City Council Meeting Recap
Feb. 2, 2021
Stay engaged and keep informed of the issues your Lafayette elected officials are working on by following the City Council Meeting Recap. Subscribe here. ProclamationsRecognizing the service of Presiding Municipal Judge Roger Buccholz
After almost 40 years as Lafayette’s Presiding Municipal Judge, Judge Roger Buchholz announced his retirement in September 2020. This is a proclamation to recognize his outstanding service to the City. Designating Feb. 6, 2021, as LafaYeti Day
Organized by the local business community, “LafaYeti Day
” coincides with the City’s zip code digits (80026) or February 6. The organizers hope to make the celebration, which involves special offers at participating businesses, citywide to continue to promote small business, especially during the current economic challenges business face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.COVID-19 Recovery and Sustainment Update
Trends are showing COVID numbers decreasing, but health officials are continuing to stress the importance of mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing. The seven day average has fallen below 5%. Vaccine distribution update
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released an updated vaccine distribution plan with details about the next group to be vaccinated. Beginning Feb. 8, people aged 65-69 years old, PK-12 educators and staff, and childcare workers in licensed childcare programs, will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Those aged 65-69 years old can sign up with a vaccine provider by visiting Boulder County Public Health’s vaccination webpage
. Residents will be notified from those providers when they are able to schedule a vaccination appointment.
It is estimated that on March 5, frontline workers and Coloradans ages 16-64 with two or more high-risk conditions will also be eligible to receive the vaccine. It’s also projected that Coloradans ages 60 and up will be able to start receiving the vaccine around March 5. More information can be found on the State’s website: coCOVIDvaccine.org
or call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). Boulder County 5 Star Business Certification Program Update
The State has approved the Boulder County 5 Star Program application
. This program allows businesses who meet more stringent COVID safety measures to operate at greater customer capacity. Applications will be available for local businesses by Feb. 5 and inspections are expected to begin Feb. 8. Businesses who had signed up for the waitlist will be contacted and invited to complete an application. The City of Lafayette has made available our Language Line mobile app service to provide interpretation services for inspectors. Approved 6-0: Resolution No. 2021-10 - Prairie Dog Advisory Working Group (PDAWG) reappointment
PDAWG was established by City Council in 2019 to create a two-year advisory group to help address issues related to grassland ecosystems, wildlife protection approaches, specific prairie dog management techniques, and increased prairie dog/human land use conflicts. It was City Council’s intent that PDAWG would provide meaningful input relating to potential policy revisions and regulations. The group believes their work is not complete, and another two-year term has been requested to adequately finish the initial objectives. To find information about Lafayette’s prairie dog permitting process, visit lafayetteco.gov/PrairieDogs
. Approved 6-0: Motion to approve contract: Multimodal Transportation Plan (MMTP) consultant
The MMTP will be the first effort conducted by the City to comprehensively look at conditions and options for all modes of transportation in Lafayette. With influence from the City’s Comprehensive Plan and other guiding documents, the MMTP will outline the City’s vision for its ultimate transportation system, the policies to support that system, and capital projects that are prioritized with consideration of funding constraints and regional project priorities. The Plan will include extensive community outreach and input from City Council, City staff and boards, regional partners, and surrounding jurisdictions. The MMTP process is anticipated to take approximately 18 months. This contract is with Felsburg Holt & Ullevig who will be providing an overview of the MMTP project scope at the March 16 City Council meeting. Approved 6-0: Item J was pulled from the Consent Agenda for discussion – Wilson Garden Improvements Phase 2 contract
The popularity of Wilson Community Garden has been on the rise in recent years especially after completing Phase 1 of the improvements in 2020. New garden plots were added during Phase 1 and the entire garden was sold out in 2020 before the growing season began. Phase two will include construction of additional plots, pathway improvements, perimeter fencing, upgrades to irrigation, and bike racks. Learn more at lafayetteco.gov/2621/Wilson-Community-Garden Approved 6-0: Balance of the Consent Agenda City Administrator report
The City’s Executive Team held an off-site retreat today to debrief the internal impact COVID has had on municipal operations and the status of various projects. The Team discussed how to sequence major projects while balancing priorities.
A reminder that on Feb. 16, the Council meeting will start early at 5pm and will host a discussion with Boulder Valley School District. The regular Council business meeting will start at 6pm that evening.
City Council reportsMayor Harkins
- Looking forward to the review of the Sustainability Plan. Would like to hear the recommendations from the Boards that are currently reviewing.
- Feb. 11, from 8:45am-1:30pm is CML’s legislative breakfast. Will send registration information to Council.
- Mayor Harkins represents Lafayette on the NW Mayors and Commissioners Coalition – this group works to progress regional transportation issues. Just adopted a new policy document. Transportation funding will be a focus on this year’s legislative session.
- First week of Library reopening has gone great and the public is excited to be back. The Library is averaging 140 visitors/day. Masking and physical distancing is working well. Computer use is by appointment and visits are limited to one hour.
- The Lafayette Cultural Arts Committee interviews are complete and appointments will be coming soon.
- There are 37 NEA grants currently in the process of being reviewed.
- Appreciative for the PDAWG member extension.
- Feb. 12: Senior Valentines Celebration w/crooner Mr. Tim who will sing love song from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Register by Feb 8 online or call 303-665-9052.
- Feb. 10: Estate planning workshop – free for 60 and up. Register online or call 303-665-9052
- LESAC and WRAC are reviewing the Sustainability Plan before it comes to City Council for review and approval.
- The Activate Lafayette app has lots of great City art and historic walking tours at lafayetteco.gov/Activate
- Councilor Behanna is a key leader, along with Councilor Mangat, on the Communities that Care committee. Their focus is on youth services and meeting those needs. Would like to consider a ballot initiative to raise marijuana taxes and use the revenue to directly impact youth services.
- The Historic Preservation Board is looking at the possibility of installing historic trail signage.
- Pay-as-you-throw (3-cart program): Would like for staff to address the concern raised during public comment regarding HOA contracts that won’t fall under the deadline to join the program.