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Council Business

By David Josselyn

Mayor Fey convened the regular meeting at 7:06 pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in City Hall Council Chambers. Council members Jeff Aiken, Judy Laratta, Jackie Johnson, Jack Hidahl, and Mayor Jeremy Fey 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, Utilities Director Jack Beard, Fire Chief Gary Allen, 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. An additional item was added to the Executive Session following the meeting.

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 February 18 meeting and regular bill lists through February 21. Alderwoman Johnson inquired about an expense of $820 to Allied Towing for “Towing of Snowplow.” Director Hoover responded that during a recent snowstorm, one of their vehicles got stuck on East 3rd High Street and had to be towed. Mayor Fey asked about a $440 expense for “service awards” charged to the City’s credit card. Chief Allen responded that was for the fire department awards. Alderwoman Laratta moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Fey opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to a topic on that night’s agenda. No one chose to address council.

Old Business

No old business was on the docket.

New Business

The Council considered approval on one Ordinance and one council appointment.

Suppressing Fires

Director Beard introduced the first reading of Ordinance 20-03 which would amend the Municipal Code concerning fees and maintenance for fire suppression lines. The change would adopt a flat monthly service fee of $50 replacing tiered fees for varying sized lines of $10 to $20 with additional $30 to $60 capital improvement fees tacked on; it also allocates responsibility for maintenance of the fire suppression lines to the property owners.

Alderwoman Johnson moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 20-03 and set the public forum and second reading for Tuesday, March 17, and was seconded by Alderman Aiken. The motion passed unanimously.

Getting a Piece of that PIE

Council considered an appointment to the Partners in Energy (PiE) Workshop through Xcel Energy. The program is offered free to communities in Colorado and helps to shape energy goals.

Alderwoman Johnson volunteered for the appointment. Alderman Aiken moved to approve Alderwoman Johnson as the appointee 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 the council on any items not on the agenda.

Resident Jack VanSohn encouraged council to move forward with an Economic Commission to help the City gain momentum.

Bill Porter, a CPA representing the Central City Parkway bondholders, informed council that the bond holders are ready to support the City of Black Hawk in development plans along Lake Gulch Road.

Executive Session

Council moved to enter Executive Session at 8:53 pm to instruct negotiators regarding potential acquisition of real property by the City and amendments to the 1999 IGA.

Next Meeting

The next regular Council Meeting will be Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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