He felt that both Council Members supported CSURA and asked some very good questions concerning urban renewal practices.

Commissioner Harman met with Council Member Herpin and noted that there are several urban renewal projects within his Council District. She felt that his support would be distributed throughout his district and considered him to be a true supporter of Urban Renewal.

Commissioner Noyes was not present to report.

Item #7 – Clarification of Downtown Organizational Restructure

Mr. Chuck Miller began the discussion by stating the three points that came out of the recent work session.

1.

CSURA agreed there were issues of importance to be handled

2.

CSURA should not take the led on the issues

3.

Important for this to be a Downtown Partnership initiative with the new chairman taking a led role in January 2012

He then reported that the current chairman of the Downtown Partnership, Mr. Chris Jenkins, has agreed to start the ball rolling in accomplishing the issues of communication between the downtown organizations.

Item #8 – Other Matters

Mr. Jim Rees reported that there is a public meeting planned for the Ivywild School Project at 7 p.m. on September 27th. The City will be coordinating the meeting with the intention of explaining the use of CDBG funds in the project area. The financing of the project is still being lined up. The contract for renovation of the school is currently being negotiated.

The issue of revocable permits being required for the four pieces of public art at the intersection of North Nevada Avenue and Eagle Rock Road has been resolved. The sculptures are installed on public right-of-way therefore revocable permits are not necessary.

Commissioner Collins volunteered to represent CSURA on the North Nevada Sculpture Selection Committee for future public art pieces designed by UCCS students. The pieces are to be installed along North Nevada within the boundaries of the University Village Colorado. Commissioner Noyes may also take part in the selection committee.

Authority members met in the proposed new office site for CSURA staff. There was a short discussion concerning the space and the amenities offered by the landlord.

There being no further discussion Commissioner Kin presented:

RESOLUTION NO. 1738

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE MOVE OF THE CSURA OFFICES TO 110 SOUTH WEBER STREET, SUITE 104 WITH EXPENSES FALLING WITHIN THE CURRENT BUDGET FUNDING

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

A resolution approving the move of CSURA office to a new site is hereby approved.

Motion was made by Commissioner Kin, seconded by Commissioner Wood-Ellis, that Resolution #1738 be adopted.

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

AYES:

Michael Collins

Dottie Harmon

Jim Kin

John Olson

Susan Wood-Ellis

The following voted:

NAYES:

None

The motion was declared carried and the Resolution adopted.

IItem #10 - Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, motion was made by Commissioner Kin, seconded by Commissioner Wood-Ellis to adjourn the meeting. Upon unanimous vote, the meeting was declared adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

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