City Council Meeting Recap
June 15, 2021
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COVID-19 Recovery and Sustainment Update
We are currently experiencing declining seven-day positivity rates of 2.6% in the State and .8% in Boulder County. A total of 216,000 Boulder County residents have received at least 1 vaccination dose which is 74% of eligible residents. Disparities vaccinating underserved population exist, but the numbers are improving. Community clinics are being held to help address and provide easy access. Details can be found at www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/vaccines/
Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) the City of Lafayette will receive $7.7 million in funding over two years ($3,856,584 per year), and will have until December 31, 2024, to commit these funds.
In-person Council meetings are scheduled to resume on July 6 in the City Hall Council Chambers. The public will continue to have the opportunity to phone in remotely to make comments during the public comment period.
2021 Resident Survey Results
Statistically valid surveys assist municipalities and elected officials to measure the diverse opinions of a broad range of residents in a community by collecting data to compare past benchmarks, gauging satisfaction levels, and better understanding residents’ vision for the future. This information helps cities to improve service delivery and can provide guidance for budgeting and decision-making.
The City has successfully concluded the 2021 Lafayette Resident Survey. An online dashboard tool will be available on the City’s website (www.lafayetteco.gov/ResidentSurvey) to allow the public unlimited access to view and filter results and compare data through a multitude of variables.
Motion approved 5-0: Recognizing June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth Independence Day. Read the proclamation:
Approved 5-0 / Resolution No. 2021-46 / Terminating the August 3, 2020, Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency Regarding a Cyberattack on City In July 2020, the City experienced a cyberattack on our computer infrastructure, causing major disruptions operations. A Local Emergency Disaster Declaration was issued by the City Administrator and extended by City Council. Emergency declarations provide municipalities with access to emergency funds and allow flexibility of policies and procedures to ensure the public’s health, safety, and welfare, and the continuity of government operations and services. Due to the restoration of systems and updated cybersecurity technology, there is no longer a need for the declaration to remain in place.
Item F pulled: Approved 5-0: Amendment to the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the City of Lafayette pertaining to the State Highway 7 and 119th Intersection Improvements Project. Discussion included clarification regarding cost allocation for the City.
Approved remainder of the consent agenda 5-0
Motion approved 5-0 to appoint Matt LeBeau and Jennifer Dingman to the Waste Reduction Advisory Committee.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT
Staff will be launching polling efforts for the two proposed November tax initiatives next week. The survey will be distributed to Council for review. Information will be released to the community next week.
- Thanks to everyone for the Pride Motorcade support. It means a lot to this community.
- Received an email about fireworks, asking for publicity to be distributed about the City’s fireworks policy.
- With the excessive heat happening this week, started thinking about priorities surrounding resiliency to address warming trends like tree canopies, cooling stations, etc. This could be on our list for future consideration.
- The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission interviewed 5 candidates and will be in a position to announce a recommendation soon.
- The Library Board has an architect exploring information regarding an automated sorting machine.
- There are 900 new participants in the Summer Reading Program. https://www.lafayetteco.gov/1630/Summer-Reading
- Participated in Run for the Sun event. There’s still time to participate (closes June 20) and support Lafayette non-profit agency Imagine!. https://www.runforthesun.co/
- The Lafayette Youth Advisory Commission unveiled the Shuttering Silence mural on the north side of Eats and Sweets. They also held a public conversation called Teens Talk, Adult Listens.
- As we return to in-person events, may resume “office hours” for the public.
- There is a special meeting on July 7 for the Consortium of Cities regarding SB21-256 which addresses the local regulation of firearms.