New Transportation Enterprise for Central City

Council approves Central City Transportation Enterprise and Fund

By David Josselyn

The Central City Council and City Staff met for a regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm. All council members were present. Also in attendance for Staff were City Clerk Reba Bechtel, Finance Director Abigail Adame, City Manager Daniel Miera, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, Fire Chief Gary Allen, and Police Chief Terry Krelle.

Consent Agenda

The Mayor called for a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the regular bill lists of May 7 and 14; and the City Council minutes of May 5. Alderman Gloria Gaines moved to approve the consent agenda and was seconded by Alderman Kathy Heider. The approval of the consent agenda passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Engels 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 at this time.

One topic, one ordinance, and one resolution

City Attorney Marcus McAskin introduced Resolution 15-11 and Ordinance 15-04 for the Council.

The Resolution would establish the Central City Transportation Enterprise (CCTE) and authorize the establishment of the Central City Transportation Enterprise Fund. The CCTE would have the authority to collect transportation fees, issue bonds, incur debt payable, contract with other governmental and nongovernmental authorities, and to enter into public-private partnerships.

The Ordinance will amend the City Code concerning the transportation portion of the Gaming Device Fee and clarify that such fee is imposed and collected by the Central City Transportation Enterprise.

Attorney McAskin emphasized that the ordinance and resolution will not create any new or different fees, but merely separates the transportation enterprise fund from monies outside of the transportation device fees. The city shuttle service can operate outside this fund using revenue in the General Fund.

Alderman Heider moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 15-04 and was seconded by Alderman Shirley Voorhies. The motion passed unanimously. The second reading and public hearing will be on Tuesday, June 2.

Alderman Gaines moved to approve Resolution 15-11 and was seconded by Alderman Judy Laratta. The resolution passed unanimously.

Staff Updates and Council Comments

Alderman Heider inquired if the City has hired a new Public Works Director. City Manager Daniel Miera responded that Sam Hoover, formerly the Public Works Director for Commerce City, has accepted the job offer and will start June 1.

Alderman Voorhies requested an update on the Knights of Pythias building renovation. Manager Miera replied that the City has received a letter from the property owners stating they will move forward with the contractor to get the work scheduled.

Alderman Heider asked about repairs on Main Street. Manager Miera responded that Public Works has identified the three worst areas of concern and have completed temporary fixes. Lights have also gone up along the street.

Mayor Engels read a recent article published in the Longmont Times regarding Brad Snedeker. Although not a Gilpin County resident, Mr. Snedeker has often attended and has been a voice of dissent during Central City Council meetings, and was a backer for the Robert Fejeran mayoral campaign. The article, which appeared in the April 19, 2015 edition of the Longmont Times, reviewed the facts of legal troubles for Mr. Snedeker and stated that Snedeker has been convicted of securities fraud and theft for soliciting a $150,000 investment from a man in 2010 that he put to personal use. Sentencing will be held June 26.

Public Forum

  The Mayor opened the floor for public comment on any items not on the evening’s agenda. No one chose to address Council at this time.

Mark your calendars

Tonight’s council meeting adjourned at 7:26 pm. The next regular Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm.

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