Polling Places added back to elections

John Scarffe, Black Hawk.  The Black Hawk City Council voted to approve conducting elections by both mail ballot or at polling places during its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 13, at 3 p.m., at 211 Church Street. Since 1998 elections have been conducted by mail ballot only.

To allow voting at city polling places, the Council had to repeal the ordinance establishing mail ballot only elections, Ordinance number 98-10. In March 1998, the City determined by adoption of Ordinance Number 98-10 to conduct all elections by mail ballot, according to the request for Council action.

Laws governing elections in Colorado have changed significantly since 1998, according to the request. The City therefore desires to repeal Ordinance Number 98-10 and provide the flexibility to conduct City elections by mail ballot or by conducting a polling place election.

Chase Street Demolition

As recommended by the Historic Preservation Commission, the Council approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Demolition of Non-Historic Structures at 400 Chase Street. The applicants, Josh Smith and Mary Keefhus, are requesting partial demolition of two non-historic additions for the building located at 400 Chase Street, as well as demolition for the non-historic garage.

The estimated date of construction for the house at 400 Chase Street is 1898, according to the request for Council action. The property was first evaluated for its historic and architectural significance in 1986.
In 1991, when Black Hawk was added to an expanded National Historic Landmark district, 400 Chase Street was counted as a “contributing” building to the historic district, meaning it had retained sufficient integrity to contribute to the historic character of the district, according to the request for Council action. The building is a National Folk vernacular “gable-front-and-wing” building, meaning that there was a side gable wing and a front gable wing that joined to form an L-shaped building.

Not described in the 1986 survey were the rear additions, the two-car garage and the historic shed. The historic shed is located on the west side of the property and is not included in this request for demolition, according to the request. The one-story, two-car garage is located on the east side of the house and has a low pitched roof with close eaves.

The house was likely constructed with salvaged materials; the porch balusters on this rear entry may have originally been on the front porch of the historic house. Another addition on the west side of the house is proposed for demolition. It has a shed roof, a variety of siding materials and an entry door covered with a small gableroof portico. Like the east addition, it was likely constructed with salvaged materials.

An historic wood survey conducted by Anthony & Assoc., along with site investigations conducted by Deon Wolfenbarger and Scott McClelland, confirmed that the garage, the east connecting addition and the west addition were less than 50 years old and likely constructed in the 1970s to 1980s. These additions were therefore considered non-historic as they did not date from the National Historic Landmark district’s period of significance (1856 to 1918).

Fire Suppression and Rehabilitation

The Council approved a resolution authorizing a trade contractor agreement for the Dory Hill Treatment Plant Fire Suppression System with L. Nothhaft & Son, Inc., in the amount of $151,000. The Dory Hill Water Treatment Plant Fire Suppression System is required by the Fire Code as adopted by the City of Black Hawk, according to the request for Council action.

Staff bid the project previously and received only one responsive bid then. City staff met with the contractor and determined L. Nothhaft & Son, Inc., to be a qualified contractor that can perform the work. It will be financed through the System Improvement/Expansion fund.

The Council approved amending a Temporary Construction Easement between Lloyd Larsen and the City of Black Hawk. The amendment vacates the Temporary Construction Easement dated January 28, 2015, and supersedes it by this Amended and Restated Temporary Construction Easement, according to the request for Council action.

Access to the west side of 301 High Street for the completion of the rehabilitation of the property from 311 High Street has been expanded. According to the resolution, Lloyd Larsen, who is the property owner of 311 High Street in consideration of $10, grants and conveys to Black Hawk a Temporary Construction Easement for the rehabilitation of 301 High Street, together with all rights and privileges as are necessary.

New Tavern Licenses

The Council conducted a public hearing for a new Tavern Liquor License for Ameristar Lake Charles Holdings, LLC, dba Altitude Bar at 111 Richman Street, Ste. A. On November 30, 2015, the City Clerk’s office received an application for a new Tavern Liquor License for the Altitude Bar.

The application was sent into the State for concurrent review and is pending State approval, according to the request for Council action. The tavern will be located at the Ameristar Casino, 111 Richman Street. The application was deemed complete on December 4, 2015.

Also on November 30, 2015, Ameristar submitted a permanent modification of premises application, which the Clerk’s office reviewed and forwarded to the State Liquor Enforcement Division. Ameristar is proposing to remove the area defined as “Altitude Bar” from their current hotel and restaurant licensed area to license separately the Altitude Bar, so that they may apply for a Promotional Association and Common Consumption Area. The application was received in the Clerk’s Office on January 7, 2016. On December 9, 2015, the Local Liquor Licensing Authority reviewed the application and set the date of January 13, 2016 for the public hearing.

According to correspondence from Ameristar Attorney Robert A. Dill, the residents and business owners of the City desire a tavern liquor license to be issued to the Altitude Bar. “The license would be used to facilitate additional business by expanding the hours of operation of the liquor license to serve the customers and community for the operation of the Altitude Bar and the Ameristar Casino.”

The Council approved the license and also approved a request for a New Tavern Liquor License for Jan’s Tavern at 101 Gregory Street, Unit 1, set the boundaries of the neighborhood and set a date for a public hearing on February 24, 2016.

The application was deemed complete on December 15, 2015. The tavern will be located at Z’s Casino, 101 Gregory Street, Unit #1. Z’s Casino has submitted an application to the State Liquor Enforcement Division on December 14, 2015, for a permanent modification of premises to delete 42 square feet from the second level of their current hotel and restaurant license to create and license Jan’s Tavern.

Johnny Z’s Casino has also applied to the City for a Promotional Association and Common Consumption Area, which will be on a future agenda.