City Council Meeting Recap
February 6, 2024
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OPENING OF REGULAR MEETING
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
- January 16, 2024, City Council Meeting Minutes
- January 22, 2024, City Council Workshop Summary
- Resolution No. 2024-07 / Disposal, Sale, or Donation of Surplus Equipment
- Change Order / RockSol Consulting Group, Inc. / 120th Street over Coal Creek Bridge Project
- Change Order No. 2 / Merrick & Co. / Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Project – Services During Construction
- Purchase Orders and Amendments
2023 Hutchison Heritage Awards
The Hutchison Heritage Award recognizes property owners who have rehabilitated or maintained their older buildings in ways that help to preserve unique historic characteristics, adapted properties for new use while maintaining their outward historic appearance, or constructed structures with the scale and character of Lafayette’s older neighborhoods. The Lafayette Historic Preservation Board has selected four property owners to receive a 2023 Lafayette Hutchison Heritage Award; Ky and Woody Boese (705 S. Longmont), Paul and Kelsey Dennison (703 S. Longmont), Kathy Gritz (401 E. Oak), and Seth White (311 E. Chester).
APPROVED 7-0: Resolution No. 2024-08 / Establishing the Cash-in-Lieu of Water Rights Value and the Yield of Colorado-Big Thompson Project Water, Pursuant to Section 120-84 of the Lafayette Code
Anyone seeking to annex, subdivide, or replat real property or seeking an extension of municipal treated water service is required to dedicate and convey water rights to the City sufficient to provide supply for that development. For requests that require less than 10 acre-feet of annual treated water supply, a cash payment in lieu of dedicating water rights may be allowed. This cash payment must be sufficient to defray the City’s expenses to acquire water rights to meet the supply need for this new development.
This resolution adjusts the water cash-in-lieu (CIL) from $94,285 per acre-foot to $95,714 per acre-foot based on the current market value of Colorado-Big Thompson water right costs. The CIL rate is reviewed annually and adjusted as required.
APPROVED 7-0: Contract / Hazen and Sawyer, D.P.C. / Water Treatment Plant Siting and Predesign Study
A water demand study indicated the City’s need for an additional 8-10 million gallons per day of treatment capacity to meet projected build-out demands. A second water treatment plant is being proposed to provide redundancy and resiliency in providing drinking water to Lafayette residents. The second plant will not only provide additional treatment capacity but will also allow maintenance and upgrades at the Baseline Water Treatment Plant without compromising water delivery. Hazen and Sawyer’s qualifications and project approach were determined to be most responsive to the needs of the City for this project.
APPROVED 7-0: Contract / Kennedy Jenks Consultants, Inc. / Lead and Copper Rule Revision Compliance Program
In December 2020, the EPA released the Lead and Copper Rule Revision (LCRR) to protect public health and reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. As part of the LCRR, water providers are required to prepare a compliance program establishing an inventory, compliance schedule, and identifying potential funding sources. The compliance program is required to be submitted by October 16, 2024. Kennedy Jenks’ has been selected to provide the primary components of the LCRR compliance program will include 1) Development of a Service Line Material Inventory 2) Development of a Lead Service Line Replacement Plan 3) Assistance with communication, public education, and outreach 4) Identify possible funding strategies and available programs.
Black History Month / February 2024
APPROVED 7-0: Appointment to the Open Space Advisory Committee
Council appointed Casey Lyons as an alternate member with a term ending in June 2024.
APPROVED 7-0: Appointments to Cultural Arts Commission
Council appointed Kyle Gutierrez and Ellen Eherenman for terms ending in January 2027.
APPROVED 7-0: Appointment to the Public Art Committee
Council appointed Pamela Sherrick for a three-year term ending in October 2026.
City Administrator Doelling reported on recent accomplishments, the upcoming Council Retreat, and the next February meeting and workshop.
Mayor Mangat: Asked Council to support local After Prom events by donating $1,000 to each Centaurus and Peak to Peak High Schools. Council passed a motion to use money from the Council contingency fund. At the recent Denver Metro Mayors Caucus, Gov. Polis discussed a variety of housing bills and related issues. At this meting, AG Phil Weiser spoke about youth substance abuse and is interested in learning more about the Lafayette Communities That Care Program model.
Councilor Barnes: Attended the regional housing summit with staff.
Councilor Fridland: Impressed with the Public Arts Committee’s Public Arts Pathways program to bring arts to underrepresented groups. The Cultural Arts Committee’s Arts in Education Grant closes mid-March. Is getting involved with the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport Roundtable and will want to discuss how the City may participate in the future.
Councilor Gallegos: The Library will be closed on Feb. 13 to implement a software system update.
Councilor Samson: Attended the Saving Places conference with Historic Preservation Board (HPB) members. HPB is creating a checklist to go through when demolition permits are submitted. In regards to Bounce Empire noise complaints, requested the City Attorney perform additional research surrounding the City’s noise ordinance.
Councilor Tapia Vega: Huge thank you to Open Space Staff for the Wildlife Plan presentation at the last meeting. Congratulations to the new chair and vice chair of the Open Space Advisory Committee.
Mayor Pro Tem Wong: Attended a DRCOG presentation from the Governor’s staff regarding housing proposals and transit-oriented communities. Boulder County has a sub-group discussing the future of the South Boulder Road Corridor. Feb. 9 is Winter Bike to Work Day. The City is being asked to participate in the recognition of the many years Vicki Trumbo served as the Chamber Director. More info will be coming. Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year this Friday.
ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes sections 24-6-402(4)(b) and 24-6-402(4)(e)(I) to confer with the City Attorney or the purposes of receiving legal advice on specific legal questions regarding lease agreements for City-owned facilities, and to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, developing strategy for negotiations, and instructing negotiators, regarding such lease agreements.