Gilpin County to help train fire districts

John Scarffe, Gilpin County.     During its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 22, the Gilpin County Commissioners approved the use of the County Fair Grounds for a multi-agency training exercise. Lt. Aaron Skeen requested the use of the grounds on behalf of the Timberline Fire Protection District.

The District requested the use of both parking lots at the Fair Grounds for a county-wide training involving Timberline, the Central City Fire Department, Black Hawk Fire Department, Golden Gate Fire Protection District, Gilpin County Ambulance Authority, Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office, Black Hawk Towing, and guests from the West Metro Fire Department and the Arvada Fire Department. It will be vehicle extrication training requiring a large area that can only be provided by the fairground lots.

The training will take place on Saturday, September 27. It will involve about 30 vehicles to be cut up, 70 to 90 firefighters and personnel, and 15 to 20 pieces of fire equipment.

An enclosed area will be off limits to the public, and they will construct a staging area and rehabilitation area with tents and water. The event will begin at 6 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. The Board asked staff to issue a permit with a request for a damage deposit.

Survey Agreement


County Surveyor Corey Diekman asked for a supplemental budget authorization of $3,000 to conduct additional field work along the County line. He could easily spend another $300,000 and hardly complete the work to be done.

The project is in conjunction with Clear Creek County. It will include surveying and re-establishing any missing monuments on the County line between Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, GPS processing and calculations, final monument records with the State, and generating a plat of survey to be filed in each county.

The survey also will include the Central City Cemetery area for ownership research and investigation on the ground to produce a basic exhibit. The Board approved the additional expenditure.

Recording Specialist Position


County Clerk and Recorder Colleen Stewart requested filling the vacant recording specialist position in the office. The part-time, 20-hour-per-week position would not receive benefits.

The salary range is $14.15 to $19.81 per hour, and funds were allocated in the budget for the position. The recording specialist will record real property documents as well as customer service to assist with the functions of the office. The position also will assist with elections and the motor vehicle department.

The Board approved filling the vacant position.

The next meeting of the Gilpin County Commissioners will be on Tuesday, August 5, at 9 a.m. in the Gilpin County Courthouse, 203 Eureka Street, Central City.