Phase 2 of Gregory Street Project is underway

Black Hawk Council Approves Bobtail Street Project

By Randy Beaudette

Newly hired Black Hawk Communications Officer Ellie Younger rang the bell promptly at 3:00 p.m. to announce the Black Hawk City Council regular meeting on April 24, 2019. Mayor Spellman called the Black Hawk City Council to order followed by Roll Call, then led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council members that were present Aldermen Linda Armbright, Paul Bennett, Jim Johnson, Hal Midcap, Greg Moates, and Benito Torres. Also present were City Attorney Corey Hoffmann, City Manager Stephen Cole, Police Chief Kenneth Lloyd, City Clerk/ Administrative Services Director Melissa Greiner, Finance Director Lance Hillis, Public Works Director Tom Isbester, Planning and Development Administrator Cindy Linker, and Deputy City Clerk Michele Martin.

City Attorney Hoffmann asked Council to declare any Conflicts of Interest on any issue appearing on the agenda this afternoon other than those already disclosed and filed with the City Clerk and Secretary of State. There were no objections from the City Council or from the onlookers in the chambers.

Executive Session

Black Hawk City Council recessed into Executive Session at 3:05 p.m. to receive legal advice on specific legal questions. At 3:17 p.m. Council emerged from Executive Session and resumed the regular meeting.

Approval of Minutes

Black Hawk Aldermen approved the meeting minutes from the April 10, 2019 Regular City Council meeting.

Budget Amendment (Resolution 22-2019)

Black Hawk Aldermen approved an amendment to the 2018 budget that will include a proposed adjustment for payment for the St Charles Parking structure. The St. Charles Carriage house was appropriated in the 2017 budget, but construction didn’t get under way until 2018 and funding was not moved from the 2017 budget to the 2018 budget. Black Hawk Finance Director Lance Hillis stated, “This is just a housekeeping measure that got overlooked.”

Rail Slab Project (Resolution 23-2019)

There is an existing rail slab constructed along the north side of Bobtail Street. This slab ends at a point above the eastern edge of the new St. Charles Carriage House. The City intends to extend this rail slab westward to a point near Bobtail Street’s intersection with Gregory Street. Railings and streetlights will be added to the rail slab extension, and it will be stained to match the existing rail slab. The new rail slab will be designed to make a smooth transition on either side of the Bobtail Street entrance to the St. Charles Carriage House. The design-build method of contracting has been selected for this project. A Request for Qualifications was publicly advertised on February 5, 2019. Four contractors submitted qualification packages, three of which were invited to submit Proposals. One of these three contractors dropped out, so the City received two Proposals. Of these two Proposals, Concrete Express, Inc. (CEI) provided the lowest fee proposal. Approval of this Resolution would authorize CEI to proceed with a geotechnical investigation, design of the rail slab, and other pre-construction tasks. Over the next few months, CEI will prepare a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for construction of this project. An Amendment to this design-build contract will be brought before City Council to establish the GMP and authorize construction. Black Hawk City Council approved Resolution unanimously.

Contract Approval (Resolution 24-2019)

Black Hawk City Council approved a Resolution awarding the bid and approving the contract between the City of Black Hawk and Grapes & Sons Excavating in an amount not to exceed $58,300 for the construction of the Gregory Street Phase 2 Excavation Project

Design work for the overall Gregory Street Phase 2 Project is underway. One of the first significant elements of construction will be to remove debris and excavate the area along the north sides of 305, 311, 321, and 351 Gregory Street. To accelerate the construction schedule, it has been suggested to award this excavation project separately from and prior to beginning construction on the overall Gregory Street Phase 2 Project. This will allow the City and the design team to evaluate the resulting rock face and determine what additional treatment will be necessary to stabilize the slope. At the time of this Request for Council Action, the City has received one proposal to complete this work. Therefore, it is suggested that the City sole-source this project and award it to Grapes & Sons Excavating. Grapes & Sons Excavating has a long history of successful projects for the City of Black Hawk, and has demonstrated the ability to be the lowest bidder in many previous competitive bidding environments. Soliciting additional bids may delay this work and result in higher costs to the City.

Legal Executive Session

City Attorney Corey Hoffmann suggested that Council recess and continue with the Executive Session as stated earlier in the meeting. 

Black Hawk City council recessed into Executive Session at 3:25 p.m. to receive legal advice on specific legal questions.

Next Meeting

The next Black Hawk City Council regular meeting will be conducted May 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at 211 Church Street, Black Hawk, Colorado.

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