Longmont City Council May 12, 2020
2:39PM May 13, 2020
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here. Councilmember Martin? Here. Councilmember Peck. Here. Councilmember Rodriguez here. Councilmember waters here. Mayor, you have a quorum.
All right, great. No flag but let's say the pledge I pledge allegiance to the flag.
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which you stand. Justice
I will never ever I mean, with all the background, talking clutter, I mean, we're nailing the we all know the pledge now. All right, the let's go ahead and just remind everybody wishing to speak during first call public invited to be heard. You're going to need to go ahead and watch the live stream. instructions for how to do that is to, we're going to go ahead and throw up the phone number. And then at the appropriate time during the meeting, you'll get three minutes. And we'll ask Susan to go ahead and call on you. So get ready for that. But let's go ahead and do we have an approval for the April 28 2020 minutes for the regular session.
There. I'll move approval with one, one change one amendment.
changed? On page? I think it's for it was highlighted. So I'm not certain who intended to bring it to our attention. But the there's a reference to the night sight. on page four of the middle of the page. I think it's k ni ght as opposed to nit, is it not?
That is my error. Councilmember waters, I highlighted it so I would remember to check it. And thank you for correcting that. I remembered it for you. Thank you,
I think so if we could change gh t to K ni ght. I'll move approval of the minutes. Okay.
It's been moved by Councilmember waters and second Councilmember pack calling favor say aye. Aye. Aye. Opposed say nay. All right, the motion the minutes of the April 28 2020 regular session or have been approved unanimously. Um, let's go ahead with agenda revisions. Anybody?
Oh, for just a second. I was
like, Oh, we got through one. All right. council members have a fairing?
yeah, we're not off scot free yet. So, um, you know, last week and I I just I wish that I could, like, come back with immediate responses. This was this came to be after some reflection last week when Councilmember Peck brought up the idea of allowing the the airport The proposition that they're wanting to put on the ballot, to be able to kind of go through and ask for city council support, yada yada yada to make this go forward. And, you know, I still don't I still agree that they need to have the signatures. But after thinking about it, and then I later I had a chance to talk to the folks who are putting bringing forward this
ballot initiative. And one of the things that came to my mind was, you know, if, if counsel has an appetite for this, and I would really like to, to hear from the group to see to have them come back, present more than just what the three minute public invited to be heard would offer. They're really here and give us the opportunity to want to ask questions and to offer input. Because in the event that they're able to acquire the necessary signatures, and in the event that this would pass, this would have implications that would affect the city. So for them to come forward, present their ideas, and then have us, you know, open it up for us to be able to offer input, ask questions, record, make recommendations. If Council has the appetite for this, I would move that we put an item on the agenda to hear them to hear them speak and open up for us to to respond to to their request
to have a second.
All right, it's been moved by Councilmember Joe fairing and seconded by Councilmember Christiansen. Councillor Martin.
Thank you Mayor Begley.
I would not look To do this for two reasons. One is it essentially would be asking for only one side of the issue to be to be heard.
I have consulted with the staff inside the air inside the city to figure out how much work it would take to put together a report on the potential cost to the city. Should we have to put every airport funding measure to the ballot in the future? And should we have to make good on the grants assurances that we're already liable for,
seeking grants from the FDA any future grants from the FDA Given the uncertainty of the city's finances, for the next year or so, it that's taking a giant risk to put this on the ballot without knowing it without knowing those facts. And the staff has told me that with all of the emergency work that they're doing right now, they really couldn't get that information together. So I think that they as I think I stated last time this came up. I think that that this issue needs to be deferred for another year since either way it goes it's a it's 20 years minimum to the closing of the airport. I don't see any harm in deferring it for a year when we don't have a pandemic in that particular year.
All right, well, Counselor pick
So a council member Hello fairing is your motion to just let them make a presentation to let us know what it's about. It's not really about putting it on the ballot.
It's not about putting it on the ballot, I just agreement with that it is to hear them present and do it in a way where we can respond to them, and make recommendations if they so choose to move forward with this. Just because I think that if they get the signatures and it passes, it's going to impact us, it's going to impact the city as a whole. So at least this gives us the opportunity as well to to ask questions, make recommendations express concerns in a in an open forum.
