Weekly Staff Report November 8, 2021

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City of Idaho Springs

Weekly Report

November 8, 2021








Mayor Hillman

Chuck Harmon

Jerad Chipman

John Bordoni

Andrew Marsh

Nate Buseck

Wonder Martell

Mayor Michael Hillman

Congratulations to those who will be serving the City based on the results of the Idaho Springs municipal election on November 2: Mayor-elect Chuck Harmon; Councilmember Scott Pennell; Councilmember-elect Kate Collier; City Clerk Diane Breece; Treasurer-elect Phyllis Adams.  These officials will be sworn into their offices at the City Council meeting on January 10, 2022.  Additionally, City Council will consider appointing a Councilmember for the vacancy created by Mayor-elect Harmon based on letters of interest that will be solicited.  The service of Mayor Michael Hillman and Mayor Pro Tem Bob Bowland, who are term-limited, will also be recognized.  Finally, the results of voting for the two ballot measures regarding the proposed sales tax for water and sewer capital projects and the marijuana excise transfer tax are currently too close to call.

The proposed City Budget for 2022 is being reviewed and will be adopted by City Council at its regular meeting on December 13.

The draft Downtown Master Plan, Downtown Idaho Springs IS…, was discussed at the Planning Commission meeting on November 3 and will be reviewed at the City Council work session on November 22.  The Planning Commission will consider a formal recommendation at its meeting on December 1, and City Council will consider adoption at its regular meeting on December 13.

The City is working on a downtown parking structure and mobility hub in partnership with CDOT and downtown property owners.  The second reading of the ordinance to establish the Special Improvement District (SID) is scheduled for the City Council meeting on November 22.  The City and CDOT have a visioning session scheduled for November 9.

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 Economic Recovery Task Force will meet at 2:00 p.m. today to review options for traffic barriers if Miner Street is opened to vehicles one-way eastbound through the winter.  The recommendation of the Task Force will be considered by the City Council at its work session this evening.  Both meetings will be livestreamed for public viewing on the City website.

Police Chief Nate Buseck

The Idaho Springs Police Department has a new and improved website. You can look up information, contact officers, and more.

The Police Department has three openings for police officer. Applications are available on the City Website.

Local Businesses can require patrons to wear masks. Those that do not comply can be charged with criminal trespass.

Public Works Superintendent 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.

ADA Ramp Work in the vicinity of Carlson Elementary School has been completed.

Community Development Planner Jerad Chipman

There will be a Historic Preservation Review Commission meeting on November 16 to consider a Certificate of Appropriateness for a project to restore the exterior of City Hall.

Deputy City Clerk Wonder Martell

With the resurgence of the pandemic due to COVID variants, City Hall is open for business, but closed to in-person access except by appointment. Services continue to be provided over the phone, through the mail slot, or by email.  City Council, board and commission meetings have returned to a virtual format. Outside groups are not allowed to meet in person at City Hall at this time.