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MEETING

JULY 23, 2014

AGENDA

Date:

July 23, 2014

Time:

11:00 a.m.

Place

City Hall – Pikes Peak Room

107 N. Nevada Ave., Second Floor

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Agenda:

1.

Approval of June 25, 2014 CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of Financial Report as of June 30, 2014 – Carrie Bartow

3.

Approval of Continuing Disclosure Report – Carrie Bartow

4.

Citizens Comment Period

5.

CORA Request Policy Revision – Jim Rees

6.

Open Meetings: Recording and Posting – David Neville

7.

Quarterly Report – Jim Rees

8.

Executive Session: to discuss personnel matters in accordance with C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(f) (2013)

9.

Other Matters

10.

Adjournment

Documents:

CSURA Financial Statements — June 30, 2014

Open PDF

CSURA Financial Statement Notes — June 2014

Open PDF

Interim Checks — 2014

Open PDF

CSURA Quarterly Report — July 23, 2014

Open PDF

Open Records Request Form — Revised

Open PDF

CSURA June 2014 Activity Report

Open PDF

Audio:

July 23, 2014 Transcript #1
July 23, 2014 Transcript #2
July 23, 2014 Transcript #3

THE COLORADO SPRINGS URBAN RENEWAL AUTHORITY

HELD ITS REGULAR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY JULY 23, 2014

AT CITY HALL, PIKES PEAK ROOM

107 NORTH NEVADA AVENUE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903

In attendance were:

COMMISSIONERS:

Merv Bennett

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Nolan Shriner

Peter Scoville

Also in attendance:

Carrie Bartow

CliftonLarsonAllen, CPA

Thuy Dam

Dan Hughes

CSURA Legal Counsel

Scott McFadden

Jim Rees

Peter Wysocki

Audience:

Bill Murray

Councilman Joel Miller

ITEM 1 – APPROVAL OF THE MEETING MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes was made by Mr. Raughton, seconded by Ms. Palermo. The June 25, 2014 meeting minutes were approved. The motion carried 6-0.

ITEM 2 – APPROVAL OF THE FINANCIAL REPORT

Ms. Bartow reviewed the June financial reports as provided in the packet.

Mr. Neville inquired about the Vineyards administration fees, whether or not the Authority has collected from Developer. Ms. Bartow is to research and follow-up on the matter.

Mr. Rees raised question from previous month concerning administration fees for Vineyards Developer. Under redevelopment agreement, the Vineyards developer would pay $60,000 provided it wasn’t funded under TIF. At the June Board meeting there was a concern over what amount of the fee was received through the TIF and how much was remaining in the balance. Ms. Bartow clarified that $40,709 of the $82,462 property tax due has been paid. Once these taxes are completely paid by the Developer the $19,291 balance will be satisfied.

The checks last month issued were Century Link, Copper Ridge; Gold Hill Mesa and totaled $226, 935.17

Mr. Rees stated he had worked with David Gross, website provider, to post items from meeting via Dropbox account. The website manager will post items, including minutes, via Dropbox. The Dropbox service will cost $100/year. David Gross’ fee for website changes is estimated at $800, to be billed next month.

Motion to approve by Ms. Palermo, seconded by Mr. Raughton. The motion carried 6-0.

ITEM 3 – Approval of Continuing Disclosure Report

Ms. Bartow presented the Continuing Disclosure Report for the second quarter for the North Nevada Bonds. Four certificates of occupancy were issued during 2nd quarter of 2014 and there were no new building permits or new leases signed. The June financial statements are included with the report. Mr. Neville inquired as to the status of receiving information on building permits from PPRBD. No resolution was previously reached with county on providing this information. Ms. Bartow stated that she had a previous conversation with county on building permits and will follow up on this.

Motion to approve by Ms. Palermo, seconded by Mr. Schriner. The motion carried 6-0.

ITEM 4 – Citizen Comment

Mr. Neville reviewed a proposal put together by Mr. Rees with detailed rules and policies to integrate a public comment period into upcoming Board meetings.

Mr. Neville elaborated on policy previously drafted, which allows 3 minutes per individual of allotted time. Mr. Neville received several emails requesting transparency notices and accessible minutes of meetings. He presented this email to be entered into record.

The first citizen comment was from Mr. Bill Murray. Mr. Murray requested that the board endorse transparency at the meetings. Mr. Murray submitted a CORA request and asked if records are in custody of CSURA. Mr. Murray mentioned that per the urban renewal quarterly report mentioned that original southwest downtown urban renewal plan is to be amended to exclude the railway lofts project area. The board clarified that The goal was to separate the southwest area into two, which would require a new urban renewal plan for the extracted area and an amendment to the existing SW Downtown URA to reflect the boundary change. At this time, this plan has not been approved.

Second comment was from Councilman Miller. He stated that it is reasonable expectation for public to have access to records.

ITEM 5 – CORA Request Policy Revisions

Mr. Neville explained that the recently accepted policy must be revised to comply with new state law as of July 1. That policy was approved in June and now must be revised.

New state law requires first hour of research is free, $30/hour charge after that. Mr. Neville presented the revised policy. The previous request procedure was revised and presented to accept the revised version. Mr. Raughton moved to accept as revised, Mr. Shonkwiler seconded. The motion carried 7-0.

ITEM 6 – Other Matters

Concerning the previous decision by the board to record meetings, Mr. Neville stated that the open meetings law requires that meetings must continue to be recorded once the Board has initially recorded a meeting. Essentially, once you begin recording meetings you must continue to do so. Mr. Neville still approves of the idea, but wanted to bring it to the attention of the board.

Mr. Rees raised concern of length of time for retaining the recordings. Dan Hughes stated that executive session recordings must be kept for 90 days, but the other guidelines are unspecific. Mr. Rees suggested retaining recordings of regular meetings for an indeterminate amount of time.

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