Sabrina Cotta Named Acting City Manager
By David Runkel
As expected, Deputy City Manager Sabrina Cotta last night was Acting City Manager but only to Jan. 31, 2024. She was given a $10,000 raise, a $400 a month car allowance and expanded benefits.
Cotta, a former Colorado local government staffer, replaces Joe Lessard who resigned at the request of City Council.
In two weeks, the Council will discuss the process it will follow in seeking a full time replacement for Lessard.  Cotta is expected to be a candidate and several councilors have expressed support for her.
In other business, a $100,000 contract with Opportunities for Housing, Resources and Assistance (OHRA) was approved for management of an emergency homeless shelter through April 1. The shelter will occupy the garage space at 2200 Ashland Street on nights when the temperature is predicted to be 32 degrees or below.
Kelly Burns, the city’s emergency director, told Council the facility will open at 5 p.m. and homeless people will be required to sign a good behavior contract. Supper will be served and lights will be turned out at 9.  Lights will go back on at 6:30, breakfast will be served between 7 and 8.  People will need to leave before 9.
OHRA is also operating a 24/7 shelter in the former office space of the building under a separate $200,000 contract through 1/10/24.  It’s expected to be extended.
The two shelters will be separated by a door and no interaction between the two homeless groups will be permitted, Burns said.
Council also approved a resolution authorizing a $4.8 million loan from the state’s Infrastructure Finance Authority to pay for street and sidewalk improvements along Ashland Street on the south end of town.  The loan will also cover repaving of the street which Public Works Director Scott Fluery said would likely start next April.
Enhanced bike lanes are included in this project. Council also gave preliminary approval to new bike lanes as part of an $8 million to $9 million rehab of North Mountain Street from East Main Street to the I-5 overpass.

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