Black Hawk increases water storage at Georgetown Lake

Council approves new location of Chicago Dogs Eatery

By Randy Beaudette

Black Hawk City Council got together and held an online regular meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 with only a couple of items on the agenda. One of which amended a water storage agreement with Georgetown, and the other being the consideration to approve the new location of the Chicago Dogs Eatery.

Mayor Spellman called the Council to order promptly at 3:00 pm followed by Roll Call and an online Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call revealed Council members that were present online or in the Council Chambers included Aldermen Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates, and Benito Torres. Also present online were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Stephen Cole, 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 than those already disclosed and filed with the City Clerk and Secretary of State. There were no objections from the City Council or from anyone online.

Meeting Minutes

Black Hawk City Council approved the meeting minutes from the January 13, 2021 Regular Meeting with no corrections or amendments.

Water Storage Agreement (Council Bill 4/ Ordinance 2021-4)

Georgetown Lake is owned by the Town of Georgetown. In 2007, Black Hawk acquired the right to store 100-acre feet of Vidler Water in Georgetown Lake from the City of Golden through the “Assignment and Water Delivery Agreement.” In 2012, Black Hawk acquired the right to store an additional 54.5-acre feet of water in Georgetown Lake through the “Intergovernmental Agreement between the Town of Georgetown and the City of Black Hawk Regarding Supplemental Water Storage in Georgetown Lake.” Black Hawk currently owns the right to store 154.5-acre feet of water in Georgetown Lake. This amendment to the Supplemental Storage Agreement allows Black Hawk to store an additional 5.6-acre feet of storage in Georgetown Lake, giving Black Hawk a total of 160.1- acre feet of storage in Georgetown Lake. This additional 5.6-acre feet of storage is a result of the City’s participation in the lake dredging operation two years ago. Black Hawk City Council approved

Chicago Dogs Eatery Relocation

Black Hawk Local Liquor Licensing Authority approved a motion that will authorize Chicago Dogs Eatery, Inc., Liquor License Change of Location located inside the Monarch Casino at 488 Main Street, Unit A, Black Hawk to another location just 1,000 feet north also inside the Monarch. On July 1, 2019 the Clerk’s Office received an application for a Permanent Modification of Premises (boundary shifting due to construction) from Chicago Dogs Eatery, Inc., the State LED approved it on August 2, 2019. It has been determined that this is more than a boundary shift due to construction and that the licensed premise is physically moving its location from the existing valet parking area (Area C) to the new hotel lobby area (Area B), On December 18, 2020 the Clerk’s Office received the Change of Location application from Chicago Dogs Eatery, Inc. On January 14, 2021 a Public Hearing Poster was posted at the new location and a Public Hearing Notice was published in the paper. On January 13, 2021 City Council waived the petitioning requirements for the needs and desires of the neighborhood, since it is still on the same floor and in the same building of the Monarch Casino.

Executive Session

Black Hawk City Council recessed in an Executive Session per CRS24-6-402(4)(e) to determine  positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; developing strategy for negotiations; and instructing negotiators.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council regular virtual meeting will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm. For more information go to

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