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Council approves demolition of two non-historic structures

By Randy Beaudette

Newly hired Black Hawk Communications Officer Kylie Vigil and New Police Officer Kevin Sagar rang the bell promptly at 3:00 p.m. to announce the Black Hawk City Council regular meeting August 14, 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: 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, 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 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

Kylie Vigil began her career with the Black Hawk Police Department as a Communication Officer on April 22, 2019. She was born in Denver, grew up in Lakewood and is currently on the move back to Green Mountain where she attended high school. Kylie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Biology at the University of Colorado. Her original plan was to go Pre-Med, but, over time discovered her passion for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. Prior to her position with the City of Black Hawk she was a Correctional Officer at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility where she says she certainly had her work cut out for her. Kylie is grateful for her new opportunity and hopes to continue learning and growing as a law enforcement professional. On her time off Kylie enjoys hiking and social gatherings with loved ones. Checked off on her bucket list was riding a floatplane over Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, and zip lining through the rainforests of Costa Rica. In the future she wants to sky dive in parts of the world she hasn’t explored yet.

Officer Kevin Sagar started as a Police Officer with the City of Black in June of 2019. He works patrol from the 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift. He has never worked in a mountain community and is enjoying the view and the atmosphere. The Police Department has a good group of employees that he is proud to work with. Officer Sagar was born in Washington DC. His family moved to Colorado when he was four years old. He graduated from Littleton High School and attended CSU and Red Rocks Community College. Kevin met his wife in jail (no she was not an inmate) and has been happily married for twenty years. He and his wife live in the metro area with their two sons. Officer Sagar has been in Law Enforcement for 25 years. His career started at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and Detention Specialist in the jail. He then moved over to the Westminster Police Department as an officer where he remained for 11 years. Looking for a change, he then was hired on with the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office for the Jefferson and Gilpin Counties as a Criminal Investigator. After 10 years with the DA’s office, it was time to make a return to what he had missed most about law enforcement; wearing a uniform and helping the community. Some of his favorite activities and hobbies are spending time with his family, going to all his kid’s activities, shooting, off-roading and anything and everything to do with aviation, golf, and travel.

Approval of Minutes

Black Hawk Aldermen approved the meeting minutes form the July 24, 2019 Regular Meeting and the July 24, 2019 Black Hawk Urban Renewal Authority.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Retail Marijuana Amendment (Council Bill 16)

Black Hawk City Council also approved a Bill for an Ordinance Amending Article XVIII of Chapter 6 of the Black Hawk Municipal Code Regarding Retail Marijuana Establishments as presented by Corey Hoffmann. The amendment will change the quantity of  one (1) ounce of retail marijuana or its equivalent in retail marijuana concentrate or retail marijuana products to persons twenty-one (21) years of age or older during a single sales transaction. Whereas the previous version stated that one ounce may be sold to Colorado residents only. The Green Solutions Group representative Abby Borchers spoke in support of CB 16 prior to the approval of the amendment.

Ballot Questions (Council Bill 17)

City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner presented Council Bill 17 which is an Ordinance Setting Ballot Questions for a November 5, 2019 Special Election to be Conducted as an Independent Polling Place Election pursuant to the Colorado Municipal Election Code. The City desires to conduct a special election on November 5, 2019, so that City voters may consider two ballot questions. Ballot Question No. 1 is requesting an increase of up to $200 to the General Device Tax to fund the rehabilitation of existing homes and to fund resort destination development opportunities throughout the City. Ballot Question No. 2 is seeking approval for the City of Black Hawk to allow Sports Betting within the City consistent with the provisions of C.R.S. § 44-30-1505(5)(d) of House Bill 19- 1327, provided that Sports Betting is also concurrently authorized at the Statewide Election submitted pursuant to C.R.S. § 44-30-1514. Black Hawk City Council approved CB 17 unanimously.

