City Council Meeting Recap
Jan. 5, 2021
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Winter Mobility Plan presentation
Staff has developed a Winter Mobility Plan intended to better coordinate cross-departmental and interagency efforts that support community mobility and public safety during and after winter storms. This effort is cross-departmental and includes input from City Administration; Communications; Public Works; Parks, Recreation, and Open Space; Police; Planning and Building; Fire and Rescue; and Human Resources. A copy of the plan is provided in the Council agenda packet and will be posted on lafayetteco.gov.Snow.
COVID-19 Recovery and Sustainment update
County has moved into COVID-19 Level Orange
Five Star State Certification Program
- Positivity rate has slightly increased over the past couple days
- Lafayette has received full allocation of CARES funding. Over 80% was redistributed to small businesses and non-profits.
- SB20B-001 State Small business assistance program: Boulder County will help coordinate. Applications will be available soon through the County.
– This is a countywide program, led by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, which allows businesses to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders in order to operate in the next lower COVID-19 Level.
- 5 key steps to establish the program: administration, resources, enforcement, application to State for approval, business application.
- Currently developing administrative committee and a 3rd party vendor to administer program specifics and inspection process.
Next steps are to form the administrative committee, set variances, and solicit volunteer inspectors. Boulder Chamber is hoping to make application to the County by the end of the week.
Council is supportive of having the County move forward with the State application if the 3rd
party vendor proves to be capable of handling the program. There is Council support for the Lafayette Chamber to assist with resources and a desire for Lafayette to be represented on the Administrative Committee. Resolution No. 2021-03 approved 7-0: Approval of the transfer of a retail liquor store license – Thapa LLC d/b/a Beer and Wine to Suwakoti Inc. d/b/a GD Liquor
This retail premise is located at 1208 Centaur Village Dr., Ste. B. Each of the following were approved 7-0
Approval 5-2 of Resolution No. 2021-06: Affirming a commitment to oppose marijuana hospitality establishments and recreational marijuana delivery
- Resolution No. 2021-04: Appointment of Amanda Bailhache to presiding municipal court judge
- First Reading of Ordinance No. 01, Series 2021: Establishing the annual salary for Presiding Municipal Court Judge Amanda L. Bailhache
- Resolution No. 2021-05: Appointing Amanda L. Bailhache to serve as the City of Lafayette’s hearing officer for the local liquor licensing authority
The Lafayette Youth Advisory Commission (LYAC) has requested City Council oppose the authorization of marijuana hospitality establishments, retail marijuana hospitality and sales establishments, or recreational marijuana delivery within the City of Lafayette. This position is in response to data that points to high marijuana consumption amongst Boulder County youth and the possibility of further normalizing consumption and the possible violation of the indoor smoking prohibitions. Per HB 19-1230 and HB 19-1234, local municipalities must ‘opt-in’ to allow these activities in their jurisdictions. Without an ordinance or resolution authorizing these activities, both marijuana hospitality establishments and recreational marijuana delivery are prohibited in Lafayette. This resolution expresses support of a position, not a legally binding decision to allow or disallow these activities. Consent agenda approved 7-0 Council Appointments
- Reappointed Joan Potterfield and Susan Zapata to the Senior Advisory Board through Dec. 31, 2023.
- Reappointed Human Rights Commission members: Chelsea Jackson (alternate through July 2024) and Kirsten King (regular member through July 2024)
Councilor Barnes: LCAC is planning to interview for 3 open positions. Bringing on a volunteer to help review NEA grant applications. Library is looking to potentially open the facility back up on Jan. 26.
Councilor Behanna: If you receive a stimulus check and have the capacity to share it with less fortunate community members, please do.
Councilor Mangat: The youth deserve credit for some great contributions this year.
Councilor Briggs: The Historic Preservation Board is looking at performing some historic building surveys and adding in a cultural perspective. They are also looking to have some historic/interpretive signs installed in various parks.
Councilor Walton: There’s a 4-week conversation surrounding “housing for all” hosted by various groups. Councilor Walton is planning to attend. Training for local governments on mobile home parks will be held on Jan. 15, may be an opportunity for Council and staff to attend. We should be proud of the percentage of CARES funding that was put back into the local community. It is no small task to apply for reimbursement, great that we received 100% of our applications. Two Council contingency opportunity ideas; I Have a Dream student program donation; table donation for SPAN. How will we be handling One Lafayette in 2021? Interested in making sure the City’s special observation calendar is being utilized.
Mayor Harkins: Be sure to sign up for COVID vaccination notifications through Boulder County Public Health. Shout out to the Rec Center for doing an awesome job accommodating patrons during COVID restrictions. The Community Choice Energy Bill is re-emerging and will be asking for your support. Anxious to start the process to hire a new Sustainability Coordinator. Job will be posted this week. Concerned about the panhandling comment made during public comment, would like future conversation.