So um, I haven't No, I have no problem with them presenting their
their issue. I mean, this is not like a group that is just sprung up from the earth. They've been around for a very long time and they are they had a residence.
So any opportunity for us to allow our residents to speak so important?
just clarify. of the folks who are sponsoring how many of them are residents of Longmont.
knew I spoke to two folks that I spoke to I believe both of them are residents of Longmont. I no one was for sure. But um, but yeah, if I would have brought it up last week and I thought about it, but it's after after we have some reflection I thought about well, you know it, if it goes in on the ballot and it passes, it's going to have implications for us. So I would at least like to have an opportunity to ask questions expressed concerns make recommendations and have that back and forth dialogue where we are all present. So that was that was my intention of bringing it forward. That was something I asked them. If I brought this forward, would they be willing to do and they were in agreement with that. But it's not in support of having them. Put this initiative on the ballot. It's just I want to hear what they're having to say, based on the information that they have.
I don't see any other hands. I'm gonna vote. Okay. Go ahead. Mayor Pro Tem.
Thank you very badly, on that occasion that we hear a presentation from if we do, I would like to also hear from
David Slater, if possible, to hear what his his thoughts are as far as to the substance of the presentation. So we're not just getting one side of the story on that particular evening, as far as actually and since that's, that's the motion. I would be inclined to, to vote for it. I don't think that we should short circuit the process of signature gathering. I think that they should at least go through that process before they lobby city council to put it on a ballot, whether that's our prerogative or not to do. So that's just my opinion on the subject.
I don't see any other I guess my I guess my thoughts in general, I guess I the end of this term of sort of 10 years on city council in one capacity or another. I just grow weary of spinning our wheels on things that we have so much to do. And this is something that if somebody, if a citizen or a group of citizens want to put something on the ballot, let them go out, collect petitions, and go on. I think it's a mistake to start allowing citizens who want to I mean, we're all aware of your political allies. We're all wired to stand on Council. And I just think that allowing people to start coming and picking counsel time, again, we are allegedly In the middle of a pandemic, you know, and so, donating time or giving time to, to a group that has been around for a long time, we can all read their ballot wording and their language. We know what it is. And we know we know. And so there's there's no need to give them free publicity. If they want it on the ballot haven't go out and collect signatures. I just, I value my time. I value this Council's time. And we have other things that I think we should be worrying about. So let's vote. I don't see anybody else. So all right, all in favor of directing staff to bring back a process presentation where the not staff and other three were directing staff, though we can't do anything other than direct way of directing staff to bring back presentation to be provided by the group who wants this airport ballot measure put on the ballot.
Aye. Aye. Aye.
Opposed say nay nay.
All right, the motion fails for two three with myself, Council, Councilmember Martin, Councilmember waters and Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez voting against. So thank you. All right. Anybody else? All right. Alrighty then. Let's go ahead and I saw I admitted Jeff's Ah, into the room. So can we go ahead and go on to the city manager's report.
Jeff, you're here, right.
All right. Looking good. All right, Harold time's yours.
Harold, you're muted, but
I read your lips. Dang it. Nice. Yeah.
Just last night, okay. So I'm just going to be a quick update. In terms of what we're doing related to opening, some work that we're doing that is coming up on the RPI t team is working on and then where we are on some facility questions. And then we'll turn it over to Jeff to really hit some of the testing components that we talked about last time. And then we'll go to Jim with a financial update. So one of the things that came up this week, and this was a product of a conversation with a lot of my Economic Development Partnership is our public information team is really working on something I campaign related to wearing mask and one of the things that we heard from several of the businesses that were represented in that economic development meeting was really wanting to council members, Martin waters can chime in on that based on what they heard, but generally what the businesses indicated to us is that they wanted to be part of this broader public information campaign in terms of wearing masks, and they thought that that would be really important for those individuals going to their facilities. I know several of those facilities have started placing that requirement on their own. And they just wanted to be part of a larger community effort in terms of really marketing. In their words, and this was their words. And if I misstated, I know, council members will correct me but they really felt that wearing mask was important to how quickly they can come start back in business. And they wanted to be part of that initiative is doing that correctly. council members aren't in waters. Yeah, yeah. Go ahead.
I would reinforce what you just said. I don't know if it's fair to to quote anybody. Can we quote any of the members of that board?
It was a public meeting?