Comprehensive Sign Plan (Resolution 50-2019)

Vince Harris from Baseline Engineering presented the Resolution conditionally approving a Certificate of Architectural Compatibility for an Amendment to the Comprehensive Sign Plan for the Isle of Capri/ Eldorado Casino. The City of Black Hawk has received an application from Yesco Signs (applicant) requesting an amendment to an existing Certificate of Appropriateness for the Comprehensive Sign Plan for the Isle Casino. The application outlines a proposed amendment to a previously approved Comprehensive Sign Plan for the Isle property located at 401 Main Street. The previous COA for the approved CSP was passed on June 25, 2014 by Resolution No. 45-2014. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 50-2019 unanimously.

ACTION ITEMS:

Demolition Agreement (Resolution 51-2019)

Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker presented Resolution 51-2019 which is a Resolution Approving the Agreement for the Complete Demolition of 500 Chase Street and 531 Chase Street with Grapes & Sons Excavation in a Total Amount Not to Exceed $54,400. The City originally requested Weecycle Environmental to manage the demolition project and secure a demolition contractor. Bids were received from three contractors: 1) Excel Environmental, Inc. – $83,699, 2) Mustard Seed Construction – $86,080, and 3) Earth Services & Abatement – $204,657. After reviewing the bids, the City solicited a separate proposal from Grapes & Sons Excavation – $54,400. Because the Weecycle bids were on the higher end of the spectrum, the City has elected to bring the Grapes & Sons Excavating contract before City Council for consideration. Since the City is not recommending a Weecycle bidder, Weecycle will not perform the services of Project Manager as originally recommended. City staff will instead assume that responsibility. Since the Grapes & Sons Excavating proposal offers substantial savings, after Black Aldermen approved this Resolution, the Notice to Proceed will be issued August 19, 2019.

Veteran Monument at Dory Hill Cemetery (Resolution 52-2019)

Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution 52-2019 which is a Resolution Amending Resolution 100-2014 to Reflect the Placement of a Granite Monument as the Veteran’s Memorial Plaque at Dory Hill Cemetery as presented by Black Hawk City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner. As experienced rock masons are scarce in the Denver metro area after the retirement of the City’s primary contractor, and to avoid further delays in erecting the approved monument, City staff considered alternative monument types. The best fit for the native landscape of Dory Hill Cemetery was a natural stone granite monument with a polished face for the inscription. The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was pleased with the alternate choice, and the ladies hosted a dedication ceremony in honor of Memorial Day on May 24, 2019.

Open Records Fees Resolution 53-2019

Black Hawk City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner also presented the Resolution Setting Forth the Fees that May Be Charged for Open Records Requests Under the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. § 24-72- 200.1, et seq. Pursuant to Section 24-72-205(6)(b), C.R.S., the maximum hourly fee for the research and retrieval of public documents in response to a Colorado Open Records Act request will increase from $30 to $33.58 as of July 1, 2019.

Subdivision Site Improvements

Black Hawk City Attorney Corey Hoffmann presented Resolution 54-2019 which is a Resolution Approving the First Amendment to Subdivision/ Site Improvement Agreement Between the City of Black Hawk, Colorado and the Lodge Casino, LLC. The Subdivision/ Site Improvement Agreement between the City of Black Hawk and The Lodge Casino, LLC was approved on June 21, 2017. Resolution 28-2017. The City and The Lodge desire to amend the Agreement as outlined in this First Amendment.

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann also presented Resolution 55-2019 which is a Resolution Approving the Fifth Amendment to Subdivision/ Site Improvement Agreement Between the City of Black Hawk, Colorado and JIJE, LLC. The Subdivision/ Site Improvement Agreement between the City of Black Hawk and JIJE, LLC was approved on December 13, 2017 on Resolution 69-2017. Subsequent amendments have occurred as follows:

  • First Amendment approved on January 24, 2018 on Resolution 2-2018
  • Second Amendment approved on February 14, 2018 on Resolution 17-2018
  • Third Amendment approved on August 22, 2018 on Resolution 52-2018
  • Fourth Amendment effective November 1, 2018 approved on Resolution 72-2018 on December 12, 2018. The City and JIJE, LLC have agreed to further amend the Agreement as outlined in this Fifth Amendment.

City Attorney Report

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann recommends Council recess to Executive Session to receive legal advice on upcoming Legislation.  Black Hawk City Council moved to recess to Executive Session which followed.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council regular meeting will be conducted August 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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