Black Hawk approves Mountain City leases and roofs


Council Meeting Business

By Staci McBrayer

The Black Hawk City Council met in the Council Chambers for their regularly scheduled meeting on September 10th, 2014. Mayor David Spellman, Aldermen Jim Johnson, Paul Bennett, Linda Armbright, Greg Moates, Hal Midcap and Benito Torres along with City Attorney Corey Hoffman and City Manager Jack Lewis were present.

Introduction of New Employee

Police Chief Stephen Cole introduced the City’s newest employee, Police Officer Grant Collins, to the City Council. Officer Collins was born in Littleton, Colorado and currently resides in the metro area. A 2010 graduate of Wheat Ridge High School, Officer Collins graduated from the Red Rocks Community College Police Academy.

New Garage at 261 Church Street

Aldermen approved Resolution 66 that issued a Certificate of Appropriateness for a new garage door at the historic 261 Church Street residence. The applicant, Judith Jasper, requested the approval for installation of a new garage door in an existing garage. The new door will be similar to a historic carriage door and will be constructed of metal that has the appearance of a wood grain finish. The door will be ordered in a color that is similar to the “Polished Pearl” trim of the structure.

New Shed at 301 Chase Street

Aldermen also approved a minor amendment to a previously approved Certificate of Appropriateness for the construction of a small shed on the southwest corner of the property at 301 Chase Street. The applicant, Larry Linker, received the initial Certificate of Appropriateness from City Council on May 8, 2013 through Resolution No. 22-2013. The Chase Street location is counted as a “contributing” feature to the Historic District. However, the proposed shed is less than 200 square feet and thus does not require a building permit or site development plan.

Temporary Construction Easement with Public Service

Council members discussed the approval a temporary construction easement with Public Service Company of Colorado. The six-month agreement gives Public Service the ability to install a six-inch natural gas pipeline on Miner’s Mesa across Lake Gulch. The gas line installation project is expected to begin September 22.

The issue at hand is that Public Service does not intend to hook up the City’s Miner’s Mesa facilities to the proposed gas line, but rather seeks to make the City pay $70,000 to do so. “If you grant this, we lose all leverage,” City Manager Jack Lewis advised the Aldermen.

Council members discusses the variables of the situation, which include the fact that Public Service already has the easement and that one of Black Hawk’s water lines is in that easement. In the end, Aldermen approved the measure, however, the Council intends have further discussions on a strategy to address hooking the Miner’s Mesa structures up to Public Service gas lines.

Lease with 7 Healing Stars

  Aldermen approved three identical three-year lease agreements with Jomar Paolo Suarez Fernandez of 7 Healing Stars, LLC, 7 Healing Stars Collective, LLC, and 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center, LLC for leases on 460 Gregory Street (The Stevenson House), 450 Gregory Street (The Carbis House), and 440 Gregory Street (The Reeves House.) The agreement is for a $100 per month, per location rent plus utilities and Common Area Maintenance Fees (CAM Fees) as well as $500 damage deposit per location. The CAM fees are designed to offset the cost of maintenance of the commons area within Mountain City and are assessed equally among 420, 430, 440, 450, 460, and 470 Gregory Street.

City Finance Director Lance Hillis stated to the Board that the lessee intends implement an art gallery in the Reeves House as well as a healing center with yoga and physical therapy in the other locations. Hillis also discussed with the Aldermen Fernandez’s possible plans to include a sauna, float tubs, and hot yoga room in the future. Mayor Spellman stated that those uses would have to be approved by the City Council first, and Hillis noted that the lessee had been advised as such.

Lease Agreement with Terry Peterson

The City Council also approved a lease agreement with Terry Peterson for 420 Gregory Street. Peterson’s lease is also for three years and has similar terms as the one for Fernandez. Hillis advised the Board that the location would be used for office space.

Mountain City Roof Replacement Project

Aldermen approved the Mountain City Roof Replacement Project brought before them by City Public Works Director Tom Isbester. Isbester stated that the cedar shake roofs on the historic buildings in Mountain City were in poor condition and require significant upkeep each year from his department. The project would remove the cedar shakes and replace them with asphalt shingles as well as install ice and water shields beneath the shingles.

After advertising the project in the Weekly Register-Call and the Denver Daily Journal, Isbester received bids from two roofing companies. The winning bid was for $64,345.00 and was awarded to D&D roofing. The project is slated to begin September 10th with an estimated completion of October 17th.

2015 CIRSA Property Casualty Preliminary Quote

  City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner advised the Board that the City had received a preliminary quote from the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) for the 2015 Property Casualty Insurance. The quote of $200,637 is an overall decrease of 3% over the 2014 costs. Greiner said the 3% decrease is a direct result of Black Hawk using successful loss control techniques to control losses.

Next Meeting

 The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Black Hawk City Council is Wednesday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. in the council chambers located upstairs at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk.

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