Central City receives water-meter project award

Central City CouncilCentral City Utilities Supervisor Shawn Griffith, right, with Terry Rogers, a board member of the American Public Works Association, which recently presented the city’s public works department and award for its water-meter project.

New design standards ready for adoption in Central City

By Linda Detroy

The Central City Council will conduct a public hearing during its May 7 meeting to address the adoption of design and development standards for the city.

The city’s operations director, Ken Kisselman, told the council during its April 16 meeting that the new standards have been in the works for a year and comprise guidelines for all new construction.

“The document is 197 pages, and provide the rules and regulations for infrastructure,” he said. “They will be a big help.”

The council approved the new code chapter on first reading on a 4-0 vote. Council member Shirley Voorhies was absent.

Acting as the Liquor License Authority, the council voted to approve modifying the liquor license for the Doc Holliday Casino to allow serving liquor in its second floor showroom. Casino management does not plan to serve food on the second floor.

Water-meter project gets state recognition

The council also accepted recognition for an award to the public works department from the American Public Works Association. The award, in the water and wastewater category, was given for the city’s project to install new read-only meters and replace water lines, according to Terry Rogers, a board member of the association’s Colorado chapter.

“We usually have nominations from large communities,” Rogers said. “It’s a treat to see small communities doing work and to recognize those efforts. This project was quite an undertaking for a community this size.”

Mayor Ron Engels noted that the project had “caused any number of residents to not be particularly happy,” but said the award validates that the project was the right thing to do.

During the final public forum of the meeting, Central City resident Betty Mahaffey echoed the council’s thanks for the department’s efforts. “They do a great job,” she said. “They always have, and they always will.”

The Central City Council will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in council chambers at 141 Nevada St. in Central City.