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Recommended city budget provides limited and targeted growth in 2013
On Sept. 11, Boulder City Council will begin considering a proposed 2013 budget that supports master plans accepted by council in 2012, restores partial funding for police and firefighter training, and continues funding for existing community programs and services.
City officials said that while the local economy is improving slowly, the city’s General Fund revenues will see only modest increases in 2013. As a result, City Manager Jane Brautigam recommends continuing the conservative approach initiated during the economic downturn; limited new funding will be allocated to programs supporting the highest community priorities next year, including economic vitality initiatives and significant investments in Boulder’s public facilities and infrastructure made possible by voters in November 2011.
The $256 million Recommended Budget includes $33 million in capital improvement plan spending – an increase of $10 million over 2012 levels.
“Boulder is in a stable financial position, and the conservative approach taken over the past few years has helped the city to become more efficient and effective with public dollars,” said Brautigam. “Our focus on cost recovery, restructuring city functions and not using one-time revenues to pay for on-going expenses has enabled Boulder to reduce the projected $135 million annual structural gap identified by the Blue Ribbon Commission in 2008 to $75 million annually by 2030.
“Boulder’s guiding principles of separating one-time revenues from ongoing expenditures also emphasizes the need to accurately project future one-time costs in order to carefully save over several years in preparation for those expenditures to avoid impacting Boulder’s base budget,” added Brautigam. “Because the city purposely saved for the future, we are prepared to pay as we go for planned one-time expenditures without negative impacts to the 2013 base budget.”
The recommended base budget reflects a 2 percent increase in base budget expenditures compared to the 2012 approved budget. Boulder saved an additional $16 million outside of that base budget to pay for one-time expenses that will be incurred next year. Most of that amount consists of funding for important transportation projects leveraged by the city using state and federal sources; a once every 11- to 12-year pay-period liability associated with Boulder’s biweekly pay system, and expenditures for Boulder’s Energy Future that are now included in the city’s budget document to reflect revenues approved by the voters in November 2011.
In addition to the continued long-term emphasis to stabilize revenues and expenditures, the Recommended Budget addresses community and council priorities with a major emphasis in the following areas:
- Restore non-personnel funding for police and firefighter training that was reduced during the economic downturn;
- Provide additional resources for Boulder’s Energy Future, the Civic Area Master Plan and adding a resource officer for homelessness initiatives;
- Carry out steps needed to implement master plans and department assessments, some of which began in the 2012 budget;
- Continue and strengthen the commitment to economic sustainability; and
- Boost the capacity of the city to renew its infrastructure and invest in technology.
The Recommended Budget provides for targeted growth in priority programs, adding one standard full-time equivalent (FTE) employee and 5.5 fixed-term FTEs in the General Fund to address these community initiatives.
Council is scheduled to begin studying the city manager’s 2013 recommended budget at its Tuesday, Sept. 11, study session. The study session will be aired live on Channel 8.
City Manager’s 2013 Recommended Budget is available online.
24/7 community collaboration arrives in Boulder
Today, the City of Boulder is proud to announce the launch of Inspire Boulder – an idea-collaboration engine that allows for real-time engagement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Inspire Boulder is an online, civic engagement platform that combines the ease of social sites (like Facebook) with the purpose and substance of city projects, issues and programs. A sort-of digital town hall, residents can submit ideas, help prioritize options and even do real-time budgeting. Community collaboration happens in real time so results, ideas and priorities can occur organically, as if it were a public meeting.
“Boulder has a thriving tech and start-up community and our residents are some of the most connected folks on the Front Range,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Having a virtual town hall, to inspire and inform all the important work we do, just makes sense in Boulder.”
Typical workshops, meeting and open houses will still be held citywide. Inspire Boulder is meant to augment these more traditional venues for receiving community input.
The platform also combines idea submission with game theory. Registered users get ‘points’ for submitting ideas and can accrue points for getting ‘up votes’ on their submitted ideas. It’s pretty simple: the better ideas are, the more points they earn. Naturally, the best ideas move to the top.
