City receives excellent financial audit review
By Randy Beaudette
IT Support Technician Ryan Blenker rang the bell promptly at 3:00 p.m. to signify the start of Black Hawk City Council meeting, June 12, 2019. Mayor Spellman called the Black Hawk City Council to order followed by Roll Call, then led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Aldermen Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Hal Midcap, and Greg Moates were all present. Jim Johnson was absent and Benito Torres arrived later. Also present were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Stephen Cole, Police Chief Kenneth Lloyd, Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, City Clerk/Admin Services Director Melissa Greiner, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Fire Chief Christopher Woolley, 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.
Resident Tom Feeney had a positive comment concerning the stunning floral arrangements scattered throughout the city.
Approval of Minutes
Black Hawk City Council approved the minutes from the May 22, 2019 regular City Council meeting with no corrections.
Renovation at the Isle (Resolution 33-2019)
Vince Harris from Baseline Engineering presented Resolution 33-2019 which is a Resolution Conditionally Approving a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility for Exterior Renovations to the Existing Porte Cochere of the Isle of Capri Black Hawk, LLC. The City of Black Hawk has received an application from Rodney Turlan, representative from Isle of Capri Black Hawk LLC requesting exterior renovations to the existing Porte Cochere. The application is for a repaint of the Porte Cochere walls, wall bases, and ceiling, as well as a lighting fixture updates and building column material updates. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 33-2019 unanimously.
Approval of Exterior Improvements (Resolution 34-2019)
Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 34-2019 which consists of authorizing a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility for Exterior Improvements to the Property Located at 241 Dubois Street. Applicant, Derek Blake, has applied for a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility and is proposing the following exterior improvements to his residence located at 241 Dubois Street:
- Installation of a gutter on the shed nearest the house.
- Removal of a tree.
- Installation of a 16’x16’ flagstone patio.
- Installation of a 4’x4’ landing with stairs down to the flagstone patio which will be constructed of lumber and painted to match the house.
- Installation of a dry stack wall to begin at the existing west shed porch southeast footer. This wall is to extend easterly for approximately 4 feet and approximately 10 feet to the south to terminate at the existing wall that rises from the street level. The top of this wall will be the same elevation as the top of the existing wall previously mentioned. Average wall height is 18-20.”
- Removal of existing ramp and handrail from the west shed porch. This will no longer be necessary after installation of the dry stack wall.
- Place gravel along the west side of the house from the gas meter to the existing concrete stairs, about 24’’ wide.
- Grass seeding of the yard between the house and the west shed.
- Applicant intends to self-perform the work
The house at 241 Dubois Street is constructed on a terrace above Dubois Street; the terrace is supported by a retaining wall. The work proposed in this application would affect the west side yard of the property. While this work is street-facing, proposed project elements would have limited visibility from the street level below. As demonstrated above in Section II(b), items contained in this application satisfactorily reflect the Design Standards.
Golden Gilpin Mill Roof Replacement (Resolution 35-2019)
Vince Harris from Baseline Engineering also presented Resolution 35 which is titled as a Resolution Conditionally Approving a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility to Allow the Performance of Roof Repair and Replacement and Limited Demolition of the Golden Gilpin Mill Property. On May 6, 2019, the City of Black Hawk received an application request for a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility (COAC) from Matt Collins, representing the George E. Otten, Jr. Trust, for roof repairs and limited demolition of a lean-to type shop addition at the Golden Gilpin Mill located at 7593 State Highway 119 in Black Hawk. According to the Gilpin County Assessor, the existing structure was built in 1932. The structure has not been included on the National Register of Historic Places, nor has it been designated by the City of Black Hawk as a Historic Landmark. It is also not within the National Historic District. The proposed demolition is limited to the shop area which was not part of the original construction. David Grimm, Larry James, and Mill manager Mike Meter all spoke in favor of the Resolution. Tom Feeney spoke somewhat in opposition of the Resolution siting traffic concerns on Hwy 119. Mayor Spellman assured Mr. Feeney that Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the City of Black Hawk will address any traffic concerns in the future as the mill ramps up operation. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 35-2019 unanimously.
