Central City Alderman : January Meeting recap

stock Central CityJanet Perry, Central City.   Central City’s Alderman Council met on January 19th at 7:00 pm and shortly after opening the meeting, they switched over to the Liquor License Authority. Johnny Z’s Liquor was allowed to reduce the size of their 2nd floor liquor license area by 109 sq. feet. Then a New Tavern Liquor License was approved for Jan’s Tavern at Johnny’s Z’s.

Back to the Alderman Meeting, the Council then moved into a Public Hearing for Resolution No. 16.05. This would allow a Special Review Use Permit for an automobile parking lot in the Limited Community Commercial (LCC) Zone District, northwest of Gregory and High Street.

Community Development Director Rears said that the City of Black Hawk wants to use the site where the Mountain Family Medical Clinic was located, as well as the lot just west to create one surface parking lot. Accessed from High Street, it would include 79 parking spaces, with four of them being ADA compliant. The spaces are intended to offset the proposed development on Gregory Street.

The Planning Commission had approved the project with conditions, such as screening landscaping, a landscaped island at the City’s welcome sign, screening around the transformer and jersey barriers, striping and signs for a pedestrian crossing. A floodplain development permit shall be obtained and a site plan shall be submitted.  Access is limited to 24 feet across and pedestrian access shall be encouraged. A detailed lighting plan shall be submitted to the city.  The Planning Commission held the strongest urgency on this detail.

They wanted the plan denied if lighting was not provided on-site for public safety.

Staff reviewing the Planning Commission’s requirements, found the lighting issue to be problematic due to neighbors located above the area.  Staff also suggested additional revisions due to potential nuisances as well as accommodating revisions proposed by the applicant.

Staff suggested that a Landscape Maintenance Agreement be in place before use, with native plant protection in mind. They also requested that animal-resistant trash receptacles be in place as well as two “Honor Fee Collection Boxes.”  They also requested that long-term parking, camping, or material storage be disallowed without consent. Black Hawk City Manager Jack Lewis gave his support for the applicant. He clarified that the sign code would not apply since the property was outside town limits.

The Public Hearing was opened by Mayor Engels at 7:32 P.M. Jack Hidahl was opposed and urged the Alderman Council to deny the application saying that the applicant’s project impacts must be kept within the City of Black Hawk, and that there was much better use for the land and that traffic impact needed to be studied.

There was then a request from Ed Smith that he be allowed to park his food delivery trailer in the lot. The Public Hearing was closed at 8:05 by Mayor Engles and a the proposal was discussed.

Alderman Voorhies reiterated that she prefer the site be lighted in the interest of public safety and this was supported by Alderman Laratta and Mayor pro tem Heider. It was agreed upon that Mr. Smith’s trailer could be parked on the site.

A conditionally approved Special Review Use Permit for the parking lot got a unanimous vote.

During Council Comments, Alderman Voorhies gave a report of the 1- 70 Coalition Meeting.

During the Public Forum, Jim Voorhies told the council that he thought the crosswalk on Lawrence near the parking garage was a safety concern and was asking for striping and lighting.  He then said that he would like to see the ‘Central City Parkway’ on the parkway sign.

The Council then went into Executive Session to discuss an employee’s personnel matters.