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Council approves marketing, trail planning, and Belvidere Theatre funding

By David Josselyn

Work Session

Council met with Staff for a work session prior to the regular meeting. The topics of discussion were logistics of hospitality marijuana, a 15-minute loading zone in front of the new Mayor Willies Coffee and Doughnut House, and other miscellaneous outstanding work session topics including the current state of fire suppression systems in the City.

Regular Council Meeting

Mayor Fey convened the regular meeting at 7:04 pm in City Hall Council Chambers. Council members Jeff Aiken, Judy Laratta, Jack Hidahl, and Mayor Jeremy Fey were present. Alderwoman Johnson was absent. In attendance for Staff were City Attorney Marcus McAskin, Finance Director Abigail Robbins, City Manager Daniel Miera, Community Development Director Ray Rears, Public Works Director Sam Hoover, Utilities Director Jack Beard, Fire Chief Gary Allen, and County Sheriff Division Chief Tom Ihme. Director Robbins was standing in for City Clerk Reba Bechtel who was absent.

Mayor Fey led the Pledge of Allegiance and then asked for any amendments or additions to the evening’s agenda. A presentation by the Central City Fire Department was added to the agenda.

Mayor Fey asked if there were any conflicts of interest for any member of the council. There were no conflicts expressed.

Fire Department Presentation

Introduced by Chief Gary Allen, the fire department presented a 25-minute video compilation of training exercises and incidents from the 2019 year set to a variety of music. The time stamps on many of the pictures conveyed the reality of being available and ready to respond at all hours of the day and night. Central’s fire department not only responded to local incidents, but also assisted on several major incidents outside the county from wildland fires to vehicle fires. Thousands of volunteer hours were worked by the department.

Consent Agenda

The Mayor called for a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the minutes from the January 21 meeting and regular bill lists through January 24. Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. Alderman Hidahl asked about a payment to Deere and Ault Consulting for $38,422. Manger Miera responded that there were several delayed invoices from the company, and they were all paid at one time. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Fey opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to a topic on the night’s agenda. One person chose to address council.

Barbara Thielemann addressed council regarding Resolution 20-10 and the Belvidere Theatre. Thielemann spoke in favor of passage of the amendment referring to the potential use and possible revenue the building could bring.

Old Business

No old business was on the docket.

New Business

Council considered three new resolutions and one new ordinance for new business.

Tourism Boosting

Director Rears introduced Resolution 20-08 which would approve a services agreement with Slate Communications for marketing and communications services for the purpose of increasing tourism. The total cost of the project is $64,925 and the City received a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office in the amount of $25,000 for the project so the total cost to the City is $39,925. There were nine companies that submitted a proposal and after careful review and interview, Staff chose Slate Communications. The expense was included in the 2020 Budget.

Alderman Hidahl commented that the contract doesn’t seem to have any termination clause other than non-performance without definition of the term. Manager Miera responded that the City would be the determining factor for non-performance. Director Rears stated that the City does not pay a full amount up front, so they have some control over ensuring a project is finished. Attorney McAskin commented that he is assuming, and he will need to check with his office, that the terms of the contract must follow the terms of the grant which could have additional termination provisions.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve Resolution 20-08 and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The motion passed unanimously.

Trails Boosting

Director Rears introduced Resolution 20-09 which would award work associated with the Central City Trails Master Plan to Logan Simpson Design Inc with a not-to-exceed amount of $63,787. A grant agreement between the City and the state board of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund would reimburse $47,800 of the cost, so the cost to the City would be about $15,000. There were five companies that submitted proposals. The expense was included in the 2020 Budget.

Alderman Hidahl commented he supports connecting to the Black Hawk trails system and efforts to preserve the Central City tramway. However, he does not see the value on spending time on a trail plan heading out to the Chase Gulch Reservoir as it takes people out of town. Hidahl also commented that ‘retainage’ is a valuable tool and would like to see it in the City’s contracts. Council briefly discussed safety issues of having a lack of trails or sidewalks inside the City connecting to Black Hawk for pedestrians using the streets for travel.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve Resolution 20-09 and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The motion passed unanimously.

Funding the Belvidere

  Manager Miera introduced Resolution 20-10 which would memorialize the updated funding goals related to the restoration, maintenance, and continued operation of the Belvidere Theatre. The City would pledge $250,000 per year toward the project under this Resolution provided revenue shifts or other unforeseen issues do not take precedence. Both Alderman Aiken and Mayor Fey spoke in favor of continuing work on the Theatre. Alderwoman Laratta stated, “I can’t wait to get started and get the face of it painted!”

Alderman Aiken moved to approve Resolution 20-08 and was seconded by Alderman Hidahl. The motion passed unanimously

Stop Tearing Up Those “Stop Work” Orders

Director Rears introduced the first reading of Ordinance 20-01 which would amend the Municipal Code concerning the assessment of fines and penalties for unauthorized removal of Stop Work Orders or continued work after being served with a Stop Work Order. Rears referred to prior instances when the physical posting of the Stop Work Order mysteriously disappears, and construction work continues. The current code allows the City to issue a Stop Work Order when a property is in violation of building codes, but there were no fines attached if that Order was ignored, mutilated, or removed. This Ordinance would set a maximum penalty of $2,650 per day of violation in the case of a court trial, or stepped fines (beginning with a warning) of $150, $500, and $999 per day issued administratively by the City for successive violations.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 20-01 and set the second reading and public forum for Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The motion passed unanimously.

Staff Reports

Manager Miera reported that they met with Black Hawk to inform the city there is a proposed annexation from a 1999 Growth IGA that includes area along Lake Gulch Road which connects to Miners Mesa Road in Black Hawk.

Council Comments

Alderman Aiken commented that the fire department presentation “was really well done and we all appreciate everything” the fire department does. They do not get enough credit.

Mayor Fey echoed Aiken’s sentiments regarding the fire department. He then thanked Staff for their work on recent work sessions.

Public Forum

Mayor Fey 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.

Mark your calendars

Mayor Fey adjourned the regular meeting at 8:26 pm. The next regular Council Meeting will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

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