Latest News – January 12
Leadville City Officials Sworn Into Office Last Night
It was standing room only at Leadville City Council Chambers during last night’s Swearing In ceremony of newly elected city officials and law enforcement officers. Municipal Judge Neil Reynolds took the new city employees through the official oath of office where they all promised to up hold the Constitution of the United States, as well as Colorado.
Two new council members and one re-appointed member now complete the seven person council making decision for the highest incorporated city in America. A new leader is also at the helm as former City Council Member Greg Labbe moved into the Mayor’s chair.
In addition to council members, Leadville also got a new Treasurer and City Clerk last night. Outgoing Mayor Jamie Stuever will now transition into being caretaker of city coffers as the new Treasurer. And Pam Anderson was sworn in as Leadville’s new City Clerk.
As part of last night’s ceremony, outgoing Mayor Stuever recognized several civil servants for their years of dedication to the city. Betty Benson, Luke Finken and Joe Swyers each received a “shingle” award, noting their years of service. Following suit, outgoing Council member Finken recognized Stuever for his term as Mayor, presenting Stuever with an official key to the city, a ceremonial gesture initiated during Stuever time in the captain’s chair.
The Leadville Police Department also had three city policemen officially sworn into office by Judge Reynolds, in addition to Officer Daniel Hanson receiving an advancement to Sergeant.
Throughout the evening’s speeches and presentations the term “representative democracy” was echoed, although formally, the city council’s duties and responsibilities are clearly outlined in Chapter 2.04 of the Leadville Municipal Code.”
It’s also with this online documentation that compensation for positions are stated. This time around, Leadville’s mayor received a sizable raise and will make $30,000 a year. The City Clerk will be compensated $18,000 annually, the Treasurer will receive $200/month. City council members will also be compensated $200 monthly for their services.
Leadville City Council Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. You can sign up for email alerts by requesting to be on the list at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations to all and Best of Luck!
Assessor’s Office To Upgrade Appraisal Software
The Lake County Assessor’s office announced last week that they will be upgrading the assessor appraisal software system. The current system which has been used by the assessor’s office since the 1990s will be replaced by Tyler Technologies, a windows based system that is currently used by 23 out of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado.
The current schedule is to start the migration to the new system in the fall of 2016,” stated Lake County Assessor Miguel Martinez, “with the initial “go-live” date in November of 2017.” This schedule will allow for adequate testing of the new system, time to train staff, and testing of all critical workflows ensuring improved efficiency with other departments, according to Martinez.
- The new system will give the following benefits to the citizens of the county:
- Ensure more equitable and uniform values county wide
- Complete parcel data integration: including property data, pictures, sketches, and GIS
- A robust and user friendly website that allows access to data 24/7 on any device, even mobile devices
- More detailed search options to help citizens find what they are looking for quickly
- A platform that will allow us to grow into the future: including online form submittal and online payments for services
- Eliminate unnecessary trips into the office during business hours using online tools to get the information you need
- Many internal improvements that will allow staff to work much more efficiently
- Value: the annual costs for licensing the new system will be less than that of the current system
Assessor Martinez invites Lake County residents and property owners to stop in the Lake County Assessor’s office in the courthouse with questions. He may also be reached at email@example.com or 719-486-4111.
Thousands of Workers Got A Raise on January 1, You?
The Division of Labor has adopted Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 32 effective January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, to reflect the state minimum wage of $8.31 per hour. No more than $3.02 per hour in tip income may be used to offset the minimum wage of tipped employees.
Article XVIII, Section 15, of the Colorado Constitution requires the Colorado minimum wage to be adjusted annually for inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index used for Colorado.
Pursuant to the inflation adjustment requirement of Article XVIII, Section 15, of the Colorado Constitution, if either of the following two situations applies to an employee, then the employee is entitled to the $8.31 state minimum wage or the $5.29 state tipped employee minimum wage, effective January 1, 2016:
- The employee is covered by the minimum wage provisions of Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 32.
- The employee is covered by the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Employers covered by the Wage Order are required to post the Colorado Minimum Wage Order Poster (below).
Colorado Minimum Wage Order 32 Fact Sheet
Colorado Minimum Wage Fact Sheet
Colorado Minimum Wage Order 32 Poster