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Black Hawk protects children from sexual predators


WynterKasch_BHFleetTechAideCity Council Meeting

By Randy Beaudette

The bell was rung by new Fleet Technician Aide Wynter Kasch and regular meeting of the Black Hawk City Council was called to order on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3 p.m. by Mayor Spellman.

Present were Mayor Spellman, Aldermen: Albright, Bennett, Johnson, Midcap, Moates, and Torres.

City Attorney Hoffmann, City Manager Lewis, Police Chief Cole, City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Greiner, Finance Director Hillis, Community Planning and Development Administrator Linker, Public Works Director Isbester, Senior Civil Engineer Ford, Fire Chief Taylor, and Deputy City Clerk Martin

After the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Spellman, 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.

Introduction of New Employee

Mayor Spellman introduced new Fleet Technician Aide Wynter Kasch, She began working for the City on April 4th. Before starting with the City, Kasch worked in customer service for many years at the casinos. She is very excited and happy to have this opportunity; her co-workers have been fun to get to know. Wynter was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, moved to Colorado in 2000 and graduated from Nederland High School in 2011. In her free time she likes to climb 14er’s with her mom and read any book she can get her hands on.

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING SEXUAL PREDATORS AND CERTAIN SEX OFFENDERS FROM ESTABLISHING RESIDENCY NEAR AREAS WHERE CHILDREN CONGREGATE. (Ordinance 2016-8)

The City Council hereby finds that sexual predators and the specified sex offenders who use physical violence or who prey on children present an extreme threat to the public safety. Sexual predators and the specified sex offenders have a high rate of recidivism, making the cost of sex offender victimization to society at large extremely high. Removing such offenders from regular proximity to places where children are located and limiting the frequency of contact is likely to reduce the risk of an offense. This Chapter is intended to serve the City’s compelling interest to promote, protect and improve the public health, safety and welfare by creating areas, around locations where children regularly congregate in concentrated numbers, where sexual predators and specified sexual offenders are prohibited from establishing temporary or permanent residence.

It shall be unlawful for a person to establish a permanent residence or temporary residence within one thousand feet (1,000′) of any park, City-owned open space, or any designated public or private school bus stop when a person meets either of the following criteria:

(1) The person has been found to be a sexually violent predator pursuant to Section 18-3-414.5 C.R.S;

(2) The person is required to register under the Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act, C.R.S. Section 16-22-101, et. seq., because of being convicted of a felony for an offense requiring registration;

(3) Having multiple convictions for offenses requiring registration; or having offense(s) requiring registration involving multiple victims.

(b) It is unlawful to let or rent any portion of any property, place, structure, trailer or other vehicle with the knowledge that it will be used as a permanent or temporary residence by any person prohibited from establishing such permanent or temporary residence pursuant to this Article XIV.

The only exemptions to this ordinance are sexual offenders that have established residence prior to adopting this ordinance and sexual offenders that are placed in a restricted residence by the State of Colorado. Ordinance 2016-8 passed unanimously.

A RESOLUTION CONDITIONALLY APPROVING A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LADY LUCK CASINO STAIR REPLACEMENT AND HYDRONIC SNOW MELT SYSTEM (Resolution 36-2016)

The City of Black Hawk has received an application (4/15/2016) for a Certificate of Appropriateness (CofA) on behalf of CCSC / Black Hawk Inc., from Kuhlman Design Group, Inc. The request outlines five proposed renovations to the east entrance of the Lady Luck Casino located at 340 Main Street in Black Hawk. All proposed renovations outlined in the applicant’s submittal are for the eastern portion of the casino building and adjacent parking lot; no interior renovations are proposed.

The proposed alterations include:

  • Replacement of Concrete Stairs: The new stairs will be stamped concrete tinted sandstone color to match the current platform materials, and will be consolidated into a single flight of stairs from the platform level to the parking lot level.
  • Replacement of Concrete Landing: A new concrete slab will be created at the Valet drop off, large enough to accommodate two vehicles side by side.
  • Hydronic Snow Melt System: Both the new stairs and concrete landing will have a new in-slab hydronic snow melt system installed. The associated equipment will be located within the buildings lower level to facilitate access, maintenance, and connectivity to the new concrete slabs.
  • Stone Veneer Wall Repair: The existing stone veneer walls flanking the stairs will be repaired with new stone as necessary to match the existing stone material.
  • Reinstallation of Decorative Light Fixtures: The existing decorative light fixtures located at the bottom of the stairs will be reinstalled adjacent to the new stairs.

Resolution 36-2016 passed unanimously.

A RESOLUTION CONDITIONALLY APPROVING A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTERIOR REPLACEMENT DECK AND STAIRS AT 211 GREGORY STREET (Resolution 37-2016)

The City of Black Hawk has received (April 15, 2016) an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness from Matt Reed representing the City of Black Hawk. The application proposes improvements that will replace the existing deck and stairs positioned on the rear exterior of the building located at 211 Gregory Street. The proposed deck and stairs will be located on the north facing facade of the building. The intent of this project is to replace an old and deteriorating deck and stairs with a new deck and stairs that will continue to provide access to the rear of the building. Resolution 37-2016 passed with exception of Section 2 which states “All stairs shall have closed risers.”

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF A NEW VEHICLE EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR THE BLACK HAWK FIRE STATION FROM AIRPRO INC. FOR THE AMOUNT OF $78,650.00. (Resolution 38-2016)

To remove potentially harmful exhaust particulate from diesel engines the Fire Station is equipped with a vehicle exhaust system. The current system is 19 years old and has had multiple system maintenance issues over the last 5 years. The availability of repair parts for this system is extremely limited to include having to order outside the US when a recent part failed. The currently installed system does not have a local repair representative and repeated attempts to contact them for repairs and a quote have been unsuccessful. The other company that does fire apparatus vehicle exhaust systems and meets the necessity for automatic, drive-away attachment is PlymoVent (Airpro, Inc.). The RFP was advertised for two (2) weeks to meet procurement requirements with no response. Resolution 37-2016 passed unanimously.

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AGREEMENT OF LEASE BETWEEN THE CITY OF BLACK HAWK AS LESSOR AND THE GILPIN COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION AS LESSEE FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 137 CLEAR CREEK STREET, UNIT A, BLACK HAWK, COLORADO (Resolution 39-2016)

The initial term of this Lease shall commence on May 12, 2016, and shall expire on December 31, 2021. Any improvements that the Gilpin County Education Foundation performs in the property automatically become part of the facility. Resolution 39-2016 passed unanimously.

There were no reports from the City Manager.

City Attorney Hoffmann presented a call to Executive Session on Council legal advice which was passed.

Black Hawk City Council adjourned to Executive Session at 3:15 p.m.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council will be May 25, 2016 at 3 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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