Longmont City Council – Study Session – May 9, 2023
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Speaker 1 7:47
Good evening everyone. And welcome. I would now like to call the May 9 2023. Long that city council regular session to order. You can view this live stream at or this meeting is being live streamed at the city’s YouTube channel. Also at the long mountain public media channel Longmont public media.org forward slash watch. Or on Comcast channels eight or eight ad. May we have a roll call, please.
Speaker 2 8:15
Absolutely. Mayor Beck, present councilmember Daga fairing Here. Councilmember Martin. Councilmember McCoy, Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez. Councilmember waters, Councilmember Yarborough? Mayor, you have a quorum.
Speaker 1 8:30
Thank you. We have counselors McCoy and Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez have things they could not get out of tonight, so they’re excused from Council. As a reminder to the public, Anyone wishing to speak at first called public invited to be heard, will need to add his or her name to the list outside the council chambers. Only those on the list will be invited to speak at the first public invited to be heard. speakers who do not place their names on this list will have the opportunity to speak during final call public invited to be heard. Anyone wishing to speak on second reading or public hearing items are asked to add their name to the speaker list for each particular item. And each speaker is limited to three minutes you need to list your name and address. We need to approve the minutes April 20 for the pledge. So you’ve got everything up front. Yes. Now we’re going to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The United States of America stands one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Can I have a motion to approve the April 25 2023 minutes so moved. So those minutes have been Moved by Councillor Hidalgo fairing seconded by Councillor Yarborough. Oh, let’s vote.
Speaker 1 10:07
And that carries unanimously. Were agenda revisions and submissions of documents. Do we have any revisions to the agenda? I don’t have any mayor. Okay. Are there any motions to direct the city manager to add agenda items to future agendas? Councillor waters?
Tim Waters 10:27
Thanks for your pack. This is I’m gonna Can I kind of ask the question and then decide whether or not direction is appropriate. And I think the direction probably is for Harold, we chatted about this, I just want to make certain I’m clear. And we read the last couple of days in the alignment leader, an article about a lawsuit filed by a developer building, just south of Walmart, as I recall, the issue we read about was the the effect or consequence of our decision, based on recommendation of the water committee to change the fee and balloon payment from $18,000 per acre foot to 48,000 acres per $48,000 per acre foot last March, right, March of 22, not 23. And the night we we did that I raised a question about the flexibility you had to waive that fee for housing projects that kind of fit are what helped move our agenda in terms of housing inventory, or to help meet our objectives. And what we were what we were told that night, it would take an ordinance to do that. And I’ve a couple of times since then mentioned, when we’ve been looking at fees, we’re going to come back to that ordinance or two that that I think it was repped. By resolution we changed the Payment in Lieu I don’t recall, I think was resolution are we going to come back and see an ordinance that gives you the flexibility, you need to keep the city either out of a lawsuit or to like help waive a fee to accomplish our housing objectives. And I’d never have I didn’t I chose not to move, you know, to give direction to staff. But based on what I read and what we’ve learned, since I’m really not satisfied with just, you know, moving on without some clarity about when we might if this is not something you want, it would be helpful for me to know. But we ended up in a legal dispute over over that, because of what happened in the days following that, and I’m not you know that’s going to people in the loop, there’s going to be balls dropped, I’m not concerned about that. What I am concerned is putting you in a position where you when you need to and want to you can negotiate that fee when it take it back or somewhere between 18,048 to help us accomplish what we’re trying to with our housing initiative or objectives, but not shooting ourselves in the foot. Which sounds to me like it happened in this case. So without getting into the details of it. Is that an ordinance in that flexibility? Something you would like?
Speaker 4 13:07
Yeah, so we talked about it associated with the attainable housing piece. So I have we have that flexibility and affordable housing and attainable housing. And so as we talked when we gave you a number of options on fee waivers, Becky’s been working on that and we want to bring Matt for so
Tim Waters 13:26
is that in the queue? Yes, don’t any I you know, you got a lot on your plate Becker. He has I’m not I’m not trying to ramp this up or get it out of sequence. But give me some ideas. So I get my tickler file in so I don’t bug you about it.
Speaker 4 13:41
So what I would like to do is see where we are on the other components on the attainable fee waivers because I want all of that to come as one. And so I don’t know where they are specifically on the next phase of this. But I can definitely send an email to counsel and let you know where we are give you
Tim Waters 13:56
I appreciate that. Thank you.
Speaker 1 13:58
Sure. So I have two things. First of all, because the capstone project, kids are here from Silver Creek. I want to make an announcement that Saturday at 10 o’clock in the council chambers is the youth summit and we are asking for youth to help us figure out or give us ideas basically is how you would like the Metro district funds that are commonly known as the Bronco funds spent. So any input would be great. You can register online you can just show up. So again, council chambers Saturday 10 o’clock. And the other thing is I’m going to I would like to augment this agenda to remove from the general business the 2023 Dash 23 ordinance discussing the Longmont fair campaign Practices Act because I would like a full council here when we discuss that. So that is taken off the agenda for tonight. Um Hmm. So city manager report
Unknown Speaker 15:07
no report. Mayor Council.
Speaker 1 15:09
Thank you. So we do have an our special reports and presentations, three proclamations. So, the first proclamation is international compost Awareness Week. It’s so it’s a proclamation designating may 7 through the 13th 2023 as international compost Awareness Week in Longmont, Colorado, whereas the city of Longmont is committed to reducing landfill waste, and diverting organic waste through composting as specified in the city’s zero waste, resolution and sustainability plan. And whereas composting is an effective form of waste reduction, and since organic materials make up approximately 30% of the material goes into landfills. Composting is one of the primary methods communities use to reach waste diversion goals. And whereas composting returns organic resources to the soil promotes water conservation during extreme drought or flooding conditions, reduces water consumption stores carbon in soils reducing climate impact, and it’s a proven method of decreasing erosion and dependence on chemical fertilizers. And whereas composting creates jobs and infrastructure for cities and states who implement composting programs. And these communities through their local governments, highway departments, soil conservation services, and public works professionals have significantly significantly positively impacted clean water, soil climate change and landfill diversion by using compost for public works projects, and whereas the compost Research and Education Foundation, along with countries around the world have declared the first full week of May to be the annual International compost Awareness Week. And this year’s theme for healthier soil healthier food compost. Highlights low compost has a role in helping feed the world by making our soil healthier, which produces healthier food. Now there i Joan Peck Mayor by virtue of the authority vested in me and the City Council of the City of Longmont do hereby proclaim the week of May 7 through the 13th 2023 as international compost Awareness Week in Longmont and invite all citizens in the community to learn about and share the benefits of composting and healthy soil practices now and year round. So I see our composting group over here. Naomi, would you like to say a few words?
