Published on the first Monday of each month by Bob Yates, Boulder City Council
Where the real work gets done
 By Bob Yates
    Far removed from the exhausting late-night City Council public hearings, from the Daily Camera headlines and editorials, from the ribbon-cuttings and the angry emails, the real policy work of the City of Boulder is performed behind the scenes by more than 100 dedicated residents, serving on 23 boards and commissions. Typically meeting monthly, they gather at the Library, at the West Senior Center, at Chautauqua, in the Municipal Building, and at other places around town.  While their meetings are always open to the public, and a few are now broadcasted on Channel 8, they tend to be sparsely attended, save for the rare times when a controversial issue is at stake. Yet, notwithstanding their relative obscurity, the City Council could not function without these essential boards and commissions.
    With most boards and commissions having five members serving staggered five-year terms, there is usually a vacancy on nearly every board when the respective terms end each March. This year, there are 23 vacancies to be filled across 19 boards and commissions next month. The list of openings and links to the respective appointment applications can be found here. The deadline for applying for appointment is Monday, February 13, at 5:00 pm. To apply, you must be a resident of the City of Boulder (there are a few exceptions), but not necessarily a citizen. You may apply for more than one board, although typically you can be appointed to just one. Every applicant will be granted an opportunity to participate in group interviews with City Council in mid-March, and the appointments will be made by the end of that month. While there is no monetary compensation for serving, board and commission members receive RTD EcoPasses and the city will often provide meals for meetings occurring in the evenings or over lunch hour.  With the exception of Planning Board, the time commitment is... Read More
A few changes...
   When the Boulder Bulletin was launched last October, I wasn't sure how it would be received. But, now in its fifth monthly issue, it's clearly worth the effort. With more than 900 subscribers and growing, this newsletter has proven to be an effective communication tool, prompting meetings, discussions, and exchanges of ideas.
    With that said, I'd like to make it even better. First, you'll see below that I've added links to recent past issues of the Boulder Bulletin and to the City of Boulder's Community Newsletter. Second, next to the reporting on my votes will be links to a more expansive page called "What Was I Thinking?" explaining why I voted the way I did. Third, starting with next month's issue, this sidebar will be dedicated to profiling the wonderful organizations that are making life better for our community (I'm indebted to Michele Obermeier for this great idea).
    Thanks for reading. Thanks for staying engaged.  -Bob   
Re-setting Civil War veteran headstones with Jim Helgoth at Columbia Cemetery. 
Mayor Suzanne Jones cuts the ribbon marking the completion of the Diagonal transportation improvements project

Recent past issues of the Boulder Bulletin:
     January 2017
     December 2016
     November 2016

City of Boulder Community Newsletter

In The News:

 Feb 2:   No head tax on Boulder's 2017 ballot, City Council decides

 Feb 2:   Boulder City Council to limit comments at meetings

 Jan 29:   Boulder business leaders pitch gondola to connect downtown to University Hill

 Jan 22:   Boulder council resolves to cut to the chase in 2017

 Jan 21:   At retreat, council reviews 2016 work, looks ahead

 Jan 19:   Tough choices ahead as city looks to give all residents option of faster internet at lower cost

 Jan 8:   Boulder sets out to prove it can enforce co-op and occupancy laws
By the numbers...
Number of emails exchanges with community members last month: 386
Number of community members met with last month: 95
Number of pages of Council meeting materials last month: 838
Number of subscribers to the Boulder Bulletin: 908 (next issue, March 6)  

Recent Votes & Positions:

 YES    On January 3, joined unanimous Council in codifying Boulder's long-standing position on immigration status and declaring Boulder a Sanctuary City.  Why I voted this way--> 

 YES    On January 3, in majority (7-2) to revise Boulder's co-operative housing law.  Why I voted this way--> 

 YES    On January 3, in minority (2-7) to review Planning Board's denial of creation of 50 units of work-force housing at 3303 Broadway.  Why I voted this way, and what's next--> 

 YES    On January 17, joined unanimous Council in improving Boulder's bear-resistant trash container laws, including lowering fines and granting enforcement discretion. Why I voted this way--> 

 YES    At January 21 annual Council retreat, joined my colleagues in urging the Mayor to enforce existing Council rules on the length of open public comment and the duration of Council meetings. Why I took this position--> 

 YES    At January 24 study session, supported land use changes to CU South property in furtherance of downstream flood mitigation. Why I took this position--> 

 YES    At January 31 study session, instructed city staff not to pursue head tax for 2017 ballot. Why I took this position--> 

Council Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all council meetings and study sessions begin at 6:00 at City Council Chambers, second floor, 1777 Broadway. Information current as of first Monday of the month, but subject to change; confirm agendas here.

Tuesday, February 7: Council Meeting (5:30 start)
Bear Canyon Creek Flood Mitigation Plan; limit banks on Pearl Street Mall; finalize commercial linkage fees; power supply agreement with CU
Tuesday, February 14: Study Session (5:30 start)
Affordable housing update; human services strategy 
Tuesday, February 21: Council Meeting 
Energy Code update; stormwater and wastewater master plans; finalize 2017 work plan
Wednesday, February 22: Execution Session
Municipalization (not open to the public)

Tuesday, February 28: Study Session
Alpine-Balsam (Boulder Community Hospital) design framework
Tuesday, March 7: Council Meeting 
Height moratorium extension; Canyon Boulevard re-design

Meetings with Community

 Feb 6:   Dinner with Boulder County Commissioners; Boulder County Courthouse; 6:00

 Feb 8:   Announcement of speakers for 2017 Conference on World Affairs; Dairy Arts Center; 6:30

 Feb 9:   Downtown Boulder Improvement District board meeting; 1200 Pearl Street; 8:00 a.m.

 Feb 9:   Presentation to Boulder Chamber of Commerce Community Affairs Council; Chamber; 4:00

 Feb 13:   Boulder Housing Partners board meeting; BHP; 2:30

 Feb 15:   Living Room Conversations; 10:00 (email me for invitation)

 Feb 15:   Boulder Housing Partners Palo Park groundbreaking; 3295 Palo Parkway; 3:00

 Feb 23:  Boulder Convention & Visitor Bureau board meeting;
Chamber of Commerce building; 2:30 

 Feb 23:  Parks & Recreation volunteer appreciation dinner; Dushanbe Teahouse; 6:00

Contact Bob 
Voice Message: 720.310.5829
Office: 1200 Pearl Street (above the Weekends store), Suite 209, Boulder
Office Days: Monday through Thursday; email in advance for appointment
Twitter: @bobyatesboulder
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