The town of Cripple Creek remains understaffed, but has managed to hire essential staff, including some administrative assistants to help key staff members.
At the September 15 Cripple Creek City Council meeting, Acting City Administrator Ray White said the first position filled was an administrative assistant to work with Director of Public Works Steve DiCamillo and replace a staff member of the department who is on maternity leave.
White also announced that interviews for a new Cripple Creek Fire Chief will be underway soon. Additionally, the city’s planning consultant, Baseline Engineering Corp., will add another planner to work with municipal planner Alyssa Rivas.
In other cases, Chief Financial Officer Paul Harris said the county saw 118 new cases of COVID-19 in the first half of September. Ten of them were at Cripple Creek.
“That’s more cases than the county had in all of August,” he said. “Unfortunately, there was also another COVID-related death this month.”
The Board approved two orders on the initial posting. Both were rezoning applications to change properties zoned from Limited Residential (R-2) to Neighborhood Residential (R-3/4). Both properties are owned by Century Casinos, which is represented by John Vasilakis on behalf of the promoters, Boulder Run Investments LLC and REI Services LLC.
These two initial projects will be Thurlow Avenue and Crystal Street and are part of a larger workforce housing project at Century-Casinos properties scattered throughout the city.
Council also approved a resolution granting Century Casinos a Certificate of Suitability for the construction of three 4-plex modular residences — a total of 12 units — on Masonic Avenue.
Councilor Meghan Rozell abstained from the vote because she did not attend the special meeting on September 10 when council discussed the matter and waived developer water tap fees for these projects .