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Council to hatch new businesses in the Visitor’s Center

By David Josselyn

Regular Council Meeting

Mayor Fey convened the regular meeting of the Central City Council at 7:10 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. Council members; Mayor Jeremy Fey, Mayor pro-Tempore Judy Laratta, Jeff Aiken, and Jack Hidahl were present. Alderwoman Jackie Johnson was not in attendance. In attendance for Staff were City Clerk Reba Bechtel, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, City Manager Daniel Miera, Community Development Director Ray Rears, Finance Director Abigail Robbins, Utilities Director Jason Nelson, and County Sheriff Division Chief Tom Ihme.

Mayor Fey 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.

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

Consent Agenda

The Mayor called for a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the minutes from the July 2 meeting and regular bill lists through June 25. Alderman Aiken moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. 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. No one chose to speak to the Council at that time.

Audit Results

Finance Director Robbins reviewed the results of the 2018 Audit of the City’s financials. Jim Hinkle of Hinkle & Company LLC reported the City’s financial position has improved significantly in the past four years; there were no material weakness or significant deficiencies in the report.

Alderwoman Laratta moved to accept the 2018 Audited Financial Statements and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The motion passed unanimously.

A Promise of Future Success

The Council considered a request from Rachel Schmalz for the Promise Program for the 2019/20 school year. This will be Rachel’s third year at Hastings College in Nebraska majoring in Political Science and History. Rachel is achieving academic success making it on the Dean’s List and was inducted to Pi Sigma Alpha, a National Political Science Honorary.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve the request for the Promise Program and was seconded by Alderman Hidahl. The motion passed unanimously.

Recreate the Future

Director Rears introduced Resolution 19-17 which approves the proposed Comprehensive Plan and Strategic Plan and supports the City’s Colorado Parks and Wildlife Colorado The Beautiful grant application for the Trails Master Plan. The Comprehensive Plan changes outlines three goals: to capitalize on heritage and cultural assets to attract visitors and enrich the visitor experience; to make targeted investments in outdoor recreations; and to expand outdoor recreation opportunities. The Strategic Plan address changes to infrastructure to support recreation.

Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve Resolution 19-17 and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Stretching Street Repair

Director Hoover introduced Resolution 19-18 which would approve a change order for the Central City Spring Street Rehabilitation project. The change order, which has been approved by the City Engineer, would have the contractor add a two-inch mill and overlay to Lawrence Street from Spring Street to D Street. The funding for the change is in the 2019 Budget and would leave $28,000 in the budget line item for other transportation projects.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve Resolution 19-18 and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Hatching Business in the Visitors Center

Director Rears introduced Resolution 19-19 which would authorize the City Manager to enter into License Agreements with a new business to utilize a portion of the Visitors Center as a start-up incubator. New businesses would be required to pay a deposit of $2,000 and can remain in the Visitors Center for a maximum of 15 months. The City would collect four percent of administrative and maintenance costs during that time. Historically, the Gilpin Arts Association has utilized the space as a secondary year-round gallery, but they gave up the use of that space in 2018 to focus on their main gallery at Washington Hall.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve Resolution 19-19 and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Cooperative Election

City Clerk Bechtel introduced Resolution 19-20 which would call for a special election to be held as a coordinated election and delegate authority to the Mayor to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Gilpin County and the City of Central regarding the conduct of the Tuesday, November 5, 2019 coordinated election. The Special Election will ask City voters whether sports betting shall be authorized within designated portions of the City and will be held concurrently with the statewide election on the same day.

Alderman Aiken moved to approved Resolution 19-20 and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Staff Reports

  Manager Miera reported that the scope of work for the Hometown Colorado University of Colorado Denver program has changed to the Masonic Lodge.

Council Comments

Alderman Aiken publicly thanked Finance Director Robbins for her work on the audit.

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 at that time.

Mark your Calendars

Mayor Fey adjourned the meeting at 8:26 p.m. The next regular Council Meeting has been cancelled, and so the next meeting will be Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

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