Black Hawk Council approves sale of industrial hemp
By Randy Beaudette
Highlights of the October 28, 2020 Black Hawk City Council Regular online meeting included a Council Bill that will allow the sale of industrial hemp and a Resolution awarding the design contract for the Miners Mesa sanitary sewer and waterline project.
Mayor Spellman called the Council to order promptly at 3:00 pm followed by Roll Call and an online Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call revealed Council members that were present online included Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates, and Benito Torres. Also present online were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Stephen Cole, City Clerk/ Admin Services Director Melissa Greiner, and Deputy City Clerk Michele Martin.
City Attorney Hoffmann asked Council to declare any Conflicts of Interest on any issue appearing on the agenda other that than those already disclosed and filed with the City Clerk and Secretary of State. There were no objections from the City Council or from anyone online.
Approval of Minutes
Black Hawk City Council approved the meeting minutes from the October 14, 2020 Regular Meeting with no corrections or amendments.
Sale of Industrial Hemp Products (Council Bill 29/Ordinance 2020-29)
Mayor Spellman introduced Council Bill (CB) 29, which is an Ordinance Amending Chapter 6, Article XVIII, of the Black Hawk Municipal Code to Allow for the Sale of Industrial Hemp Products by Licensed Retail Marijuana Stores.
The Colorado Constitution (generally referred to as “Amendment 64”), the State of Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana and the Constitution specifically excludes industrial hemp from the definition of “marijuana” and finds and declares “that industrial hemp should be regulated separately from strains of cannabis with higher delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (the “CDPHE”) permits registered persons in the State of Colorado to carry out the processing, sale, and distribution of industrial hemp-based products and declares medical marijuana stores and retail marijuana stores may sell industrial hemp products. Black Hawk City Council approved CB 29 unanimously.
Miners Mesa Sanitary Sewer and Waterline Project (Resolution 67-2020)
Mayor Spellman also introduced Resolution 67-2020 awarding the design contract for the Miners Mesa Sanitary Sewer and Waterline project to Baseline Engineering, Planning, & Surveying in an amount not to exceed $63,274.
Proposed Development on the property known as Miners Mesa Park includes an RV park, a boutique distillery, and hopefully additional distilleries. The property has recently received a special use permit to allow the RV park. To facilitate the development of this area, a sanitary sewer needs to be designed. Staff looked at numerous initial designs and alternatives and have determined that a route down Miners Mesa Road seems to be the most feasible. Soil borings have been completed confirming the locations of bedrock. The sanitary sewer will be designed to connect at Bobtail/ Miners Mesa Road intersection and extend all the way up the mesa and across the mesa to a point near the proposed roundabout at the west end. Waterlines will be designed to run from Bobtail/ Miners Mesa Road intersection to a point in the Rimrock parking lot, as well as a loop on the mesa connecting in front of the EOC. Waterlines will follow the Miners Mesa Road across the mesa to a point of connection to an existing line on the west end of the mesa. Baseline Engineering is already designing the roadway improvements and it makes logistical and practical sense to have them complete the design for these utilities which will ultimately provide a single biddable package by the end of the year with the intent of beginning construction first or second quarter 2021. Black Hawk Council Approved Resolution unanimously.
The next Black Hawk City Council regular meeting will be held on November 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm online. For more information visit www.cityofblackhawk.org.