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Black Hawk on track with Gregory Street Plaza Project

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Bobtail Street to get sculpted facelift

By Randy Beaudette

Long-time Gilpin Resident Corey Marshall­­­ rang the bell promptly at 3:00 p.m. to signify the start of the Black Hawk City Council meeting, February 27, 2019. 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, and Benito Torres. Alderman Greg Moates was absent. Also present were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, Acting City Manager Stephen Cole, Acting Police Chief Kenneth Lloyd, City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, 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 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 February 13, 2018 regular City Council meeting with no corrections.

Gregory Street Contracts

Project Manager Matt Reed presented Resolution 13-2019, which is a resolution awarding the bid and approving the Construction Manager/ General Contractor (CMGC) Contract Between the City of Black Hawk and Roche Constructors, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $26,452 for Pre-Construction Services pertaining to the Gregory Street Phase 2 Project. The City intends to redevelop the area along the north side of Gregory Street between Church and High Streets into a commercial plaza area. The existing City-owned buildings in this area (305/311, 321, and 351 Gregory Street) will be renovated, along with the existing structures at 211 and 221 Gregory Street. Two new buildings will be constructed: A public restroom building and a structure that will display one of the City’s antique fire trucks and other historic Fire Department memorabilia. The church at 331 Gregory Street will likely receive an exterior rehabilitation treatment similar to the recent City Hall brick restoration project. Finally, the City desires to renovate the Bobtail Mine building, and move the structure currently at 261 Gregory Street to a location between the Mine building and the Lace House, converting it into a public restroom facility. To manage this work, the City has chosen to pursue a construction manager/ general contractor (CMGC) method of contracting. The intention is for the CMGC to be brought under contract at a point early in the design process. They will provide input into constructability, scheduling, and costs of the project, among other issues. Their first detailed cost estimate will provide direction for the City regarding which portions of the project will need to be postponed or which can be added to the scope, based on the City’s budget. To select a CMGC, the City publicly advertised a Request for Qualifications on November 29th, 2018. Of the seven CMGC qualification packages received by the City, three CMGC finalists were invited to respond to a Request for Proposal, which was released on January 11, 2019. Of the two finalists that submitted Proposals, Roche Constructors, Inc. provided the lowest proposed costs and fees. The goal over the next few months will be to create and refine cost estimates for construction of the Gregory Street Phase 2 project, until the City and the CMGC reach agreement on a Guaranteed Maximum Price for construction. At that time, an Amendment to this CMGC contract will be brought before City Council to establish the GMP and authorize construction. Black Hawk Aldermen approved Resolution 14-2019 unanimously.

Bobtail Hardscape Contract

Black Hawk City Council also approved Resolution 14-2019 which is a resolution awarding the bid and approving the Design-Build Contract Between the City of Black Hawk and Harrison Western Construction Corporation, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $125,195 for Pre-Construction Services pertaining to the Bobtail Street Sculpted and Stained Shotcrete Project. The City intends to construct a sculpted and stained Shotcrete wall along the south side of Bobtail Street from its intersection with Gregory Street to a point about 450’ east of the intersection. The main goal is to conceal the existing exposed mesh, rock bolts, and Shotcrete, and to create an aesthetically-appealing Shotcrete wall similar to the existing Shotcrete wall behind the Post Office. The design-build method of contracting has been selected for this project. A Request for Qualifications was publicly advertised on November 30, 2018. Two contractors submitted qualification packages, and both were invited to submit Proposals. Of the two Proposals received by the City, Harrison Western Construction Corporation, Inc. provided the lowest proposed costs and fees. Approval of this Resolution would authorize Harrison Western to proceed with a geotechnical investigation, design of the Shotcrete system, and other pre-construction tasks. Over the next two months, Harrison Western will prepare a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction of this project. An Amendment to this design-build contract will be brought before City Council to establish the GMP and authorize construction.

Financial Authorization

Finance Director Lance Hillis presented Resolution 15-2019 which is a Resolution Authorizing Certain Individuals to Act on Behalf of the City with Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Financial Securities/BOKF, NA. Recently the City’s banking partner, Colorado Business Bank, was purchased by BOK Financial. In order to create new accounts and take advantage of additional services provided by BOK, a resolution authorizing certain individuals to act on behalf of the City is required. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 15-2019 unanimously.

City Attorney’s Report

Black Hawk City Attorney Corey Hoffmann had nothing to report except the usual recommendation for Council to go into Executive Session regarding specific legal question on potential upcoming legislation, acquisition of properties, and to address negotiations.

Executive Session

Alderman Bennett made a motion to go into Executive Session to hold a conference with the City Attorney to seek legal advice on specific legal questions pursuant to CRS 24-6-402(4)(b) to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; developing strategy for negotiations; and instructing negotiators pursuant to CRS 24-6-402(4)(e). The motion carried and Black Hawk City Council recessed into Executive Session at 3:10 p.m.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council meeting will be March 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. located at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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