Town of Cripple Creek seeks disadvantaged community status to offset lost appliance fees | Mail from Pikes Peak

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CRIPPLE CREEK • City Administrator Frank Salvato spoke with the Cripple Creek City Council at its Oct. 19 meeting about a recent prequalification meeting between city officials and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

“If we qualify as a disadvantaged community, we will receive more grants and low interest loans,” he said.

City chief financial officer Paul Harris said the city’s casinos lost a few more devices. A large portion of the city’s budget is based on appliance fees.

Council approved two $8,000 water and sewer fee waivers for single-family homes. The first was requested by JR Gatlin and Janet Edwards for a house under construction on Hayden Street between Golden and Galena Avenues. The second was requested by James Kroll, owner of Serenity Home Creation LLC, for a home at 219 Bennett Ave.

The city council is authorized to waive certain fees and provide other in-kind and financial assistance to developers under the city’s housing development incentive program.

The board approved a conditional use permit amendment requested by Clayton Homes of Pueblo for a home under construction at 535 E. Carr Ave. Council had to review the initial conditional use permit application for six homes on these lots because the city’s development codes do not have dimensional standards for mixed zone BB homes.

Consideration of a change to previously approved dimensional standards is also the responsibility of the board. City building official Ken Hartsfield said the changes were reasonable and council agreed unanimously.

The council approved an ordinance on initial posting which, if approved on second reading and in open court, would free up part of the island across from the Wildwood Casino where Colorado 67 turns into Carbonate Street. The future owners of the Wildwood Casino, the Golden Nugget, asked the current owner to apply for the vacation so they could furnish it and use it for signage.

At least one utility line will need to be relocated at developer’s expense.

Director of Public Works Steve DiCamillo explained that the landowner owns the land up to the middle of the street and if a municipal right-of-way is released, the land reverts to the landlord.

“It’s an island that we don’t use,” he said. “We will sign a utility relocation agreement with the developer.”

In addition, council approved an initial posting ordinance that would add “dirty glass” to the list of nuisances for vacant commercial buildings.

The ordinance explains that “vacant buildings are easily identifiable due to lack of maintenance, including dirty windows” and that the modification of the nuisance code is necessary to “ensure safety, preserve health, promote prosperity and improve the morality, order, comfort and convenience of the city.

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