This week’s meetings

TODAY IS MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY.  The banks and the stock market are closed, as is the library, and there will be no mail delivery.

The agenda and meeting packets for this week’s meetings are available at

Monday 1/18 at 6:30 in City Council Chambers – Downtown Development Authority
Museum Manager Nathan Richie will provide an update on the big rehabilitation project being done on the Astor House.  While the walls are in good shape, the foundation needs some help, and the backyard will be regraded to prevent  it from draining towards the building.

They will also discuss their grant procedures.  The DDA offers grants for Arts & Culture ($20K), Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy ($5K), Facade Improvements ($30K), Special Events & Workshops ($15K), and Websites ($5K).

They will consider a request for loan forgiveness for the owners of the building containing Windy Saddle and Golden Moon Speakeasy.

City Staff will ask the DDA to contribute $15,000 towards an engineering survey that would redefine the flood plains through the central part of town (roughly along Ford and Jackson Streets from  15th Street to the High School and a bit beyond.  The City recently made drainage improvements to Kinney Run which removed 51 structures from the flood plain while adding 5 to it.  The proposed new survey will affect FEMA maps, insurance rates, and property values.

Tuesday 1/19 at 7 at the Community Center – Parks & Recreation
The Parks & Rec board will discuss the possibility of installing a solar “garden” (an array of solar panels) at the Rooney Road Sports Complex.  They will also discuss an RFP for a master plan and Parks Director Turullo will provide updates on the skateboard park, Golden Cliffs signage, wording of park rules, and the Clear Creek North neighborhood plan.

Thursday 1/21 at 6:30 in City Council Chambers – City Council
City Council’s consent agenda includes funding some improvements to the water treatment plant.  The School of Mines is asking for approval to replace Meyer Hall with a new building–the CSM Coors Tek Center for Applied Science and Engineering.  Council will consider updating the City’s policies regarding special events.  They will consider approving a $2 million project to replace water meters city-wide.  They will also consider approving a $1.3 million project for construction management and materials testing for the Hwy 6 & 19th Street interchange.  Finally, they will consider a one-time extension of the terms of two boards (Pubic Art & EdComm).  This is intended to more evenly distribute the number of board positions that Council needs to fill each year.  They will then go into Executive Session (not open to the public) to discuss water litigation.