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Kudos to the PWD at Central City Council meeting

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Many thanks directed toward Kisselmen and crew

By David Josselyn

Call to Order

  The Central City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Ron Engels at 7:14pm on Tuesday, May 21st. All council members were present along with City Manager Alan Lanning, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, and other staff.

Attempt to Recuse

  When the Mayor asked if any council member had a conflict of interest on any items in the agenda, Alderman Glo Gaines volunteered her involvement on two items in the Historical Preservation Commission (HPC) packet.  Mayor Engels stated that Alderman Gaines has no personal financial gain from what is being decided, and then queried the council on the conflict. All other members agreed that Alderman Gaines had no conflict and so did not ask her to recuse herself during the HPC portion of the meeting.

Consent Agenda

  The consent agenda included the regular bills lists and the prior council meeting minutes. Alderman Gaines moved to approve the agenda and was seconded by Alderman Spain. The motion passed unanimously.

New Alternate for the HPC

  Mayor Ron Engels was “delighted” to appoint Richard Willett as the alternate on the HPC. Willett is a long-time resident of Gilpin County, having moved here pre-gaming and living continuously in Central City for 14 years. A letter to the council outlined Willett’s love for the area, describing his childhood years camping and hiking in Gilpin County. Alderman Spain moved to ratify the appointment of Richard Willett and was seconded by Alderman Voorhies. The motion passed unanimously.

Juggling the Funding

  City Manager Lanning introduced a request to approve the HPC Grants for 2013. The City received 31 applications for grants with a limited budget. Of those applications, five were classified as significant requiring higher funding. Not all grants were funded and not all funded grants were funded fully. Mayor Engels questioned the partial awards asking if we have a contingency plan if someone comes back saying they cannot get the work done with the funding received. Lanning replied that in most cases of partial funding, structural items were funded, but cosmetic items such as paint, were not. This satisfied the mayor and in return, he complemented the city staff on their work restructuring the grant process. Mayor Engels stated that we’ve come from “gimme some money” to some well though-out plans in the applications. This prompted Alderman Kathy Heider  to complement the work done by the staff and the information they were able to give as to why certain items, like water lines, fell under the historic preservation banner. She added that her only complaint was that some of the house numbers were hard to find and/or read. Lanning said that issue is something they will be tackling down the road. A motion to approve the request was made by Alderman Spain and seconded by Alderman Heider. The motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance Quickly Tabled

Alderman Voorhies moved to table Ordinance number 13-07 until the next council meeting. Ordinance 13-07 would repeal and replace Chapter 15 of the Municipal Code in its entirety; adopting annexation and disconnection policies. There was disagreement among the council as to what parts should be changed and what parts should be deleted. The motion was seconded by Alderman Gaines and passed unanimously.

Staff Updates and Council Comments

  Alderman Glo Gaines commended the Public Works Department in working with Gilpin County Arts to get the new gallery above the visitor’s center up and running. She attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and has since been back noting the absence of many paintings indicating many were sold. The Washington Hall Gallery will open June 8th.

  Alderman Bob Spain mentioned to Operations Manager Kent Kisselman and his crew that the new city monument sign “looks awesome.”

  Alderman Kathy Heider commended Shawn Griffith for running around answering questions about our spring runoff.

  Alderman Shirley Voorhies complemented Central City’s first responders saying, “if you’re going to be in an emergency situation, Central City is the place to do it.”  Voorhies was referring to a medical emergency incident at the post office in which there was a police car, fire truck and ambulance within three minutes of calling 911.

  Alderman Glo Gaines expressed thanks for the new sign and then added that she wants to discuss parking around fire hydrants in a future work session.

Public Praise

  Harv Mastalir, president of the Gilpin County Arts Association stepped up to the microphone to express gratitude with the council.  Mastalir said thank you for all your support and that we had a wild weekend selling lots of art.  “I have never worked with a city before and was somewhat jaded” from other stories, but found the City of Central great to work with and it was a pleasant experience.

Heads Up

  The next Central City Council Meeting is on Tuesday, June 4th.

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