Unknown Speaker 17:56
Speaker 5 18:02
Mayor Peck and councilmembers I am honored to be here today on behalf of sustainable resilient Longmont and our zero waste action team to receive this proclamation in recognition of international compost Awareness Week. Our Zero Waste team has helped promote composting signups supported local policy work like last year zero waste resolution in this year’s universal recycling ordinance, and held events and presentations about the six R’s rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot, which represents composting. We are grateful to live in a community that cares about composting and waste diversion and to have a city council that is addressing our zero waste goals through policy. Tonight’s proclamation is another community initiative that highlights the many benefits of composting and demonstrates our shared commitment to the use of composting to achieve our city’s Zero Waste goals. With recent changes in what types of organic waste our commercial compost manufacturer in keansburg is accepting from frontrange communities. This year is international compost Awareness Week is the perfect time to focus on developing regional composting solutions that will truly serve our needs and help us meet our waste diversion goals. We are advocating for a publicly owned regional facility that can process all our organic waste, something that the entire front range would benefit from. This would provide a local solution for our composting needs, eliminating the long and wasteful trip to and from keansburg while also providing the opportunity for us to create better systems for waste processing that could properly handle a range of compostable materials focused on the public good rather than commercial profits. We invite council to join In us in harnessing the energy of this moment, and working with us and surrounding communities to advance a publicly owned regional composting facility. If any community members want to be a part of this effort, we encourage you to right our county commissioners in support of constructing such a facility to serve our residents. Thank you so much for this proclamation and your commitment to diverting organic waste and improving our composting in Longmont.
Speaker 1 20:29
Naomi, can you give us your name and the organization you’re with?
Unknown Speaker 20:32
Yes sir. That’s fine. Naomi Kurland with sustainable resilient Longmont Thank you
Unknown Speaker 20:37
what’s your group like a group picture?
Unknown Speaker 20:39
We’d love ones please Thank you
Unknown Speaker 21:01
Alright, y’all are prepared signs.
Unknown Speaker 21:22
Speaker 1 21:47
the next proclamation is a proclamation designating the week of May 14 through the 20th 2023 as National Police Week and further designating may 15 2023, as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Longmont, Colorado. Whereas the Congress and President of the United States have days designated may 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. And whereas the members of the Longmont Police Department plan and an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the residents of Longmont, Colorado, and whereas it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards and sacrifices of their law enforcement agencies. And whereas it is essential that members of our law enforcement agencies recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression. And whereas the Boulder County regional peace officer memorial service will be held at 4pm on May 15 2023, at the Longmont Civic Center. Now therefore, I Joan Peck, by virtue of the authority vested in me and the City Council of the City of Longmont call upon all residents of Longmont and upon all patriotic civic and educational organizations to observe the week of May 14 through the 20th 2023 is National Police Week and join in commemorating law enforcement officers past and present who have dedicated their service to our community. I further call upon all residents of Longmont to join us to honor the law enforcement officers who through their courageous deeds have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their service to their community or have been disabled in the performance of duty at the ceremony observing Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday, May 15 2023.
Speaker 6 24:07
Mayor Council, thank you for the proclamation. We appreciate your support from the police department. I can definitely speak for everybody when when when I say that the memorial that is Monday coming up in the mall. Here will be a very nice event that will include the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Boulder Police Department along with dignitaries from each of those agencies along with Longmont, of course, and we’ll be honoring two fallen Colorado officers who passed away in 2022. So I thank you for the support.
Unknown Speaker 24:46
Thank you Would you care for a picture with we would love one. Okay, now we’re
Unknown Speaker 24:49
gonna get Miss Carrie Adams to take it
Unknown Speaker 25:22
Speaker 1 25:54
our next proclamation is probably a proclamation designating the month of May as archaeological and historic preservation month in Longmont, Colorado. Whereas historic preservation is an effective tool for revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride, encouraging economic growth and maintaining commuting community character while enhancing livability. And whereas archaeological and historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, all walks of life and all backgrounds. And whereas it is important to celebrate the role of history and archaeology in our lives, and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of heritage that has shaped us as a people. And whereas the Historic Preservation Commission supports archaeological and historic preservation month in Longmont for May 2023. Now therefore, I Joan Peck Mayor by virtue of the authority vested in me and the City Council of the City of Longmont, do hereby proclaim the month of May as archaeological and historic preservation month, in Longmont, Colorado.
Unknown Speaker 27:19
Speaker 7 27:21
good evening, mayor and council. My name is Steve lane. I’m the chair of the historic preservation commission here in town. And I very much appreciate you taking the time to make this proclamation. I do think as we grow and evolve as a city, that understanding where we came from, is as important as where we’re heading. So I very much appreciate that. For this, basically as a way to kind of celebrate and honor this month, the historic preservation commission would like to highlight the tower of compassion in the Kanemoto in basically Canada motor Park in South Moore Park neighborhood. I’m sure you’re all familiar with that. It’s a five story pagoda that was donated by the Kanemoto family in 1973, which in fact makes it 50 years old, which doesn’t seem that long ago but and therefore eligible to be listed on the National Register and as a historic land landmark locally. So we’d like to pursue that. I’ll take just a couple of quick minutes. Some pretty interesting information. There are five levels of the tower. And they the first is love represents the foundation of compassion. The second level signifies empathy. The third level is understanding. The fourth is gratitude. And the top level is the virtue of giving selflessly of oneself. And I think those are pretty important things to keep in mind in this time that we’re into. So obviously, there’s a there’s a pretty rich history of Japanese in in Longmont. And what we’d like you to do is to support staff, we’d like to pursue a cultural resource survey of of that property and move it towards, as I mentioned, a local landmark and national historic designation as well. So we just appreciate your support in that endeavor. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 29:36
sounds totally appropriate.
Unknown Speaker 29:39
Things is kind of a win win for him.
Unknown Speaker 29:41
Would you like a picture?
Speaker 7 29:43
I’ll respectfully decline. It’s a busy night and you’ve already made a couple of trips. So thank you very much. I just your support is more than enough. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 29:59
Speaker 1 30:10
so we’re now at first call public invited to be heard. Remember that we need your name and address and you have three minutes. The first one isn’t on here not. Oh, oh, I missed it. Thank you, Councillor waters quarterly report from LLDP. And I saw Aaron sitting there, so
Unknown Speaker 30:37
I threw you off right sitting in the audience.
Unknown Speaker 30:40
Yes, I wasn’t quite sure.