“Boulder is also known for its well-educated residents,” Brautigam said. “We want to enrich our conversations by tapping into the many creative minds that exist in our community.”
Inspire Boulder will host topics, issues, projects and programs from around the city organization. At launch, the site includes:
- Boulder Civic Area project;
- Boulder’s Energy Future;
- Transportation (Transportation Master Plan); and
- Waste Reduction and Recycling.
City makes progress on Capital Improvement Bond projects throughout Boulder
Just six months into the implementation of the Capital Improvement Bond, three projects have already been completed and 13 more are currently under construction. The community projects are funded by the voter-approved bond, a citywide initiative to address significant deficiencies and high priority infrastructure improvements throughout Boulder.
The city first completed a missing sidewalk link on Gillaspie Drive, along the border of Harlow Platts Park, between Greenbriar Boulevard and Juilliard Street. Next, a new pedestrian crossing was installed at the intersection of Canyon Boulevard and 21st Street. In addition, all of the city’s traffic signalincandescent lamps have been replaced with light-emitting diode (LED) lamps.
“Replacing all of the city’s traffic signals with LEDs is a significant improvement that will make our transportation system more energy efficient and will require less frequent maintenance,” said Director of Public Works for Transportation Tracy Winfree. “Each of the LED lamps will use approximately 80 percent less energy, which will save the city thousands of dollars per year.”
During the next three years, the city will continue to utilize Capital Improvement Bond funds to implement 89 individual projects throughout the community. The projects include roadway reconstruction, park facility upgrades, critical software updates, police equipment needs and a renovation of the Main Boulder Public Library.
The 89 individual projects are grouped into 26 categories and three status types. Three projects have been completed, 13 are under construction, and 73 are in the planning and design phase. Since 85 percent of the bond money must be spent within three years, the city will provide the community with continuous project updates and regular reports on progress toward overall completion.
Other construction project updates include:
- Police equipment replacements are underway, including the assembly of a bomb robot.
- Park shelter replacements and improvements are ongoing at Valmont Park, Palo East Park and Valmont Dog Park.
- Substandard traffic signs are being replaced throughout the city.
- A new multi-use path connection is being constructed on Baseline Road from the Bear Creek Path to U.S. 36.
- Renovations and replacements of existing Parks and Recreation facilities are in progress at Canyon Park, Columbine Park and Palo East Park.
- The South Boulder Recreation Center gym floor and racquetball courts have been replaced and are now being upgraded to achieve full compliance with ADA requirements.
- Deteriorating road pavements are being reconstructed and repaired throughout the city.
- The Columbia Cemetery is being upgraded and enhanced, including irrigation system improvements, new fencing and headstone repairs.
- A new sidewalk is being built on the east side of Folsom Street from Arapahoe Avenue to 200 feet south of Arapahoe Avenue.
“The Capital Improvement Bond is allowing the city to make some significant investments in the community,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “These investments help to maintain our valuable existing assets and will improve our quality of life in Boulder.”
Keep an eye out for projects around town!
Capital Improvement Bond signs are posted on site as construction begins so that the community can identify the projects that are funded by the bond. The community can also track the progress of the bond implementation online at www.bouldercolorado.gov/bondprojects.
Boulder’s Capital Improvement Bond
In the November 2011 election, Boulder voters approved a ballot measure that allowed the city to leverage existing revenues to bond for up to $49 million to fund projects that address significant deficiencies and high priority infrastructure improvements. Because the bond was paid for using existing revenues, the measure did not raise taxes.
The bond sale was completed on March 22, 2012. The $49 million bond has a 20-year payback and 85 percent of the total is required be spent by March 22, 2015. As of July 2012, 10 percent of the total funding towards the 85 percent goal has been spent.
For the latest information on construction traffic impacts associated with the bond projects, visit www.boulderconezones.net.
