Wednesday, November 28, 2012


                                         

TOWN OF SILVER PLUME

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

JULY 23, 2012

 

The Silver Plume Board of Trustees met on Monday, July 23, 2012, at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Small Town Hall.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.

The following roll was recorded:

Fred Lyssy                  excused

Earl Ballard             present

Jeff Best          present 

Curt Osborne                  present

Eben Mond                    excused

Nicholas Regester          present

Scott Shafer                    excused


Others present:  Kristen McCully, Ted Parker, Jerry Haskins and staff Jodi Candlin.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem said that under the Briefing-Reports he would be talking about a town sign and the Silver Plume Fire House.

 
AGENDA APPROVAL

Best made a motion to approve the agenda.  Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Action Agenda

 

BILLS LIST

Best made a motion to approve the bills list.  Regester seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

A member of the audience complained about a town employee's behavior.  The board discussed that it was second hand information.  J. Haskins then spoke to the board about the sewer project that had occurred in front of his property and that the town had 60 days to put the property back to its original state and that it is now almost a month past being finished.  J. Haskins had spoken to Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard earlier this evening and understands that R. Gaubatz has been away fighting fires but the project needs to be finished.  The items that need to be addressed are:  the low hanging communication line, the pumphole and a sink hole located by the telephone pole that has developed from the grade of the street being changed.  The sinkhole is spreading across the property and nowwater is flowing onto the foundation of the yellow house located on the Haskins' property.  C. Osborne asked J. Haskins to give the board a chance to prioritize R. Gaubatz' work load when he returns.  J. Haskins said he is more than willing to work with them and has and has thanked the town board more than once for their work and is appreciative of what the board does.  Unfortunately he has had a bad run with the town this past year and does not like that.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard said he is sympathetic to J. Haskins' problem but does not know what can be done without R. Gaubatz but will make sure that his project is prioritized. 

 

ECOTOURISM PRESENTATION – N. REGESTER

N. Regester asked that this agenda item be on tonight's agenda after the Clear Creek Recreation Metropolitan District Director, Dane Matthew, appeared before the board a few weeks ago discussing outdoor enthusiasts, how tourism is marketed and because N. Regester studied this subject in college.  Tourism marketing does not often look at long term consequences and the very thing that was being marketed can sometimes fail due to not planning for the future and its sustainability.  There are three points to ecotourism and they are the tourism life cycle, sustainable development and stagnation.  Clear Creek County and Georgetown have gone into the development state and unchecked at this stage; the development stage can destroy what is trying to be achieved.  Communities need to move carefully and look at long term consequences so that does not happen and figure out how to make its community sustainable.  N. Regester feels that Silver Plume should be developed as needed and slow down or stop before ruining its culture.  Georgetown and Idaho Springs have both become big tourist attractions with the re-opening of Guanella Pass, the train open until December and the historic Red Ram Restaurant opening again.  Idaho Springs markets to skiers, rafters, shoppers and people who want to eat at their restaurant.  Tourism can be cyclical and Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard does not see Silver Plume becoming a destination resort and tourism Mecca like other towns in the county.  C. Osborne thought the presentation was excellent and the board should have more discussions regarding this topic.  Local culture can be overrun or wiped away by developers or outside agendas and it is important that the town board choose its values and priorities.  Tourists will visit whether residents want them to or not and they should not be chased away like incidents that occurred last summer. 

 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT (IGA) BETWEEN TOWN OF SILVER PLUME AND CLEAR CREEK COUNTY FOR ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES – UPDATE

J. Best asked that this item be put on the agenda to update the board.  The agreement was put into effect two years ago with a 2 year renewal period and expires December 31, 2012. When the agreement was put into place, then Mayor Ballard discussed with the

Clear Creek County Sheriff about the animal control officer not responding to citizens on his off hours.  Mayor Ballard was told that anyone can call the sheriff's office and have animal control dispatched through their office.  The agreement says the town should pay for animal control officers responding to Silver Plume but the town does not feel it should pay for those services, especially since the county is flush with money at this time.  The county is funded by taxes for this service and Silver Plume is not.  This item needs to be further addressed and will appear on the next agenda. 

