Lots of new (to me) names on open comment tonight. Generally a good sign. I like a little variety in public participation. www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/January_5…
Oh, it's more Boulder Rez people.
"Unless you live in a fantasy land, there will be intoxicated drivers" and deaths, says Roger Pioszak.

(The new restaurant/bar there has applied for a liquor license.)
Aww, Shirley Schaller called in for her "82 years-young" neighbor who doesn't have internet. Evelyn Hobbs is also speaking about Boulder Rez
5 stars for helping your neighbors access democracy. You go Shirley Schaller.
Proposal to make the anti-Karen the Shirley Schaller.

(I mean, this isn't exactly a social justice issue, but regardless of what they're talking about, helping someone contact elected officials is A++)
Katherine Walker on Boulder Rez liquor license: "To be honest, we've already talked about getting lawyers involved."
Carr addressing the Boulder Rez concerns: Council has no authority over the liquor license authority. Appeals to the Beverage Licensing Authority go to the district court — not city council.
Further, council can't interfere with that group's decisions, Carr says; it would be inappropriate.
Nagle: There's literally nothing council can do about this? Clearly it's upsetting to the neighbors. "Our hands are tied right now?" she asks
Carr: With regards to the liquor license, yes.
Ali Rhodes, parks and rec head: "There continues to be a lot of misinformation."
The liquor license application has to be the MAXIMUM hours the establishment can be open, in case there's ever a special event or something, Rhodes explains. But actual hours of operation: Rez gates close at 9, restaurant at 10 p.m.
Rhodes: And we've clarified in that operating agreement stricter sound rules than the actual law calls for.
And there has been no bait-and-switch, Rhodes says. "While we understand people are concerned ... we feel we've been very open since the beginning" about the planned restaurant space there.
Council saw this lease (and OK'd it on consent) in February. And planning for the res has been in the works for over a year
Rhodes: Common consumption is currently allowed at the Rez. We believe controlling consumption is a step in the right direction, bc the restaurant operator will ultimately have responsibility.
Wallach: Does the liquor license override any of the city lease requirements?
Carr: No.
Wallach: So the liquor license would not be a defense to the violation of the lease?
Carr: No.
Swetlik: Is there a plan to prevent / enforce around drunk driving?
Chief Harold: Yes, we will make one.
Rhodes: To get a liquor license, the applicant has to present a detailed plan for how they will prevent DUIs.
Young: How could a good neighbor agreement be used?
Rhodes: It's not required; this is an allowed use. "But we believe we're working in that direction."
Gonna stay here for consent agenda, which includes this police settlement: boulderbeat.news/2021/01/02/cit…
It's a larger one than we typically see — council has to approve any settlement over $10,000 — but given the medical bills Mahan racked up ($580,000) not as large as it could be.
That's possibly bc he was running from a police officer at the time (he got into the wrong Lyft and was drunk, according to the complaint) so a jury might not be all that sympathetic...?
His injuries were .... extensive. (The city admits no wrongdoing, FYI.) But it *is* paying him $875,000 sooo... draw your own conclusions.
Pretty interesting read, actually. Worth the $10 I spent on court documents to report.
I guess we're .... not? ... going to touch on this...? I thought Carr had something to say?
Moving on...

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6 Jan
Another big issue (always) is traffic. Transportation study projects a 1,542 reduction in daily vehicle trips (91 more in the morning rush hour but 93 less in the evening rush hour; less throughout the day) when this changes from primarily retail.
Forgot to say the retail on-site will be a marketplace, a la Avanti or Rosetta Hall, called Marketplace @ 29th.

And there will be below-market commercial space
Staff is recommending that council approve the project, with conditions. Planning Board's conditions were: submission of more detailed plans related to outdoor lighting, paying for employee eco-passes, utilities, landscaping, shadow analysis, etc.
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OK, Macy's. This got moved from Dec. 1 bc not all the council members were here, and a tie vote may have meant a disapproval of the project (and potentially a lawsuit) boulderbeat.news/2020/12/03/abs…
A tie vote is definitely a possibility. Planning Board OK'd it 4-3.
Reminder on what's being proposed:
1900 28th Street
Adaptive reuse and redesign
11,746 sq ft addition plus outdoor space, landscaping and public amenities
Want to increase building height from 38 feet to 51 feet (two to three stories)
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This project went significantly over budget, mostly due to land costs. But apologies; I don't know the final numbers! It's been. along time since I reported on this.
Thanks to Wallach for asking cost info: $675 per sq ft, says Adam Goldstone. $20M in construction costs ... that doesn't include what the city paid for land, which I believe is what put them over budget.
Which was $9M (I wrote this for the Camera in 2018) dailycamera.com/2018/10/16/bou…
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I think business related. They're calling it "the five-star program."
Weaver: I took an action that could be interpreted as on behalf of council, during the break.
Ah, OK, it's where biz can show they are meeting safety guidelines so they can open up in greater capacity: covid19.colorado.gov/five-star-cert….
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COVID briefing. Presentation here: www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Item_1D_-…
Jeff Zayach, BoCo Public Health: "We're certainly hoping 2021 is going to be a better year."
He'll be joined later by Chris Campbell, BCPH's emergency manager, to talk vaccines.
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Welcome back from break, #Boulder. First council meeting of 2021. Just like the everything else in America, I wouldn't expect much change from 2020.
Slightly subdued tonight, so I wouldn't expect much snark from me. But you never know.

Thank you all for your many kind words about Sydney. She would have been ... completely indifferent. Which is as it should be.
Tonight we've got: monthly COVID briefing, a public hearing on Macy's plans for reuse/redevelopment, and a CU South update.
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