Black Hawk receives stellar financial audit results

Council to coordinate November election with Gilpin County

By Randy Beaudette

A November election agreement with the County, a Business Improvement District (BID) exclusion, and a Resolution accepting the 2019 Audit were the topics of discussion during the Regular online meeting of the Black Hawk City Council.

Mayor Spellman called the Council to order at 3:00 pm followed by Roll Call and an online Pledge of Allegiance. Council members that were present online included Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Greg Moates, Hal Midcap, 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 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 anyone online.

New Chimes

Black Hawk City Council authorized $1,500 for the purchase of new chimes along with the music. The present system is twenty-five years old and the supplier of the current chimes no longer services this particular model nor do they supply an update song selection. Mayor Spellman suggested that he would like to program the chimes to play the National Anthem, which is not available on the current system, every day as the first song of the day, at noon and the last song of the day.

Approval of Minutes

Black Hawk City Council approved the meeting minutes from the May 13, 2020 Regular Meeting and the June 24, 2020 Special Meeting with no corrections or amendments.

Election Intergovernmental Agreement (Ordinance 2020-17/Council Bill 17)

Black Hawk City Attorney Corey Hoffmann presented the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Black Hawk and Gilpin County to conduct a fully coordinated election with Gilpin County on November 3, 2020. Technically under state law, an election IGA is not due until October. During this upcoming election, Gilpin County is requiring the IGA to be finalized by July 24, 2020 for reasons unknown. The initial draft of the agreement received by Black Hawk from Gilpin County had some mistakes and areas that are inconsistent with the State’s uniform election code. Adoption of Ordinance 2020-17/ CB17 would allow the City Attorney’s Office to edit the draft agreement to align it with the State election code and return it to Gilpin County in a timely manner. Black Hawk City Council made a motion and approved Ordinance 2020-17/ CB17 unanimously.

Petition for Exclusion into the Black Hawk Business Improvement District (Resolution 55-2020)

The City of Black Hawk received a petition from the City of Black Hawk (the “Petition”) for exclusion into the Black Hawk Business Improvement District (BID) of property located at 201 Selak Street or better known as the Old Black Hawk City Hall Building. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 55-2020 unanimously.

Land Dedication Agreement (Resolution 56-2020)

Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 56, which is a Resolution Approving the Land Dedication Agreement Between the City of Black Hawk, Colorado and Club Vista Properties II, LLC. The dedicated land is necessary for future Miners Mesa Development.

2019 Comprehensive Audit (Resolution 57-2020)

Black Hawk City Council also approved Resolution 57-2020 which is a Resolution Accepting City of Black Hawk 2019 Comprehensive Audit financial report. Colorado State law requires that the financial statements of the City of Black Hawk be audited by an independent Certified Public Accountant. The City’s auditor, John Cutler & Associates, LLC has issued a clean or unqualified opinion. This means the Financial Statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the City. This is the best type of opinion an auditee may receive from an external auditor.

City Attorney’s Report

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann recommended that City Council recess into Executive Session per C.R.S.-24-6-402(4)(b) to confer with an attorney for the local public body for the purposes of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions and C.R.S. 24-6-402 (4)(e) determining 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 August 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm. For more information go to

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