Golden Urban Renewal Authority
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority of the City of Golden, County of Jefferson, State of Colorado, met on the above date in the Golden City Council Conference Room 911 10th Street, Golden, Colorado, at the hour of 6:30 p.m.
Commissioners present were:
Benz was out of town. Tiberi was absent. Behm arrived at 7:15 p.m. Also present were Dave Ketchum, Vicki Wagner, and Diane Pasquarelli.
Approval of Minutes
Stanley asked for approval of the July 12, 2004, minutes. Driggers moved to accept the minutes. Bickart seconded. All Commissioners agreed.
Public Comment - Wagner questioned the necessity of GURA hiring a public relations firm. Discussion ensued.
Reports of Committees/Matters for the Authority
Finance Committee - Heller presented the financials for June. Discussion ensued. Heller will provide the Board with corrected June financials at the next meeting.
Human Resources Committee - No report.
Communications Committee -
HPB Open House - Green & Heller presented a short video of Old Town Fort Collins. Green reported on the HPB Open House. Discussion ensued. Bickart suggested a visit to Fort Collins. Driggers suggested a Task Force be formed with HPB to follow-up with the Open House. Heller suggested that HPB work with GURA, City Planning, and the Downtown Merchants to further explore ideas. Discussion ensued. Driggers and Bickart volunteered to participate in the Task Force. Stanley suggested asking Tiberi to participate as well. Heller will follow-up with HPB.
Susan Sears Contract - Sears is asking for 50% down on the contracted amount. Discussion ensued. Heller was directed to call Susan Sears and re-negotiate the down payment to no more than 25%. Heller will also ask Sears to revise the contract with regards to the 60-day out; all work shall cease upon notice. Discussion ensued.
Development & Operations
4th Amendment to Clear Creek Square Certificate of Completion - Driggers moved to approve the Clear Creek Square Certificate of Completion as provided in the Commissioners' packets. Green seconded. Discussion ensued. All Commissioners agreed. Heller will provide a punch list of items completed to be kept on file in the GURA office.
Guidelines for Grants and Community Event Support - Driggers made the motion to approve the revised Guidelines for Grants and Community Event Support. Bickart seconded. Discussion ensued. Paragraph 3 of the Guidelines will be changed to read, "Specific projects selected by GURA that are not of a physical nature shall be supported through the Reinvestment Fund." Driggers accepted the change to the Guildelines as read. Vote was taken. All Commissioners agreed.
Hested's - Heller reported that he has heard that the current option on the Hested's property is no longer a deal. Stanley asked for Board input. No discussion by the Board at this time. Stanley opened up the floor for discussion and/or comments by the public. Vicki Wagner informed the Board that Cliff Evans told her the deal is dead. Wagner suggested that the GURA Board allow Heller to make contact with Cliff Evans. Wagner suggested that the Board offer GURA's assistance and walk cautiously with Cliff Evans. Cliff Evans has stated that he will no longer do any contracts with people unless their due diligence has been completed. Discussion ensued with comments from Pasquarelli and Wagner. A computer-generated "downtown look" was suggested for the Hested's property. Discussion ensued. Wagner wished the Board well in their endeavors as everyone wants to see the Hested's property developed. The Board will direct further negotiations in Executive Session.
Endorsement for EDComm - Heller presented a letter he drafted for the Board to sign in support of the "sunset" clause removal. Bickart made the motion that GURA send a letter to City Council in support of the removal of the "sunset" clause imposed when EDComm was established in 1999, thereby making EDComm a permanent City Board. Driggers seconded. All Commissioners agreed.
Appoint GURA rep to EDComm - Heller reported that GURA needs a representative on the EDComm Board to replace Jan Schenck. Discussion ensued. Bickart asked Heller to confer with GURA's attorney regarding the appointing of ex-officio members to attend meetings as GURA representatives and report back to the GURA Board. Bickart also asked Heller if provisions for this are made, would he draft something, if needed, for a By-Laws change. Discussion ensued. Bickart moved to appoint Joe Behm as GURA's rep on the EDComm Board. Driggers seconded. All Commissioners agreed.
GURA Committee re-assignments - Heller asked the Board for any changes with regards to GURA Committee assignments. The Board decided to keep the Committees as is, eliminating Schenck and Ketchum as needed.
Commissioners Concerns - None
Heller advised the Board to start thinking about budgeting and a Work Plan. Heller also informed the Board that now is the time to brainstorm about the Reinvestment Fund. Heller will work with the Development and Operations Committee to begin this process.
Heller informed the Board that they are allowed to have a gura.com e-mail account. Discussion ensued. Heller will be happy to set this up for anyone.
Heller briefly discussed the program that is being initiated by the Downtown Vision Committee of which Heller and Wheatley are participants. The idea for this program is to provide the Downtown Merchants with merchant training, seminars to attend, and other forms of merchant education.
Heller updated the Board on the downtown signage.
Heller provided Visitors Center statistics to date.
Public Comments -
Pasquarelli asked if there were plans to show the Fort Collins Video to the Downtown Merchants. Heller will ensure the Downtown Merchants get the opportunity to view the video. Pasquarelli commented on the positive comments from visitors who stopped by the Visitors Center on Sunday.
The GURA Board of Commissioners adjourned to Executive Session. The Executive Session concluded at 8:42 p.m.
There being no further business, Stanley adjourned the meeting.