City Council Meeting Recap
November 2, 2020
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Ordinance approved 7-0: Extension to moratorium on land use applications for oil and gas operations until May 31, 2021
Lafayette’s special counsel for Oil and Gas presented an update on Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC) rulemaking proceedings taking place in response to Senate Bill 181. The proceedings were delayed due to COVID-19 and are anticipated to wrap up in November and January. Because the City is collaborating with Boulder County to draft consistent regulations, and this work is dependent on the COGCC outcomes, it is recommended to extend Lafayette’s current moratorium by six months to May 31, 2020. This will allow continued work on the regulations and time to perform public engagement and collect input. Ten public comments were provided on this topic.
Graduate Student presentation on commercial waste collection
In February 2018, City Council adopted ambitious waste diversion goals, including 50% diversion by 2026. Achieving these goals will require progress in residential, commercial, industrial, and construction and demolition waste sectors. Data and analysis presented will aid staff in establishing a baseline for commercial waste collection in the City for future policy change considerations and how to work with haulers to establish structured waste reporting.
Cases are spiking significantly and have exceeded previous spikes experienced during the pandemic. Boulder County is working with the State on a mitigation plan in an effort to avoid moving from Level 2 to Level 3. However, if the County does move into Level 3, it could occur around Nov. 11 or sooner if the state deems necessary.
The City’s Small Business Sustainment Grant Program received 77 applications by the October 25 closing date. Over half were new applicants from the first round, 70 were eligible, and 7 were home-based. Final review will wrap up this week with notifications going out to businesses.
Introduction of the 2021 Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) budget
City Council has an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the annual LURA budget. A public hearing and final budget presentation to LURA will be held on Nov. 10. Projected revenues for the proposed 2021 LURA budget total $1.3 million and are comprised of property tax and sales tax within the district. The 2021 proposed expenses of $1.6 million reflect the 2020 amended budget and is adjusted for anticipated projects and 2020 year-to-date spending trends. City Council provided input on their support for business retention and minority-owned businesses.
Ordinance approved 6-1 on first reading: Impact-resistant asphalt roof shingles building code update
Frequent hailstorms on the Front Range cause extensive damage to the roofs of homes and businesses. These storms result in expensive roof replacements and large amounts of waste from damaged asphalt shingles. Between 2018 and 2019 over 5,000 roofs were replaced resulting in 13,000 to 21,000 tons of waste. This ordinance requires Class 4, impact-resistant shingles, to be used on new and repaired roofs, resulting in fewer damaged shingle replacements, and subsequently reducing waste being placed in landfills. The effective date will be March 15 if approved on second reading. Second reading is scheduled for Nov. 17 and Council expressed interest in further discussing details.
Ordinance failed 3-4 on first reading: Prohibiting temporary or permanent residency of Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) and Sex Offenders in Lafayette
Over the past decade, several communities in Colorado have enacted regulations prohibiting registered sex offenders or Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) from establishing temporary or permanent housing within set distances of certain public facilities. After a lengthy discussion and a dialogue with various amendments to the proposed ordinance, Council did not pass the ordinance referring to research that cites such restrictions may be counterproductive. Three public comments were provided on this topic.
Ordinance approved 7-0: Final adoption of the 2021 Budget
The 2021 Recommended Budget is $79.8 million and represents a 31.3% decrease from the 2020 Budget. The primary factor in this budget decrease comes from an anticipated 2020 debt issuance in water reclamation for $23.8 million and several large capital projects planned in 2020. When considering these 2020 one-off budget items, the 2021 Recommended Budget is a 5.4% decrease from the adjusted 2020 Budget. The General Fund Budget, the City’s largest fund, remains flat from 2020.
Despite multiple challenges during 2020, there are some positive indicators looking ahead. Locally, the City of Lafayette has been relatively fortunate compared to neighboring communities. Our diversity of revenue types and mixture of businesses within the City have provided some stability during these uncertain times.
The 2021 Recommended Budget was approved on first reading with no public comment. This second reading and adoption of the proposed budget was approved with 1 public comment.
Along with the budget adoption, the following were also approved
- Approval 7-0: adopting the 2021 Pay Plan
- Resolution approved 7-0: setting a 5% increase in rates for the 2021 Water Reclamation Fund
- The discussion was delayed for a Resolution amending the cash-in-lieu of water rights fee previously established for developers. Council will resume the discussion at an upcoming meeting. Seven public comments were provided on this topic.
All proposed 2021 budget materials are available at Lafayette-Listens.com/2021BudgetProcess.
Resolution approved 7-0: Intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for Law Enforcement Dispatch
The City of Lafayette Police Department has relied on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Dispatch Service for 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services for the past 40 plus years. This service includes the answering of emergency and non-emergency public safety calls, the dispatching of the respective police department to those calls, and the routine tracking and recording of officer activity. The financial impact is $528,213.