Capital Improvement Bond video series
The website hosts an online video series that highlights what the community can expect to see during the next few years as a result of the Capital Improvement Bond. Each video focuses on different types of investments that the bond will allow the city to make, including transportation, parks, parking, library and downtown. Watch the Capital Improvement Bond videos.
Boulder police have arrested two City of Boulder employees in connection with a peeping tom incident, alleged to have occurred on Oct. 5, 2011, in the 1000 block of 11th Street. Lee Gould (DOB 8/01/1978) and Travis Gould (DOB 10/02/1979) each face a charge of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Contact, which is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
The men are accused of looking into the window of a female resident around 7:30 a.m. The victim states that she saw the men and reported the incident to police. The men work for the City of Boulder in the Transportation Maintenance workgroup, and were allegedly in a city truck at the time of the incident. The time of the alleged offenses coincides with duty hours for the men, who had been assigned to trim weeds.
“While the city understands that prosecution has not yet occurred, and that the law presumes everyone innocent unless proven guilty, allegations against city employees are of great concern,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “The city prides itself on being good stewards of taxpayer money, and I expect our employees to serve as organizational ambassadors to the community. The alleged conduct is not representative of the city organization or of the individuals the city is proud to employ. We are taking this matter very seriously.”
The Public Works Department, where the two individuals are employed, has assisted the Police Department in its investigation and is conducting its own internal investigation into the matter. To ensure fairness for all concerned, the city does not comment on pending personnel investigations or disciplinary proceedings.
The City of Boulder’s Director of Public Works for Utilities Ned Williams announced that he will retire as of Oct. 28, 2011. The City of Boulder will initiate a hiring process to fill this key position in the organization.
Williams joined the city organization in 1980. From 1980 to 1990, Williams worked as the coordinator of projects and as a project manager with the Transportation and Utilities divisions of the Public Works Department. He was an assistant director from 1990 to 2001 and has been the Director of Public Works for Utilities since 2001.
Prior to working for the City of Boulder, Williams was a project engineer at Shive-Hattery & Associates in Davenport, Iowa, and a design/project engineer at HNTB in Kansas City, Mo.
Williams has a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a licensed professional engineer and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation. Williams is also a past officer in local chapters and professional societies. Williams has authored, published and presented technical papers for regional and national conferences.
”I’ve been fortunate to work with many knowledgeable and experienced members of the public and city staff during my time with the city,” said Williams. “Together, we’ve been able to develop, implement and advance several key programs that are very important to the health and safety of the community; rebuild major components of our infrastructure, secure a healthy and positive financial status in each utility, implement a conservation-focused billing system using water budgets, and achieve significant results in water conservation.”
“The city’s water, wastewater and stormwater and flood management utilities are well managed and I thank Ned for all he has done for the city,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “The director of Public Works for Utilities is a challenging position and we will proceed with a national hiring search. Executive Director of Public Works Maureen Rait will be working with me to hire the next director. I value inclusive hiring processes and will appreciate the involvement of key stakeholders, including the Water Resources Advisory Board and staff.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with Ned and will continue to rely on his expertise during this transition,” said Rait. “In addition to filling this key position, over the next four months, Ned and I will work with City Council, the Water Resources Advisory Board and staff on several flood studies, the consideration of a critical facilities ordinance, and a water utility master plan.”
A hiring decision involving the city’s next director of Public Works for Utilities is anticipated to be made during September.
Maginnis Named Boulder Public Library Director
BOULDER – The City of Boulder today announced Valerie Maginnis will be the new Boulder Public Library director effective June 13, 2011. Maginnis was selected from 78 applicants in a national search. The decision came after public presentations by the finalists and interviews with city staff and members of the Library and the Arts commissions.
“I am honored and excited to have been selected for the position,” said Maginnis. “I am very much looking forward to working with staff, volunteers, and the community to explore ways that the Boulder Public Library can be even more important and relevant to the lives of its current and future patrons.”
Maginnis is currently the director of Library and Cultural Services for the City of Mission Viejo, Calif. She has more than 20 years of experience in city and county libraries. Maginnis holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona.
