Michael and Sarah Janik bought a second home in Cripple Creek and hoped to use it as a short-term rental until they were ready to move in permanently. Unfortunately, their timing was off by a few months. The Janiks applied for an accommodations license in January, but were denied because the city placed a moratorium on short-term rentals in November.
As a memo from city attorney Erin Smith indicates, the zoning administrator’s hands were tied and the business license was denied. The Janiks appealed their case to the Board of Adjustment. In Cripple Creek, the town council acts as the planning commission and board of adjustment.
At the April 6 town council meeting in Cripple Creek, the Janiks had to prove that denying a lodging license created practical hardship or unnecessary hardship.
Michael Janik said the couple could temporarily swing two mortgages, but hoped to rent the property short-term to cover costs. If they can’t pay the mortgage, he said they might be forced to sell the property.
When it came time to vote, the council tried two motions – one to uphold the denial and one to overturn it. Each motion ended in a tie vote between Pro Tem Mayor Tom Litherland, acting as mayor in the absence of Milford Ashworth, and council member Charles Solomone, who both wanted to uphold the appeal , and board members Melissa Trenary and Mark Green, who did not.
In other matters, Annie Durham, RE-1 Vocational and Technical Training Coordinator for the Cripple Creek-Victor School District, reported that action has been taken to alleviate the shortage of certified nursing assistants at the health center. of Cripple Creek. She said Forest Ridge Senior Living in Woodland Park is now a CNA training facility and transportation to Forest Ridge will be provided to all prospective CNA employees during their four weeks of training.
The council accepted ownership of the Community Development Block Grant which was used to remodel and renovate the former Madame June Casino into new Community of Caring offices. Community of Caring owns and operates the mining center in Aspen, but needed more space.
Community of Caring executive director Ted Borden said that after most of the program‘s offices move to the new building, which will be called Aspen Mine Center West, the old Aspen Mine Center will retain its name and style. gift shop and will focus on community education.
The council approved on first reading an ordinance adding a new paragraph to the city code “relating to community or useful public service“. The ordinance must still be approved at second reading to be implemented. If approved, council also approved an agreement with Community of Caring and the Aspen Mine Center to oversee community service sentences imposed by the municipal court.
City Judge Edward Colt asked the city to implement a community service program as a sentencing option in addition to or instead of fines, restitution and court costs. He said in a memo that a community service option is especially needed for indigent defendants for whom fines would likely not be collectible.
Council approved payment of $57,980 from the city’s emergency budget to run a fiber optic line between the police department and city offices. Once construction of the Bronco Billy casion is complete, its new eight-story building will block line-of-sight communications between city offices.
Chief Financial Officer Paul Harris said the line will be operated using power poles from Black Hills Energy and noted that the planning and construction department was looking for reimbursement options to recover costs from Full House Resorts, which owns the Bronco Billy’s.
“We believe we will succeed,” he said. “They will not receive an occupancy certificate unless the police department is connected. They can’t open until we approve their project.
The second reading of an order to release part of South Third Street at the request of the Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino was tabled at the April 20 meeting.
City Administrator Frank Salvato recognized city employees, firefighter Kevin Fisher and transportation department employee Mary Wagner for five years of service to the city, and transportation specialist David Cook for 10 years of service.
On the gaming front, Cripple Creek outperformed Blackhawk and Central City in February. The city is awaiting information on possible sports gambling legislation being considered by state lawmakers.