TOWN OF SILVER PLUME
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
DECEMBER 10, 2012
The Silver Plume Board of Trustees met on Monday, December 10, 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 present
Nicholas Regester present
Scott Shafer excused
Others present: John Volk, Casey Day 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. Regester seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
WATER PLANT UPDATE – JOHN VOLK
John Volk updated the board on activities associated with the water plant. The town received a bill in the amount of $3680 from PALL Corporation for tech support, installation of computer hardware and travel. J. Volk did not agree with portions of the bill and let the board know he was going to speak to PALL Corp. about it. The board asked that J. Candlin not pay the bill at this point and to wait until after she hears from J. Volk. The water level in the infiltration gallery is low, most likely due to the drought, so water is being pulled out of Clear Creek.
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. Instead, a conference call was held but before the call was made, the board discussed the mining activity. Mayor Lyssy recapped the activity for those in the audience who were not familiar with what was going on. There are 500 to 600 acres of mining claims that Gary Hopkins from Indiana is planning to mine residual minerals in the tailings piles. Part of the mining claims are in the town and part are in the county so both entities will be involved. If the applicant meets state mining requirements then a permit can be issued. Mayor Lyssy is working with Phyllis Adams of UCCWA to monitor this situation. In the meantime, Mayor Lyssy and Bill Gorsky met with a representative from the state about the potential mining activity at the site. He took pictures and will be researching the activity that has already occurred. Mayor Lyssy has been in contact with the town's attorney about passing an ordinance to limit load limits on the town's streets and will be meeting with her later in the week. The town is trying to do what is in its scope to prevent mining above town due to the various impacts it will have on the town including water quality, avalanches, slides and chemicals. N. Regester suggested involving Coors and the City of Golden as they are the majority water rights' holders. Casey Day suggested notifying the historic district as well. Mayor Lyssy has been working with the county planning department as well. The 7:30 Trail is non-motorized and is the only access road to the mining claims and is owned by the county. The county will not allow them to use this trail for access but old mining laws may have precedence. C. Day volunteered to research this and any other issues that he can help with. Mayor Lyssy then made the conference call to Jim Irwin and asked what the mining company was planning and wanted to know the impacts on the town and any mitigation. J. Irwin did not address the topics to the satisfaction of the board but said that they would be mining on the edge of town and once they were finished, it would look exactly like it did prior to the mining activity. It was decided that a site visit would be held on Thursday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. and that J. Irwin would be in attendance as well as county officials, town officials and interested town residents, including Casey Day.
Steve Plutt provided the audit by email and Mayor Lyssy and C. Osborne reviewed it and have no concerns about it. The town has accepted the audit and it has been submitted to the state.
APPROVE 2013 BUDGET AND ASSOCIATED RESOLUTIONS:
RESOLUTION 2012-06 -RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2013
RESOLUTION 2012-07 - RESOLUTION TO SET MILL LEVIES FOR THE YEAR 2013
RESOLUTION 2012-08 - RESOLUTION TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE YEAR 2013
RESOLUTION 2012-09 - RESOLUTION TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE 2012 AMENDED SEWER BUDGET
Ballard made a motion to approve Resolution Numbers 2012-06, 2012-07 and 2012-08. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Lyssy and J. Candlin need to make changes to Resolution 2012-09 so this resolution will not be approved tonight but at a later meeting.
SEWER ENTERPRISE RESOLUTION 2012-01 - RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2013
SEWER ENTERPRISE RESOLUTION 2012-02 - RESOLUTION TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE SEWER ENTERPRISE FOR THE YEAR 2013
Ballard made a motion to approve Sewer Enterprise Resolutions 2012-01 and 2012-02. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
WATER ENTERPRISE RESOLUTION 2012-01 - RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2013
WATER ENTERPRISE RESOLUTION 2012-02 - RESOLUTION TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE WATER ENTERPRISE FOR THE YEAR 2013
Regester made a motion to approve Water Enterprise Resolutions 2012-01 and 2012-02. Mond seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
APPROVE RESOLUTION 2012-10 – WATER RATE INCREASE FOR 2013
Water rates have not been increased since 2006 and rates need to be raised. The rate was increased by $4.00 this year and the board will phase in increases over the next few years. It was discussed that a letter should be sent out with the next water and sewer bills explaining the reasons (the town needs enough money to pays its water and sewer loans and build reserves) for the rate increase for both water and sewer.
Ballard made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-10. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
APPROVE RESOLUTION 2012-11 – SEWER RATE INCREASE FOR 2013
The sewer rate was increased by the C.P.I. of 2.4%.
Ballard made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-11. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
CCFA IGA – IDAHO SPRINGS PROPOSED AGREEMENT RE: POSTPONEMENT OF TERMINATION LANGUAGE
Fire Chief Kelly Babeon brought the amended Clear Creek Fire Authority IGA to the mayor on November 19, 2012 and the mayor and town clerk signed it. Mayor Lyssy sent a letter to the CCFA Board letting them know the town signed the IGA and is intending to hold a special election to raise the town's mill levy in order to pay for the IGA. Due to new language in the IGA, Jeff Best can no longer be the town's representative since he is now on the fire department. Nick Regester wants to be the new representative but let the board know that he is absent during the summer. However, the fire authority allows voting by phone so that will not be a problem.
Ballard made a motion to appoint Nick Regester as the Town of Silver Plume's Fire Authority Representative. Mond seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Information Briefing – Reports
Updates from the following areas, if any, will be presented:
REPORT OF THE MAYOR
Covered under the mining activity agenda item.
Covered by John Volk earlier.
E. Ballard reported that the town, on behalf of GMS, Inc., has applied for a grant in the amount of $41,000 to continue the sewer project. He is fairly confident the town will receive it as it is not a large amount of money. The Sewer Committee continues to work on the state of collections by both towns.
There will be an open house on December 13, 2012, to showcase the different AGS options.
There is not a meeting this month.
LOOP PARK COMMITTEE
There is roof damage on the pavilion and E. Ballard will contact John Busenitz about this.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ballard made a motion to approve the minutes of November 26, 2012. Osborne seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
RECEIVE COUNSEL RE: ONGOING TOWN LEGAL ISSUES
The meeting adjourned at 9:22 p.m.
Jodi Candlin, Town Clerk