Black Hawk Approves Land Swap for Future Reservoir    

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By Staci McBrayer

The Black Hawk City Council met in the Council Chambers for their regularly scheduled meeting on January 14th, 2015. Mayor David Spellman, Aldermen Jim Johnson, Paul Bennett, Linda Armbright, Benito Torres, Alderman Greg Moates and Hal Midcap along with City Attorney Corey Hoffman and City Manager Jack Lewis were present.

New Employees

City Council members were introduced to new employees Officer Kyle Bacon, Dispatcher Lisa Hebertson, and Public Works Facilities worker Shane McCullar.

Prohibiting Flammable Gas to Extract THC

Spurred by the recent hash oil explosion and fire in Gilpin County, Aldermen approved a resolution amending the Black Hawk Municipal Code to prohibit the use of flammable gas to extract THC, the active ingredient of marijuana. The ban is specific to residential structures to prevent the use of unstable elements, such as butane, in the extraction process.

Aldermen Benito asked City Attorney Hoffman if the ordinance could be amended to include commercial and retail structures. Hoffman explained that this current ordinance mirrors the state law and that structures with any other use than residential are already regulated by the City.

IGA with Gilpin Ambulance Authority

Council approved a bill approving an Intergovernmental agreement with Gilpin Ambulance Authority. The City provides fleet maintenance for the Ambulance Authority. The fleet rate will increase $2 an hour to $94 billed in one-hour increments with parts invoiced at cost.

Amending the Employee Handbook

Aldermen approved an ordinance affirming their December 10th decision to remove Veteran’s Day as a scheduled holiday and changing it to an eight-hour annual floating holiday. The approval makes the changes within the City’s Employee Handbook along with changes regarding the employee dress code.

Amending the International Building Code

The City approved an ordinance amending the International Building Code as adopted in the municipal code regarding elevators. The ordinance adds a new sub-section that imparts language that will adopt the most current State regulations available. Doing so eliminates the City’s need to change the code every time the State change’s their regulations regarding elevators.

Designated Public Place of Posting

A Resolution was approved establishing the designated public place for posting of meeting notices as required by the Colorado Open Meeting Law. The Black Hawk City Hall was designated.

Ratifying Retail Marijuana Store License

Aldermen approved a resolution ratifying their December 10th decision to grant 5B1S, LLC (doing business as 1859) a new retail marijuana store license. City code requires that the decision be ratified by resolution.

Workers Compensation Coverage Renewal

A contract with Pinnacol Assurance for Workers Compensation Insurance was approved by resolution. The resolution ratifies a December 19th phone poll approving the contract.

The cost of the insurance is $160,410, a $21,894 increase over 2014. The City’s 2013 loss experience took the City from the best rate tier down two tiers resulting in the 16% increase in rates.

Trust Agreement

Aldermen approved a resolution ratifying another phone poll that approved the City’s entrance into a trust agreement with the Colorado Firefighter Health and Circulatory Benefits Trust. A recent State Senate bill requires employers to provide benefits to firefighters for cardiac illnesses resulting from a strenuous work event. The same bill allows for reimbursement to the City for the cost of the benefits from DOLA. The City originally planned to fulfill the requirements by purchasing insurance through a private insurance carrier. However, it was recently learned that the DOLA reimbursement would not apply to insurance purchase through private insurance carriers.

Boundary Line Agreement

City Council approved a Boundary Line Agreement with Smithloch, LLC. The agreement pertains to property that encroaches on the City’s right-of-way at 141 Gregory. The encroachment resulted from differences in surveys. In 1998, the City adopted the Albert Johnson Survey as the official survey map of the City. The building in question was built based on a different survey that existed before the Albert Johnson Survey.

Quartz Valley Property Exchange

City Council approved a resolution permitting a land exchange with Quartz Valley Ranch. The City will exchange portions of various City owned mining claims totaling approximately seven acres. The City is proposing open space use and a water storage reservoir for the exchanged land. The agreement sets in place a reservoir easement on property owned by the Quartz Valley Ranch. Quartz Valley Ranch will receive $50,000 for the exchange. As part of the agreement, the City will construct fencing along new property lines and build access roads when the reservoir is under construction.

Historic Preservation Commission Appointment

Aldermen approved a resolution appointing two new members of the Historic Preservation Commission. Richard Smith and Terry Petersen recently resigned. Lynnette Hailey and Thomas Gish will fill their positions.

Next Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Black Hawk City Council is Wednesday, January 28th at 3:00 p.m. in the council chambers located upstairs at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk.

Photo Caption: New Black Hawk employees Officer Kyle Bacon, Dispatcher Lisa Hebertson, and Public Works Facilities worker Shane McCullar.

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