CC&V Gold Mine Amendment 13 Available for Review

Newmont CC&V (https://www.newmont.com/operations-projects/north-america/cripple-creek/ ) has filed an application for Amendment 13 to its mining permit with the State’s Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety (DRMS).  A separate permit amendment application will be filed with Teller County in late summer of 2020.  This amendment can be summarized as a plan for the extension of the Squaw Valley (Gulch), or VLF2, Leach Pad, within the current mine boundary.  After the current mining of Schist Island Phase I (approved under earlier permitting) is complete, and an area used to store ore is moved to a leach pad, VLF2 will be extended to the north.  Essentially, what people now see as a surface mine and ore storage area (dump), they will instead see a zero discharge Valley Leach Field.

If Amendment 13 is approved, this project will allow the surface mining operations to continue beyond the current projected completion of 2026 to 2028.  CC&V’s announced the public comment period for the amendment in the Pikes Peak Courier on 1/15/2020. DRMS will accept comments on the application through February 25.

CC&V’s goal is to make this complex amendment application document available for public review as efficiently as possible and has placed copies in the Victor, Cripple Creek, and Woodland Park Libraries.  Users can simply ask the librarian to review CC&V’s Amendment 13 documents.  A copy of the permit is also available for review at the Victor City Hall – please contact them for an appointment (https://cityofvictor.com/).  In addition, the State of Colorado has taken the responsibility of making the application available on the DRMS website.  To view the files, the user needs to visit this URL: https://dnrweblink.state.co.us/drms/search.aspx?dbid=0  , then follow these instructions: Click on the dropdown arrow on the top left, then select “Template”.  Next, enter “m1980244” under permit number, and select the date range from December 1, 2019 to January 1, 2020, then click “Search” at the bottom. This will pull up 2 pages of linked documents that were submitted as the Amendment 13 application.

If someone wants to make comments about the application to DRMS, they require that written comments be sent to:

DRMS
1313 Sherman Street, Room 215
Denver, CO 80203

The DRMS Phone Number is: (303)866-3567

Future community meetings will be scheduled.

Get Involved in Victor’s Main Street Program!

Attention Residents, Business Owners, and Those Employed within the Vibrant City of Victor:

An opportunity is on the horizon and it’s one you do not want to miss. Victor Main Street is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Commission! The Commission will begin planning for 2020 projects within our Downtown as we enter the New Year.

Appropriate candidates will be willing and excited to work closely with Victor’s City Council recommending feasible ideas regarding:

  • Organization of our community toward common goals, with Downtown improvement and reactivation in mind.
  • The design of an inviting atmosphere in the Downtown areas, which are aesthetically pleasing and unique to Victor.
  • Healthy promotion of the opportunities within Victor, especially the Downtown.
  • Economic restructuring of the Downtown, with emphasis on filling unused spaces with creative enterprises; helping existing businesses to upgrade their productivity; and recruiting new entrepreneurs to bolster local economy.

The Commission meets once monthly, usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Candidates should be consistent in their availability for these monthly meetings, as well as willing and enthusiastic about volunteering for events throughout the year.

Should YOU be interested in this opportunity to serve your community in a creative, dynamic way, please submit a Letter of Interest to Victor Main Street Manager Becky Frank no later than December 31, 2019 at bfrank@cityofvictor.com OR drop it off at City Hall at 500 Victor Avenue (regular hours are Monday – Thursday, 8a – 4p, Friday 8a – Noon, and there is a mail-drop slot should you swing by outside these hours).

Feel free to call Becky with any further questions at (719) 689-5640.

Please LIKE us on Facebook, and browse around our page to learn more!

https://www.facebook.com/VictorMainStreetProgram/

Check out these links to learn more about the Main Street Program.

https://www.facebook.com/COMainSt/                                 https://www.mainstreet.org/home

Water Notice Coming

Victor water users will soon receive a notice, required by the Colorado Water Quality Control Division, explaining five deficiencies in the latest sanitary survey.  All of these deficiencies relate to paperwork and reporting, NOT to the safety of your drinking water. These are minor issues due to a change in forms or updated requirements for reporting.  A few are already completed, but weren’t available to the State during the survey. If you have questions, please contact Mickey Groves as listed in the flyer!

