Hey, #Boulder, a little late tonight with your intro, but it's city council night. Lots o' littler stuff (small annexation, some call-ups) a medium thing (will council allow seated e-scooters?) and the Big Thing: Will council suspend evictions due to over occupancy during COVID?
For once I don't have links to tweet. So I guess it was a short intro. Gonna be a long meeting, though.
Nagle will be absent tonight and next week due to a "work commitment," per her email.
Brautigam with some breaking COVID news
There has recently been a "dramatic increase" in cases, particularly at CU and on the Hill, particularly those in group houses (frats, sororities), etc. she says.

"This recent spike has caused great concerns."
30 min ago, BoCo Public Health recommending "in the strongest possible terms" that all CU students remain quarantined for the next 14 days.
Brautigam: Quarantine defined as "staying in your home" except for in-person labs and classes, or medical needs, helping your family, etc.

If you go out, you are to be wearing a facial mask and social distancing.
"This takes effect immediately," Brautigam says. She's doing an emergency order tomorrow that certain properties — ID'd by police as troublesome — will be subject to the quarantine as well.
Starting a walk-up testing facility for all BoCo residents "but primarily we hope CU students will attend" in the city's Pleasant Street parking lot on the Hill, Brautigam says
Also working on a drive-up facility in Boulder.

This and the walk-up testing will be free, according to Brautigam.
Walk-up will be open tomorrow; drive-up will take longer.
"This happened really quickly," Mayor Weaver says. Many meetings over the weekend, according to Brautigam.
Friend: How long will free walk-up and drive-up testing be available? That's been lacking in the community.
Brautigam: No determination on the drive-up, but walk-up testing will be available for 14 days.
Friend: Can CU kids still exercise with housemates? How strict is this quarantine?
Carr: They can engage in recreational activities alone. They can go for a run or bike ride.
Friend: What's the enforcement?
Carr: The county says if it doesn't work, they'll make it mandatory. Modeled after another university; if voluntary doesn't work, they'll move to mandatory (which would be subject to enforcement)
Joseph: Is it all students? Or just those who live on the Hill?
Brautigam: Not for people in a different city but...
Sarah Huntley: My understanding is the wording of the recommendation says "local" and the intention of the health dept is students who live in the city of Boulder.
Gonna wrap this one, even though it's short, bc kind of a big deal.

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16 Sep
Something else I forgot: CU South update. No notes on this bc they didn't include anything in the packet.
CU is supposed to submit annexation proposals in early October. Friend, Weaver suggesting that Nov. 10 or Nov. 17, the council gets to review it and then do a plan for community engagement.
(flood work still ongoing, including another look at options for upstream detention)
Read 11 tweets
16 Sep
Now the big one, so I'll start paying attention. Occupancy limits and enforcement of those. Should the city stop evicting ppl due to over-occupancy during the pandemic? That's what council is deliberating.
Reminder: Boulder limits how many unrelated persons can live together to 3 or 4 folks. (3 in lower density areas, which is most of the city, and 4 in higher density ones)
Read 51 tweets
16 Sep
We're back with foreclosures and evictions. Presentations: www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Item_6A_C…
Since we last visited this, a federal eviction moratorium was passed. It allows renters earning less than $99K to sign a declaration that they would be homeless or have to live with other people to avoid eviction due to non-payment. Available through Dec. 31, 2020.
Locally, evictions are down (since so much of 2020, they haven't been allowed)

Since June: 27 eviction filings per month in Boulder courts (vs. 82 each month in 2019)
Read 12 tweets
16 Sep
E-scooters is up next. Council turned down standing e-scooters (the rentable ones like Lime and Bird) bc they are unsafe and have a really short shelf life (30 days).

They're now considering whether or not to allow seated ones. Presentation here: www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Item_5B_E…
Kinda already said this, but here it is with links.

Council turned down standup scooters as part of the micro mobility program (which includes dockless bike share)
boulderbeat.news/2020/02/01/bou…
That was due to danger and short shelf-life: boulderbeat.news/2020/01/25/tra…
Read 97 tweets
16 Sep
Moving on: Annexation of 0 Airport and Valmont. It's near an office park. www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Item_5A_5…
This is 5.9 acres
1.6 acres is being donated for open space; the rest for lab/research space, zoned IG and Public

Planning board 7-0 recommended annexation
And that's all the notes I have cause BORING.
Read 17 tweets
16 Sep
There's some interesting stuff in the consent agenda, including council ratifying all Brautigam's emergency orders during COVID. Some were new to me, like suspending the city fee to register a domestic partnership.
That's normally $25. It officially registers your relationship with the city. It's what you have to do if you want to live with someone you're not married with + roommates and not count against the occupancy limit. Many quirky rules around it (which I'll share later.)
Oh, also in consent agenda: A (non-binding) resolution to electrify the entire transportation sector by 2050 in Boulder.
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