City Council Meeting Recap
June 6, 2023
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OPENING OF REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING
APPROVED 7-0: CONSENT AGENDA
- Minutes from the May 16, 2023, City Council Meeting
- Summary from the May 22, 2023, City Council Workshop
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 08, Series 2023 / Amending Chapter 120, “Water,” of the Code Pertaining to Watering Restriction Exceptions
- Radio Tower Lease Extensions
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 10, Series 2023 / Lease Extension and Amendment Agreement Between the City and the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County, Colorado
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 11, Series 2023 / Lease Extension and Amendment Agreement Between the City of Lafayette and Community Broadcast Association, Inc. d/b/a KGNU Radio
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 12, Series 2023 / Lease Extension and Amendment Agreement Between the City of Lafayette and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 13, Series 2023 / Second Amendment to Lease Agreement Between the City of Lafayette and T-Mobile Central LLC
- Second Reading / Ordinance No. 14, Series 2023 / Amending Articles III and IV of Chapter 5, “Administration,” of the Code of Ordinances to Authorize Remote Participation and Remote Meetings for City Boards and Commissions
- Resolution No. 2023-38 / Terminating the City of Lafayette Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency Regarding COVID-19 Made on March 17, 2020
- Resolution No. 2023-39 / Amendment to the Regional Grant Management System Collaboration Agreement
- Resolution No. 2023-40 / Forming the Mental Health and Human Services Grant Program Advisory Committee
- Resolution No. 2023-41 / Disposition of Surplus City Equipment Contract / Integrity Golf Course Construction / Driving Range Tee Box Renovation
- Contract / All Pro Cement / LaMont Does Pool Deck
Juneteenth Independence Day | June 19, 2023
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month | June 2023
Sebastian Acevedo | Bilingual Communications Coordinator
Sebastian Acevedo joined the City as the new Bilingual Communications Coordinator (BCC) in May. The BCC is a new position for the Communications Department that assists with digital, print, graphics, video, website, and social media communications. Sebastian brings 10 years of advertising experience and will also help provide citywide bilingual and culturally competent communication strategies for all Lafayette residents and community members.
APPROVED 7-0: Public Hearing / Second Reading / Ordinance No. 07, Series 2023 / Repealing and Reenacting Certain Articles in Chapters 30, “Buildings and Building Regulations,” and 45, “Fire Prevention and Protection,” of the Code and Adopting the 2021 International Building Code and Related Codes as Primary Codes by Reference with an Effective Date of August 1, 2023 [Noticed in the Daily Camera May 21 and 28, 2023]
After a year-long community engagement period and guidance from City Council and Boards, the 2021 suite of building and fire codes with amendments was approved for adoption The strengthening amendments being adopted as part of the code are focused on sustainability and fire protection efforts.
APPROVED 7-0: First Reading / Ordinance No. 09, Series 2023 / Amending Articles IV and VI of Chapter 80, “Parks, Open, Space, and Golf,” of the Code Pertaining to the Use of Electrical Assisted Bicycles (E-Bikes) on City-Owned Parks and Open Space
This ordinance was approved in order to allow and regulate the operation and use of Class 1 and 2 electrical assisted bicycles (e-bikes) on designated City trails. E-bike ridership has more than doubled in the U.S. every year since 2015. This new class of transportation opens up opportunities for commuters as well as those with limited mobility. The new ordinance sets a speed limit of 15 mph and continues to prohibit all other self-propelled vehicles on Lafayette trails with an exception for motorized mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
APPROVED 7-0: Resolution Nos. 2023-36 and 2023-37 / Adoption of the Arts and Cultural Resources and Library Strategic Plans
The Lafayette Public Library (LPL) and the Arts and Cultural Resources Department (ACRD) collaborated on a strategic planning effort that initiated in June 2022. This planning process resulted in a deeper understanding of the Lafayette community’s needs in the areas of arts, culture, and libraries and a series of goals, objectives, and activities to address them were developed. These five-year plans will serve to help advance the resources, effectiveness, and standing of these two departments and will position the LPL and ACRD as essential partners in helping our community achieve its vision.
APPROVED 7-0: Resolution No. 2023-42 / Amending Water Utility Rates and Fees
The City has been actively working to update revenue and expenditure projections for the water utility to ensure that rates and fees are sufficient to cover costs now and into the future. Significant revenue increases are required to meet projected expenditures. Resolution No. 2023-42 increases monthly fixed water charges and water usage charges by 9% effective July 1, 2023, to help begin aligning revenues with expenditures over several years and reduce the magnitude of future increases. Substantial increases will still be required over the next several years and will be presented through the annual budget process.
City Attorney’s Report
Requesting a special executive session for June 12 at 6pm to meet with legal counsel to discuss the South Boulder Road Multimodal Improvement Project.
City Administrator’s Report
- We will be opening up the Waneka Lake Boathouse on June 21.
- Initiated a discussion to reschedule the July 4 Council meeting to July 7 due to the holiday. If there are no items that need to go before Council, the meeting may be merged into the July 24 workshop.
Appointment to the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority
Council approved the reappointment of Luke Arrington to the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority for a five-year term from July 2023 to June 2028.
Discuss Funding Proposal from the Lafayette Youth Advisory Commission
Council voted to allocate $100,000 and will fund an additional $50,000 after some initial results are provided. The remaining $50,000 will be divided between youth camp scholarships and Great Outdoor Waterpark passes.
Mayor Pro Tem Wong:
- Acknowledging the Multicultural Event that occurred at the Library on Sunday, it was an amazingevent.
- There is construction activity starting at the Willoughby Corner site.
- Air quality is still bad even after all the rain. Trade in gas powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers to make an impact on ozone and gas up your car in the evening. Interested in sharing info with HOA landscaping companies with education on how to reduce impacts.
- HRC will be recruiting members at Art Night Out. www.lafayetteco.gov/JoinHRC
- HRC provided memorial plaque language for those believed to be buried at the Lafayette Cemetery.
- Chat with Council at Art Night Out on June 9, and the South Boulder Road Chat with Council discussion is on July 13. www.lafayetteco.gov/Chat
- National Night Out – first Tuesday in August. Suggesting Councilors be present in various neighborhoods. Chief Bashor will lead a conversation at the next meeting.
- Volunteering to be the Council liaison for the Hwy 287 Coalition and LOSAC.
- Requesting staff to pay attention to the maintenance of vegetation overgrowth.