Speaker 8 30:50
The first measure of my success will be if I can get the presentation up. Good evening, Mayor Peck members of city council. I’m Erin Fosdick. And I’m the newly appointed president and CEO of the Longmont Economic Development Partnership. And I’m here to present our first quarter quarterly report, although we’re well into the second quarter. I wanted to take just a minute, partially for me, but for some of the council members that may be a bit newer, obviously, one of them isn’t here, but I’ll still stick with the program. The long run Economic Development Partnership is really tasked with leading our comprehensive collaborative economic development strategy. And this is really to promote long months economic health. And we are a true public private partnership. So we really value our relationship with the city, school district Front Range, the county, lots of partners, we really are a true public private partnership. I know that term gets tossed around a lot, but we’re very proud of the work that we do with the private sector and with folks in the public sector like the city, we really are looking at making sure Longmont economy is vibrant and inclusive. And we do this through collective impact. And I know you’ve you’ve heard what collective impact is, but I think it’s so important that it bears worth repeating. In order to achieve our collective vision, we really are aligning organizations, people and resources to implement our shared economic development strategy, which is advance Longmont, 2.0, we’re looking at those shared problems that our community might face and we’re coming up with collaborative ways to solve those problems. And it’s our job at LLDP to help coordinate those efforts. And we serve as that backbone organization that’s really facilitating the work that we’re doing as a community. Also worth repeating in terms of collective impact. We are really focused on growth, prosperity and inclusion. And I think we all know that everyone in Longmont succeeds, we all do better when we all do better. And so we’re really looking at how do we make sure everyone in our community has equal access to participate in our economy, that might be as workers, entrepreneurs or consumers, making sure that people in our community have the ability to build wealth, advance in their jobs and careers and invest in their futures and their families futures. And really, everyone’s able to contribute to business growth through innovation, and job creation. And we’re doing that through our economic development strategy, again, which is advanced Longmont, 2.0. And I know many of you have been involved in this throughout the years. Our strategy is centered on five goals. And you can see those here. Those are around talent, industry, place conductivity and impact. In terms of the city’s support, we do have a contract with the city of Longmont for economic development services. And again, those are to support this collective vision for our community’s economic vitality. And we are working to provide services that strengthen Longmont competitive position. We’re working to market Longmont both nationally and globally. And I would also say locally, supporting the creation and retention of jobs, primarily, and especially primary jobs, advancing opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation, and really advocating for businesses throughout the community. And although we’re working and our advanced Longmont strategy is really focused on those five goals, our core services and our work plan is really focused in these three areas. And that’s what I’m here to report to you tonight on. And I will say you know I’ve been in the position about three weeks now. So I will do my best to answer any questions that you might have as we go through these. The staff that’s been consistent at LLDP has been doing a great job while we’ve been getting fully staffed again, some of the data isn’t quite current. So hopefully by the next time I’m presenting to you for the second quarter, we’ll have some additional data but but they did do a good job in putting this together. So the first area we’ll talk about is talent. We have several objectives and talent. The first one we’ll talk about is marketing and recruitment. And we are really looking at how do we market Longmont, nationally and globally, particularly so we can increase and enhance our talent or talent pipelines for those advanced Longmont target industries. We have adjusted our target industries, and I’ll talk about that in just a second. But really what we’re looking at is a number of KPIs around impressions, new users, clicks view through rates. I am not a marketing person, but we work closely with Avocet communications, and they do a great job. We launched our new website in actually May of 2022. So we have a full year of data. What you’re seeing here is for the first quarter, and you can see that we have almost 3.7 million campaign impressions, over 13,000 clicks from our ad campaign. And that’s across multiple platforms. The top five user locations that we’re targeting are la Denver, Phoenix, and Maryland, we have in the first quarter about 13,000 new website users over the years, it’s close over the year, it’s close to 40,000. And the most visited pages that we see are workstyle, our homepage, and then our site selection services. And you can see what folks are searching for when they come to our website. And I will say overall, we’re very pleased, we see a lot of increases in impressions and overall users over the past year. So we’ll be continuing to work on that over the course of this year. Another thing that we’re looking at in terms of talent is workforce perceptions. LLDP conducts a work force perception survey each year. So this data here is from 2022, we had 140 total responses. And you can see that in looking at 2022 Compared to 2021, people have a slightly better perception on housing costs, cost of living and housing availability. But when you look at these rates, you can see we still obviously have work to do in this area. And that’s I’m not telling anyone in this council anything new. But those are extremely important for us as we think about supporting our industries and talent attraction. And so we’ll be conducting this survey again this year. And we’ll have data to report to you probably in the with the third quarter or fourth quarter update. When we look at talent intelligence data, we are looking at our outreach campaigns and how we help employers connect with their hiring process, again, thinking about keeping those talent pipelines in place. And so we’re looking at questions on our elevate Business Retention and Expansion survey, we’ve added 27 Or we have 27 questions related to talent that help us see what businesses are looking for and some of those industry specific insights. One of the things that we’re really excited about is the Longmont career pathway platform. And I think Jessica may have mentioned that in one of her previous updates. To date, we’ve had over 500 people complete that questionnaire, and that’s really going to help job applicants connect to employers that are looking for talent. As you can imagine, there are some challenges that employers face when looking at recruiting and retaining employees. And those are finding talent with skills that they need, attracting talent and retaining talent. And so those are all areas that were highly interested in and want to support our businesses. Continuing to support talent, how do we help businesses engage with local and regional education and training systems when we’re looking at this, we’re really thinking about our partnerships with St. Vrain Valley School District, Front Range Community College and workforce, Boulder County. And so as we look at that, we’re looking at those direct connections between industry and talent partners. One of the exciting things that I have to report for the first quarter is that LA DEP has submitted a grant to o edit to really advance that Longmont career, career pathways platform. And we’ll find out hopefully this month if we were successful, but this would really help us provide support for that platform help us do outreach to businesses. And really, you know, put put Longmont on the map so to speak in terms of connecting job seekers to jobs in the community.
Speaker 8 39:10
So on summary, you know, we think we’re on track again, we have some additional data to collect, I think, as we go forward this year, but generally with talent, we feel that we’re on track with marketing, workforce perceptions, data and just generally supporting the the talent systems that are needed. Shifting to industry. As I mentioned, we’ve updated our target industry clusters this year. And so you can see, our new industry clusters are aerospace bioscience food and beverage production, it software and hardware and those are modified from what you may be used to seeing. So this is important because we’re going to need to modify our marketing campaign. We’ll need to take a look at some of our documentation and focus to better align with with these new target industry clusters. But as we look at the first quarter, what I’ll report on is sort of related to what we’ve had in the past. So we’re really looking at how we support primary industry growth. And looking at economic development incentives. And again, this is for attracting, retaining, and helping businesses expand. And we’re looking at a goal of 10 primary businesses that would create 500 jobs and 50 million in new capital investment. So we continue to work with city manager’s office on the incentive policy. I know that is work that’s been underway for some time, and I’m looking forward to continuing that and hopefully having some additional information to report to council at a future update. As we think about lead generation, we want to continue to generate primary and work with primary industry prospects, again, to recruit and retain primary jobs in Longmont. And this is through a variety of sources. The data that we have here is through the fourth quarter of last year, we did have 26 Primary Industry prospect leads, we’ve had a couple come through this year, but we don’t have that data reported here. As of the end of last year led P was working with 14 total active prospects, which if all of those were realized, it would be about 4800 new jobs. And so this is an area we’ll continue to focus on this year and in the coming years. Our last objective and industry is really focused on business retention, which is critical. Obviously, our goal is to retain 100% of jobs and companies within Longmont. Unfortunately, we don’t control the universe. So you know, while that’s our goal, it may not always be realistic. But we do aim to work closely with our businesses to make sure that we’re responding to their needs. One of the ways that we do that is through our elevate Longmont survey, and we’ve sent out surveys this year, we sent out quite a few more this year than last year. And I’m not entirely certain why. So that’s something I need to figure out. But we’ve received 39 surveys to date, and we’ll have a big push through May to increase our response rate. I believe our target response rate in our city contract is somewhere around 25%. So we have a little ways to go. But we will do some additional outreach over the coming month. And then