Black Hawk welcomes new employees

Employee benefits increase for short and long-term disability

By Randy Beaudette

Newly hired Street Maintenance Workers Garrett Flesh, Eric Groves, Henry Ho, and Robert Shomler rang the bell promptly at 3:00 p.m. to announce the Black Hawk City Council regular meeting August 28, 2019 edition.  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 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, Acting Police Chief Kenneth Lloyd, City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Finance Director Lance Hillis, 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 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.

Introduction of New Employees

Four new Street Maintenance Workers were introduced to the Black Hawk City Council. They were Garrett Flesh, Eric Groves, Henry Ho, and Robert Shomler.

Garrett Flesh began working for the City on February 11th. So far, his experience here has been an adventure, the views are amazing and it’s much better than being indoors all day. Mr. Flesh has been married 2.5 years to his wife Amber and has a son named Trevor. In his free time he likes going to Rockies games with friends, traveling, and assembling complex Legos!

Eric Groves began working for the City on January 8th. His experience so far has been very good; everyone he has met and worked with has been friendly and helpful. Mr. Groves and his wife live in the area and in their free time they like to going to the gym, hiking, and snowshoeing.

Henry Ho began working for the City on January 9th. According to Mr. Ho, “Working here has been a good learning experience and I am enjoying the scenery a great deal. My bride and I have been married 23 years and we have four wonderful children.” He has lived in Colorado for 29 years and enjoys fishing, hiking, boating, camping, gardening, and snowboarding.

Robert Shomler started working for the City on June 10th. So far his experience has been great, and he’s enjoying learning all the aspects of the job. Mr. Shomler and his wife and moved here from Michigan about a year ago and are currently building a house on Dory Hill. Before coming to the City he worked as an auto technician at a Toyota dealership.

Approval of Minutes

Black Hawk Aldermen approved the meeting minutes form the August 14th, 2019 Regular Meeting.

Business Improvement District (BID) Operating Plan (Council Bill 18/ Ordinance 2019-18)

The Black Hawk Business Improvement District has filed the 2020 Operating Plan and Budget as required by Section 31- 25-1211. C.R.C. (“Operating Plan and Budget”) for Council consideration and approval. Black Hawk City Council approved CB18 unanimously.

Services Agreement (Resolution 56-2019)

Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 56-2019, which is a Resolution awarding the contract and authorizing the Mayor to execute the agreement for the removal of the Christmas decorations installed for the 2017/2018 season as well as the manufacture, refurbishment, installation, and maintenance of the decorations for the 2018/2019 season. This portion of the work is $25,297. Staff will begin to prepare program options for the 2018/2019 install based on feedback from City Council. About half of the garlands will need to be replaced due to weather exposure which accounts for a majority of the increase in budget for the year.

CIGNA Proposal (Resolution 57-2019)

The City’s benefits broker, IMA of Colorado approached CIGNA to inquire about updating the weekly benefit for Short Term Disability (STD) and the monthly benefit for Long Term Disability (LTD). The intent was to increase the maximum benefit for both STD and LTD for a more equitable benefit distributions for higher paid staff. CIGNA returned an offer to update coverages for their STD and LTD lines under the current contract previously approved on May 22, 2019 for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. The updated benefits would begin September 1, 2019 and have a 22-month rate guarantee. Based on current payroll, the estimated annual increase in premium will be $767 for Short-term and $571 for Long-term for a total annual increase of $1,338. Staff budgeted for a 10% increase at renewal for plan year July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021. CIGNA returned a rate pass on the 2019-2021 renewal without increase in benefits in the original proposal approved in May. Black Hawk City Aldermen approved Resolution 57-2019 unanimously.

City Attorney Report

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann reported an update on the opioid litigation that the City is participating in. Mr. Hoffmann informed the Aldermen that progress in that case is moving forward and soon all the municipalities that filed in that case will receive a letter about the status of this litigation. The City will find out more information in the near future According to Hoffmann, “Things are definitely heating up in this case.”

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council regular meeting will be conducted September 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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