Council approves 2019 BID plan and budget
By Randy Beaudette
The vintage church bell was rung by Saratoga Casino Director of Security and Surveillance, John Helmerich, promptly at 3:00 p.m. to signify the start of another Black Hawk City Council meeting on September 12, 2018. Mayor David 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, and Benito Torres. Alderman Greg Moates was absent. Also present were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Jack Lewis, Police Chief Stephen Cole, Fire Chief Christopher Woolley, City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Community Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, and Deputy City Clerk, Michele Martin.
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 folks in the audience.
Approval of Minutes
Black Hawk City Council approved the meeting minutes from August 22, 2018 regular meeting with no changes or corrections.
Mayor Spellman opened up the Public Hearing portion of the meeting at 3:03 p.m.
New Employee Handbook (Ordinance 2018-18/CB-18)
City Clerk/Admin Services Director Melissa Greiner presented Council Bill 18, which is an Ordinance adopting the Black Hawk Employee Handbook dated September 2018. Changes were pursuant to Section 206, Amendments to Policies of the current 2014 Employee Handbook. Alderman Torres expressed his concern about the language in the Definitions Section that states “Advancement” means a salary increase.” Alderman Torres stated that an employee can advance without an increase in salary. If the employee takes on more responsibility or in is charge of a facility, then that should be accompanied with an increase in salary, but sometime it doesn’t. The employee can also get demoted to a lesser position and keep the salary from the advancement. Greiner and City Attorney Hoffmann and the remaining Council all agreed that the only place where “Advancement” is used is in Section 213 titled, “SALARY ADVANCEMENT / SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.” After a little more debate, Black Hawk City Council approved Ordinance 2018-18, unanimously.
Business Improvement District (BID) Operating Plan (Ordinance 2018-19/CB-19)
Black Hawk City Council also approved Council Bill 19, which is an Ordinance Approving the 2019 Operating Plan and Budget of the Black Hawk Business Improvement District. The Black Hawk Business Improvement District has filed the 2019 Operating Plan and Budget as required by Section 31- 25-1211. C.R.C. “Operating Plan and Budget” for Council.
City Attorney Report
City Attorney Hoffmann referred to a handout that he distributed to the Council in reference to the proposed changes in the Black Hawk Municipal Codes that will align Black Hawk’s Municipal Code with State Law changed through recently pass State legislation. Because these new laws take effect October 1, 2018, Hoffmann suggested that these proposed changes be brought forward at the next Black Hawk City Council meeting in order to keep the Municipal Code up to date with State Laws.
Black Hawk City Council adjourned the regular meeting at 3:11 p.m.
The next Black Hawk City Council meeting will be September 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.