Yates starting off by reminding ppl that the public has been banned from the meeting, but it's online bouldercolorado.gov/boulder8
Didn't catch what it was.
"There's minimal risk" in violating the charter. But someone could later challenge a board decision if members were appointed outside legally mandated time.
Carr: It wouldn't be a regular meeting, so no. Tomorrow would be legal.
Carr: Yes, you could do that or waive public hearing (I think is what he said; again, sound is garbage.)
"I think we can do our business and make our appointments."
Working with the state to develop orders; whatever Colo. does, BoCo will adopt as well
All bars/restaurants closed
"It's a no-win situation."
"We expect that fully to come to us" by the end of the week, Zayach says.
Sounds like you have capacity right now..?
Dr. Vissers (sp?) "Right now we can, but it all depends."
Zayach: Our authority covers city and county, and you'd only need to adopt anything if you want to be more stringent than state.
Orders today are from 4-8 weeks.
"Although scale is potentially unprecedented, disease is not unique."
Stop any unnecessary travel.
Follow, at a minimum, advice put out by BoCo.
There is a nurse triage line set up. Call that instead, Vissers says.
Vissers: Yes, we have a plan. It includes more than just ICU care.
Vissers: It depends on if everyone gets sick at once.
Apologies for the extra S I've been adding to his name. Moving quickly and breaking some things here.
Visser: "We're going to do what we've always done." Last year provided $60M in uncompensated care, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.
We do have Spanish translators and providers on campus.
Visser: I'm not sure I can give an exact # but I'm not sure that matters. We're working with all hospitals, reporting all our total equipment to make sure they are adequately distributed.
Pretty sure that was Zayach.
Research labs are being asked to shut down as well.
Lots o' gov't speak.
City of Boulder COVID-19 website is being updated frequently. Info available in Spanish.
City is also doing a weekly video coronavirus update bc it's so well-engaged with on social media. Also in English and Spanish.
Xcel today announced it would NOT shut off power due to missed payments during the outbreak.
"Thorough cleaning" of that location today and 72 beds moved farther apart from one another.
Each person screened every evening at one of the two shelters; if symptomatic, they'll be taken to third facility with 24/7 service and "some" medical staff.
Looking at East Boulder Rec Center and Fairgrounds in Longmont as possible locations for this.
Somehow I missed that entirely...
There's also rental assistance for seniors, through the Area Agency on Aging, according to Bridge to Justice folks I just chatted with Friday.
Reaching out to the wider community, we're relying on existing structures, the organizations that are connected with them.
Firnhaber: BARHA is encouraging their landlords to work with their tenants as necessary to find ways to create flexible payments and that sort of thing.
But East Boulder Rec Center is "better structured" than NoBo, layout-wise, number of rooms, etc.
We won't know until April what the March impacts are.
Reminder: Health officials have said you should limit gatherings to 5-10 ppl.
Yates: Do we have jurisdiction over CU?
Carr: I think we would have (garble garble; this call-in sound SUX)
Brautigam: Yes, if everything stops. We don't think everything will stop.
Brautigam: We did this in 2008 downturn; we haven't done specific planning around this for coronavirus. We need to think about what would be appropriate. (What would need shut down, etc.)
Brautigam: We could. But we have federal requirements to pay our employees through this. So if we stop a service, the only way to save $$ is to not have employees, bc we have to pay them regardless.
Brautigam: Yes. Amazon and other large retailers do submit sales tax.
Brautigam: Yes, it absolutely can.
Carr: Yes, emergency measure provides for that.
Brautigam: I don't have a directive yet.
Also from Weaver:
Private events and festivals
Resource/ CHaRM (which Weaver says might shut down voluntarily)
For some (groceries/pharmacies) we should at least just raise the issue
As well as transit, Uber/Lyft
This could be a long night.
Are we suspending evictions?
Do we want to start a list of things that are staying open, bc we're closing so many things?
Financial protections for employees?
Is it remotely possible that we could change rules to allow emailed discussions during this? (That falls under open meeting rules)
Do we want to lift ban and allow safe parking?
Can we change laws about donating opened food?
What can we do about transit? Make it easier to rent e-bikes?
Are we going to look at public curfews?
Sales tax abatements?
How are we going to handle ballot petitions that may be impacted by this?
Glad elected officials are thinking of all these things.
Sanitation in public areas frequented by the homeless
Could we lobby feds for extension of the Census? Library closures impact access to internet.
And can we stay evictions if it's already in the process? Or otherwise provide them housing.
Carr: I would guess court would not consider those essential cases. Evictions are a matter of state law, so it's not something that we can prohibit.
Carr: State law provides for landlord right to evict somebody. We could try to order landlords not to use it but that's not a v strong position.
And small biz support for those impacted by closures.
And thinks city shouldn't shut off utilities for non-payment.
Would rather get resources for them. "Otherwise we're delaying the day of reckoning but it will be a huge day of reckoning."
There was a question in there but I missed it.
Council seems to agree.
Yates: I think that's what governor order says.
Weaver: What about marijuana retail and general retail?
Wallach: How do we enforce that, though?
"What we need to do is have daily updates from our city leadership" and on our website. "Our role is getting the best information out."
Brautigam: I don't. But I don't think shutting down general retail is appropriate at this time.
Yates: No one on council is in favor of that.
Council all on board. There goes my time off.