Black Hawk investing in resort destination goal with Hidden Treasure Trail project

Council approves trailhead bridge project for October installation

By Randy Beaudette

Last Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Black Hawk City Council regular meeting highlights include a Special Election Agreement and a Change Order for the Hidden Treasure Trailhead. Isle of Capri General Manager Rodney Turlan rang the bell to kick off the session that was called to order promptly 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 present were Aldermen Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates, and Benito Torres. Also present were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Stephen Cole, Police Chief Kenneth Lloyd, Fire Chief Christopher Woolley, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, and City Clerk/Administrative 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.

Executive Session

Black Hawk City Council recessed at 3:15 p.m. into a rare but brief mid-session Executive Session to hold conferences with an attorney of the local public body for the purposes of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions per CRS 24-6-402(4)(b).

Approval of minutes

Black Hawk City Council approved the minutes from the July 10, 2019 regular meeting with no corrections or amendments.


Liquor License Class Change

City Attorney Hoffmann presented a Local Liquor Authority Public Hearing for a Change of Class to Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License for Isle of Capri Black Hawk, LLC located at 401 Main Street, Black Hawk, Colorado. On May 24, 2019, the City Clerk’s office received an application for a Change of Class Liquor License for Isle of Capri from a Retail Gaming Tavern License to a Hotel and Restaurant License (processed as a new application) in order to furnish and deliver complimentary alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for the convenience of its guests (C.R.S. §44-3-413(4)(a); and potentially conduct room service. On June 3, 2019, the application was deemed complete by City Clerk staff. On June 12, 2019, the Local Liquor Authority reviewed the application and set the boundaries of the neighborhood and set the date of July 24, 2019 for the public hearing providing the applicant enough time to prove the reasonable requirements of the neighborhood needs and desires and cause the public notice to be posted and published. On July 11, 2019, the public notice was published in the Weekly Register-Call and posted on the property. On July 15, 2019, the petitioner submitted documentation supporting the facts and evidence required for the Public Hearing. Black Hawk City Council approved the class change unanimously.

Intergovernmental Agreement (CB -15/Ordinance 2019-15)

Black Hawk Aldermen also approved Council Bill 15 which is an Ordinance Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the 2019 Special Election Between the City of Black Hawk and Gilpin County by the Gilpin County Clerk and Recorder. The City of Black Hawk will be conducting a Special Election on November 5, 2019 to be conducted as an independent polling place election. The election will include a TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) issue that the City is requesting the County to coordinate.


Hidden Treasure Bridge Contract Amendment (Resolution 47-2019)

Black Hawk Public Works Director Tom Isbester presented a Resolution approving Amendment No. 2 to the Construction Management/General Contractor (CMGC) contract with Taylor Kohrs dated May 22, 2019, and therefore accepting the GMP of not to exceed $2,599,631 plus 5% City contingency for construction of the Hidden Treasure Trailhead project for a total of $2,699,631. City Council approved a CMGC contract with Taylor Kohrs to complete the Hidden Treasure Trailhead project on May 22, 2019. While the initial CMGC contract authorized Taylor Kohrs to proceed with preconstruction services, Council was made aware that an Amendment to accept the GMP for construction would be forthcoming. Due to the tight timeframes necessary to construct this improvement yet this year, Amendment 1 was ratified at the June 26th council meeting to provide a deposit and secure a production slot for the bridge for an early October 2019 delivery. The City is still waiting for permits from CDOT but everything has been submitted. This GMP of $2,599,631 establishes the maximum price of the project and includes preconstruction costs originally approved by City Council. There are several late added design elements that are still underway including electrical and site lighting and would request that Council authorize an additional 5% contingency for the City’s use in adjusting for any changes from the GMP plans. A new XCEL service will be required at this location as well as for any additional last minute CDOT permitting requirements. Black Hawk City council approved Resolution 47-2019 unanimously.

Professional Services Agreement (Resolution 48-2019)

Black Hawk Public Works Director Tom Isbester also presented Resolution 48-2019 which is a Resolution awarding a change order to the professional services agreement with Stolfus and Associates and authorizing the Mayor to execute the same for the Hidden Treasure Trailhead Construction Administration. The Hidden Treasure Trailhead Project is ready to begin. Back on January 9th when the final design phase of work was resurrected and additional design work started, Council was made aware that staff would be back to request authorization for Construction Administration assistance concurrent with the construction price authorization. Since that time the project has morphed into a CMGC contract with a GMP. This change helped to speed up the overall timeline of the work, but also required plans and specs to be reworked to facilitate this method of project delivery. Additional scope changes have occurred since January as well. This Change order will provide for daily on-site observation by either the designer, structural engineer, electrical, or the geotechnical engineer as necessary depending on the phase of work. This inspection is critical due to nature of the work and bridge over the highway and requires specialized expertise. This will also provide for quicker responses for any field changes required by differing site conditions. Black Hawk City council also approved Resolution 48-2019 unanimously.

Parking Lot Addendum

Black Hawk City Council approved the Combined Addendum to the Subdivision/ Site Improvement Agreement dated June 21, 2017 and the fourth Addendum to the Subdivision/ Site Improvement Agreement dated December 12, 2018 between the City of Black Hawk and the Lodge Casino LLC and JIJE LLC. City Attorney Corey Hoffmann explained that all this addendum will do is allow the temporary occupancy of the Bonanza and Dakota parking lots located on Main Street. In the unlikely event that the public improvements are not completed by November 20, 2019 the right to use both parking lots will be revoked.

City Attorney Report

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann announced that one of the many updates with new legislation that have passed, includes the ability to change the method in which meeting notices are distributed. Starting January 1, 2020 new notifications will be posted electronically as opposed the current physical posting. With many groans from the City Council members, Mayor Spellman agreed that the meeting notices will also be physically posted at City Hall.


City Council adjourned their Regular meeting at 3:35 p.m.

Urban Renewal Authority Special Meeting

Mayor/Chairman David Spellman called to order the Black Hawk Urban Renewal Authority at 3:35 p.m. Roll call revealed that Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates and Benito Torres were all present.

Encroachment Agreement (Resolution 2019-1)

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann presented the Encroachment Agreement between the Black Hawk Urban Renewal Authority and TRECO Blackhawk LLC. The owners of 231 Gregory Street and the City of Black Hawk entered into a Boundary Line Agreement on February 25, 2015, recorded in the official records of Gilpin County at Reception No. 153289, wherein the owners of 231 Gregory Street and the City attempted to clarify the property line between the 231 Parcel and the Black Hawk Parcel to remove historical confusion regarding the exact property line between the Parcels and ensure the 231 Gregory Street buildings and stairs located on the 231 Parcel fit entirely within the 231 Parcel and did not encroach onto the Black Hawk Parcel. Due to recent survey work, a question has arisen as to whether the boundary line as established in the Boundary Line Agreement is the correct boundary line between the Parcels; if such boundary line is incorrect in the Boundary Line Agreement, the Improvements may be encroaching on the Black Hawk Parcel. The owners of 231 Gregory Street wish to enter into this encroachment agreement in the event the improvements encroach the Black Hawk Parcel, and the Owners desire that certain portions of the Parcels shall be maintained in accordance with this Agreement. Black Hawk Urban Renewal Authority approved the agreement unanimously.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council meeting will be conducted August 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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