New Vision School purchase and Humane Society contract back on Loveland council agenda – Loveland Reporter-Herald
On Tuesday, Loveland City Council will again consider two deferred councilor proposals at their February 15 meeting.
The council was asked to fund the purchase of the New Vision Charter School building and to approve a 27% increase in the amount the city pays to the Larimer Humane Society for animal control services.
On February 15, advisers requested more information about the Humane Society contract. An increase was in the works when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, but the Humane Society board elected at that time to continue with the old contract amount because it was unclear how the pandemic could affect the city’s finances, Judy Calhoun, acting CEO of the Humane Society, told councilors that evening.
The proposed contract would increase compensation for animal control work in the city from $438,815 in 2021 to $558,815 this year. Increases to $678,815 in 2023 and $778,681 in 2024 are also proposed.
Contracts with Loveland, Fort Collins and Larimer County for animal control services cover about 35% of the Larimer Humane Society’s budget, Calhoun told the board Feb. 15.
These services include dealing with lost and found animals, rabies control, cruelty investigations, licensing, community outreach and education, trap rentals, and dead animal collection and disposal.
A transfer of funds proposal to purchase the New Vision building ended in a 4-4 tie on February 15, effectively failing. This issue will also come back to the board on Tuesday for reconsideration.
In another action, council is being asked to include the Feed and Grain property at 130 W. Third St., owned by Art Space, in Loveland General Improvement District No. 1.
The inclusion in the improvement district is intended to facilitate the redevelopment of the Feed and Grain into a mixed-use development with commercial space on the ground floor and residential accommodation on the upper floors.
The adjoining Art Space property has on-site parking for residents behind its building, but the Feed and Grain has no space to provide parking, according to the council’s agenda package, and the inclusion in the improvement district would allow it to be taxed. by the city with money used to provide and maintain public parking lots and downtown landscaping.
Also on the agenda is a resolution to adopt the new rules of procedure that council members have developed over several meetings; a discussion on metropolitan district policy, possibly held in executive session; and reports from the City Manager, including an update on planning to implement recommendations from Jensen Hughes’ report for the Loveland Police Department, and an update on the restoration of the Pulliam Community Building.
How to participate
Council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 500 E. Third St.
Comments from members of the public will be accepted in person as well as on Zoom.
Those wishing to join by Zoom can use ID 975 3779 6504 with a passcode of 829866, depending on the meeting agenda.
The reunion will air on Comcast Channel 16 and stream on the city’s website at loveland.viebit.com.
Tuesday’s agenda is available on the Loveland City Council website at lovgov.org.