Black Hawk acquires 6.42 BLM acres in Chase Gulch

Three new employees hired

By Randy Beaudette

The bell was loudly rung and regular meeting of the Black Hawk City Council was called to order on Wednesday, March 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Spellman.

Rollcall confirmed that Aldermen: Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates, and Benito Torres were all present. Also present were City Attorney Cory Hoffmann, City Manager Jack Lewis, Police Chief Cole, City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Community Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, Public Works Director Isbester, Fire Chief Taylor, and Deputy City Clerk Michele Martin.

After the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Spellman, City Attorney Hoffmann asked Council to declare any Conflicts of Interest on any issue appearing on the agenda this afternoon other that than those already disclosed and filed with the City Clerk and Secretary of State.

New Employees

Police Officer Taylor Davis, Communications Officer Amy Gresham, and Firefighter Hayden Ragsdale, were introduced to the Black Hawk City Council.

Officer Taylor Davis began her career with the Black Hawk Police Department in November 2016 and recently completed training. Taylor graduated from Thunder Ridge High School in 2006 and then attended the University of Wyoming earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She worked for the Walt Disney Company from 2010-2013 and was then hired by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department where she worked for three years. In 2016 she moved back to Colorado to be near her family. She was honored to be chosen to work for the Black Hawk Police Department where she feels there is a sense of community and a welcoming atmosphere. Taylor is an avid Bronco’s fan and enjoys spending time with her family and active dogs which keep her very busy.

Communication Officer Amy Gresham began her career with the city of Black Hawk as a Dispatcher in November and recently completed training. She was born in Nebraska and raised in Canada until she was seven (7) years old. She then moved with her family moved to the Arvada/Westminster area. Amy’s passion lies within the Law Enforcement environment and she has been fortunate to work in this field for the last 18 years. Amy had always hoped to work in the mountains in the Law Enforcement field. She looks forward to her career with the City of Black Hawk and striving to become a valued employee for the city and community.

Firefighter Hayden Ragsdale was born in Denver and grew up in Leadville, after high school he went to College of DuPage in Glen Ellen Illinois where he got his EMT. He moved back to Colorado and attended Colorado Mountain College where he studied Fire Science; he  graduated with an associate’s degree in 2014. During his time in college he worked as a ski patroller at Keystone Ski Resort. In 2015 he was hired as a Resident Firefighter with Vail Fire Department. He spent one year with Vail Fire, and then in 2016 he was hired with the City of Black Hawk as a firefighter. In his off-time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and snowboarding.

Land Agreement Authorization

Black Hawk City Council Approved an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute the Memorandum of Agreement among the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and the City of Black Hawk regarding the sale of 6.42 acres of BLM administered land. The City of Black Hawk has been in ongoing negotiations with the BLM since 2013 to purchase property in Chase Gulch. The 6.42 acres consists of four BLM parcels that lie within the footprint of Quartz Valley Reservoir. The MOA will advance the historic and cultural survey and mitigation for the four parcels.

Exterior Rehabilitation on DuBois Street

Black Hawk City Council approved Certificate of Appropriateness for full exterior rehabilitation and site improvements at 241 DuBois Street. The applicants, Dawn and Derek Blake, are requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness (CofA) for the rehabilitation of the historic house, two historic outbuildings, and site at 241 DuBois Street. The estimated date of construction for the house at 241 DuBois Street is ca. 1875, although a portion of the house may date from ca. 1865 to 1872. The property was first evaluated for its historic and architectural significance in 1986 when the National Park Service conducted a survey of historic resources in the communities of Black Hawk, Central City, and Nevadaville. In 1991, when Black Hawk was added to an expanded National Historic Landmark district, 241 DuBois Street was counted as a “contributing” building to the historic district, meaning it had retained sufficient integrity to contribute to the historic character of the district. The building is a “Folk Victorian gable-front-and-wing” residence that has a two-story side gable wing and a two-story front gable wing joining to form an L-shaped building. Victorian-era detailing includes fretwork on the porch frieze, a bay window, and siding that is scored to resemble stones. There are two front entry doors and one-story porch is set within the ell. A one-story addition is on the east side. An outbuilding located immediately on the west side of the house has historic stone walls on three sides; this outbuilding is included in the proposed application. Another non-historic outbuilding further west, a non-historic carport attached to the front retaining wall, and an outhouse to the rear, are not included in the application.

Civil Engineer Position

A resolution (19-2017) with the job description and associated pay scale for a Civil Engineer II position was presented for approval. The City has a very ambitious capital improvement program slated for the next several years. The volume of projects exceeds what current staff can accomplish. In addition to managing projects, this position will be expected to assist with some development plan reviews, water projects and management of the water system, and other services as needed. This position was approved under the 2017 budget. Black Hawk City Council approved resolution 19-2017 unanimously.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council meeting will be March 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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