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Central City adopts budget for 2018

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I-70 at Floyd Hill curve improvements coming

By David Josselyn

Work Session

The Central City Council met with Staff on December 5, 2017 for the final budget work session prior to the regular council meeting. The Council was also presented with color and design options for the new “bubble” building that will be erected by the sand shed off the entrance ramp from Virginia Canyon Road to the Central City Parkway. This building will house the fire department vehicles being relocated from the Apex building.

Regular Council Meeting

The Central City Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, December 5, convened at 7:11 pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Council members; Jeff Aiken, Mary Bell, Judy Laratta, Shirley Voorhies, and Mayor Kathy Heider were present. In attendance for Staff were City Clerk Reba Bechtel, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, Finance Director Abigail Robbins, City Manager Daniel Miera, Community Development Director Ray Rears, Public Works Director Sam Hoover, Fire Chief Gary Allen, and County Sheriff Captain Tom Ihme.

Mayor Heider led the Pledge of Allegiance and then asked for any amendments or additions to the evening’s agenda. There were no additions or amendments to the agenda.

Consent Agenda

The Mayor called for a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the minutes from the November 21 meeting and regular bill lists through November 28. Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Heider opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to a topic on that night’s agenda. No one chose to speak to the Council at that time.

2018 Budget Adopted

Manager Miera introduced Resolution 17-30 which would adopt the 2018 Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, set the Property Tax Mill Levy, and approve the Central City Business Improvement District 2018 Operating Plan and Budget. The bottom line shows a positive balance with about a six percent increase over 2017 and all accounts are funded. A balanced budget. For details, the final budget will be posted on the Central City website.

Mayor Heider opened a public hearing for the Budget and no one chose to address the Council.

Alderwoman Voorhies moved to approved Resolution 17-30 with a change to allow staff to amend the Mill Levy which has not yet been certified due to the final assessed value from the County which has not been received, and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. Any change would not alter the Mill Levy itself, but add a possible abatement due to the final assessment by the County.

Mayor Heider commented that this is fifth budget season she has been through and, “It is so different from year one when we were taking out loans just to start the year.”

The Resolution passed unanimously. The people in the audience applauded their approval.

Staff Reports

  Manager Miera updated the Council on the I-70 improvements proposed for Floyd Hill. City Staff is in discussions with CDOT and will continue to be in discussions during the design and planning phase which should be complete by the year 2020. The current plans are to straighten and widen westbound I-70 extending the lanes on an elevated portion to ultimately decrease the angle of the curve at the bottom of the hill. The project will include improvements to the westbound Exit 243 interchange (Central City Parkway).

Manager Miera also reported to the Council that the State Auditor has concluded their report on a Performance Audit spanning three years for all gaming towns. Central City did not have any recommendations or findings; in other words, a clean audit.

Council Comments

Alderwoman Voorhies stated that the Tommyknocker event was “a huge success” this last weekend. She said, “Big Thank-You’s to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s and Public Works Department. It was a wonderful, wonderful event!”

Alderwoman Laratta commented that Main Street, “Looks like a postcard for Christmas; all we need is some snow.”

Alderwoman Voorhies then stated that the Community is invited to next regular meeting on December 19 for appreciation and goodies.

Public Forum

Mayor Heider opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to the Council on any items not on the agenda. No one chose to address the Council at that time.

Mark your calendars

The Council adjourned the regular meeting at 7:45 pm. The next regular Council Meeting, complete with refreshments for the community, will be Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

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