the other thing that we’ll look at doing later this year is setting up some industry roundtables to really give us some additional information and provide some context to the results that we’re seeing in the survey. And I lied, there’s actually one more industry objective. And that’s around grants. So we work closely with the city and the DDA to deploy $60,000 in city funded grants. Well innovate Longmont was dissolved last year, we are still partnering on retail conversion grants. And we do have a number of other grant programs that folks are still interested in. So we’re going to be taking stock of what the objectives of these grant funds are, how we can best leverage resources and provide the support that businesses need. So that’s something that we’ll be able to report on, hopefully at a future update. And again, in looking at our industry objectives, we do feel like we’re on track, again with some of those additional study that we’re going to be doing on some of our programs. In terms of impact. As I’ve mentioned, we are really the collective backbone for advanced Longmont 2.0. And we provide support to the strategic initiatives that are under the umbrella of the strategic plan and worked closely with our economic partners. In the past, we’ve had a lot of support meetings this year. With staff changes and transitions we’ve we have had four support meetings. We have piloted an initiative proposal form, one of the things that we’re taking a look at is what’s the most effective way to support community members that may come forward with ideas and to engage with the advanced Longmont 2.0 steering committee. So we’re taking a bit of a look at this and and we’ll be making some some adjustments with this. The current initiatives that LA DEP is involved in or has recently been involved in are the early childhood Alliance. And I think this is a really great example of how an initiative can sort of start and then grow. And I think we’re, you know, happy to say that this initiative no longer needs le DP support in the way that it previously did. And it sounds like it’s, it’s moving forward and in a great way. We’re also still working closely with prosper Longmont on attainable housing and supporting efforts in the River District. There may be other initiatives that that come forward through our conversations with the community and our conversations with the advanced Longmont economic partners or conversations with our board investors or even City Council. We do maintain a collective data dashboard that tracks community metrics. And so this is available to anyone in the community. This was launched last year and can be viewed on our website. So this provides a lot of really great demographic information on our community and information that businesses may look at as their I’m looking at whether or not they might like to locate in Longmont. So if you haven’t had a chance to take a look at that it’s continuously updated and provides some really fantastic information about Longmont. And then our final impact objective is really around our leadership council, we hope to grow our leadership council to 40 members. And this is really a group of folks that represent a diverse cross section of private sector sector expertise. And this is really all about that collective issue identification and problem solving. So we’re really lucky to have 31 members as of the end of 2022, and are hoping to engage even even more private sector folks in this leadership, Council. One, one example of a project that they funded is that early childhood Alliance, industry Assessment Consultant, which provided some some much needed data for that initiative. So we do think we’re on track, again, some work to do to kind of retool, see where we’re at and see where we might make some changes. But we do believe we’re on track based on what the contract calls for. And I’ll sort of end with just some quarterly economic indicators. I know people really, really like to look at data as do I. And so this is as of the fourth quarter unless indicated, some of it’s a bit more current. But you can see, our gross regional product is just about $8.7 billion. Total regional employment at the end of 2022, is almost 58,000. And that’s up a bit from 22. From the third quarter employment growth is 3.8%, as compared to the previous five year period, our labor force is about 58,000. And the your year over year change in our labor force is about 1.8%. Unemployment rate as of February of this year is 3.1%. And then the final piece of data that we’ll look at is around housing and residential real estate. Again, this is probably not something that council has not seen. But something we’re we’re very interested in at LLDP. You can see our median housing price has crossed that $600,000 mark, and that is up from from last year, when it was just under 600,000. I will note that although I think those prices are somewhat staggering for a lot of us who have been in the community a while we still are the most affordable community in Boulder County, which helps when we’re looking at attracting businesses to Longmont. And then you can see in terms of residential real estate market, you know, 74 homes were sold in March of 2023. And there’s an inventory of 174. And those are both down a little bit from the last time we reported this, but still, you know, as we’re comparing to some of our neighbors pretty strong. And then finally, I’ll close with Office and industrial. I don’t know that this was presented to council before, but my employees included this slide in the presentation. So I’m showing it to you. You know, I think that we continue to look at what what the availability of spaces, we have a couple larger properties that are going to be coming online, which, you know, may be absorbed in the near future, which could could impact this. So we’ll be taking a close look at this. And with that, I will end my remarks and attempt to answer any questions that you may have.
Speaker 1 48:26
Okay, Aaron, can you go back to slides? This one, when you look at the total inventory that Longmont has, we’re not when people say we’re not building, we’re not making houses, this shows that we are moving along. And that compared to the other cities in Boulder County, other than Boulder, we’re doing pretty well. And we keep plugging along with the inventory of housing. So I think that’s really important for industry to know, as well as our residents that we are constantly attacking the affordability. So thank you, but we have Councillor Martin.
Speaker 9 49:11
Yes. This can take you back a long way. But could you return to the slide about the industry focus areas? The one that has changed? Okay. You didn’t really say much, but I’m interested in what the rationale for the changes. I mean, obviously these are regional industry focus areas that we have here. But But what drove the change in definitions because it it’s especially on the left. It is a recategorize ation of what was their
Speaker 8 49:53
mayor, Councilmember Martin, you are correct. And for those that may not be as familiar our former Target industry clusters where smart manufacturing food and beverage Business Catalyst in knowledge creation and deployment. And so this is a bit of a shift, although there is some relation. And I think it’s important to, to say just because something might not be one of our target industry clusters doesn’t mean we’re not interested in it doesn’t mean we don’t have a concentration, and that we’re not supporting those types of businesses. So I do want to just mention that I think this is a refinement, you know, you mentioned that there’s a lot of interest in some of these. So Aerospace is a really good example. You know, we’ve seen an increased interest regionally, nationally, in aerospace. And I think there’s a lot of companies that are providing support. And so as we look at our target industries, it’s where is there a concentration? What opportunities might be there? And then what what kind of support are indirect businesses that are related to these target industries? Might there be so I’ll be completely transparent that this was done prior to me arriving at La dp and I need to do a little bit more looking at the data. But this is based off of taking a look at again, where are those opportunities? Where are those businesses that there might be an affinity for kind of colocation and support services? And then also, where are some of those support systems? You know, so where is St. Brain and Front Range focusing programs? And I think there’s a lot of alignment, for example, with St. Vrain, some of St. vrains P TECH programs. And that really speaks to some of that workforce development and talent pipeline, and really those opportunities for collaboration with some of our partners.
Speaker 9 51:37
Yes, in part B of my question is actually about that specifically about Front Range. And they had a we had a close alignment with them on the Advanced Manufacturing focus area. There’s a little bit of uncertainty, disruption going on in the Front Range organization right now. Not necessarily that it’s bad. I don’t know if it’s good or bad. I just could see it from the outside. But I do wonder whether the changes that are going on there are taken into account on this, or whether they should be and whether it’s in your plans, because if only been here three weeks, to talk with them and make sure that we maintain our alignment with them?
Speaker 8 52:28
The short answer is yes. Whether or not any of those things factored into the adaptation of our target industries I can’t speak to, but certainly, you know, LLDP has a vested interest in making sure that we maintain strong relationships with all of our economic partners, including Front Range. And so I know there have been some transitions, but we’re definitely interested in moving forward, seeing how we can support them. And then you know, what additional input they may have into not only this, but all of our work. So that’s certainly something that’s on my list.
Unknown Speaker 53:01
Counselor, one waters.
Tim Waters 53:02
Thanks, Mayor Peck, first of all, welcome home. Remind us you made reference to the city contract? What’s the number in that contract that the city pays LDP has as one of your investors?
Speaker 8 53:20
Mayor pet, Councilmember waters, the contract for 2023 is for $400,000 paid over the course of the year,
Tim Waters 53:26
what’s your estimated top line revenues for 2023?
Speaker 8 53:31
You know, with, with our investments, we really look at that over a three year period, and we’re estimating about 1.1 to 1.2 million in private investments through year or in that three year period. Yeah. So about about 400,000. So we kind of like to say we get about half of our investment from the city and half from the private sector. 400,000
Tim Waters 53:50
Speaker 8 53:53
Absolutely. You know, I think we wouldn’t be as successful with our private investments without the city’s investment. So I definitely appreciate that. And I
Tim Waters 54:01
think the I think this community needs to hear it over and over again, that’s a big number and a contract. It’s doubled or more as a result of what you do with it. The following question is, what are the benefits to the city as a result of what you do with that money? Now, you some of that showed up in here in terms of some of the data?