Historic Preservation Appointments (Resolution 36-2019)
Resolution 36-2019, is a Resolution Reappointing Two (2) Regular Members to the City of Black Hawk Historic Preservation Commission. Members of the Historic Preservation Commission shall be residents of the City of Black Hawk and shall have such qualifications as the City Council deems necessary and desirable in the best interest of the City. To the extent possible, the Commission shall be composed of both professional and lay members and shall be selected from fields of history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, prehistoric or historic archaeology, planning or related disciplines such as the building trades, culture geography, cultural anthropology, real estate or law. Recognizing that professionals may not be available in some communities, this requirement can be waived if the local government makes a good faith effort to recruit professionals and demonstrates that it is capable of carrying out Commission responsibilities. The Commission shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the City Council. All members shall serve a four (4) year term unless a Commission member is filling an unexpired term, in which case the Commission member shall serve the remaining portion of the unexpired term. The City Council shall appoint a member to fill the unexpired term of the member whose place has become vacant. The Commission currently has two (2) commissioners with terms expiring August 1, 2019. The City of Black Hawk placed an advertisement in the Weekly Register-Call for the April 25, 2019 edition and the May 2, 2019 edition seeking residents to fill the upcoming vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commission. All interested candidates were instructed to submit a letter of interest including qualifications to the City of Black Hawk, Community Planning and Development Department, by May 13, 2019. Letters of Interest have been received from Curtis Linder and Larry Linker. Both are City of Black Hawk residents and currently serve on the Commission. Curtis Linder is the Vice Chairman and has served on the Commission since 2010. Larry Linker is a Commissioner and has served on the Commission since 2013. Both members are in good standing and Staff recommends their reappointment for another four (4) year term limit from August 1, 2019 to August 1, 2023. Black Hawk City Council voted to allow Mr. Linder and Mr. Linker to remain on the Black Hawk Historic Preservation Commission for another four years.
Removal and Disposal of Hazard Materials (Resolution 37-2019)
Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker presented Resolution 37-2019 which concerns Approving the Agreement to Remove and Dispose of Hazardous Materials from Property Located at 500 Chase Street with Weecycle Environmental Consulting in a Total Amount Not To Exceed $5,500. On May 31, 2018, Weecycle Environmental Consulting, Inc. submitted a Proposal for Services to Remove and Dispose of all the Hazardous Materials located at 500 Chase Street, prior to full demolition. The materials include but are not limited but not limited to four (4) 55-gallon drums of oil; miscellaneous batteries, numerous gas cans, refrigerants that include Acetylene, Argon, Oxygen, and twelve (12) Propane tanks, a variety of paint, lead car tire weights and numerous other miscellaneous items. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 37-2019 unanimously.
2018 Audit (Resolution 38-2019)
Black Hawk Finance Director Lance Hillis presented a Resolution Accepting City of Black Hawk 2018 Audit. 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. Black Hawk Aldermen were pleased with the Audit results and accepted the Audit unanimously.
Liquor Licensing Request
Black Hawk Alderman Approved a Local Liquor Licensing Authority Consideration of a Request for a New Hotel & Restaurant Liquor License for Isle of Capri Black Hawk, LLC dba Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk at 401 Main Street to Set the Boundaries of the Neighborhood and to Set a Date for the Public Hearing. The Isle of Capri Black Hawk, LLC dba Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk is requesting a Change of Class from their current Retail Gaming Tavern Liquor License to a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License in order to furnish and deliver complimentary alcohol beverages in sealed containers for the convenience of its guests, as per C.R.S. §44-3-413(4)(a), and to potentially conduct room service. The City Clerk’s office received a Change of Class application (processed as a new application) from the Isle Casino on May 24, 2019. They will surrender their Retail Gaming Tavern License once they receive their new Hotel and Restaurant License. The application was deemed complete on June 3, 2019. It is under concurrent review with the State. As per the Black Hawk Municipal Code, Section 6-61(a) states “The City Clerk shall place on the agenda of a City Council meeting the request for a new liquor license. The meeting shall be held not less than four (4) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the City Clerk has received the application. The date the completed application is received by the City Clerk shall be deemed the date of filing of the application.” Section 6-61(b) states “The City Council shall set the boundaries of the neighborhood and shall set a date for public hearing. The public hearing shall be held not less than thirty (30) days from the date of the City Council meeting in which the application was presented.” The next Council meeting to fall within this requirement would be July 24, 2019. A public notice will be posted and published in a later edition of the Weekly Register-Call.
City Manager’s Report
City Manager Stephen Cole reported an information item. Several weeks ago he, Mayor Spellman, and Public Works Director Tom Isbester, went around town and noted the conditions of some of the more dilapidated commercial buildings in the city. They established a need to get those buildings cleaned up to address any code or nuisance violations. The City has contracted with Baseline Engineering to inspect thirty nine commercial buildings to look for those violations and generate a report with photographs on those findings. Black Hawk will notify the owners of those buildings and has committed to work with those owners to rectify any issues that result from that report.
City Attorney Corey Hoffmann recommended Council recess to Executive Session to receive legal advice on specific legal questions. Black Hawk City Council moved to recess to Executive Session which followed.
The next Black Hawk City Council regular meeting will be conducted June 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.