“The Boulder Public Library is a centerpiece of the community,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “This is a complex organization to lead and requires a dynamic director who can manage the business operations as well as connect with a diverse and passionate community. I believe Boulder has found such a director in Valerie Maginnis.”
Brautigam added that evaluating a national pool of highly qualified candidates was a difficult task, and community input was a significant component of the process.
“Any time an organization conducts an executive search, it is a time-consuming and challenging process,” said Brautigam. “In the case of our library director, the individual must be able to lead a traditional library system as well as manage a performing arts center. I appreciate that so many residents and staff attended the public presentations to provide feedback on the finalists, and I want to thank members of the Library and Arts commissions for participating in the interviews. It was an excellent opportunity for finalists to meet the community and for citizens to provide input.”
Maginnis fills the position vacated on July 9, 2010, by Tony Tallent. She will earn a salary of $128,000 and assumes her role as Boulder Public library director on June 13, 2011.
BOULDER – The City of Boulder today announced that four finalists have been selected from a nationwide search for the Boulder Public Library director. The finalists were selected from 26 applicants during the extended search.
“Our extended search for a library director enabled us to consider 78 candidates. We believe these finalists are prepared to lead a complex organization like our library system and its performing arts center,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Each of the finalists has significant library and management experience.”
The city will conduct a final round of interviews following a public presentation by each candidate, and a community reception for members of the public who wish to meet the candidates.
Members of the community are invited on Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to hear the candidates’ perspectives on balancing innovation and tradition in a public library context. The presentations will be held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway. A public reception to meet the candidates will follow from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby.
Finalists for the Boulder Public Library director are:
Ann Kling, assistant deputy director for Public Services, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
Valerie Maginnis, director of Library and Cultural Services, City of Mission Viejo, CA
Jennifer Miles, acting director, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO
Donna Walker, manager, Neighborhood Libraries, Outreach Services, Child and Family Library Services, Arapahoe Library District, Centennial, CO
Information about the candidates, as well as comment cards, will be available at the public presentations and reception on April 17.
The City of Boulder posted the position in November 2010 and extended the search for a library director in February 2011. The recruitment firm Peckham and McKenney assisted in the nationwide search for the Boulder Public Library director. The city anticipates announcing the selected candidate in May.
by Donna Marek, Cultural Affairs Reporter
UPDATE: August 4 11:00 am
It Had to Happen
The City of Boulder will not renew the Xcel Energy Franchise Agreement according to a 6-2 vote at the Council meeting last night. City Manager Jane Brautigam’s stand was like a song ” let the contract go.”
Voters will be asked to vote in November for a special tax which, of course, would be passed on to consumers using Xcel energy. Looks like yellow shirt
Boulder Yellow Shirts Took the Street Corners Tonight!
All you have to do is put a piece of coal in your stocking…twirl around three times…and make a wish that Xcel Energy will go away and the City of Boulder will take over the community energy problems! Oh, my goodness! What did I say?
Well, on Tuesday, August 3 at about 5:30pm in front of Boulder’s Municipal Building, a crowd of supporters for the City’s taking on the energy issue, buying Xcel energy and making it environmentally politically correct took place with about 200 people on the corners of Broadway and Canyon.
I talked to two gentlemen who support the City’s stance. Tyler said, “I support the city for not renewing the Xcel franchise.” He said he was supporting renewable energy as an option. While Ken said he saw Boulder aggressively decreasing the carbonizing “but not as much as we’d like for Xcel. This is a “groundswell” with two paths,” he said. One is with Xcel committing to clean energy and the second looks at monopolizing energy! Anyway, there were children, parents, grandparents and they even held a press conference.
When I asked these two supporters about the City’s already stretched budget, Ken said “The City can afford it because citizens are already paying for it!”
Boulder Supporters of City’s Stand on Xcel Energy and clean energy
It was a lovely, peaceful gathering with horns tooting and people waving signs. The weather was phenomenal!
I dare not say more!