Speaker 8 54:24
Yeah, that’s a good question. And probably something I need to kind of figure out how to articulate in in in a quick way. But I think really, what we’re focused on are these deliverables from our contract. And so, you know, some cities do focus on having economic development in house. I think our model is unique because we are able to leverage that private investment to really do more with the funds the city gives us. And so a lot of that is around marketing Longmont, nationally and even globally, which really does help to strengthen our position. We respond to prospects we work closely with Um, you know, folks in in the northern part of the metro area as well as Metro Denver, etc, I’m looking at prospects and positioning Longmont, we advocate for entrepreneurs, primary employers, we also are able to work closely with the city to offer some different perspectives. You know, as you’re considering policies, as you’re considering different ordinances, I think, you know, the work that prosper is doing is a really good example of, of how a group of business owners can come together to really look at how we’re able to advocate for attainable housing, which really impacts our workforce. And I think we’re hearing that a lot from businesses. So I think that’s kind of a concrete example of how LD LLDP is positioning themselves, to work with the city as well as private industries to help make progress towards a common goal. And I’m sure there’s lots of other examples. But I would say that’s really the the unique position that we play to bring those two sectors together.
Tim Waters 55:55
So the following question is, who are the beneficiaries and you just kind of ran down the list the city, US large employers or primary employers, entrepreneurs? I mean, there’s a there are a number of categories of beneficiaries from the work that gets done. To what degree to your board members benefit directly from their service on your board?
Speaker 8 56:18
Councilmember waters? That’s an interesting question. I don’t, you know, they’re certainly not a direct, you know, that our board members aren’t compensated.
Tim Waters 56:26
That’s important for people to hear. Yeah.
Speaker 8 56:29
I think our board members benefit in that many of them are business owners, employees at a minimum or employers in Longmont. And so I think they benefit from our efforts, in that if Longmont economy is strong, if we’re able to recruit and retain talent, if we’re able to expand businesses are tax base increases, you know, their ability to attract and retain employees increase. So I think there’s, there’s a benefit to them. That’s a shared benefit to you know, all businesses in Longmont. Really? I don’t know that, you know, I guess potentially they have access to each other, that’s a benefit. And certainly, folks that are on our Aspire Leadership Council, you know, we do set aside a portion of their investment that can be then directed back towards different initiatives. And so they have a say in some of that. So are some of our investors do benefit in that they’re able to direct funding to certain initiatives that the community has deemed important and that the investors have deemed important?
Tim Waters 57:28
So they, they specifically, from what from one another benefit from the shared experience new insights, learning from strategies that others have used successfully? That kind of collaborative? Absolutely, in addition to the rising tide? Right, raising all the boats in town? This is not a group that self serving? I would say that’s correct. They sacrifice they give up their own time away from their businesses to do the work that you’ve described to help raise those boats. Is that Is that a fair statement?
Speaker 8 58:01
I think it’s fair. And I think if you, you know, go back to that one of those initial slides. You know, we all succeed in Longmont, when we all succeed. And so really, the board is dedicating their time and expertise and money through their investment to ensure that our economy continues growing, that people continue prospering and that we are creating an inclusive ecosystem to continue to support businesses, employees, and frankly, all community members in Longmont.
Tim Waters 58:28
The last comment I’ll make is you made reference to moving beyond or the Early Childhood Alliance and moving beyond the supportability P, I want to say not quite so fast. We’re that that initiative is making progress in ways that it has to make progress to it to at least achieve a status that gives the public a chance to decide how much they want to embrace it to get there. Ultimately, that group is going to really need the support of Le VP and groups like business groups across Boulder County. So don’t don’t cut it loose just yet.
Unknown Speaker 59:02
Yeah, and I shouldn’t have I shouldn’t have said it that way. It’s progressing.
Tim Waters 59:04
Your point is you were part of the catalyst LLDB was part of the callus got started because of the council. Right It was a council goal. But LLDP is embracing of this made a big difference in terms of giving focus. Some support in terms of the backbone and the facilitation. I don’t know that we would be where we are the grant that that came from the the lead group was at the fire all really mattered a key times. So it’s the effort of a whole lot of folks LLDP has been a critical part of that. I’m just saying we’re not ready to fly. We don’t have wings fully developed yet. And we’re going to need lbps to support
Speaker 8 59:47
Yeah, and I think it continues to be a priority certainly for for businesses not only in Longmont but frankly throughout the state based on everything we’ve been seeing in the news lately. So yes, we are still committed to to helping support this initiative.
Speaker 1 1:00:02
Seeing no one else in the queue, I want to thank you. But I also want to say that I think you have a fan in Councillor waters. Big fan.
Speaker 8 1:00:14
Well, I’m really looking forward to working with council on this new capacity and certainly if any of you have thoughts or ideas I would love to brainstorm with you and I really do look forward to working with you.
Speaker 1 1:00:26
Thank you Erin. Now we are at Publix invited to be heard. So I’ll say once again we need your name and address and you have three minutes the first one on the list is Georgia Johnston.
Speaker 10 1:00:50
Good evening, city council and mayor and city council and thank you for letting me talk. And I have some good things to say again. Sometimes I just wish I had the wisdom of a 90 year old the body of a 20 year old and the energy of a three year old don’t You don’t let anyone who hasn’t been in your shoes tell you how to tie your shoes. Your laces and then another one there is someone always there for you guess what the laundry. So I want to I want to thank you. Did I say my address Giorgetto Johnston 320 homestead Parkway number 202 long Makara with Spring Creek apartments wonderful. I love them. So anyway, what I want to say is I did see the Times called paper about the skating indoor skating rink that you’re thinking about it and working on it Lord bless July bless You, Lord bless you, for ice hockey and for the youth because we want good things for this youth. And maybe we’ll even an indoor roller skating because you know, that’s good. And then I’m still troubled over the streets and the and the roads and what’s going on about not fixing them or better. I’m it’s because I like the city of Longmont, I want you to do a good job. That’s why I come to support you. But also I want a good city, myself, and also the buffet. We still need buffets, and better clothing stores. And then I thought of another situation that I go to the Ultra, the Oktoberfest. And myself I used to take my great grandchildren and I always go off and on. And I feel like we do a lot of breweries, which I think we need to get more fun there things for the youth. And another thing is the river on the rhythm. That’s another one too, that we focus a lot on breweries. And I feel like it’s got a lot of nice things fun things I go to see people visit right on the bus because I like Longman I do go to the senior senator, I just went today, with my computer, I took classes, working on myself being a good elderly lady, that I’m getting older and precious. And then also, I would like to say also that the police department How nice of you how nice of you. My husband was a police chaplain. And he used to get called all hours of the night did all kinds of wonderful things besides on the senior board, the economical board, all those wonderful things. So I just want to say that I’m praying for you and that I want you to do a wonderful job because we want a good city, you know, and we need all these wonderful things that I’m talking about to make it a good city. And Lord bless you and keep doing a wonderful job and thank you for letting me talk. And when I talk there are people that talk to me from all over the place, Walmart or different places keep talking so and we want good housing, fair housing and things that you know, treat us good as as Americans and of course we care about people show kindness, caring, we’re all special people. Lord bless you all. Thank you very much.
