Black Hawk Amends Manufactured Homes Municipal Code

Public Works to upgrade equipment

By Randy Beaudette

The bell was rung by Brett Hahnenkamp from Peak Value LLC to announce the regular meeting of the Black Hawk City Council. The meeting was called to order on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3 pm by Mayor David Spellman.

Along with Mayor Spellman were Aldermen: Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Hal Midcap, and Greg Moates. Aldermen Jim Johnson and Benito Torres were absent. Also present was City Manager Jack Lewis and sitting in for City Attorney Cory Hoffmann was Hilary Graham. Others in attendance were, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Community Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Fire Chief Don Taylor, and Deputy City Clerk Michele Martin.

After the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Spellman, City Attorney Graham asked Council to declare any Conflicts of Interest on any issue appearing on the agenda other that than those already disclosed and filed with the City Clerk and Secretary of State. There were no objections.

City Attorney Graham then asked the audience if there were any objections to any member of City Council voting on any issue on the agenda. The audience had no objections.

The meeting minutes were approved from the February 14, 2018 regular meeting and City Council swiftly proceeded into the Public Hearing portion of the meeting.

Regulation on Manufactured Homes (CB2/ Ordinance 2018-2)

Black Hawk City Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 16 of the Black Hawk Municipal Code to regulate manufactured homes as permitted by Federal law.

After Community Planning and Development received numerous inquiries concerning the regulation of manufactured homes, City staff performed a comprehensive review of Chapter 16. The City wanted to confirm that the permitting requirements, building codes, zoning codes, subdivision regulations and architectural design standards were effectively addressed and captured. The evaluation revealed an amendment to Chapter 16 that needed to be considered. The proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 16 is tailored to address and meet the City’s needs while providing a better understanding and clearer interpretation and direction for the administration and enforcement of manufactured homes regulations as permitted by Federal law.

The amendment added a specific definition of a manufactured home which includes “mobile homes,” it established the minimum requirements for habitation which mirrors that of “on site” constructed homes, and it established that the manufactured home must meet or exceed, on an equivalent performance engineering basis, the standards established by the International Building Code, and the International Residential Code.

Outbuilding Demolition (Resolution 18-2018)

Black Hawk Development Administrator Cindy Linker presented a Resolution to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition of two (2) non-historic, non-contributing outbuildings and one (1) non-historic, non-contributing garage (compressor house) at 510 Chase Street and one (1) non-historic, non-contributing outbuilding at 520 Chase Street. The applicant, the City of Black Hawk, is requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition. The National Park Service did not inventory the outbuildings at 510 Chase and 520 Chase, and therefore did not include them in the resource count in the 1991 NHL nomination. The main building, a residence at 531 Chase Street, was inventoried and considered non-contributing due to non-historic alterations and additions. Even though the City of Black Hawk’s Residential Design Guidelines and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation do not specifically address demolition of non-historic and non-contributing structures, the proposed demolitions would not negatively impact the character of the historic district as a whole. After a review and some discussion, Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 18-2018.

International Building and Fire Codes Amended

Black Hawk Development Administrator Cindy Linker and Black Hawk Fire Chief Don Taylor presented an Introduction of a “DRAFT” Ordinance amending the “International Building Code and International Fire Code,” 2015 Edition, as adopted by reference as the building code for the City of Black Hawk. The City of Black Hawk has specific procedures for adopting building codes by reference. The adopting DRAFT Ordinance is first introduced to City Council, and a public hearing must be scheduled. City Council must also approve the draft notice of the public hearing. Staff recommends the public hearing for March 14, 2018 with two (2) publication periods in the Weekly Register-Call once at least 15 days prior to the hearing and once at least eight days prior the hearing. Copies of the “International Building Code and International Fire Code,” 2015 Edition, are available for review in the City Clerk’s office. The purpose of the amendment is to correct discrepancies identified in the International Codes. Black Hawk City Council approved this draft copy unanimously.

Purchase of New Equipment (Resolution 19-2018)

Black Hawk Public Works Director Tom Isbester presented Resolution 19-2018, a Resolution that will approve the purchase of a CAT906M compact wheel loader and a CAT-CB22B roller. The 2018 Capital budget includes funding for a skid steer ($70K) and an asphalt roller ($35K). A utility box truck was also included ($55K). Staff realigned the needs of the street department equipment and has ordered a standard ½ ton pickup in place of the utility box truck. This truck was ordered for $20,761 including trading in a 1999 Ford flatbed and a 2000 Dodge Durango. This resulted in a savings of over $20k after outfitting the new truck with equipment and retrofitting another repurposed truck with necessary equipment. Staff also reevaluated the equipment needs since the budget was approved and took into account some of the complaints leveled against the City regarding maintenance, safety, and durability of some of our equipment. Staff determined that a compact wheel loader would be a more versatile and rugged piece of equipment for using a snow blower, broom, and blade attachment than the skid steer. Staff packaged the request for bids for the compact wheel loader and a small roller together to generate more interest from vendors. In addition, a new snow blower and broom attachment were included with the request. Trade-ins for this acquisition include two old Gehl skid steers, three worn-out snow blowers and one worn-out broom. Staff solicited bids from multiple vendors and received the three bids as follows:                                                                                                                                                                           1. Wagner Equipment (CAT); $138,850-(trade-in $21,755)= $117,095

  1. Honnen Equipment (John Deere); $140,437-(trade-in $19,000)=$121,437
  2. Faris Equipment(Whacker); $155,770-(trade-in $3000)= $152,770

Staff would recommend the purchase of the roller and the loader w/ attachments from Wagner Equipment. The difference in budgeted amount ($105,000) and the bid price for the better piece of equipment ($117,095) is $12,095. This amount was more than saved on the above mentioned pick-up truck acquisition. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 19-2018.

Phase 1A Report (Resolution 20-2018)

Black Hawk City Council heard from City Manager Jack Lewis regarding the acceptance of the Phase 1A Report from Peak Program Value LLC. The intent of the project is to better understand processes and procedures related to projects in the Preservation Fund and the Capital Fund. The desired outcome is less cost for these projects and improved project administration. Phase 1A and 1B are the initial evaluation of Black Hawk’s projects. Phase 2 is the recommendation of improvement that will lower the costs of those projects. Phase 3 is the execution of those cost saving recommendations. Black Hawk City Council approved the acceptance of the Phase 1A report and authorized funds available for Phase 1B and Phase 2 in an amount not to exceed $109,955.

City Manager Report

City Manager Jack Lewis asked City Council to establish a date and time for a workshop to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan. After some discussion, the workshop will take place April 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm.

City Attorney Report

City Attorney Hilary Graham had no report, but recommended that Black Hawk City Council move to Executive Session. At 3:25 pm Council did just that.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council meeting will be March 14, 2018 at 3 pm at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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