No sleeping on the streets or sidewalks
By Randy Beaudette
Black Hawk resident Tom Feeney rang the bell to announce another session of the Black Hawk City Council regular meeting on June 26, 2019 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.
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, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, and City Clerk/Admin Services Director Melissa Greiner.
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. 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 June 12, 2019 regular meeting with no corrections or amendments.
Unlawful Conduct on Public Property (Ordinance 2019-12/CB12)
City Attorney Corey Hoffmann introduced CB12 Ordinance Adding a New Article XV to Chapter 10 of the Black Hawk Municipal Code Regarding Unlawful Conduct on Public Property. The City is concerned about the increase of the homeless population of late. Staff feels that by adding this new Article to our Municipal Code, it would allow the necessary enforcement of violations to ensure the public health, safety and welfare protection of all residents and visitors. Black Hawk City Aldermen approved CB12 unanimously.
Sleeping on the Streets (Ordinance 2019-13/CB13)
City Attorney Corey Hoffmann also introduced a Bill for an Ordinance Amending the Black Hawk Municipal Code by the Addition of a New Section 10-136 Prohibiting Sitting or Lying Down on Public Sidewalks and Rights-of-Way in Designated Areas. There has been concern about intentional obstruction of pedestrian and vehicular access in the non-residential areas of the City. Staff feels that by adding this new Section 10-136 to our Municipal Code, it would allow the necessary enforcement of violators to ensure public health, safety and welfare protection in the City. Black Hawk City Aldermen also approved CB13 unanimously.
Water Storage Agreement (Ordinance 2019-14/CB14)
Black Hawk Water Recourses Engineer Jim Ford introduced an Ordinance Approving a Water Storage Agreement between the City of Black Hawk and the City of Golden. The City of Golden is required to deliver 100 acre feet of water to the City of Black Hawk each year. This water is typically provided from the Vidler Tunnel, which is trans-basin water that can be used to extinction without return flow requirements. In some years, the City of Black Hawk takes delivery of the Vidler water into Green Lake or Georgetown Lake. Because of the wet spring, storage space in these reservoirs is not available. As in past years, the City of Golden has agreed to store our Vidler water in Guanella Reservoir until we can exchange it to Green Lake or Georgetown Lake. The cost of the storage is 50% of the water put into Guanella Reservoir. For example, if we store 100 acre feet in Guanella, we keep 50 acre feet and Golden gets 50 acre feet. There is no monetary cost to the City. The alternative is to let the water go down stream and make no use of it. This agreement has been in effect since 2015 and needs to be renewed for 2019. Black Hawk City Aldermen approved CB14 unanimously.
Certificate of Architectural Capacity (Resolution 39-2019)
Black Hawk City Aldermen also approved Resolution 39-2019 as introduced by Julie Esterl from Baseline Corporation. Resolution 39-2019 would Conditionally Approve a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility to Allow the Renovation of Four Existing Buildings, the Addition of a Deck to One Existing Building and the Construction of Two New Buildings Located on Gregory Street. The City of Black Hawk has submitted an application requesting a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility to allow rehabilitations and new construction of buildings located at 311, 321, 341, 351, 361, 400 & 426 Gregory Street. The work is proposed as part of the Gregory Street Sub-Area Plan adopted by the City Council on October 23, 2013 by Resolution No. 40-2013. The vision of the Gregory Street Sub-Area Plan is to renovate existing buildings, and establish new buildings, all located in close proximity to each other, in order to establish a personal commercial experience that will be an additional asset within the City.
Contracts Awarded (Resolution 40-2109)
Development Administrator Cindy Linker introduced Resolution 40-2019 which is a Resolution Approving the Exterior Paint Program Contracts in a Total Amount Not To Exceed $87,518. The purpose of these Requests for Qualifications/ Request for Proposals was to solicit two separate proposals from qualified firms to establish a contract for Painting Services on behalf of the City of Black Hawk. RFP No. 2019-05 was intended for the Municipal owned properties located in Mountain City on Gregory Street and the Historic Presbyterian Church/ City Council Chambers on Church Street. City staff did not seek the lowest bid, but the most qualified and responsible Painting Contractor. Therefore, staff is recommending RFP-2019-05 – Municipal be awarded to Gonzales Custom Painting, Inc., and RFP-2019-06 – Residential be awarded to Aspect Painting & Roofing LLC. The City has previously worked with both contractors and feels that each are well suited to perform the work as proposed. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 3-2019 unanimously.
Public Works and Community Planning Assessment (Resolution 41-2019)
Public Works Director Tom Isbester presented Resolution 41-2019 which is a Resolution Approving the Proposal from HR Green for an Assessment of Public Works and Community Planning and Development. The City of Black Hawk is at a pivotal time regarding current and future Capital Improvement Projects and potential future commercial development. Staff has requested an operational and organizational assessment of the Public Works and Community Development departments which will provide the City with options to evaluate a number of municipal functions to help ensure maximum organizational and operational effectiveness. Municipal Services Manager Michael J. Connor for HR Green was also present to answer any questions or inquiries that the Aldermen had. No questions were asked and all were satisfied with Resolution 41-2019 which passed unanimously.
Hidden Treasure Trail Head Bridge (Resolution 42-2019)
Public Works Director Tom Isbester also introduced Resolution 42-2019 which is a Resolution Ratifying the Phone Poll Approving a First Amendment to the Taylor Kohrs CMGC Contract and the Payment of $60,000 to Taylor Kohrs for the Design of the Hidden Treasure Trail Head Bridge (revised 6/24/19). Taylor Kohrs has selected Big R Bridge to fabricate the Hidden Treasure Trailhead Bridge. To secure a production slot and finalize the engineering required to start fabrication, Big R is requesting a deposit. This deposit will reserve a production slot such that the bridge should be fabricated and ready for install in late fall.
Black Hawk City Aldermen also approved Resolution 43-2019 as presented by City Attorney Corey Hoffmann. The Resolution would approve the First Amendment to the Agreement of Lease Between the City of Black Hawk as Lessor and Gilpin County Education Foundation as Lessee for Property Located at 137 Clear Creek Street, Unit A, Black Hawk, Colorado. The First Amendment to the Lease provides for a “Rent Credit” equal to the 4.50% City of Black Hawk Sales Tax generated at 137 Clear Creek Street, Unit A (the Convenience Store)
There was no City Manager or City Attorney reports and no Executive Session. Black Hawk City Council adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
The next Black Hawk City Council regular meeting will be conducted July 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.