Tears and cheers at Central City Council meeting

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Motions on expenditures and an emotional proclamation on the table

By David Josselyn

Call to Order

  The Central City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Ron Engels at 7:11pm on Tuesday, June 4th. All Council members were present along with City Manager Alan Lanning, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, and other staff.

Consent Agenda

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

Annexation and Disconnection Get Approval

  City Attorney Marcus McAskin reviewed Ordinance 13-07 for a first reading and public hearing. The ordinance repeals and replaces in its entirety Chapter 15 of the Municipal Code which will adopt annexation and disconnection policies and procedures to supplement the Colorado Municipal Annexation Act of 1965. McAskin added that changes have been made in language according to the May 21st Work Session. Alderman Gaines asked if there would be a base fee for the initial application to which City Manager Lanning replied that there is no base fee. Alderman Heider and Alderman Gaines both recommended grammatical changes for clarity. Alderman Gaines moved to approve the ordinance and hold a public hearing at the next meeting, July 2nd. The motion was seconded by Alderman Spain and passed unanimously.


  City Attorney Marcus McAskin then presented Resolution 13-06 which would approve an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Black Hawk, the Timberline Fire Protection District, and the Gilpin Ambulance Authority for a joint purchase of a Respirator Fit Testing Machine. McAskin was forwarded a memorandum from Fire Chief Gary Allen (who could not be at the meeting) to purchase a piece of equipment that can be used to test and certify their current SCUBA equipment. The city’s fire department is required to test their equipment annually. The cost would be $1,000 which is in the current budget. Mayor Ron Engels commented that it is good to see our fire department cooperating with the other departments. Alderman Voorhies moved to approve the resolution and was seconded by Alderman Gaines. The resolution passed unanimously.

Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walkways

  Operations Director Kent Kisselman next summarized Resolution 13-07. The resolution would approve a memorandum of agreement with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Division of Oil and Public Safety relative to conveyances. Kisselman added that this is the renewal of an agreement that is expiring June 30 with some modifications due to modern technologies. Alderman Gaines queried whether this was an Ordinance or a Resolution because it says both. City Manager Alan Lanning confirmed that is was a resolution. Alderman Gaines moved to approve the resolution and Alderman Spain seconded. The resolution passed unanimously.

A Moving Proclamation

  Mayor Ron Engels read a proclamation for an official name change of a community event. He began by saying he will try to read it without choking up. Raw emotion flooded his voice as he read, “whereas, the Central City Police Department family and the entire community of Central City lost a respected and popular colleague and friend when Sergeant Albert (Al) Taylor Kidd lost his short battle with cancer on March 15, 2013 after fighting his cancer with the same energy, determination and bravery that he displayed through his life and his police career.” The proclamation concluded with, “Now therefore, the City of Central, Colorado proclaims that for 2013 the annual “Opera Picnic” will be renamed Sergeant Al Kidd Day.” Sergeant Al Kidd participated regularly in the annual Central City Opera picnic and was known by almost every resident in Central City which was an accomplishment especially important to him. This year’s picnic is on Monday, June 17th at Russell Park at 4:00pm and will be catered by JKQ BBQ & Smokehouse.

Funding For Rolling Rocks

  Alderman Gloria Gaines moved to authorize City Staff to proceed on the repair of the Nevada Street rock wall which is not to exceed $200,000 and with a 10% contingency. The motion was seconded by Alderman Spain and passed unanimously.

Staff Updates and Council Comments

  City Manager Alan Lanning mentioned that the bump in Eureka Street is fixed. He then stated that the next Parking Garage Meeting will be June 27th at 6:00 pm. It is our intent to speak at length about finances. Alderman Gaines stated she could not make it due to a Gilpin History event at The Reserve Casino showing the premier of the new documentary, “The Face on the Barroom Floor: The Poem…The Place…The Opera.” She expects most of their contingency to be in conflict. Lanning asked if it would help if they could start at 4:00.  Alderman Kathy Heider clarified that this is an informational meeting, not a decision making meeting. The meeting will be moved to 4:00 on the 27th.

  Alderman Gaines spoke up saying she is still hearing lots of good things about public works and the water department.

  Alderman Shirley Voorhies commented that she got a call from someone mid-county thanking us for opening the art gallery and that it can be open year round. The caller said “Central City is getting their funkiness back.”

  Alderman Gaines then took back the floor to wish Shirley Voorhies a happy birthday – who is “21 with a few years’ experience.”

Public forum

  Executive Director of The Central City Business Improvement District Joe Behm took advantage of the public forum to address the council. In reference to Ordinance 13-07, he stated that we do have provisions for annexation when properties change hands, but there is a question whether or not they should be included in the business district. The current language states that the city can “request” that the owner join the business district. Behm then addressed the need to require commercial properties to be part of the District for taxation purposes.  Joe then offered his thanks to all staff and council members that could make it to the last financial meeting.

Heads Up

  The next Central City Council Meeting is on Tuesday, July 2nd.  The public meeting for the parking garage is Thursday, June 27th at 4:00 pm.

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