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Commissioners declare May ‘Older Americans Month’
Boulder County, Colo. – As part of a nationwide declaration, the Board of County Commissioners has designated May “Older Americans Month” in Boulder County.
There are more than 36,000 people age 60 and older in Boulder County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – and that number is growing. The Boulder County Aging Services Division works to enhance the overall quality of life by helping older persons:
• Increase their opportunities to remain active and engaged in community life
• Provide individualized services and support systems to maintain the dignity, independence, and self-determination of older residents as they age
• Combat ageist attitudes by honoring their past, present, and future contributions
This year’s Older Americans Month theme – Age Strong! Live Long! – recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations. Older adults in Boulder County have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They pioneered new technologies in medicine, communications, and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women, and disabled Americans.
These remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given our society so much.
City of Boulder bans travel to Arizona
BOULDER – The City of Boulder today suspended all official city-sponsored travel to Arizona. The directive by City Manager Jane Brautigam is in response to the passage of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, which calls for police in that state to use “reasonable suspicion” to question and detain possible undocumented immigrants.
“The city is taking this action to demonstrate our opposition to Arizona’s new public policy, signed into law April 23, to require documentation for all persons who may be suspected of being in that state without official status or approval,” said Brautigam. “Such a policy is contrary to Boulder’s commitment to diversity and is a violation of our community’s core values.”
The Arizona law makes it legal for police officers to detain and check the resident status of anyone where “reasonable suspicion” exists that an individual is an undocumented immigrant. City of Boulder officials said this law is contrary to encouraging the diverse ethnic and racial community that built the United States and unfairly singles out individuals based on their appearance.
Boulder City Council Tuesday night asked the Human Relations Commission to examine this issue and make a recommendation regarding other actions that may be taken by the city, including how the city conducts businesses with Arizona-based organizations.
Boulder officials urge Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the state legislature to repeal SB 1070, and have informed city staff to cancel any and all city-related travel to Arizona immediately.
As some of you may have heard, our Public Information Officer, Sarah Huntley, has been promoted to Media Relations/Communications Coordinator for the City of Boulder effective May 17. The city is now reviewing the police/fire PIO position to determine the appropriate prioritization under the current budget process and the timeline for filling the vacancy. We are hopeful that we will be able to hire a new police/fire PIO, but because of budget concerns and the prioritization process the city is undergoing, we are unlikely to receive approval to post the position until mid-July. In the interim, our departments will be without a person dedicated to the specific responsibility of providing media support and public information.
As a result, we are going to have to change our processes for communicating with you during this interim period. The following is the coverage plan we have outlined, along with phone numbers you may find helpful. Starting on Monday, May 17:
- Members of the media should use the non-emergency dispatch number as the main point of contact with the police department. The number is 303-441-3333. Dispatchers have been instructed to obtain enough information about the nature of the questions to transfer callers to an appropriate person in the department. This is likely to be detectives for open investigations, Records for records requests, patrol supervisors for situations that are in progress, the chief’s office for policy questions, etc. Dispatchers have also been reminded that they are required to provide some basic information about calls that are in progress, including location and nature of the call.
- Fire department staff can be reached during regular business hours at 303-441-4178. After-hours calls will be handled by the non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-3333 and likely referred to the on-duty battalion chief.
- Police and fire employees have been advised to call reporters back in a timely manner and be as responsive as they can be to their needs. At the same time, however, we are asking the media to realize that our employees will be adding these duties to their regular responsibilities and may be juggling a range of important priorities. They may not be able to provide as prompt and consistent of a response as we’ve been able to do in the past.
- Requests for on-camera or on-air interviews will be evaluated and assigned to department members, as appropriate. It is likely that we will be unable to grant every request.
- The police department will continue to produce a daily blotter of interesting calls from the previous 24 hours or weekend. While our staff members will strive to do this on a daily basis in the morning, as has been done in the past, there may be times when this is not possible because of other responsibilities. We will not be producing the daily call log until a new PIO is hired.