Well, so Eric Wallace was and I can't I want to speak to Eric but but he was very specific that he would like to, he thinks of his tasting room as long, much living room and would like to invite people back to the living room. But it can't do it unless people are wearing masks. He's not going to expose his staff to what might come through the door with people that aren't wearing masks. So his message was, if you want to resume some symbol enormously, the quicker you get there, and the safer you get there when I'm asked, and he's willing to be on record and be part of that campaign.
So I wanted to bring that to Council's attention because that's a fairly quick shift in really also the work that we're doing with different groups within our community.
I think that it is a very good idea. I think that there's a widespread misunderstanding of a lot of people saying, why are you we're lowering the restrictions and letting people get back into things. And you're putting more restrictions on us. masks, as Mr. Wallace has said, are a way that we can allow people to gradually get back into participating in businesses. It protects the people who are working in the stores and it protects the people coming in from spreading it. I mean, you know, it's it's a mutual not spreading it, people keep asking the wrong question as Councilwoman Martin said last week, it's not about protecting us by using masks from getting something it's about protecting other people from getting what we may or may not have. So None of us very few of us have been able to get tested. So I really applaud the business community for standing up for this and wanting to participate in information, I think that will be really a very helpful thing.
So Jessica will be leading that initiative, and then they're gonna pour it into the broader group. It's composed of Kimberly Scott and the rest of the group. We are continuing to work on a reopening plans, I will tell you, I had the opportunity to meet with our employee advisory group. And they mentioned some things that as we were moving through, we didn't catch it provided us with some really good information. And at the end of the day, I said to counsel that we're going to want to make sure that when we reopen something, we feel like we're hitting the needs of residents of our community that are going to go to our facilities and also our team members that work in those facilities. And so based on that input, we have Sort of held a little bit and really working on a communication strategy with people that are going to be asked to come back into our facilities. Once we reopened, remember, we still have to hold to the 50% standard, or we're trying to hold to that. But we felt like we needed to have more engagement with our team members in terms of taking that next step. In addition, as you know, we're starting to look at some of our outdoor recreation facilities. And we did receive some guidance from the county. Kate, who is the attorney working on this regarding outdoor facilities and municipal buildings, as you all know, we made the decision to close the swim beach at Union reservoir that was really a product of not being able to control this, you know, the situation and how people were approaching social distancing and those issues and really managing the staffing levels at the same time and we did go through a soft opening on tennis courts and pickleball facilities. And I know that they may have sent that information out or it'll be coming out very quickly in terms of how we're going to look at that. I think, again, when we look at the requirements of those facilities that we see from the state, we're going to be monitoring that. And that's the only thing we really ask is our community to adhere to those requirements of those facilities. It's not a pleasant situation for us to have to go in and make those decisions at other locations. I know there's a lot of questions about sports fields today on the county administrator call. So let me back up a little bit. So we did receive some draft guidance. We're in the process of reviewing that draft guidance in terms of outdoor facilities and municipal buildings, really touched on senior facilities, libraries and those locations. There's going to be a meeting, that we have the ability to participate in to have a conversation on that on Thursday. To ask any questions and get clarity where we need it. We're also meeting on Wednesday as a staff to prepare for that meeting. And that's basically the administrators group to where we get in and dig into some of those details. But the one question that keeps coming up. So we went through this in terms of golf courses, and then tennis facilities, and now we're starting to see it in baseball fields. And what we're hearing at this point that was presented in the administrator meeting is that at this point based on the state's order in the governor's order, teams, both team sports are not allowed at this time, under the governor's order. However, and I will say Kate's been great on this. She also understands the questions that we're asking in terms of some of the differences and I think they did commit to reaching back out and trying to get more clarity on that particular question, and so we can discuss it on Thursday. But again, what we know Right now based on the governor's orders, those sport team sports aren't allowed at this point. We will have more information on that. I do see a question on that issue.
Let's go. Let's go gently. Councilmember pack. Caspar Martin, Councillor Christiansen.
So here, I'll thank you for that update on the ball fields. But did the governor give you a reason? Why the why the ball fields are not open now. That
that's actually the question coming in and what we're trying to understand and hopefully we'll have more clarity in a couple of days. It's not really ball fields, it's team sports. And that's what we're trying to figure out.
All right, thank you.
