City Council Meeting Recap
September 9, 2021
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OPENING OF REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING
Scott Pavlic, Water Treatment Manager
Center for Musical Arts Day
COVID-19 Recovery and Sustainment Update
On September 3, Boulder County Public Health implemented Public Health Order 2021-08 requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces for ages 2+. City Hall reopened to the public on August 23 Mondays through Thursday from 9am-2pm. There will be walk-up vaccination clinics at LaMont Does Park on Sept. 11 and Festival Plaza on Sept. 18 https://www.lafayetteco.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5974
Multimodal Transportation Plan Update
The City initiated its first comprehensive transportation planning effort, the Multimodal Transportation Plan (MMTP), earlier this year. Initial project steps have focused on engaging with community members, local boards and commissions, and regional partners.
The presentation to Council included final results of the statistically valid community survey, feedback from the first phase of community and stakeholder engagement, discuss community priorities as well as the vision and goals framework, an update on the existing conditions and needs assessment, and next steps. This information will be available on the MMTP website the week of September 13. www.lafayetteco.gov/MMTP
Body-Worn Camera Project
Senate Bill 20-217 requires all law enforcement agencies to purchase and provide body worn cameras to police officers by July 1, 2023. The City took a proactive approach and purchased body-worn-cameras for the Police Department in the 2021 budget. The cameras arrived at the police department and training was performed in March 2021. All sworn members of the Lafayette Police Department have been issued body worn cameras. The presentation to Council included a demonstration of the new cameras.
Open Space Environmental Education Partnership with Thorne Nature Experience
Thorne Nature Experience (Thorne) is interested in expanding their outdoor education programming in Lafayette through access to open space locations along Coal Creek. Thorne Nature Experience (Thorne) is interested in entering into an agreement to partner with Open Space to expand outdoor education programming through access to open space locations along Coal Creek. Council directed staff to move forward with a resolution of support to pursue a multi-year use agreement.
Approved 5-0: First Reading / Ordinance No. 17, Series 2021 / Solar-Ready and Electric-Vehicle Ready Construction Requirements
This amendment to the Lafayette Building Code requires solar-ready (PV) and electrical vehicle (EV) ready improvements for all new residential and commercial construction or major renovations to existing buildings. The regulations include City Council requested modifications to the EV regulations to increase the amount of EV-Ready spaces required for multi-family developments.
These updates implement goals of the Sustainability Plan around energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as green and healthy buildings. The amendments would also be a step forward in reaching greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy goals adopted in 2017.
Approved 5-0 Resolution No. 2021-61 / Assigning the City of Lafayette 2021 Private Activity Bond to the Boulder County Housing Authority
Private Activity Bonds (PAB) are federally tax-exempt bonds and are often used as debt instruments by affordable housing developments. PABs are allocated by the State to the City Lafayette annually. The City’s 2021 allocation is $1,698,710. For 2021, the PABs have been requested by the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA). Granting the BCHA request assures the City that the PABs may only be used for a local affordable housing project.
Republic Services, Inc. Contract Extension
Approved 5-0 First Amendment to Agreement for Residential Refuse, Recycling, and Organics Collection Services and Extension of Term
The City of Lafayette has a contract with Republic Services, Inc. for residential solid waste service collection as part of the City’s Three Cart Waste Program. Council selected Republic Services as the contractor in 2014 through a competitive procurement process. The contract is due to expire this year on September 30, 2021. Given staff turnover during the time that it would be needed to develop a full request for proposal (RFP) for this service, staff recommended extending the contract with amendments. The extension would allow Republic Services to provide residential solid waste services until September 30, 2022, enhance outreach and education requirements, standardize the collection fee schedule, reduce City staff time, and provide the City with reasonable time to conduct a comprehensive procurement process.
Approved 5-0 Resolution No. 2021-59 / Amending Exhibit A - Residential Refuse, Recycling and Organics Collection Service Fees
Historically, refuse collection fees changed on October 1 of each year, while compost collection fees changed on February 1 of each year. One contract amendment seeks to standardize the collection fee schedule to only allow refuse and organics collection fee changes annually one October 1. This would allow for both refuse and compost collection fees to change simultaneously, reducing resident confusion and frustration on the current bi-annual collection fee changes.
The annual rate change is based on the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood All Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: www.bls.gov. for the most recent twelve-month period. The most recent twelve-month CPI period for the collection fee change is July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021. The change in the Index for these twelve months is 1.85%. This change compensates Republic Services for increases in costs associated with labor, equipment operations, fuel, etc. The compost rate calculation is pro-rated as this service experienced a collection fee change in February 2021.
Pulled Item J for discussion
Approved the remainder of the Consent Agenda 5-0
City Administrator’s Report
The next Council meeting has been moved to Thursday, September 23 in observance of Sukkot.
Appointments to the Historic Preservation Board
Council passed a motion to reappoint Bob Jencks for a full term as a full member which would expire August 1, 2025, and the appointment of Grant Swift for the remaining partial term as a full member which would expire August 1, 2022. This would fill the two open full Historic Preservation Board positions.
Appointment to the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee
Council passed a motion to reappoint Guy Higgins.
- Attended a County ARPA funding meeting which may provide engagement opportunities for us.
- CML conference deadline is Friday
- Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee will be brainstorming for the Boulder County Sustainability Grant.
- Is interested in seeing City vehicles move to electric.
- Public Art Committee is looking for 4 members, are soliciting submissions from artists for Art on the Street, and is working with Medtronic on public art.
- The Lafayette Youth Advisory Commission will be hosting a Council Candidate Forum on Oct. 6 (previously scheduled for Sept.16, but rescheduled in observance of Yom Kippur). Candidate forum information is available at https://www.lafayetteco.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6425 .
Mayor Pro Tem Walton