Unknown Speaker 1:04:08
Thank you Jordanna You’re welcome.
Speaker 1 1:04:22
So, Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez usually handles the timer for me so we are playing with it a little bit. You try Okay, thank you Cody song
Unknown Speaker 1:04:43
you can do
Speaker 11 1:05:01
Good evening City Council. My name is Cody Fung and I live and I live at 4216 Redmond drive Longmont, Colorado. And I’m here today to present my capstone project Cody’s Toy Box. My project involves giving toys to children at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. And it’s specifically for the children going through chemotherapy and other cancer related treatments. I’m doing this through toy donations from the Longwood community. And as a former cancer patient myself, I can say that my experience being a cancer patient was quite difficult. I go to Denver once a week and stay for the entire week, and I’d usually not feel good the entire time. One thing that could definitely be said though, that helped me during chemo was was having something to do some kind of toy or something to draw with. And I think it was really helpful to my for my mental health. And my journey as a whole gave me something to focus on whenever it wasn’t feeling the best, and made chemo go by just a little bit faster. Because of this, I strive to help others with their own battles. I’ve may have I may have won mine, but there are so many other children going that are still fighting. And I think an optimistic attitude. And a fun toy or art project can be the thing that lifts someone’s spirits so they can beat cancer. So far, I’ve done three toy deliveries, all of which went very well. The first one got over 100 toys from all sorts of different people. Each delivery meant a lot to the Child Life staff, as sorry, as the donations would go to making someone going through a really rough time in their life a little bit better. I’m hoping I can continue this project every June, as June was the month I was diagnosed. And I feel it’d be a good way to honor the people that literally saved my life and make some patients that are going through some of the worst days of their own lives a little bit better. Thank you very much and have a good evening.
Unknown Speaker 1:06:59
Thank you Cody Gabriella Schultz.
Speaker 12 1:07:16
Hello, city council members, my name is Gabrielle Schultz My address is for 901 Nelson road Longmont, Colorado. This past year, I’ve been working on a capstone project for stla. My practice called many medics first aid for third and fourth grade. I chose this project because it is important to me when it comes to helping and caring for others. I’ve also been interested in the medical career path for quite some time now. For this project, I taught elementary students the importance of first aid. I met with these kids once a month and during each lesson we learned many aspects of first aid by playing games, doing activities, watching videos and practicing these first aid skills. Some of the first aid skills we learned over the past year included emergency numbers, how to deal with scrapes and splints, what to do when it comes to choking and seizures and how to perform CPR. My goal was for these kids to know what to do in case of a medical emergency. There are many times where kids are left home alone or they are left with a sibling and a medical emergency may occur. Even if they’re left for just one second. These kids could save lives because they know first aid. My biggest accomplishment from this project was hearing how much these kids learned over the past year which made me nothing but proud. During one of the last lessons, they drew a picture of their favorite thing that they learned during this past year and it made me happy to see what they’re getting out of these lessons. My mentor Lila veck has been a huge help with this project by showing me the importance of first aid and giving me ideas of how to share it that with these kids. Next year I plan on becoming a nurse at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. So I thought this project was perfect fit for me. I think this project has a positive impact on our community because it teaches these kids first aid skills that could potentially save lives. Thank you.
Speaker 1 1:08:58
Thank you. I’m going to interrupt just for a moment to announce that Councilman Sean McCoy has joined us welcome the next person is Natalia Toledo.
Speaker 13 1:09:22
Hi, good evening city council members. My name is Natalia Leto. My address is for 901 Nelson road Longmont, Colorado. Throughout this academic year, I have built off a program called GoPass Ito at Silver Creek High School. This program works to construct a bridge over the language barrier for Latinos. As someone who comes from a Hispanic household where English is not spoken. I’ve faced numerous challenges throughout my life in terms of community integration, particularly at school. I started school initially only speaking Spanish and found it very difficult to fit in asking for help making friends and adapting to the school environment. Were all significant challenges that motivated me to support families in my school’s community who faced similar struggles and making them feel more welcome and connected to Silver Creek High School. My capstone project aims to reduce the gap between the Latino community and the Silver Creek community one step at a time. During each meeting, parents received all the necessary information about upcoming events and how they could help their children succeed. Meanwhile, students would receive a presentation on upcoming deadlines, events and grade checks. Additionally, students would have a cultural piece that linked to the certain month. For instance, during October we had a meeting themed around the other Los Muertos. These meetings have not only assisted parents, but have helped teachers in contacting parents since parents feel more at ease communicating with teachers. Despite encountering several setbacks. During the course of my project, we have witnessed many more positive positives, including an increase in number of participating families. Our first meeting held in August saw only about five families attend. However at our final meeting last week, almost 27 Different families showed up. My project has also included translating during school events, teaching staff at Silver Creek how to help bridge the gap between the two communities and mentoring schools or mentoring students at our school. Now 17 and fully bilingual, I hope to continue building the bridge over the language barrier next fall at CSU Pueblo, where I will be setting exercise science and playing soccer for the school. Thank you.
Speaker 1 1:11:38
Thank you, Natalia. The next person is Isabel Martinez.
Speaker 14 1:11:55
Good evening city council members I’m Isabelle Martinez and my address is for 901 Nelson road of Longmont, Colorado. This year I worked on my project called Meals on Wheels with my mentor and Christofferson the client service coordinator within the organization. I got to proudly partner with this locally managed organization right here in Longmont, Colorado. This nonprofit serves hot healthy meals to communities throughout the Longmont and nyuad throughout Montana and nyuad to clients who are struggling to prepare meals for themselves on a daily basis. This organization has reached over 3 million hot meals to older citizens and disabled community right in my hometown. My project focus on the common sense of celebration and festivity through the joy of gift giving throughout a handful of holidays throughout this year. It took lots of communication and attention to details to make this project happen. gift giving is a love language that spreads and establishes connections between people. This year, I used funding from the silvercreek Leadership Academy and attained money from the locally funded donation by our community at Silver Creek. I was able to create over 1500 goodie bags throughout this year with the help of stla seniors and freshmen. The involvement included Halloween bags, Valentine’s cards and St Patrick’s Day, which include a truce with each holiday. With the gifts that were made. I proudly represented the stla foundation and connected with our wise community. Wisdom and Knowledge comes from those who came before us. I’m thankful for the opportunity and direction to have been able to spread hope one meal at a time. My future plans are to attend St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York next year as a division to softball student athlete Thank you.
Speaker 1 1:13:32
Thank you Gabrielle. I know you’re Isabelle Jules want her.
Speaker 1 1:13:58
Yours Can you pull that microphone up? You’re a little bit taller than the last person. Thank you.