I think our next is,
is doubles tennis, a team sport.
Because singles would be in fact slightly easier to maintain. So distancing?
Well, I think that again, those are the details. I think what we understand is singles and doubles are allowed. And then it starts getting into other questions. And so hopefully we will all have more clarity on that on Thursday.
we got a letter or
I got a letter from one of our constituents, Richard showers who missed the date to get the annual pass for the reservoir. And now we can't get it at all for a year. And I'm just wondering if I realize it's closed now, but it won't be closed forever, or maybe even the entire summer. So is there something we can do for people who missed that date? They can't, you can't afford to pay $10 for every time they go visit You know, the annual pass was really good for somebody like Mr. Showers who's retired. And so I'm just wondering if there's something we can do about that.
You know, let's see Dale coming on. Council Member Christiansen I think at this point, all we're saying is we're not selling Season Passes right now, I would fully expect as we get probably into June and later that we would resume season sales. And I think the other thing that we'll look at this is a good question is how do we bring some of those components into our online world? And so if you could send me that I did not see that email, but if you could send that to me.
Okay, thanks. Thanks for clarifying that to deal.
Right here. I'll keep going.
All right. So, so really, the point I think, on these two issues is we're really starting to dig in into some of the really detailed issues right now in terms of How we open our facilities, what facilities we can open? How do we open those? Are they in compliance with the state orders, and we're really getting into a lot of detail. As I indicated to you all in the last conversation, you know it as these orders come out, it is, in some ways, just as challenging to move through the minutiae and understand what we can and can't do, as it was when they were coming in. In some cases, I would say it's actually harder, because then you're dealing with new orders that take certain things out of play, and put other things into play. I actually spent a fair amount of time this weekend on one of those issues. So a lot of conversations really happening right now. Just so you know how the process works, we've ordered into the county structure, they then take those questions and then they push them into this state structure via CD Ph. D, in the attorney general's office, and then it has to move back down and we've actually talked about How we can work collectively to to get some answers more quickly when things are pending. So that's something that we just have to continue to work with our partners on. At this point, I will turn it over to Jeff to talk about those issues in terms of the testing what it looks like. I know there was a question from I believe, Councilmember waters last week about how did we establish 500 as a number and what does that look like? And then there were some specific questions about the staffing from the tracing component. So, Jeff,
thank you, Harold, and thanks, Mayor. Thanks, council members for inviting me back. Well, here's what I'll cover. I'll talk about the I heard several things from Harold roll of testing was seeing for at home and criteria and hierarchy for who gets tested how fast testing gets ramped up and where, what about this 500 number? How will contact tracing work with testing and you Community testing, what are the plans? And what does that look like? So that's where I'll head unless I hear something different from folks. And I've had some internet connections, issues to meet. So let me know if I am cutting out at all. And I'll turn my video off. But for now, I'll keep it on and we'll keep going. So, first, let me just talk about the role of testing was safer at home. And I've combined the why the 500 number because they really go together. So increased testing is important in terms of our ability to move forward as we begin to lift portions of the order. And the reason that's important is if you think about the orders, they really held the numbers down. So the orders were effective at not having a lot of people integrating people or staying at home. I know it was extremely painful for so many people to be in that space. And I want to thank all of your listeners who really helped us support getting to where we are now because your ability, your willingness us to do that has helped us get to a positive place, I'm happy to actually share the slides that I presented to the city of Boulder tonight, which really demonstrate the positive trends that we're seeing. But anyway, the reason that testing is so important as we move forward into lifting these orders is because we know that it's really important for us to be able to identify all of the folks in the community who have positive symptoms, and the where that 500 number comes from is a Harvard Global Health Institute, research paper that has provided guidance nationally to all the states. And without getting into all of the nitty gritty details. It basically looks at what kind of testing Do you have to put in place in order to get to about a 10% positivity rate or less in the community, which really means that you've done enough testing to identify all the positives that are out there and the number that That comes from the 500 is what came from that, that study and it's 152 tests per 100,000 population. So that's where that 500 number comes from. That does not mean that we've tested everybody in the community it means that we with that number we're targeting that we have the ability to test all symptomatic people. We have not been able to do that up to this point. I know there's a slide if Harel put Harold puts that up there or whoever has access to it can put that up. Now I can show you what that looks like right now in Boulder County.
