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DENVER-In the next few weeks, the Denver City Council will probably consider matters that would ensure the $347.3 million, 1,100-room Colorado Convention Center hotel will go forward.On April 1, the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council had threatened to collect signatures for a vote to overturn a recently created hotel authority that will own, finance and be in charge of developing the planned Hyatt hotel.

The union group charges that the city wasn’t enforcing its own laws regarding paying the prevailing wages and having enough journeymen on public project sites. The city denied the charges. <p< The trades council always said it didn't want to kill the hotel, but it needed to threaten the election to get the city's attention.Some people thought that was like killing a fly with a hammer. It might work, but it could cause a lot of unintended damage while doing so.

But now, Mayor Wellington Webb and the trades council have reached a tentative agreement that would preclude a vote on the authority. That will allow the authority to sell the bonds for the hotel and for construction to go forward in early June, as planned.

The agreement, which still needs City Council approval, calls for the authority to pay for a dedicated inspector at the hotel site to monitor contractors and subcontractors. The union group would have access to the inspector to make complaints.The other part would be a new ordinance that would allow frequent violators of the city’s rules to be precluded from bidding on future city projects for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time.

Similar federal rules typically bar violators from working on federal projects for three years, according to Wally Brauer, the attorney for the construction trades council.

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