Speaker 15 1:14:10
Good evening, mayor and city council members. My name is Jules wanderer. My address is for 901 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado. Throughout my life I’ve traveled to multiple struggling but culturally rich countries. These experiences have contributed to my belief that we all have a responsibility to work together to create a more equitable and prosperous future. My silvercreek Leadership Academy Capstone reflects this desire, aiming to raise awareness for and to aid two such countries, the Nepali community and the Tanzania community doing such do an internship website and volunteer work abroad. I began the process of applying for an internship position and the summer leading up to my senior year. This consisted of establishing a presence on indeed and LinkedIn creating a curricula vitae and preparing for the interview process. After entering vor and subsequently being accepted for an internship position at home Mali, I began learning about corporate philanthropy. As well as learning about brand awareness tactics. I also had the opportunity to learn and write about the issues in the Nepali community, and it Sherpas are currently facing and the organizations that are helping. And then winter of 2022 I traveled to Africa with the give organization. There I connected with the African people and culture, taught English to the Maasai tribe, help Bo school, learn key Swahili and also climb Mount Kilimanjaro with local guides. Connecting my internship and volunteer work together, I developed a website to create awareness for the Nepali in Tanzania and communities. My website also gave an overview of my capstone project, its current progress, and upcoming events. To learn more about my capstone and to help them Upali community Visit my website by scanning the QR code that I’ll show at the end of this speech. City council members. Thank you for your time.
Unknown Speaker 1:16:03
Thank you Jules Britt Stockwell Oh you have the QR code.
Speaker 16 1:16:20
to wonder if you can can you do you need it back or can you give it to Miskin Tana
Unknown Speaker 1:16:34
Thank you, Brett Stockwell.
Speaker 17 1:16:59
Good evening council members, my name is Brett Stockwell, and my address is for 901 Nelson Road in Longmont, Colorado. Over the course of my senior year, I’ve been lucky enough to work with my mentor, Mr. Kriby program he started eight years ago at WestView middle school called playing to the park. Playing to the park is a scientific research program that offers students the opportunity to learn hands on in horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park by collecting data from trail cams and learning about the wildlife of these places. working on this project was an incredible experience for me. On our monthly trips to the parks. My role was to assist Mr. Kirby as well as lead discussions about the nature of the parks. Once we got back from the trips, I also got to go over the footage with the kids. This was a super fun experience and it helped me understand how to effectively engage students. As someone who has always loved nature and grew up in Colorado, I have a deep appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the natural world. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the Rockies and I’ve always been captivated by the plants and animals that live there. When Miss Cohn told me about the plans for the park program, I was immediately intrigued. The idea of combining my love and passion for nature with my ability to help communicate this with kids that seemed like the perfect fit. I could think of nothing better than sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world with the next generation of scientists and conservationists. Overall, I am proud to have been a part of this project and I’m glad I got to share what I’ve learned with all of you today. Thank you for listening.
Speaker 1 1:18:13
Thank you, Brett. That is the end of the Capstone, the Capstone kids. Congratulations and good luck to all of you. The next one on our list is Lance Whitaker.
Unknown Speaker 1:18:49
head right down today
Unknown Speaker 1:18:52
should be interesting.
Speaker 18 1:18:56
While you want to forget this particular group, my name is Lance Whitaker live 1750 Collier street Longmont, Colorado. I’ve been a resident for over 40 years now. Mayor and Council today is Homefront heroes day. National Homefront heroes Day, National butterscotch brownie day. And if you need to, you can watch it all down with the Moscato day. I’m here in support of House Bill 191230. As you all know, I would like you all to please read that law and understand that I’m not the only business looking forward to an ordinance for this law. Thank you and have a good day. Oh, and as a gardener, please disregard the dirty hat. I’ve been playing around garden all day doing composting and worm heart and chicken noodle coop. Yep, that’s right. I named it chicken noodle coop. You guys have a nice day and enjoy your composting.
Speaker 1 1:20:16
Thank you Lance Polly Christensen
Speaker 19 1:20:35
your pack and members of council. My name is Paula Christensen My address is 410 Jensen street Longmont, Colorado. I’m here to speak about the fair campaign Practices Act to remove references to post office boxes. The fair campaign Practices Act was a citizen initiative. And it was about transparency and fairness, and it had an oversight panel. Shortly after the fair campaign practices was passed, a new council was elected and they immediately eliminated the oversight panel. Attempts have been made ever since to neuter this ordinance. allowing people to use a mailing address a post office box instead of a verifiable primary residence voting street address was yet another step in diminishing this law. It has been said that people who want to keep their address private and public documents shouldn’t be able to do that. Not when they’re giving money, secrecy and funding is the very essence of corruption. Without knowing someone’s street address, not mailing address, the voters of long men have no idea who’s funding these campaigns. Anyone can get a post of a mailing post office box anywhere in America and remain anonymous. Allowing This undermines democracy. It has been said that sometimes people who appear to speak before counsel do not give their address. They should. This is usually unintentional on that part because they are nervous. Here’s the difference. It’s unintentional, and they are not sending you money for your campaign. If your donors are too ashamed or embarrassed to make public their name and address and where they live, then you should not be they should not be sending you money. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:37
Thank you, Polly, Steve ALTSCHULER.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:46
Sorry, I’ve missed a few weeks.
Unknown Speaker 1:22:49
We missed you.
Speaker 20 1:22:51
Steve Altshuller 1555 Taylor drive Longmont, Colorado. By coincidence. I also wanted to put in my two cents about the PIO address for donations. I am absolutely against it. There is no transparency. And you know, somebody could make 27 Different donations using different Pio boxes. It’s just It reeks of corruption. Second thing I want to talk about is, I spent today cleaning up the yard at a rental property in Broomfield they were weeds that were knee high trash was everywhere. In the past, I’ve received letters from the city about the trash because my tenant has not been keeping the place clean like he’s supposed to. And the city threatened to send out a cleaning crew and then Bill me the rent of this place about $400 a month below what I could be getting. But I tried to keep my rents lower so I have fewer problems. I walked through the house recently there were four broken blinds. Five hollow core doors had holes in them from both elbows and feet from those heights. There’s trash inside blocking the hallway, which I had to tell him was a fire danger. There was one whole bathroom that was unusable due to trash walls were covered with dirt. I estimated about $6,000 to clean up the place with only a $2,000 security deposit. So I know by time he’s out, I’m going to be upside down. I tell you all this because when you talk about renters rights and things like that, there’s a lot of times that the landlords need to have some rights to you need to hear both sides of the story. Undoubtedly I’ll be blamed when I evict him, which I must do before the city disallows evictions altogether. Third note I want to talk about crime. Nothing is more important to everyone in Longmont than crime actually crime prevention. The only way to stop crime is to have appropriate punishment. All cities that have had criminal reform laws and Seeing a huge increase in crime and repeat offenders. Lowering felonies to misdemeanors does not work. Some say prisons do not reform many criminals, maybe not. But fear of prison will make many reconsider their actions. And anyone in jail is unable to commit more crimes while in a jail cell. And finally, I just want you to know because you brought this up. I volunteer with the Boulder County Republicans, and every year we put on a barbecue to honor the police during this Police Week. So thank you for your time.
Speaker 1 1:25:36
Thank you, Steve Paul Tiger. No, I just calling the next person but I do not see him here. So we’ll move on to Strider Bidston.
