City Council Meeting Recap
December 1, 2020
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COVID-19 recovery and sustainment update
Total COVID cases have doubled in the last 4 weeks. In order to help support our local businesses, staff is looking into the following: designated and signed curbside pickup locations in Old Town; open store fronts to utilize open areas in fronts of businesses; exploring potential options to look at 3rd party food delivery fees.
Motion approved 7-0: Mediated resolution of a contract dispute with HPM, Inc.
The City and HPM, Inc., the general contractor for construction of the City’s Red Zone potable
water tank, recently engaged in a mediation of a change order dispute for work performed on the tank. The City’s design engineer for the project, Merrick & Company, also participated in the mediation. The mediator facilitated a resolution of the change order dispute that is acceptable to the parties and is conditioned upon the Lafayette City Council’s approval and authorization of a one-time payment of $123,333.34 to HPM and release of any claims the City may have against HPM for liquidated damages caused by delayed completion of the tank due to additional construction work.
Ordinance No. 22-2020 approved 7-0: Second reading of the impact-resistant asphalt roof shingles building code update
City Council approved the first reading of Ordinance on Nov. 2 and, at second reading on Nov. 17, requested staff to develop additional exemption language for pending or unfiled claims from storm events over the summer of 2019.
This ordinance will require asphalt roof shingles used in new roofs or roof replacements meet impact resistant (Class 4) standards. The proposed ordinance will improve the safety of residents in the community while also reducing landfill waste and providing long-term savings. The ordinance now includes a provision that allows residential and commercial property owners to provide, from their insurance company, an official date of loss on or before August 1, 2019, to receive an exemption of the Class 4 requirement.
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. If approved, the effective date of this ordinance will be March 15.
Appointed Pamela Sherrick as a regular member of the Lafayette Public Art Committee.
Reappointed Kim Dugan as a regular member of the Lafayette Historic Preservation Board.
City Administrator’s report
Council will perform interviews for the Municipal Judge on Dec. 7. City Council has received several date options to hold a joint meeting with Boulder Valley School District, staff will coordinate a date during an upcoming regular Council meeting.
Councilor Wong: The Human Rights Commission is working on a recommendation for use of the Mary Miller name. The Santa Cop program is accepting donations through Dec. 4.
Councilor Behanna: Contact Senior Services at OlderAdults@lafayetteco.gov or visit the website to receive additional information about these upcoming activities to help seniors avoid isolation during COVID. Thursday Trackers meet for a 45-60 minute walks; Monday Crafters make projects from your home; 3rd Tuesday Lunch Buddies meet virtually from 11-12:45 and share lunch and conversation; Winter Solstice Concert on Dec. 17 from 3-4pm. The Age Well Series “Still Kicking; Addressing Agism” will be held on Dec. 8.
Councilor Barnes: Attend a free, online, special presentation of the Boulder County Trends Report, with a focus on Lafayette, on Dec. 4 at Noon. Register at https://www.lafayetteco.gov/Activities/Activity/Detail/Arts-Cultural-Activities-Workshops-3 . Presentation will be in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. A recorded version will also be available. The first 100 participants to register and complete a questionnaire will receive a $10 dining coupon.
Mayor Harkins: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) finalized their 2,000 ft. setback regulations last month. Here is the link to the recorded version of the Boulder County bicycling improvement meeting that occurred in Nov.