The Leadville City Council consists of the mayor and six council members elected from the three wards of the city. Its powers include the management and control of the finances and all the property real and personal, belonging to the city. For more information about the city council's duties and responsibilities see Chapter 2.04 of the Leadville Municipal Code.
City Councilmembers are Jane Gowing representing Ward 1, Tracey Lauritzen representing Ward 1, Tim Hill representing Ward 2, Cisco Tharp representing Ward 2, Dana Greene representing Ward 3, Max Forgensi representing Ward 3.
City Council meetings are regularly scheduled on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, starting at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held in council chambers located in City Hall, 800 Harrison Ave., Leadville CO 80461
|Jane Gowing- Ward 1
Dana Greene- Ward 3
|Tim Hill - Ward 2
|Cisco Tharp- Ward 2
Justin M. Forgensi- Ward 3
|Tracey Lauritzen-Ward 1
City Council met on 9/11/18 to discuss a list of core values and priorities to frame the 2019 budget work sessions. During this meeting, it was determined that the following vision and mission statements will be placeholders and council/staff will be fine tuning the two statements over the next several months. Please review the list of core values that were unanimously selected and the list of 2019 priorities.
We maintain our authentic Leadville identity while improving the quality of life for residents that is economically, culturally, and environmentally sustainable.
We are respectful, harmonious and collaborative and insist on transparent governing that prioritizes opportunities that preserve our history and heritage.
Open-minded & Flexible
1. Southern Fire Station and School Resource Officer* funding as these conversations have been continuous in 2018 and are known budgetary requirements in 2019.
2. Economic Drivers* issues such as parking, restrooms, Gateway/Signage plan, and parks were identified as important considerations for economic strategies.
3. Housing* coming out of the EPS affordable housing study and meeting with the BOCC, City Council identified wanting to keep the momentum and are committed to partnering towards housing related goals and funding in 2019.
4. Transportation Infrastructure* this was discussed as a long-term set of challenges that will likely need strategic considerations for funding these improvements and setting a long-range plan. Issues include paving streets, sidewalk connectivity, safe routes to school, snow removal issues, and a few capital purchases like a mini-excavator for the Street Dept.
5. Tabor Opera House* the City of Leadville purchased the TOH in the fall on 2016 and has partnered with the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation for the operations and grant funding of the building. It was discussed that the City may need to step up participation in funding the management and operations of this building while the TOHPF build upon the momentum and continue to grant fundraising for the rehabilitation of the building.
6. Assets* the City of Leadville has several properties that might be viable for future uses or as leverage for land swaps. Further, there might be an opportunity to acquire certain parcels that might have good public use in the future (such as the Union Pacific property located near Chicken Hill). Finally, the City Council recognizes the needs for improvements to City Hall for better function as well as continued upkeep of the building.
7. The Animal Shelter* A City Council member raised the needs of the growth and space constraints at the Leadville Animal Shelter and needs for a better more adequate space. It was discussed that there are passionate community members working on ideas and plans and that partnering with these efforts in the future should be a priority.
8. Neglected Properties* Council discussed that enforcement of neglected properties continues to be a focus with the hope of working with property owners to mitigate nuisance problems. Should the result end in clean-up falling to the City the council determined it will be a case by case basis and may need financial support to accommodate those issues.