Speaker 21 1:26:01
Thank you, ascribe your bench to 951 West 17th I was a member of the Longmont Election Commission or whatever the name was, and some of the council who got elected by those undisclosed out of state contributions. The very first meeting abolished the election commission so that we could not further investigate what was going on. Then Bernard was one of the members who spoke with me that night. So a quote from some major person, those who do not know history are condemned to repeat it. And be aware of that. Today, Michel Goldberg’s column. Timothy McVeigh’s dreams are coming true. Tim, the McVeigh was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And he’s the one that blew up the mural Building in Oklahoma City and killed at least 168 people. And one of the points behind that was to get people used to the idea of more bombings, more killings, more guns, every time we have more gun massacres, then they sell more guns, and that is policy. That is exactly the point. The Allen, Texas and the guy who killed the people in El Paso came from Allen, Texas, and murdered up a large number of people at a Walmart in El Paso. And I hate to be redundant on this, but it’s like there’s hardly ever any days and certainly no bleach without more gun massacres. And one political organization says all the answer for more gun massacres is to always make sure more people are carrying guns. And that’s where it comes from. So let me just and on the history side, not only as a state of Florida, abolishing history, but Tennessee and Georgia and Arizona and other states. Well, Woodland Park, Colorado, just put in a new school board to abolish history and that’s in that area. So be aware. And you got to read Harry Belafonte, his book, my friend, I mean, there’s so much to learn, and I hope we have more people knowing history in this world. Thank you.
Speaker 1 1:29:11
Thank you Strider and that is the last person on the list. So I’m going to close public invited to be heard first call. We are now on to our consent agenda. So Don, would you mind reading the consent agenda into the record?
Speaker 2 1:29:31
Absolutely. Mayor the ordinance is on this agenda will be set for a second reading and public hearing on May 23 2023 90. Is ordinance 2023 Dash 22. A bill for an ordinance making additional appropriations for expenses and liabilities of the city of Longmont for the fiscal year beginning January 120 23. Nine B is resolution 2023 Dash 46 a resolution of the Longmont City Council approving a intergovernmental agreement between the city of Longmont county of Boulder the cities of Boulder Lafayette and Lewisville in the town of Superior for the keep it clean partnership plan. Nine C is resolution 2023 Dash 47 a resolution of the Longmont City Council approving the amendment to the intergovernmental agreement between the city of Longmont and the Colorado Department of Human Services. Office of Behavioral Health for contract amendment oh five for original contract number 21. H J 160883. For Longmont Public Safety’s LEAD program. Item 90 is resolution 2023 Dash 48 a resolution of Longmont City Council approving contract amendment one of the intergovernmental agreement between the city in the state of Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health for the CO responder program. 90 is resolution 2023 Dash 49 a resolution of Longmont City Council approving the grant from the Colorado Department of local affairs for grant funding for the peace officer behavioral health support and Community Partnerships Program. And nine F is adopt the 2023 2024 water supply and water shortage implementation plan.
Speaker 1 1:31:07
Thank you Don. There any counselors that want to pull anything from the agenda? Councillor Martin?
Unknown Speaker 1:31:14
No, I just moved the consent agenda.
Speaker 1 1:31:16
Okay. Okay, so the consent agenda has been Moved by Councillor Martin seconded by Councillor Hidalgo fairing that’s about.
Speaker 1 1:31:36
That carries unanimously so we have one ordinance on second reading it is 2023 Dash 21. It’s a bill for an ordinance amending chapter 15.0 for Section 15.0 4.020 table 15.04020 Table of all allowed uses of the Longmont Municipal Code. Are there any questions from Council on this ordinance? Seeing none, I’m going to open it up to public hearing. Is there anybody that wants to speak on this ordinance? Seeing no one I will close the public hearing. Can I have a motion?
Speaker 1 1:32:27
So Councillor Martin, Councillor waters moved ordinance 2023 21. seconded by Councillor Martin. Let’s vote.
Speaker 1 1:32:42
There were no items removed from the consent agenda. And Councillor McCoy. I augmented the agenda at the beginning to remove general business item, fair campaign Practices Act so that we have a full Council to discuss that.
Speaker 2 1:33:00
Mayor, I’m sorry, did you want to? Was your mind reading the result of that last vote?
Speaker 1 1:33:04
Just Oh, that would be good. Thank you. So ordinance. 2023 Dash 21. Passed unanimously.
Speaker 1 1:33:17
Okay, we are now at final call public invited to be heard. Is there anybody from the public that would like to address Council? Seeing none on closed final call public invited to be heard? Marin Council comments Councillor McCoy.
Speaker 22 1:33:32
Well, two things. Thank you Mayor Peck. My daughter Claire. I was not able to attend. But my daughter Claire McCoy. Prichard was a second graduating class from the Silver Creek Leadership Academy in 2014. And she went to the evening of excellence and reported back to me that it was amazing night and she learned a lot and the kids were just wonderful and she brought back a lot in nostalgic feelings. And then I also really enjoyed working at the multicultural action committees booth at our amazing Cinco Demayo cultural event. And I have somewhat of the scars to prove it because I forgot to put any sort of sunscreen on I left my hat in the in the car. And now I had a blister on my nose. So So one learns the slow way sometimes so anyhow.
Speaker 1 1:34:29
Proof that you were there. Proof I was there. Councillor waters.
Tim Waters 1:34:35
Thanks for your pet. Council member McCoy. Once you get a perfect haircut, you’ll never go out without a hat. I can guarantee you. You don’t have to learn it very many times to I also just would do a high five to all the organizers of the Cinco de Mayo celebration. It was you know, I I haven’t been every year but I’ve been every year since I’ve been on council. And a few years before, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd in a turnout like this, it was pretty remarkable. And I am going to come in without getting into the substance of, of the ordinance that we’re going to take up, I’ll look forward to that debate. But when I think I did hear from a comment about people using whether whatever address they use, somehow there being a lack of accountability or transparency, every report that we submit, has the name of a donor, and whether their address is a street address it has been is no longer allowed. And I’m down with that I’m fine with an email account, or a post office box. But it’s got a name tied to it, and it’s on the counter or it’s on the the candidates responsibility is it we’re accountable, to make certain that by name, no individual donates to a campaign more than what the what the ordinance allows. So whatever the perception is, that somehow it’s, it’s some list of Peel boxes with no accountability for who makes donations that is simply false. It’s not true. And the responsibility and accountability rests with the people sitting here and whoever else was in the race. Those are open records. Anybody can can, you know, can file a complaint or ask a question. And we’re accountable to the clerk. And it is all in the light of day. So whatever that word of the perception is, the truth is there’s a high degree of accountability, regardless of what the address is, and it’s by name, not by post office box.
Unknown Speaker 1:36:44
I’ll say hey, donco fairing.
Speaker 16 1:36:47
Thank you, Mayor. I want to echo what our council members had stated around Cinco de Mayo. I was there this weekend in two capacities. One as a city council member, volunteering, as well as vice president of the teachers association with our St. Vrain Valley Education Association, tented booth. We had wonderful turnout of educators who, who thoroughly enjoyed it. I have gone every year. I mean, since we’ve been here, when my kids were little, they’re now in their 20s. But to see how much it’s grown over the years is amazing. And it’s very exciting to hear, you know, to see Juneteenth first first year last summer, and I’m really excited to see how that will will look in 20 years from now. And so, um, and we will have a booth there as well. So,
Speaker 1 1:37:43
thank you. So that ends the council and remarks city manager.
Speaker 4 1:37:50
I do actually have a remark. So to Councilmember waters question June 20. Ish. We can’t get into Microsoft Project right now. But we think that’s the timeframe. And it is all coming together as a package.
Speaker 1 1:38:05
Great. Great City Attorney remarks. No comments, Mayor. Can I have a motion to adjourn? Right It’s been moved by Councillor Martin seconded by Councillor waters to adjourn all those in favor say aye aye. That passes unanimously thank you good evening.
Speaker 1 1:39:03
So Council on our Agenda
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