June 19 Salida Council Business Session Considers Tree Inventory, Proposed 2023 Budget – by Ark Valley Voice staff

From 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19, the Salida City Council will meet in a working session. The agenda includes an update on the Salida Canopy and further discussions on the 2023 budget. The full agenda and package are here.

Inventory of trees in Salida city parks

Nuno Park trees at 200-298 West Park Ave. in Salida. Note the lack of tree diversity, with the majority of trees being green ash or
Siberian elm. All the trees are also the same age. It is an ideal park to eliminate diseased or unhealthy trees and start adding young and diverse species. Photo courtesy of Colorado State Forest Service.

First on the agenda is a presentation of the 2021 Salida Municipal Parks Tree Inventory, as compiled by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) in a draft released in May of this year.

A summary report will be submitted to the City of Salida, including the following:

  • A summary of the data collected, including tables and graphs
  • USDA USFS iTree Eco Report
  • Map of tree locations
  • Photo gallery of the sampling conditions of the inventoried trees
  • Immediate and/or suggested management needs

An old encircling root that has an impact on the
the Rotary Stage infrastructure at Riverside Park. Photo courtesy of Colorado State Forest Service

The management plan suggests the necessary actions for each city park on a 1-year and 5-year plan. In addition, a budget is provided indicating the number of trees, their necessary sanitation and the costs (which can be spread over several years).

Conclusion of the CSFS report

“Overall, the Salida Community Forest is healthy, thriving and full of potential. The next steps are to regularly maintain the current tree population, remove the population of overmature trees, continue planting for future residents, and educate residents about the benefits of their trees.

The needs cited are reminiscent of what the city experienced a few years ago with its streets and sidewalks. A forward plan of regular budgeting and maintenance, coupled with recommended tracking software, can provide immediate risk reduction, extend the life of remaining tree inventory, and plant new trees better suited to our climate. changing.

The complete tree inventory report is on pages 2 to 53 of the working session file.

The Council examines the draft budget 2023

Finance Director Aimee Tihonovich will present the City of Salida’s 2023 draft budget to council for comment. The annual process began after taking into account the priorities set during the Salida planning retreat on May 17th. Then, department heads were invited to enter their budget requests online, using the OpenGov Budgeting tool.

After the applications were reviewed by finance staff, the numbers were reviewed again by the city treasurer, city administrator and finance manager, in one-on-one meetings with each department. After adjusting for updates and feedback from these meetings, the proposal was presented to the Finance Committee on August 30, which then recommended that the proposal be presented to the full Board.

After this working session, staff plans to present the budget to council for public hearing and formal adoption, ideally at the October 18 council meeting. The budget plan reviews history, current year progress and projections for 2023.

A hard copy of the proposed budget is available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Finance Department of the Touber Building, 448 East First Street, Suite 112 in Salida. The material is also available online 24/7 here.

Residents are reminded that budgets are “living documents,” which plan 15 to 18 months ahead. Given a very volatile economy and even given the conservative revenue forecasts, modifications may become necessary as priorities and actual data change.

Readers can register for the City Council working session here. After registering, a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar will be sent to you.