 

Information Briefing – Reports

 

REPORT ON PROGRESS ON NEW ORDINANCES – NOISE, WATERSHED PROTECTION (ALL)

There has been no progress made on the above ordinances.

 

SEWER PROJECT UPDATE (IF ANY)

The sewer project is basically complete and any work left is R. Gaubatz' responsibility.  The Haskin's work must be completed but that is not something the construction company can be asked to do even though R. Gaubatz is away fighting fires.  The transmission line to Georgetown must be t.v.'ed to make sure the line is intact and a monitoring manhole must be put in place.  There was high water last year and the wastewater plant was receiving 500,000 gallons per day.  It would be nice for Silver Plume to be able to monitor its own flows.  The town does not have the funds to do this but GMS, Inc. has been asked to put together a proposal to apply for grant money through DOLA to video the town lines including the transmission line to Georgetown and install a monitoring manhole.  Georgetown maintains that Silver Plume contributes 17% flows but Clay Brown from DOLA believes it is more like 10% which is why Silver Plume should have its own way to monitor the flows. 

 

RESOLUTION OF ENCROACHMENTS – BRIEF ON PROGRESS (IF AVAILABLE)

No report.

 

Information & Update Agenda

 

Updates from the following areas, if any, will be presented:

 

REPORT OF THE MAYOR

None.

 

OTHER

Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard and S. Shafer looked at the informational sign that is in the parking lot across from Grumpy Dutchman Auto.  It was originally placed there when the train used the parking lot for parking and was a way for tourists to learn about the town on their way to the train.  The train does not use the parking lot anymore and the sign is not being viewed anymore.  It would be nice to move the sign to either the caboose or bandstand where more people can see it.  The board would like to discuss this further and asked that it be put on the next agenda.  Greg Joss, former resident, called Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard and asked what happened to the trophies and the exercise equipment that used to be in the upstairs of the firehouse.  Years ago the firemen bought the exercise equipment for their use as well as other residents use and wondered whatever became of it.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard will contact Fire Chief Babeon and ask about the whereabouts of the equipment and trophies since they both belong to the town.  If the equipment still exists, it could be moved to Large Town Hall where anyone could use it and the trophies could be moved to the museum for everyone to enjoy. 

 

WATER UPDATE

None.

 

SEWER COMMITTEE

Talked about earlier in the meeting.

 

I-70 COALITION

The meeting was held two weeks ago and N. Regester reported that the dues will increase by 20%.  The T.M.O. passed and there is no problem with Silver Plume being a multiple member as long as it agrees with the mission.  CDOT is working on the twin tunnels project this year and nothing is in the works for our county next year except patching cracks in the pavement where needed.  There will be detours at the twin tunnels project from March 2013 through October 2013.  A letter of support from each municipality needs to be written endorsing the advanced guideway system.  The next meeting will be the end of August or beginning of September about where the county wants its stations.  N. Regester will be out of town for this meeting so the alternate should attend.  The stations can't be every 5 miles and the sites need to be about 17 acres to accommodate the platform and parking lot. 

 

DRCOG

None.

 

LOOP PARK COMMITTEE

None.


PARK COMMITTEE

The Conservation Trust Fund has money in it to pay for someone to do maintenance at the pavilion but it is getting late in the year so may not be feasible to do this year.  Mayor Pro-Tem Ballard has been called 3 times to unclog the toilets.  A locksmith needs to put in locks with just one key and this is on the punch list that Tim Hamid is working on.  N. Regester updated the board that it is ok for park trash to be put into Gary Regester's dumpster and it might be nice to pay him for that privilege. 

 

UCCWA

None.

 

STAFF FOLLOW-UP 

J. Candlin spoke to Mary Bower about cleaning the pavilion bathrooms but she is not interested. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Osborne made a motion to approve the minutes of June 25, 2012.  Best seconded, Regester abstained and the motion passed.

 

Best made a motion to approve the minutes of July 7, 2012.  Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Executive Session

 

RECEIVE COUNSEL RE: ONGOING TOWN LEGAL ISSUES

None.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted: 

 

Jodi Candlin

Town Clerk


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