TOWN OF SILVER PLUME
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
The Silver Plume Board of Trustees met on Monday, November 26, 2012, at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Small Town Hall. Mayor Lyssy called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
The following roll was recorded:
Fred Lyssy present
Earl Ballard present
Jeff Best present
Curt Osborne present
Eben Mond absent
Nicholas Regester present
Scott Shafer excused
Others present: Dave Fritz, Bill Gorsky, Fritz Fox and Cinthea Fiss and staff Jodi Candlin.
Ballard made a motion to approve the agenda. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Ballard made a motion to approve the bills list. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
EXPLORATORY ACTIVITY AT TOP OF SILVER ST. DISCUSSION
Jim Irwin, who is the geologist overseeing the mining activity, was unable to attend the meeting tonight to discuss his meeting with the state. However, he said he would attend the December 10, 2012 meeting. Dave Fritz reported that a cable has been strung across the driveway at the bottom of the tailings pile, there is a Bobcat on the property and he has seen a dump truck driving to the property. He also noted that some rocks had been put across the 7:30 Trail but it is unknown who put them there. J. Best noted that the Historic District Public Lands Commission has this mining activity on their upcoming agenda but does not know if the owner requested it be put on the agenda. Mayor Lyssy discussed that Joann Sorenson from the county is aware of this activity and he has been in close contact with her. The county is involved in this activity as well as some of the mining claims are in their jurisdiction. Mayor Lyssy has been in contact with Tom Kollenback at the state who has indicated that 1600 sq. ft. of property can be disturbed without receiving a permit. The property is not zoned mining but residential and the owner is already in violation of the town's zoning ordinance. Mining this property could cause many problems including landslides, avalanches, zinc infiltration into the water and sewer system, impact on neighbors with heavy equipment, noise, dust and mobilization of toxic metals when it rains. Bill Gorsky, who is a geologist and town resident, has offered to work with the town and give them his advice and expertise on this matter. He discussed that the owner is trying to determine the economic feasibility of extracting minerals out of the mine tailings. He discussed with the board how this might best be determined and it involves extracting samples from several different piles, using chemicals and then sending the samples to an assayer's office to determine the feasibility. If it is determined that the samples are feasible, a crusher plant will need to be set up on the property which will cause problems such as noise, dust and impact on the town's infrastructure (heavy trucks on the town's streets and the water and sewer system). He is concerned with the safety of the project due to the toxic chemicals that must be used. There must be a public hearing if the owner submits a mining application to the state but the public notice is very short (5 days). There is a website that will publish the public hearing notice which must be monitored so that the town and county residents can attend to speak about the dangerous impact on all of us. B. Gorsky went into great detail about mining operations and stressed the dangerous impact this will have on the town if this mining activity is allowed. Mayor Lyssy discussed that UCCWA will be involved in this issue as well and once a public hearing notice has been published, they will have their mining consultant review the impacts. T. Kollenback will be monitoring this activity very carefully and would like anyone who sees any kind of disturbance of the land to email him. Dave Fritz asked if the town has a weight restriction on the streets but Mayor Lyssy discussed that there is only this type of restriction in the mining zoned districts. It was discussed whether or not the town can issue a cease and desist order but it was decided that since this is unknown, Mayor Lyssy will go to the county offices tomorrow and ask if they have the authority to do this on behalf of the town. The audience members present said they would keep the town informed of any activity that occurs on this property.
PUBLIC HEARING 2013 BUDGET
Town Clerk Jodi Candlin published a public notice in the Clear Creek Courant issue dated November 21, 2012, regarding the 2013 budget public hearing. No one was in attendance regarding the 2013 budget. A work session was held on November 19, 2012 with Mayor Lyssy, C. Osborne, J. Best and J. Candlin in attendance. The board reviewed the budget and made necessary changes. Mayor Lyssy discussed that at the next meeting the board will approve the 2013 budget and all associated resolutions. He has also typed up a memo to Carl Small, Clear Creek County Budget Officer, regarding the administrative error that occurred last year in which the sewer mill levy did not get certified to the Board of County Commissioners. Changes to the memo were made by both E. Ballard and J. Candlin and the board agreed that the memo should be sent to C. Small immediately to curtail any problems that may occur.
IGA BETWEEN TOWN AND CLEAR CREEK RADIO
This IGA was signed between all municipalities and Clear Creek Radio in 1999 and each year the town pays $250. The board discussed that the radio station is an asset to the county and E. Ballard reminded everyone that the town can have announcements made about town functions.
Steve Plutt has still not provided the town with its audit. C. Osborne will contact him and his partner tomorrow and will let them know that this is not acceptable and is putting the town behind in several different aspects including not being able to finish the budget without the beginning balances and not being able to receive its tax revenues.
Information Briefing – Reports
Information & Update Agenda
Updates from the following areas, if any, will be presented:
REPORT OF THE MAYOR
Covered under the mining activity agenda item.
E. Ballard reported that the town, on behalf of GMS, Inc., is applying for a grant from DOLA to televise the sewer lines that were not replaced in the sewer collection project and find out where the zinc is coming from. The grant is due on December 1, 2012. It was discussed that R. Gaubatz has purchased a zinc testing kit and that he feels it is better to test the zinc once the sewer lines are televised. However, Clay Brown of DOLA feels it is necessary to perform the test now. The board asked the mayor to direct R. Gaubatz to test for zinc now, especially on the east end of town and by the train. The Sewer Committee discussed the high cost of sewer sludge and that the Georgetown mayor wants to explore ways to keep the sludge in the county and use it as fertilizer. Mayor Lyssy said he thought the county was looking into this as well.
There will be an open house on December 13, 2012, to showcase the different AGS options. The next meeting will be January 10, 2013.
LOOP PARK COMMITTEE
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ballard made a motion to approve the minutes of November 12, 2012. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
RECEIVE COUNSEL RE: ONGOING TOWN LEGAL ISSUES
The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Jodi Candlin, Town Clerk