Central City welcomes new Council member

Alderwoman Mary Bell Sworn In

By David Josselyn

Work Session

The Central City Council met with Staff for a work session at 6:01 p.m. prior to the regular council meeting. The topic of conversation was Council Rules of Procedure and hosted by City Attorney Marcus McAskin. Attorney McAskin stated he believes it a good idea to review the rules and procedures every so often and with the addition of a new council member, this would be a good time. The City has never adopted set rules and procedures, although they verbally state they are following Robert’s Rules of Order. Marcus is proposing using Rosenberg’s Rules of Order in an official capacity instead. Robert’s Rules of Order is an exhaustive volume outlining parliamentary procedure that was developed in 1876 for a different age. Although there have been many revisions even to this decade, the complexity of the Rules makes it awkward for small groups or municipalities to follow. Rosenberg’s Rules of Order was developed by Dave Rosenberg, a current Superior Court Judge in Yolo County, California, as a simpler procedure that is both easier to understand and more efficient for small organizations.

Regular Council Meeting

The Central City Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 18, convened at 7:14 p.m. in the Gilpin County Courthouse. Council members; Jeff Aiken, Judy Laratta, Shirley Voorhies, and Mayor Kathy Heider were present. Council-elect Mary Bell also attended the meeting. In attendance for Staff were City Clerk Reba Bechtel, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, Finance Director Abigail Adame, City Manager Daniel Miera, 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 April 4 meeting and regular bill lists through April 12. Alderwoman Voorhies moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The motion passed unanimously.

And the Council is Complete

Mayor Heider welcomed Alderwoman-elect Mary Bell and Judge David Gloss to the meeting. Judge Gloss led the swearing-in ceremony and Alderwoman Bell proudly took her seat at the council table to the applause of those in attendance.

Public Forum

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

Parkway Access Petitions for Inclusion in the City

Manager Miera and Attorney McAskin reviewed the second reading of Ordinance 17-03 which would amend certain provisions of the Municipal Code regarding Central City Parkway access. The current Code contains language that implies the City is required to annex all property with access to the Parkway into the City boundaries. The questions of annexing the property is legislative in nature and the property owner should have to petition the City for inclusion. The amended language clarifies this point to read that the property owner must petition for inclusion prior to construction of any access improvements located in Gilpin County boundaries off the Parkway. The Council may then grant or deny inclusion based on the best interests of the City.

Mayor Heider opened the public forum for the second reading of Ordinance 17-03. Property owner Pam Deck chose to address the Council. Ms. Deck urged the council to support this Ordinance based on the importance of cleaning up language in the Code for clarity and efficiency.

Alderwoman Voorhies moved to approve the second reading of Ordinance 17-03 and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta and Alderwoman Bell simultaneously. Alderwoman Laratta commented that “It is about time we cleaned up some of this” language. The Ordinance passed unanimously.

Joining an Enterprise Zone

Manager Miera, on behalf of Director Rears who was absent, introduced Resolution 17-14 which would approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) regarding inclusion in the Northwest Enterprise Zone. An Enterprise Zone encourages private-sector business activity in areas of economic distress through State tax incentives. Some benefits are new employee hiring bonuses, health insurance credits, vacant building rehabilitation credits, and research and development credits. The annual cost to the City for joining the Northwest Enterprise Zone would be $2,000. Director Rears will be approaching the County Commissioners about splitting the cost of the annual fee. Much of unincorporated Gilpin County has been approved for inclusion in the Northwest Enterprise Zone.

Alderwoman Voorhies moved to approve Resolution 17-14 and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. Alderwoman Voorhies commented that “Ray worked hard to get this” and publicly thanked Director Rears. Mayor Heider thanked the work done on this by Manager Miera and Director Rears both. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Draining the Toe

Manager Miera, on behalf of Director Nelson who was absent, introduced Resolution 17-15 which would authorize the Mayor to execute a construction contract with MCMS, Inc. for the Chase Gulch Dam and Reservoir Toe Drain project. There are drains at the ‘toe’ of the dam that seep water circumventing the spillway. The project installs pumps to reroute that water back to the spillway. This is a necessary improvement for the stability of the dam.

Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve Resolution 17-15 and was seconded by Alderwoman Voorhies. Alderwoman Voorhies commented that there is a reference to Mayor Engels, the former Mayor of Central City and now Commissioner for District 1 of Gilpin County. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Staff Reports

Council had no questions or comments for staff from their reports.

Council Comments

Alderwoman Voorhies commented that USA Communications appears to be switching local Channel 20 to Channel 13.

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.

Mark your calendars

Mayor Heider adjourned the regular meeting at 7:43 p.m. The next regular Council Meeting will be Tuesday, May 2, 2017. This meeting will be held back in the council chambers of City Hall instead of the old Courthouse used temporarily while City Hall was being repaired.

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