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MEETING

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

AGENDA

Date:

September 24, 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 July 23, 2014 CSURA meeting minutes

2.

Approval of September 10, 2014 CSURA Special Meeting minutes

3.

Approval of Financial Report as of August 31, 2014 – Carrie Bartow

4.

Citizens Comment Period

5.

City for Champions Discussion

6.

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

7.

Other Matters

8.

Adjournment

Documents:

Board Report — August 31, 2014

Open PDF

Audio:

September 24, 2014 Transcript part 1

September 24, 2014 Transcript part 2

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:

Tiffany Colvert

Merv Bennett

Valerie Hunter

David Neville

Wynne Palermo

Jim Raughton

Peter Scoville

Robert Shonkwiler

Nolan Shriner

Also in attendance:

Carrie Bartow

Alenna Elliott

Dan Hughes

Jim Rees

Peter Wysocki

Audience:

Alessandria Desiderio

Anita Miller

Prior to the start of the regular agenda, Alessandria Desiderio was introduced by Mr. Raughton. She is part of the Civic Engagement Program of City Council. She is interested in public policy and City Government. She stated that she was here to listen and learn about the functions of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority.

Item 1 – Approval of the July 23, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Ms. Palermo requested that the minutes be revised to reflect that Bob Cope was in attendance. A motion to approve the amended minutes was made by Ms. Hunter, seconded by Ms. Palermo. The July 23, 2014 meeting minutes were approved. The motion carried 7-0.

ITEM 2 – APPROVAL OF THE FINANCIAL REPORT

Ms. Hunter noted that the Public Comment does not include rebuttals and suggested that they should be included. She also stated that the Railway cost discussion was a moot since it isn’t moving as part of the City for Champions project. She also asked if the contaminated soil that was brought forward by a citizen was within the project boundary. Mr. Bennett stated that he believed the contamination is on the west side of the tracks and not in the area. Mr. Neville noted that not all items warrant a board response during Citizen Comment period. He asked if the Board thought it necessary to provide everyone a paragraph on each comment. Mr. Bennett believed that Council did not include citizen comments in their minutes. To be consistent with Council, Mr. Neville suggested that the minutes not report everything everyone says. The Board agreed with that approach for future meetings.

Ms. Palermo requested that the minutes contain the word “Minutes” at the top of the memo. Mr. Bennett moved approval of the Special meeting minutes. They were Second by Ms. Hunter. The motion was approved unanimously.

Item 3– Approval of the Financial Report as of August 31, 2014

Ms. Bartow reviewed the August 2014 financial reports as provided in the packet. There was a $158,825 balance as of August 31in the operating account. North Nevada sales tax receipts were significantly higher in June than last year. The year is up in collections over last year. Ivywild fees and payments were paid equally as per the loan agreement. The Vineyard has not paid the second ½ taxes for the year as of yet. The full payment would cover the annual fees of $60,000. If they aren’t paid, the developer needs to pay the difference (approximately $18,000) as per the development agreement.

A motion was made and seconded for the approval of the Financial Report. It was approved unanimously.

Ms. Colvert stated that the check register was missing from the packet. Mr. Rees produced his copy. It was circulated and reviewed by the Board. The check register was approved.

ITEM 4 – Citizen Comment

No comments were made by those present.

