Nederland Board of Trustees Approves Proclamations
* Pam North
Three proclamations kicked off the April 2, 2013, meeting of the Nederland Board of Trustees (BOT).
The first was for Earth Day, which supports green economy initiatives in the Town, and encourages the undertaking of similar actions by other residents, businesses and institutions to build a sustainable and green environment.
A proclamation of appreciation to the U.S. Forest Service was adopted for the January 2013 closing of the Magnolia Road site to recreational shooting. Boulder District Ranger Sylvia Clark and Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Supervisor Glenn Casamassa specifically were thanked.
Also adopted was a proclamation of thanks to Bill Martin, former Planning Commission chairman, for his outstanding public service to the community for the past 13 years. Martin and his family were there for the presentation. The proclamation cited Martin for his commitment and service to the Planning Commission since November 1999 and acting as chairman from April 2002 to January 2013. He has lived in Nederland for the past 17 years.
An amended Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Nederland and TEENS, Inc., was approved. The Town is the owner of certain real property adjacent to the facility operated by TEENS, Inc., upon which it proposes to construct a public skate park and the memorandum addresses issues relevant to TEENS, Inc.,’s use of the property.
Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Mueller mentioned that another Memorandum of Understanding between the Town and NEDSK8 would be a topic at a future Board meeting and that he had recommended that recycling containers be installed at the skate park before the Town handed over maintenance to NEDSK8. It was agreed that Town staff would negotiate and coordinate with NEDSK8 the installation of the recycling containers.
An update on the Visitors’ Center concessionaire process was given. The initial Request for Proposals (RFP) process was initiated on Feb. 20, with two subsequent submissions, one of which later was withdrawn. The RFP Review Committee had recommended extending the deadline to April 5, to allow sufficient time for other interested parties to submit proposals and the committee will present its recommendations regarding the operation of the Visitors’ Center at the April 16 Board meeting.
The Visitors’ Center, located in a building owned by the Town, previously was overseen by the Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce and operated under a sub-contract with Dog House, Inc. The recent dissolving of the Chamber had negated that agreement.
The goal of the Town is to have the Visitors’ Center operating again by May 15. Some structural repairs, funded by the Tourism and Recreation Program (TARP), will be done to the building. Town Treasurer Eva Forberger updated the Board on bus stop improvements, saying that Boulder County has committed to completely upgrade the bus stop at Highway 119 and Snyder and Third Streets with a shelter, bench, trash bin and bike rack this fall. Another bus stop, at Highway 119 and Big Springs, will be provided by Boulder County with only a bench, as that stop required too much concrete to meet the right-of-way work process required by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The stop at Highway 119 and East Street has a right-of-way issue, and will continue to be discussed with RTD for improvement. Mayor Gierlach commented that former Louisville Mayor Chuck Sisk had been appointed to RED’s Board of Directors, District O, and that Sisk had asked to meet with Mayor Gierlach and Town Administrator Reis to discuss the historic Bryant house, the two remaining bus stops needing shelters, and the continuation of EcoPass after 2014 when the federal grant ends.
Baird Morrish was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Board (PROSAB). Morrish had been recommended by PROSAB at its last meeting. Morrish was on hand to speak briefly about his background and to answer questions from Board members. His term will expire in 2014.
Town Administrator Alisha Reis introduced Resolution 2013-04, declaring the Board’s support for Longmont’s and Fort Collins’ regulations against the practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Reis stated that most Boulder County municipalities have expressed their support for those communities’ adoption of oil and gas regulations related to fracking.
Town Attorney Carmen Beery was comfortable with the wording of the resolution as it expressed only support, thereby avoiding any possibility that the Town might be subject to lawsuits. Mayor Pro-Tem Mueller suggested adding a clause that Nederland has made conscious efforts to reduce gas consumption through energy conservation measures implemented within Town facilities, and that continued efforts would be made to reduce the Town’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
Another suggestion, made by Trustee Peter Fiori was the addition of a phrase indicating that the Town was opposed in general to the practice of fracking. The resolution was passed with those amendments.
Mayor Gierlach announced his intention to attend the Metro Mayors’ Caucus the following day, which would highlight how 41 communities in the Denver area are addressing Amendment 64, the amendment to Article 18 of the Colorado State Constitution to adopt a progressive cannabis drug policy allowing the personal use and regulation of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
Trustee Fiori asked that the Board consider costs of enforcing marijuana growing operations and license fees versus a possible tax increase on the next ballot and to forward their suggestions to the Mayor’s Task Force on Retail Marijuana. Town Attorney Beery will provide guidance on this issue.
The next regular meeting of the Nederland Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center.
Nederland Board of Trustees Approves Proclamations