Weekly Staff Report December 13, 2021

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City of Idaho Springs

Weekly Report

November 29, 2021








Andrew Marsh

Jerad Chipman

Jonathan Cain

Kelsey Smith

Chuck Harmon

Wonder Martell

Mayor Hillman

Mayor Michael Hillman

Tonight will be the City Council’s last meeting of 2021. Happy Holidays to everyone in the City of Idaho Springs. Please contact me or City Hall if you have any questions or concerns during this period.

The new members of City Council will be seated on January 10th, 2022.

The 2022 City Budget will come to City Council for adoption this evening.

The City’s Downtown Master Plan, Downtown Idaho Springs IS…will be considered for adoption by City Council this evening.

An MOU between the City and CDOT in regard to the Downtown Mobility Hub and Parking Structure will be considered for approval by City Council this evening.

Special Improvement District was formed to help finance Downtown Improvements to include the Mobility Hub in November. The City and Property Owners in this district are currently working to determine the best financing options for this work.

Free Vaccines are available at walk in clinics throughout the County on Wednesdays; Vaccinations are available at Safeway anytime. There is also free COVID testing available throughout the County. Flu Shots are also now available. Details are on the County Website.

Miner Street has reopened to One Way Traffic headed East Bound. Businesses that wish to do so may utilize space on both Miner Street and Idahoe Mall for Outdoor Dining.

There will be a street closure and concert by the Carlson Elementary School Students on December 15 at 4:00 PM. 16th Avenue will be closed between Idahoe Mall and Miner Street during this time.

City Administrator Andrew Marsh

The City, Colorado Mountain Biking Association and Flo Ride Trail Builders have held the kickoff meeting for the first phase of trails in Virginia Canyon Mountain Park. We expect construction to begin imminently.

The City attended a hearing last week with the Department of Local Affairs regarding our Public Works Facility Grant Application. We expect to hear whether or not it is awarded by the end of the year.

Idaho Springs Police Department

The County is currently under a stage 1 fire ban. This bans shooting (except for hunting) and open fires. The City follows Clear Creek guidance on Fire Bans.

The ISPD has made an offer to a new Police Officer to join the force on January 3rd.

The Idaho Springs Police Department has two additional openings. One for a Police Officer, and one for a Lieutenant. Applications are available on the City Website.

Clear Creek County has a mask order in place, effective Tuesday December 7. Patrons of Local Businesses are required to wear masks. Those that do not comply can be charged with criminal trespass.

Idaho Springs Police Department has been working the County Sheriff and Jefferson Center for Mental Health to design a new pilot program designed to contact folks who may need assistance accessing mental health resources. This program began last week.

Deputy City Clerk Wonder Martell

City Hall is open for business. Only 2 members of the public are allowed into the building at any time. You can do business over the phone or through the mail slot. City Council and Commissions have returned to Virtual Meetings. Outside groups cannot meet in person at City Hall.

Two residents submitted letters of interest to City Council for the seat to be vacated by Chuck Harmon next year. These letters will be considered this evening; however, the appointment will be made in January by the new Council.

Public Works Director John Bordoni

Property Owners are responsible for removing snow from the sidewalks adjacent to their buildings within 24 hours of 2” of snowfall. Property Owners are also responsible to ensure that sidewalks are generally passable and safe.

Please do not flush anything but Toilet Paper down your toilets.

Remember that with Cold Weather setting in Pipes can freeze and cause damage to property. Remember to winterize your property and to take precautions to avoid this issue.

Outdoor water and irrigation lines operated by the City have been winterized. We will resume watering in the spring.

Community Development Planner Jerad Chipman

Variance Board, Planning Commission and Historic Sites and Facilities Commission all have seats available. Those interested should submit a letter of intent to the City.   

The City will receive some additional planters for Miner Street next week. These will be used as traffic safety and calming tools.