Central City Alderman appoint two to Main Street Commission

Janet Perry, Central City. The November 15, 2016 Central City Alderman meeting was called to order by Mayor Ron Engels at 7:10 p.m. in City Hall. Mayor pro tem Kathy Heider, Alderman Shirley Voorhies, Alderman Judy Laratta and Alderman Jeff Aiken were present. Also present were City Manager Daniel R. Miera, Attorney Marcus McAskin, City Clerk Reba Bechtel, Finance Director Abigail R. Adame, Public Works Director Sam Hoover, Utilities Director Nelson, Fire Chief Gary Allen and GCSO Captain Ime. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.

The Central City Opera Annual Report and two appointments to the Main Street Commission were added to the Agenda. After the Consent Agenda was approved, and no citizens requested to speak during Public Comment, the meeting got underway with a Public Hearing on proposed Ordinance Number 16-03, Adopting a New Article XIII of Chapter 16 of the Central City Municipal Code, titled Quartz Hill Overlay District and adopting regulations pertaining to the Overlay District.

At the September 20,2016 Alderman meeting, CDD Rears said the ordinance would create a potential Zoning District Overlay over the rock cap on Quartz Hill to add additional review and oversight at a local level, ensuring the environmental remediation project is protected.

The Nevada Gulch/Quartz Hill tailings pile had an impact on the ground and surface water in the area and downstream. In 2014, the CDPHE and the EPA covered the tailings pile, in a mitigation effort, with a rock cap.

Earlier this year, Central City bought the Big T property. During the due diligence phase, several Federal and State Liens, and ongoing liability concerns were discovered. The City entered into discussions with the EPA and the CDPHE and came to an agreement that protected the city from those costs. The proposed overlay district was part of that agreement.

This would not change the zoning district beneath the overlay. It does however, add additional requirements for any proposed soil-disturbing activity near the rock cap. Any suggested development would have to apply for an additional Overlay District Permit before any work began, so that the local ground and surface water is protected.

The Central City Planning Commission formally recommends the ordinance. Staff supports adoption of the ordinance. Special Counsel has reviewed the ordinance thoroughly. Attorney McAskin explained that the ordinance would create a potential Zoning District Overlay over the rock cap on Quartz Hill, adding additional review and oversight at a local level, ensuring the environmental remediation is protected.

Approved on its first reading September 20, 2016, the ordinance’s Second Reading and Public Hearing have been continued twice.  Staff anticipates the EPA will have completed their review by early Dec., although it is possible holiday schedules will get in the way.

Staff recommended the Alderman Council to conduct the Public Hearing and adopt a revised Ordinance 16-03. The main changes would mean amending the title to refer to the delayed effective date of the Ordinance and clarifying that the Overlay District regulations will not become effective until the Alderman Council approves a Resolution approving the Settlement Agreement.

If the Settlement Agreement is not approved by February 7, 2017, the ordinance shall be deemed automatically void. The Overlay District would then not become a part of the City’s Municipal Code. The revised ordinance would also call upon City Clerk Reba Bechtel to withhold publication of the ordinance until after approval of the Resolution approving the Settlement Agreement.

Mayor Engels opened the Public Hearing at 7:19 p.m., and with no public comment requested, closed it again at 7:20 p.m. Mayor pro tem Heider then moved to approve the motion and it passed unanimously without discussion.
Next, Alderman Voorhies moved to appoint Deborah Wrightman and Shelby Nation to the Main Street Commission. The motion carried unanimously.

The Alderman Council then considered Resolution No. 16-34, approving a Parking License Agreement with RHC Colorado, LLC (dba Reserve Casino Hotel) for a revocable license for parking on Gregory Street. Public Services Director Hoover gave some background on the resolution. The resolution would approve an agreement between the city and the Reserve Casino Hotel. The casino wants five exclusive and oversized parking spaces on Gregory Street, two on the south side and three on the north side, near their main entrance.

The Reserve Casino Hotel uses charter buses for its patrons and their usual parking is inaccessible in the winter. Therefore, they request the use of spaces on Gregory Street for the winter. The Reserve Casino Hotel would remain obligated to apply for and obtain all necessary permits and approvals, pay all required fees and taxes, and comply with all applicable local laws. The City would cover approximately $750 for pavement striping, signs and labor.
Alderman Voorhies moved to approve Resolution No. 16-34, and without discussion, the motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Ron Engels, speaking as a board member on behalf of Central City Opera, praised and thanked the city for their support of the 2016 Summer Festival.

During Reports, Mayor pro tem Heider asked about items for sale at the Visitor Center. CDD Rears said the goal of t-shirt sales is to get people wearing a Central City shirt.  “We will welcome any other retail store to also carry these shirts and staff will provide that information.”

Alderman Voorhies thanked the City Staff, Fire and Sheriff’s office for providing coverage when the cellphone and internet service was down most of the day “throughout the Count.”

Alderman Laratta stated that she “watched the smooth conversion of the direction on Main Street” and thanked Public Works. Public Works Director Hoover then presented her with a “Do Not Enter Sign” as a memento.
Mayor Engels then thanked the Reserve Casino for providing meals for the Gilpin County Education Foundation which raised $14,000.

There were no requests for public comment at the closing of the meeting, and Mayor Engels then closed the Alderman meeting and went into Executive Session. They were to deal with the potential lease of one acre-foot of City water rights to a private party, fire service to the City and portions of unincorporated Gilpin County. They were also to review a request for the City to participate in the issuance of taxable, unrated industrial development revenue bonds.

The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for December 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.