City Council Meeting Recap
October 5, 2021
(aerial view of the Indigenous Peoples Land Acknowledgement Area along the Great Park Trail)
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Natural Resource Coordinator Lexie Sierra-Martinez
Senior Services Resource Coordinator Christi Santi
GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT MEETINGS
(Noticed in the Daily Camera on September 22, 2021)
The City currently administers four general improvement districts (GIDs). Council is the ex-officio Board of Directors for each GID, must approve the respective 2022 Budgets and mill levies.
Approved 7-0 Resolution No. 2021-01 ADOPTING A BUDGET, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE BUDGET YEAR 2022 AND APPROVING A MILL LEVY FOR
Lafayette Tech Center
Lafayette Corporate Campus
Lafayette City Center
Items Related to the 2022 Budget
Approved 7-0: Second Reading / Ordinance No. 19, Series 2021 / 2022 Budget Appropriation
The 2022 Recommended Budget is $130.1 million and includes a $30 million debt issuance in the Water Fund, along with several one-time expenses in the Capital Projects Fund for multimodal projects. Large, one-time expenses make comparing annual budgets challenging, as these projects require the budget be appropriated in the first year even if the project spans multiple years. The ongoing budget, a better reflection of economic circumstances, includes modest increases described within the full presentation. A copy of the Recommended Budget is available at www.lafayetteco.gov/Budget.
Over the past several budget processes, staff has focused on balancing ongoing expenses with ongoing revenues; shifting from disaggregated requests to long-term, strategic plans and goals; aligning organizational structure with dedicated resources; investing in professional studies that support future rate changes; and implementing/formalizing best practices throughout the City. This work continues and will require difficult decisions and trade-offs in the coming years to maintain financial stability including the structure and cost of the City’s water utility system, use of the City’s ARPA allocation, and implementation of recommendations stemming from multiple strategic plans, to name a few.
Approved 7-0: Resolution No. 2021-72 / Revising the Structure of Golf Fees for the Indian Peaks Golf Course
Staff surveyed 22 other Front Range golf courses comparable to Indian Peaks in amenities, caliber of course, and proximity. The proposed increase to green fees keeps Indian Peaks in line with comparable Front Range golf courses.
Approved 7-0: Resolution No. 2021-73 / 2022 Water Reclamation Fees
Due to regulatory mandates for nitrogen and phosphorous and the water reclamation plant construction bond issuance, the ongoing approved 5% rate increase passed in 2012 and a new 5% increase for 2022 for debt service is needed. Staff is considering postponing the 5% stormwater fund fee increase approved through 2025 to reduce the overall impact.
Approved 7-0: Approval of 2022 Pay Plan
Approved 7-0: Resolution No. 2021-66 / Authorizing Negotiations, Purchase, and the Acquisition by Eminent Domain of Certain Real Property Interests from Boulder County Open Space Necessary to Construct Raw Water Storage as Part of the Goose Haven Reservoir Expansion Project
The City is seeking to acquire two easements located on Boulder County Open Space to support the Goose Haven Reservoir Expansion Project. In this situation, submitting a Notice of Intent to Acquire letter is simply a matter of following the County’s established process and will authorize the County and the City to begin friendly negotiations for the City’s purchase of the easements.
Items Related to City of Lafayette Ballot Issues
Approved 7-0: Resolution No. 2021-68 / In Support of Public Safety Sales and Use Tax Ballot Issue 2B
The Lafayette City Council fully supports and urges a YES vote on City of Lafayette Ballot Issue 2B, Funding Public Safety Services, which will appear on the November 2, 2021, election ballot.
Approved 7-0: Resolution No. 2021-69 / In Support of Mental Health and Human Services Sales and Use Tax Ballot Issue 2C
The Lafayette City Council fully supports and urges a YES vote on City of Lafayette Ballot Issue 2C, Funding Mental Health and Human Services, which will appear on the November 2, 2021, election ballot.
Recognizing October 12, 2021 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Recognizing October 3-9, 2021 as Fire Prevention Week
Approved 7-0: balance of CONSENT AGENDA
Approved 6-0: Pulled item N: Resolution No. 2021-70 / Expressing Support for an Open Space Use Agreement Between the City and Thorne Nature Experience
Approved 7-0: Appointments to the Library Board: Recommendation to reappoint Jody Tracy to another three-year term on the Library Board ending January 1, 2024, and Ed Knight to another three-year term on the Library Board ending June 1, 2024.
Approved 7-0: Appointments to the Cultural Arts Commission: Recommendation to appoint Dinah Brintnall as a regular member of the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and Bryn Pennington as an alternate member.
- There are numerous open Library staff positions – www.lafayetteco.gov/Jobs
- Cultural Arts Commission may bring forward a proposal for a poet laureate program.
- Arts in Community grants are being reviewed.
- Arts Lafayette is recruiting for board members.
- Would like to again support Indigenous Peoples Day and the Songs of the Red Sun program on Oct. 10 at 2:30pm. https://www.lafayetteco.gov/calendar.aspx?eid=8864
- Is suggesting the Senior Advisory Board (SAB) be realigned in order to develop a broader board that could focus on health and human services and help manage funds from the City’s Health and Human Services Tax if it passes.
- HRC is meeting with other boards to discuss facility naming process.