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Black Hawk approves marijuana consumption establishments

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Demolition of non-historical structures delayed

By Randy Beaudette

The most recent Black Hawk City Council regular meeting focused on the demolition of non-historic buildings in the historical district, and a revision to the municipal code to license and allow marijuana hospitality establishments.

Brothers Eric and Kirk Speidell from Green Solutions rang the bell to announce the September 11, 2019 session that started at 3:00 p.m. Mayor Spellman called the Black Hawk City Council to order followed by Roll Call, then led in the Pledge of Allegiance and a brief moment of silence to honor the 911 victims.

Council members that were present Aldermen: Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates and Benito Torres. Also present: City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Stephen Cole, Police Chief Kenneth Lloyd, Fire Chief Christopher Woolley, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker and City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner, and Deputy City Clerk Michele Martin.

City Attorney Hoffmann 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 from the City Council or from the onlookers in the chambers.

Approval of minutes

Black Hawk City Council approved the minutes from the August 28, 2019 regular meeting with no corrections or amendments.

PUBLIC HEARING

Marijuana Consumption Establishment (Council Bill 19/Ordinance 2019-19)

Black Hawk City Council approved CB 19 as presented by City Attorney Corey Hoffmann. Council Bill 19 is a Bill for an Ordinance Repealing and Reenacting Article XIX of Chapter 6 of the Black Hawk Municipal Code, Eliminating Social Clubs and Creating A Licensing System for Marijuana Hospitality Establishments. The City Council recognizes that open or public consumption of marijuana is illegal in the state despite legalization of the substance under the Colorado Constitution and state law, and finds there is a need within the City for private, safe and regulated places where adults can legally use and consume marijuana in a social setting. The City Council finds such private social use or consumption of marijuana should be regulated locally, consistent with the state regulatory process set forth in House Bill 19-1230, to minimize the potential adverse impacts on its citizens potentially caused by violations, underage consumption and civil disturbances, as well as to maintain peace and tranquility within the City. Jeffery Gordon spoke in opposition of the bill, while Tom Feeney, Eric and Kyle Speidell spoke in favor of the bill.

Silver Dollar Metropolitan District (Resolution 58-2019)

Black Hawk Aldermen also approved a Resolution Setting a Public Hearing on the Proposed Material Modifications of the Service Plan of the Silver Dollar Metropolitan District as presented. The amendment to the Service Plan of the District sets forth (1) the power and authority for the District to provide transportation services, (2) the power and authority for the District to provide activities in support of business recruitment, management and development, and (3) a change in the number of the members of the District’s Board of Directors from five (5) to nine (9).

500 and 531 Chase Street Demolition Addendum (Resolution 59-2019)

City Council approved the First Addendum to the Trade Contractor Agreement between the City of Black Hawk and Grapes & Sons Excavating, LLC extending the contract term for an additional thirty-one (31) days. On August 14, 2019, the City of Black Hawk and Grapes & Sons Excavating, LLC entered into a Trade Contractor Agreement approved by City Council under Resolution 51-2019. Because the State of Colorado denied the Demolition permits for 500 Chase Street and 531 Chase Street, the parties desire to further extend the Agreement with the proposed First Addendum for thirty-one (31) additional days. The First Addendum extends the contract term from September 30, 2019, through and including October 31, 2019. Grapes & Sons Excavating, LLC shall perform the Scope of Work as outlined in the Trade Contractor Agreement under Exhibits A and B. Black Hawk staff has reapplied for the demolition permits and anticipates approval on or before September 30, 2019.

Gregory Street Commercial Building Contract (Resolution60-2019)

Peter Heinz and Nathan Pillatske from PEH Architects presented a Resolution approving the Professional Services Agreement with PEH Architects for design services on the Gregory Street Commercial Building. This Professional Services Agreement with PEH Architects encompasses complete architectural and engineering design fees for renovation of the Gregory Street Commercial Building located at 211/221 Gregory Street. Exterior improvements to this building will include new siding, trim, windows, doors, roof, and some additional site work at the rear of the building. The interior of the building will be reconstructed, creating a total of four commercial suites.

City Manager Report

City Manager Stephen Cole informed the Aldermen that reports from the most recent building inspections will be available soon. There were several Code violations linked with privately owned and City owned commercial properties. Owners of those properties will be notified soon and be given a fair amount of time to correct said violations.

Next Meeting

Next Black Hawk City Council meeting will be September 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Location will be at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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