Weekly Staff Report December 6 2021

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City of Idaho Springs

Weekly Report

November 29, 2021








Andrew Marsh

Jerad Chipman

Jonathan Cain

John Bordoni

Kelsey Smith

Chuck Harmon

Wonder Martell

Mayor Hillman


Mayor Michael Hillman

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

The 2022 City Budget will come to City Council for adoption next week.

The City’s Downtown Master Plan, Downtown Idaho Springs IS…will be considered for adoption by City Council next week

The City is working on a downtown parking structure and mobility hub in partnership with CDOT and Downtown Property Owners.

The Memorandum of Understanding that is currently in Draft form for the Mobility Hub will be reviewed at City Council tonight. It will be up for adoption by City Council next week.

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.

The Special Improvement District Downtown was approved by City Council in November. The City will work with the District to determine any potential assessments in the Future.

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

Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day. There will be a ceremony of remembrance to honor the day at 7:00 am at the 23rd Street Bridge.

Idaho Springs Police Department

At 7:00 AM on Sunday December 5, there was a report of a fire southwest of Idaho Springs. Units responded and were able to keep the fire contained despite high winds. It is anticipated that the fire will be 100% contained by this evening. The fire burned approximately 20 acres and two structures were lost. A big thanks to the entire community for the support you gave our first responders during this incident.

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 will begin imminently.

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.

The City had a recount conducted on ballot measure 2B to Idaho Springs. The outcome was the same.

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.

There will be a hearing with the Department of Local Affairs for a grant to help construct the new Public Works Facility this week.

Community Development Planner Jerad Chipman

City Council will review the final draft of the Downtown Master Plan for adoption next Monday.      

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