Canyon Casino to receive new historic signage

City Council Meeting Short and Sweet

By Jaclyn Schrock

The old church bell rang at 3 pm from 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, CO rung by JJ Garcia, General Manager of the Lodge Casino to launch the first Black Hawk City Council meeting of 2018, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Roll Call confirmed the presence of Mayor David Spellman, and Aldermen and women: Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates, and Benito Torres. Also seated at the Council table were City Manager Jack Lewis, City Attorney Corey Hoffman, and Deputy City Clerk Michelle Martin, who called roll and documents the minutes for the meeting. All stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.

There were no agenda changes, conflicts of interest, or public comments. The minutes of the December 13, 2017 meeting were approved with no changes.


Resolution 1-2018

A Resolution Conditionally Approving a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Comprehensive Sign Plan Amendment for the Canyon Casino This first resolution was presented by Black Hawk’s consultant from Baseline Engineering, Harris Clarification regarding plans to remove old signs and details of the new signs were added by JJ Garcia. It was very apparent from the Council discussion and comments that the plans presented to remove all the brackets and signage from the closed Canyon Casino, which was not actually appropriate to 2014 expectations and the plan for the new signage was very well received.

Some new signs which are not internally illuminated are actually window decals each portraying what could have been a reflection off glass windows in 1890s. They present historic black and white images from Black Hawk. The new sign designs are highly desired to be represented in the historic mining community, while other casinos may use shadow boxes in the windows or curtains to bring the historical representation, the Canyon Casino has outdone others to bring history alongside today’s reality.

There was discussion about the removal of the old Canyon Casino sign on top of the old building, and the replacement of that sign with the City of Black Hawk logo. Mayor Spellman liked the logo, so a unanimous vote awarded this proposal with the certificate of appropriateness.

Resolution 2-2018

  A Resolution Conditionally Approving a Certificate of Appropriateness for Construction and Site Development Plan for the Canyon Parking Garage and Lot. This proposal began the last meeting in December and was given a continuance (since their proposals did not meet requirements. The contractors were not in attendance of this meeting since they requested to present new proposals at next meeting, January 24. This meeting, the Council granted a Continuance for Resolutions 2-2018.

Resolution 3-2018

A Resolution Conditionally Approving Variances to Zoning Standards for Canyon Parking Garage and Lot. Since the variance had been discussed along with the plans proposed in Resolution 2-2018 at the December 13, 2017 meeting and cannot be approved without the revisions to their plans, the Council granted a Continuance for Resolution 3-2018, also.


Resolution 4-2018

A Resolution Approving the Service Agreements for Vehicle Towing Services was quickly agreed upon when presented by Black Hawk Police Chief Stephen Cole. He explained that the contract to have City-owned vehicles and police tows has only been changed to allow for an annual automatic renewal, unless a particular contractor has failed to meet obligations. This contract year is from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2108. The previous contract had been with three towing companies: Black Hawk Towing, Help Towing, and D&J Towing. The 2018 includes those companies and adds Scorpion Towing and Recovery of Evergreen to the towing companies called on a rotating basis. Resolution 4-2018 passed unanimously.

Resolution 5-2018

A Resolution Establishing a Designated Public Place for Posting of Meeting Notices as required by the Colorado Open Meetings Law. City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Mellissa Greiner explained to the Council where the four locations would be to post meeting notifications no less than 24 hours before the meeting. Two locations are at City Hall, one will be outside the Council Chambers door, and the fourth location will be at the Black Hawk Post Office. Resolution 5-2018 passed unanimously.

City and Legal News

City Manager Jack Lewis had no news to report to the Council. City Attorney Corey Huffman surprised the Council to have no news or updates to report. Another surprise – there was no executive session needed for this meeting.

The Black Hawk City Council meeting was adjourned at 3:10 pm.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be 3 pm Wednesday, January 24th at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, CO.

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