Item 5 –City for Champions Project

Chairman Neville noted that the last draft of the EDC Resolution dated 9/11 included the changes that the Board expected. The Resolution has not been signed by the State yet, however and we don’t have a final copy. He then asked what the CSURA Board believes are the next steps. First, agreements with City and 4 project element sponsors need to be negotiated. No discussions have started yet. There is no urgency on the part of the sponsors but they are anxious to get project started. There could not have been anything agreed to until the resolution is signed. The Board asked if there were deadlines to having the agreements in place. Mr. Neville stated that there were not but there is a need to set timelines though. Mr. Rees stated that the agreements could be based on the current CSURA Redevelopment Agreements with developers but the Visitor Center and the Sports Medicine Facitlity will need to fit with USAFA and UCCS requirements as well. Mr. Rees explained that the State Dept. of Revenue has not yet provided a base for the sales tax revenue and anticipated revenue for 2014. The EDC has indicated that CSURA could see some revenue above the base in November. The base will reset in December, however. Mr. Shonkwiler asked if we can obtain a format from Pueblo. He requested that at the next meeting a set procedure be established and that staff make contact with the project sponsors. Mr. Neville and Mr. Rees have recently met with Pueblo URA. The difference though, is that they own their project. The expansion of the convention center is their project. They have not gotten very far. Jon Batey, PURA Director indicated that they are still hiring staff to manage it. They have been working on obtaining bridge financing until the state money can cover project costs. There is no cap on their increment income. The revenue has been better than initially expected due to natural growth of the economy. Mr. Shonkwiler requested that the Board be provided with the full signed resolution when it was received. Mr. Rees requested that the Board direct that CLA put together a cost tracking form for CSURA use in order to track expenses such as legal, accounting and project oversight. Mr. Neville indicated that accounting time will be significant. He also said that the EDC did not approve pre-application expenses for Colorado Springs but had for Pueblo. It was noted that CSURA has already had expenses that should be reimbursed from 12/16/13. The Board agreed that there is a need for reporting system and that Ms. Bartow should prepare one. Mr. Raughton believed that there is also a need for progress reports on each project monthly on agenda prepared by the project sponsors. Mr. Neville stated that we will require them to do that in the agreements so that the Authority can prepare the reports for the state. There is no contact for the Events Center at this time.

Ms. Palermo stated that there needs to be a timeline required from each entity in the agreement. Pueblo provided a copy of their quarterly report during the meeting with Mr. Neville and Mr. Rees. It is fairly simple since there is only one project. Mr. Raughton commended the Board for voting to support the Resolution during the previous meeting.

Mr. Shonkwiler requested that the Board discuss Item 7 Other Matters prior to going into Executive Session. The agenda was adjusted accordingly.

Item 7 Other Matters

Mr. Shonkwiler asked for an update on the Vineyards project

Mr. Rees reported that a revised Concept plan was submitted to City Planning in August by the Vineyards LLC. A timeline that was also provided indicated that construction is to commence in 2015. There has been no current activity other than landscaping. Mr. Rees will contact Vince Colarelli for an update that will be included in the 3rd Quarterly Project Report that will be on the October agenda. Mr. Neville explained that the development agreement stipulates that the developer is to pay $60,000 fee annually for first 3 years. If the property taxes were paid, the increment should be sufficient to cover the fee.

Item 4 – Executive Session

Chairman Neville announced that it had been requested that an Executive Session be held to discuss personnel matters in accordance with C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(f)(2013) . A motion was made by Ms. Palermo and seconded by Ms. Colvert. The vote to hold an executive session was approved unanimously. Only Board members were present during the discussion with Mr. Neville recused during the second half of the session. Everyone else was excused. The session is recorded and retained in accordance with the statute.

The Board returned to Regular Session

Mr. Raughton made a motion to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to for legal services for general counsel to the urban renewal authority. It was seconded by Mr. Scoville. The motion was approved with Mr. Neville abstaining.

Mr. Rees was instructed to write an RFP. He will consult with the City Attorney, Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority and Clifton Larson Allen (recently completed a legal counsel search for special district) for examples. The Board will schedule a special meeting to review RFP scope before issuing it. The Board discussed the time frame for completing the RFP process.

After much discussion it was decided to hold a Special meeting on 10/7 at 10:00. Mr. Shonkwiler made a motion to hold a Special Meeting on 10/7/14 at 10:00 to review the draft RFP for legal services. It was seconded and approved with Mr. Neville abstaining from the vote.

As part of the RFP, Mr. Rees will put a submittal and approval schedule together for Board’s review and email the entire draft RFP prior to the Special Board meeting on 9/7/14.

There being no further business a motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Shonkwiler and seconded by Ms. Colvert. The motion was approved. The meeting adjourned at 12:56.

Next meeting will be on October 7, 2014 (Special Meeting).

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