- Reporters who wish to obtain more information about cases on the blotter have a couple of different options:
Ø If the case is closed and a report number is listed, please call Records at 303-441-3300 to request the report. Most of you have accounts set up with our department so the reports can be faxed to you and you can be billed later. If you are told that the report has not yet been approved and won’t be available before the end of the business day, you may call Sarah Huntley in her new office at 303-441-3155. She will be able to access the report on her computer and provide you with some information over the phone, as has been done in the past.
Ø If no arrest has been made and the case remains open, you will need to go through dispatch to speak to the detective or detective supervisor handling the case. That person will call you back and make determinations about what information can be released. Sarah will no longer be able to provide information on open cases.
- The department will continue to issue press releases and share composites, photos and other materials as considered necessary by detectives. This information will be e-mailed to media outlets and posted on our websites and social media sites.
- The City Manager’s Office has agreed to provide our departments with PIO support in the event of major incidents, so members of the media may receive phone calls back from a PIO or be able to talk to a PIO on scene in these types of situations.
We understand that many of these changes will be frustrating for you and we regret that – in the short term – we will not be able to provide the same level of service with the promptness and dedicated attention that has been possible over the past few years. We look forward, however, to continuing to work with you and are committed to maintaining a positive and professional relationship. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Harney-Lastoka Open Space trail to be closed on Wednesday
Boulder County, Colo. – The Harney-Lastoka Open Space trail in eastern Boulder County will be closed this Wednesday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for pesticide application to the agricultural fields.
The open space is located between Louisville and Lafayette on Highway 42, just south of South Boulder Road. The neighboring Kerr Community Gardens will not be affected.
The agricultural tenant has contracted for an herbicide application to the wheat crop for weed control. The application will take place in the morning and is expected to last two hours, but the trail will be closed for the remainder of the day for safety reasons.
For more information, please contact Rob Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-678-6239.
Boulder County launches Three60 Family Support as part of Foster Care Awareness Month
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Family and Children’s Services, a division of the Department of Housing and Human Services, has launched its Three60 Family Support campaign as part of Foster Care Awareness Month.
Three60 strives to raise awareness of the urgent need for Foster Care, Respite Care, and Adoption from Foster Care of Waiting Kids. Especially needed right now are single and/or married adults willing to care for siblings, adolescents and children with special needs or to support a family caring for such people.
National current statistics indicate that 240,000 youth will age out of foster care within the next 10 years, with inadequate support, resources, family connections, skills or options to compete in the workforce and build successful lives. The Department of Housing and Human Services is currently collaborating with Casey Family Programs to promote best practices in foster care and ensure every child in the United States has a safe, healthy family.
To help raise awareness in your community or for more information about Three60 Family Support – foster care, respite, kinship and adoption from foster care – contact Gabriel Bernier at email@example.com or 303-441-1089 or visitwww.BoulderCountykids.net.
Plant & Craft Sale, Bluegrass music by Giddyup Kitty, and pancakes!
4700 Walnut St Boulder 9am-2pm
Plant a new garden this year and support KGNU Community Radio. KGNU is hosting their *annual Garden Party *AND celebrating *32 years of community broadcasting*. After more than three decades, KGNU continues to offer listeners throughout the metro area a unique mix of local and international news, views and music from around the block and around the planet.
Joining us to celebrate this milestone anniversary will be *GIDDYUP KITTY*, a 4 piece, high-energy, all-female bluegrass band. Weaving fine melodies with rich harmony, these award-winning musicians create a show that leaves an audience joyful and asking for more! The show is a tight blend of bluegrass, with a bit of Americana, gospel and country tossed in for flavor. Playing both original and traditional songs, Giddyup Kitty has great harmonies and really cook on their instrumentals.
Speaking of cooking, an *all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast* will also be served from 9-11am.
This event is a fundraiser for KGNU- Independent Community Radio and will feature * arts & crafts *from KGNU Volunteers and supporters. If you would like to make a plant donation or need more information please contact Joanne Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or call 303-449-4885.