City Council Meeting Recap
Dec, 15 2020
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2020 Year in Review Video presentation
Despite the difficulties we’ve experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and the Lafayette community have demonstrated a remarkable level of resiliency. In 2019 staff began the tradition of producing an annual “year in review video” for City Council and the Lafayette community. The 2020 Year in Review Video is available for public viewing at youtu.be/NspG9DOkB0s. A version with Spanish captions is available at youtu.be/-6BPNuHhNQQ
COVID-19 Recovery and Sustainment update
State and local cases are beginning to subside, but are still at levels higher than any other point throughout the pandemic. The Arts and Cultural Resources Department received a National Endowment for the Arts grant through the CARES Act, and will be distributing $200,000 to Lafayette artists and non-profit art organizations. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 29 at lafayetteco.gov/ArtsandCulture
The recent special State session resulted in 10 new bills passed to provide COVID-19 assistance. The State also provided some clarification and updates to the COVID-19 Dial Level Red, recognizing houses of worship critical businesses, allowing museums/art studios to operate at 25%, and allowing bars to offer curbside pick-up without being required to sell food.
Vaccine distribution began this week in Colorado. There are 5 phases of distribution with healthcare/frontline workers first. The general public will wrap up the phases likely later this summer.
Resolution No. 2020-69 approved 6-1: Urging Boulder County Public Health to Immediately Undertake Comprehensive Enforcement of the State of Colorado’s Public Health Orders and Laws to Prevent and Slow the Transmission of COVID-19 Within the City of Lafayette
At Mayor Harkin’s request, a resolution was prepared urging Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) to immediately enforce state public health orders and laws within the City of Lafayette in order to prevent and slow the transmission of the COVID-19 illness. This resolution was prepared to address City Council’s concerns regarding recent large gatherings of people within the City where it appeared that 6-feet of physical distancing between households was not observed and individuals were not wearing face coverings, as required by the Governor’s executive orders and CDPHE’s public health orders.
BCPH has jurisdiction to administer and enforce the state’s public health orders within the City of Lafayette, including physical distancing and face covering requirements. Because the City does not have its own local health agency, the City relies on BCPH for the enforcement of state and county public health orders. This resolution was drafted to convey that BCPH needs to use its enforcement powers on behalf of the health and welfare of Lafayette residents. BCPH also needs to take action where such orders are being violated and to ensure compliance where there is a very real evidenced-based risk of an outbreak or super-spreader event occurring when individuals and event organizers do not comply with physical distancing and face covering requirements.
Councilor Mangat: In addition to the NEA funding, the Public Arts Grant is also available at lafayetteco.gov/Arts-Grants
Councilor Wong: The Colorado Crisis hotline number is 844-493-(TALK)8255 or you can text TALK to 38255 for support and counseling services for yourself or a loved one. BVSD is hosting Let’s Talk Education that will cover how to support students socially and emotionally
Dec. 17 at 5pm Comcast Channel 22 or bvsd.org/bv22
Councilor Briggs: The Prairie Dog Advisory Working Group met regarding; 1) Wastewater treatment plant relocation will be happening this spring. 2) Rock Creek Open Space surveyed as a receiving site to allow relocations. 3) Powerline Trail relocation activity was updated.
The Senior Advisory Board is still working to connect with the Lafayette Youth Advisory Board and developing possible projects.
Councilor Walton: Lafayette Open Space Advisory Committee is doing a virtual comment period in preparation to draft a Wildlife Plan RFP. They are also looking to do a walking tour of the Waneka Centennial Farm.
Councilor Barnes: Sister Carmen has and continues to provide extraordinary support for this community. Visit them for assistance or to donate: sistercarmen.org .
The TRENDS report presentation from the Boulder County Community Foundation is available here.
Walmart has installed new, fast, electric vehicle charging stations for public use.
Mayor Harkins: Kudos to the three new Councilors who served their first year during COVID-19. Thank you to staff and our first responders who have done a great job this year despite challenges.
Will be attending a CDPHE presentation on the Five Star business certification program to learn more.