City Council Meeting Recap
December 7, 2021
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OPENING OF REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING
ADJOURN TO LIQUOR LICENSING AUTHORITY
Approved 7-0: Hearing / Resolution No. 2021-94 / Transfer of a Fermented Malt Beverage Off-Premises License from Apro LLC to Lafayette CO LLC d/b/a Corner Market / 290 N. Highway 287
RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION
Election Results Update
On November 2, Lafayette voters were asked to support or oppose two ballot measures and three Charter changes and as elect four Councilors. The following are the certified results. Details of each ballot measure can be found at www.lafayetteco.gov/2021Ballot
•Ballot Issue 2B – Funding public safety passed by 66.25%
•Ballot Issue 2C – Funding mental health and human services passed 72.47%
•Ballot Question 2D – Creating gender neutral charter language passed 65.95%
•Ballot Question 2E – Removing and replacing archaic charter language passed 72.62%
•Ballot Question 2F – Aligning residency requirements for City Councilors passed 67.31%
The following City Councilors were elected:
•Nicole Sampson – 4-year term
•Brian Wong – 4-year term
•Tonya Briggs – 4-year term
•Enihs Medrano – 2-year term
Approved 7-0: Second Reading / Ordinance No. 24, Series 2021 / Approving the Periodic Update of the City of Lafayette Comprehensive Plan
After a two-year public process and guidance from the community, Community Advisory Committee (CAC), and Planning Commission, the Legacy Lafayette Comprehensive Plan is being presented to City Council for review and adoption at first reading. The presentation reviewed public outreach, working draft refinements made since the prior review, and details outlining the Planning Commission’s recommended action and recommended conditions of approval.
Council approved, with changes, first reading of the ordinance at the Nov. 16 meeting. The following were requested and implemented to the plan document:
- Revise Policy 13.7 so the policy is more generic regarding disadvantaged and veteran owned business. Provide a definition of disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) as needed with revisions.
- Revise the values preamble to change the general statement of, “founded in late 1800s,” to the specific founding date. At the end of the section, include a statement to direct people to specific resources (historical society, historic preservation plan, etc.) to learn more about the City’s history.
- Within the Old Town urban design matrix, provide a better description of the perpendicular street concept.
- Review Chapter 6, urban design principles for proper sentence structure and grammar.
- A photo of a house is used three times on page 41, 98, and 104. Revise with different pictures.
- Make changes regarding Livable Lafayette statistics on page 41 as provided by Councilor Walton.
- Made changes to the acknowledgement page to include previous Planning Commissioners who had participated.
- Other minor changes to correct grammatical errors.
Second (and final) reading of the Comp Plan was approved with amendments to clarify the definitions of disadvantaged business and affordable housing. Items Pertaining to Utility Rate Adjustments and Billing Payment ProceduresApproved 7-0: Second Reading / Ordinance No. 27, Series 2021 / Amending Section 120-61 and 120-63 of the Lafayette Code of Ordinances Regarding Utilities and Solid Waste Billing and Payment Procedures
Approved 7-0: Second Reading / Ordinance No. 28, Series 2021 / Amending Sections 120-57 and 120-58 of the Lafayette Code of Ordinances Regarding the Schedule for Water Service Charges
Over the past several years, periodic updates have been provided on efforts to better understand current and future water needs, the cost of reliably meeting those needs, and strategies to ensure that water utility enterprise revenues are sufficient to cover expenses. Past meeting links are included in Attachment B in the meeting packet. A key focus through the 2022 budget process has been on ensuring that revenues from monthly rates and fees assessed to water customers are keeping pace with anticipated costs of significant water supply projects that the City has committed to fund in the immediate future.
This agenda item includes Council consideration to amend certain utility billing procedures and eliminate interest rates associated with delinquent water accounts; modify certain elements of the methodology used to calculate water utility charges; adopt updated fixed charges and usage charges for water customers; and update the stormwater utility fee schedule to remove increases schedule for 2022. Additional details can be found on the City’s website www.lafayetteco.gov/WaterForOurFuture
. Approved 7-0: CONSENT AGENDA
RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING MAYOR AND COUNCILORS
- Approval of the November 16, 2021 City Council Meeting Minutes
- Items Pertaining to the 2021 Sales Tax Ballot Issues
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 25, Series 2021 / Implementing New Sales Tax Increase for Public Safety
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 26, Series 2021 / Implementing New Sales Tax Increase for Mental Health and Human Services
- Items Pertaining to Silo Subdivision Filing No. 1, Replat A
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 29, Series 2021 / Conditionally Vacating Certain Rights-of-Way and Certain
- Easements in the Silo Subdivision Filing No. 1 Final Plat
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 30, Series 2021 / Approving a Ditch Lateral Easement Agreement between the City of Lafayette, Hearteye Village Land Company, LLC, and the Weems Neighborhood Metropolitan District
- Resolution No. 2021-95 / Surplus 2010 John Deer TC960
- Approval / Change Order No. 4 / PEI Infrastructure – Sundar
- Approval / Change Order No. 1 / Sorenson Engineering
Proclamations for Outgoing Councilors
Outgoing Councilor Comments
Incumbent Councilor Comments ADJOURNMENT INSTALLATION OF NEW COUNCIL
Oath of Office / Administered by Judge Amanda Bailhache
Councilors Brian Wong, Nicole Samson, Enihs Medrano, and Tonya Briggs. CITY COUNCIL MEETINGRE-OPENING OF REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ELECTION OF MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO TEM
Congratulations to Mayor JD Mangat and Mayor Pro Tem Wong who were elected by their peers to these positions. PUBLIC INPUT STAFF REPORTSCity Attorney’s Report City Administrator’s Report
* A number of City Council Academies will begin on Dec. 16 to orient councilors to the City departments.
* City Council Governance and Strategy Annual Retreat will be held for a day and a half in January to cover governance and strategic priority setting.
* The Dec. 21 City Council meeting will screen the Year in Review Video. COUNCIL REPORTS
- It’s time we have action on the Mary Miller issue. (Some Councilors asked, as liaisons to various Boards, to provide those Boards ample time to develop statements or input for Council consideration.)
- Would like to discuss the animal noise ordinance input we received during public input. The majority of Council agreed to ask staff to bring forward a recommendation/information for discussion.
- Would like to promote and communicate the Be SMART program presented during public input. There was consensus from Council to re-share BVSD’s social media messaging.
- She is committed to being knowledgeable on the details in order to best represent our constituents.
- Appreciate the opportunity to be elected Mayor. It is important for all of us to work together and help new Councilors get up to speed. We all need to continue to keep the best interest of the community in mind.
- Thankful for those who voted for her. She is humbled and honored to serve and hopes to express her appreciate through actions.
- Very grateful to everyone who voted for her.
- Asked Council to consider and discuss the order of meetings. A motion passed to bring a resolution to the Dec. 21 meeting to move consent, minute approvals, presentations, proclamations, and non-business public hearings, immediately after public input.
Mayor Pro Tem Walton
- Would like to follow up with a resident request to look at a roaming cats ordinance. The majority of Council agreed to ask staff to bring forward additional information.
- Colorado Gives Day is today. Important to contribute if you are able.
- Financial Assurance and Greenhouse Gas Rulemaking through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is approaching. Would like to suggest Council supports taking a stronger position than outlined in the draft.
- Will be bringing a Hwy 287 update and the bus rapid transit location plan.
- Welcome new members. He is honored to be elected as Mayor Pro Tem. His goal is to work with each councilor to move issues forward.