City Council Meeting Recap
April 19, 2022
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APPROVED 6-0: CONSENT AGENDA
- April 5, 2022, City Council Meeting Minutes
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 11, Series 2022 / Willoughby Corner Zoning
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 12, Series 2022 / Regulating the Use of Fireworks
- Resolution No. 2022-20 / Intergovernmental Agreement with the Boulder County Youth Corps 2022
- Resolution No. 2022-21 / Surplus Vehicles and Equipment
- Resolution No. 2022-23 / Re-Appointing Special Counsel to Represent the City Regarding Collective
- Bargaining Negotiations with the City’s Firefighters Union
APPROVED 6-0: Liquor Authority Public Hearing / Resolution No. 2022-22 / New Lodging and Entertainment License / Bounce Empire, LLC / 1380 S. Public Road
Announcing Lafayette’s Poet Laureate and National Poetry Month / April 2022
In February, City Council endorsed the establishment of a Lafayette Poet Laureate program to foster an appreciation of poetry, literacy, and honor outstanding Lafayette poets. The Arts & Cultural Resources Department finalized the process and voted unanimously to appoint Izmart Tec Verde, professionally known as "ZBassSpeaks” or simply “Z,” as the Lafayette Poet Laureate for a two-year term from April 7 through March 31, 2024. The selection committee was impressed by Z’s dramatic spoken word poetry and the innovative ideas they presented for the programming they would do to engage Lafayette youth with poetry and creative expression.
Arbor Day / April 29, 2022
April 29 is the 28th year the City of Lafayette has been celebrating Arbor Day. Residents are encouraged to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands. Trees can reduce topsoil erosion, decrease heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife.
100-Year Anniversary of Boulder Community Health / April 19, 2022
The nonprofit Community Hospital Association of Boulder was established on April 19, 1922, to construct and operate a community-owned, locally governed hospital to serve the residents of Boulder Valley. Boulder Community Hospital was opened in 1926 with 45 patient beds. Since that time, the hospital has been rebranded as Boulder Community Health, opened an expanded 50,000 square foot facility in Lafayette, and is now served by 2,000 employees, 700 physicians and other clinicians on its medical staff, and 200 volunteers. It remains one of only two independent health systems in Colorado.
Melissa Slater / Senior GIS Developer
Melissa joined the Lafayette IT Department in January 2022 as the City’s first GIS Developer. She brings over 15 years of experience developing and designing spatial-based information systems. Her skills and abilities were immediately put to work where she has been essential in establishing core capabilities of our City’s GIS system. Including an interactive Legacy Lafayette Comprehensive Plan land use map.
APPROVED 6-0: First Reading / Ordinance No. 13, Series 2022 / Amending Section 75-143, “Harassment,” of the Code of Ordinances
The Colorado Supreme Court recently invalidated the phrase “intended to harass” in Colorado’s criminal harassment statute, finding that it is unconstitutionally overbroad and impermissibly restricts protected speech. Because the City’s harassment ordinance is modeled after the state’s harassment statute, it must be amended to remove the language invalidated by the court.
APPROVED 6-0: Resolution No. 2022-14 / Intergovernmental Agreement with the Town of Erie Pertaining to Tax Revenue Sharing for the Nine Mile Corner Development
This resolution approves an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Lafayette, the Town of Erie, and the Town of Erie Urban Renewal Authority memorializing terms for the sharing of tax revenues and development incentive costs pertaining to the development of Nine Mile Corner, located generally in the southeast corner of Highway 287 and Arapahoe Road in the Town of Erie.
APPROVED 6-0: Notice of Award and Construction Contract / Mark Young Construction, LLC / 2022 City Hall Renovation Project
The current opportunity of additional space made available from the move of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from City Hall allows staff to address some findings from a 2019 study which identified design, customer service, and security issues. While the ultimate goal is to relocate City Hall in the next 3-5 years, this project will improve current conditions and space challenges.
City Administrator’s Report
The Police Department is hosting a series of community meetings on April 20, June 15, and Sept. 24. Details can be found at https://www.lafayetteco.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6868
APPROVED 6-0: Appointment to the Senior Advisory Board
City Council approved a recommendation to reappoint Guy Higgins to a new three-year term ending December 31, 2024.
APPROVED 6-0: Appointments to the Lafayette Open Space Advisory Committee
City Council approved a motion to reappoint Josh Kuhn to a new four-year term ending in February 2026 and Allison Hamm to a new four-year term ending in November 2025.
APPROVED 6-0: Appointment to the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission
City Council approved a recommendation to appoint Ellen Laverdure as an alternate member of the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission.
APPROVED 6-0: Appointment to the Human Rights Commission
City Council approved a recommendation to appoint Catherine Saar as a regular member on the Human Rights Commission.
Council Discussion Regarding Alternate Board Members
Council determined to keep Boards and Commissions as they exist today. Each can discuss other options with individual Boards and bring back input to a future meeting. B&C staff liaisons will review current by-laws.
Some pros for continuing alternates: provides an opportunity to learn before becoming a member, allows flexibility travel for work, allow seasonal workers flexibility.
Some cons: alternates may not be valued as much as full members, alternates could step in when a quorum isn’t met and be a full member.
- Suggested a donation for a homeless initiative: Council passed a motion to donate $1,500 to the Metro Mayors Caucus’ flex fund to go towards the Metropolitan Homelessness Initiative. Council has contributed to this in the past.
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- Happy Arbor Day – forests are barely saving our plant right now. Amazon rain forest is a net synch. Plant a tree.
- It’s Earth Month, Friday is Earth Day. Find all the City events at www.lafayetteco.gov/EarthMonth
- BVSD bike to school day is April 20 – please drive cautiously