Bottom Line: Your water is safe and is some of the best in the nation!!

City of Victor Job Announcement – Part-time Custodian

Position Title:    Custodian (Part-time)

Position Summary:  Keeps premises of the City Hall and Community Center, as well as, Pinnacle Plaza and Wallace Park public restrooms in clean and orderly condition by performing the following duties:

  • Cleans and polishes lighting fixtures, wood surfaces, and trim.
  • Cleans rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, rest rooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, and other work areas.
  • Sweeps, scrubs, waxes, and polishes floor.
  • Vacuums rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies.
  • Dusts furniture and equipment.
  • Polishes metalwork.
  • Washes interior windows, door panels, and sills and dusts and cleans blinds.
  • Empties wastebaskets and transports trash and waste to disposal area.
  • Replenishes bathroom supplies.
  • Transports small equipment or tools between departments.

Other duties may be assigned.  This part-time position requires approximately 10-15 hours per week.  Pay range – $12.00-$13.00 dependent upon experience.

Application Due date:   November 27, 2019 – 12:00 p.m (noon).

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How to Apply for City Jobs:

If you are interested in applying for the above position and meet the eligibility criteria found in the job description, please submit a completed Job application form to City Hall by 12:00 pm, Wednesday, November 27th.  Job Descriptions and application forms are available at City Hall or may be downloaded from the City Website at www.cityofvictor.com .

 

 

Follow-up to Victor Housing Meeting on October 16 – South First Street Development

Thank you to everyone who attended the community meeting on October 16 to discuss ideas for city-owned lots on South First Street.

There were many good questions and comments on the idea of selecting a developer partner to build some new housing on the 16 city-owned lots.  Many comments supported building homes for sale to teachers and other permanent residents who need housing in Victor.

After reviewing all the ideas, the City Council has decided to move ahead with selecting a developer partner for the site.  A Request for Proposals is being issued on November 3, 2019.

We expect to have another opportunity for public input at some point in the process and will keep you updated.

Below are some of the comments from the meeting and some questions with responses.

For questions, please call Deb or Becky at 719-689-5641 or -5640, respectively.

 Community Housing Meeting, October 16th 2019-Victor, CO

 Community Thoughts:

+ Multifamily Density not popular, prefer single family home ownership (not apartments)

+  Home Ownership Only (no rentals)

+ Buena Vista Model would work

+ 1,500-2,500 SQ Foot (Family)

+ 2-3 Bedroom

+ Better Drainage

+ 1,000 SQ Foot (starter home)

+ Targeted at community members instead of transient employees

+ Needs to be maintained

+ Higher density units on Victor Avenue only

+ Keep current neighborhood housing density

+ Not overdeveloped/cramped

+ Build 3, Sell 3 (if land retained by City, half to be sold)

+ Incentives for development on other properties available?

+ Deed Restrictions can be used

+ Do the citizens even want housing?

+ Online updates on blog and Facebook

+ City Referendum

+ City as a partner is beneficial

+ Smaller homes 700-800 SQ Foot

 

To Do List – Specific Answers to Questions Posed

– In the survey, was there a breakout predicted job growth by industry?

The job growth was projected for the zip code area comprising Cripple Creek and Victor (80813, 80860). This is because the mine is in the zip code area, not city-boundaries.

The survey did not project based on specific industry – though the survey indicated growth would occur across the mix of jobs that exists. In other words, assume that job growth will match pretty much what exists now.

– How many Victor residents responded to the survey?

About 25% of all households in Victor to respond to the survey: 62 within city limits; 89 living in the zip code (80860). That is a very high ratio; 19-20% is more typical.

 

+ Additional ADU information – The City is reviewing options to allow accessory dwelling units on properties

+ Housing Rehabilitation Grant Info (COG) – http://www.uaacog.com/housingrehabilitationhomeimprovement.html

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