I'm going to keep going as that's getting put up and then you'll be able to see the actual numbers. But what we can do now is we can actually map the number of tests that we are doing per day. So we can see how many tests we're at. We absolutely know that if we if we hit that number, we are going to suffer reach over symptomatic population, as a matter of fact, we're likely going to reach our symptomatic population before we hit that number. The this the only limitation in terms of us being able to get that number is not our, our capacity in the community because we actually have it there. And I'll talk about who's doing testing at this point at a community wide level in a minute. But it's really only the supplies that are limiting us. So we we have confidence that we can probably get to close to 700 tests per day, when we look at all the testing capability that we have for community level testing within all of Boulder County. So it's important again, because as we test more people, we're able to identify who's positive. And the key component as we know that people more people are going to be interfacing more people are going to be integrating. We've got a little bit more now of an open retail type scenario. So we know that there's more people out there is we need to be able to identify who's positive And then be able to do the supportive isolation and quarantine to control the spread of the disease, the disease associated with people who are identified as positive. And to do all the contact tracing that's necessary to follow up with people that were exposed to the person who's positive. And that contact tracing. There's estimations of up to 19 people per positive as an average that can go much higher or can go lower, depending on the scenario. But we've actually built our staff to be able to have the capacity Now we are we are staffed up to a place where we could fully handle increased number of positive cases. And we're actually in a great place in Boulder County in the last week, we've seen an average of about 11 new cases per day. And that's a decline of six cases per day from the previous week. So even though as testing increases, we expect to see increasing numbers of positives in our community. We're actually seeing declines in all of our numbers. Right now, and we would expect, I don't want to lead people to think that we're not going to see more new cases likely, because we won't, we will, as we expand our testing beyond where it is now, we know that we'll identify more positives, and that's a positive thing in the community, because then we can make sure that we're doing the isolation quarantine. And that we are actually identifying people who are positive versus right now, we don't have enough tests to do that. And people could be spreading the disease more readily. So that's why that is so important, and where that 500 comes from. And what I don't want to do is be hooked specifically on the 500 tests per day. And I think it's important to explain this because we will likely even with the testing that we have in place now, in the community level, we are advertising right now if anybody has symptoms, so this is for anybody that's symptomatic. So if they have a cough, they have a fever, they have shortness of breath, they need to just contact their physician. They can they can get referred to a testing site. We do have some testing sites in place. So in Longmont that's UC health right now. We're also under conversations right now with salute. But there's multiple sites around the community and there's a couple. There's a couple I believe they're they're currently doing community testing. But I think it's next care urgent care and Longmont as well as med Express urgent care. If I'm correct, I can make sure I'm validating those things. But I believe those two facilities on Longmont are also testing. So if you don't have a doctor as an example, you can call one of the urgent care centers, you need to call him first and let him know that you have symptoms and that you'd like to be tested. And or you could call UC health. Or you could call actually any of our hospitals and let them know that you're having symptoms and they would be ready to accept you. If you're if you're meeting that criteria for that testing. The idea again, at first is to make sure that we're testing all positives in the community. We believe we can Can, we'll be able to do that readily. We are hearing and we have increased if you're looking at that graph, that we are seeing testing increase. And we have been told by the state that more supplies will become readily available to us, as we move into the next week, two weeks, three weeks and four weeks. So I actually feel like we're in a good position in Boulder County, to be able to get to the 500 number pretty readily. And that we will actually be able to then expand even more so into some asymptomatic testing in the community. So people who might not have symptoms, but we believe they could be in a high risk position. So think about people like the contacts that I mentioned about somebody who's come into contact with a positive, we're doing some contact tracing to follow up with them. They don't have symptoms yet, but we want to watch and make sure that they don't identify with symptoms and we can test them because they're higher risk expanding to places like our other essential services that are in our community. Something Have the folks that are in vulnerable populations that are asymptomatic, we could start to reach out to as we begin to get more testing. And the state's encouraging us to do that as we move forward. So again, I feel like we've, we've really got the infrastructure in our communities that will allow us to build the testing that we need to be successful. We've already started a lot of that we've already done tests, when I talked about that positivity rate above 10%, that you're not maybe doing enough testing and below 10%, you probably aren't doing enough testing. And right now in Boulder County worried about 13.9% positivity rate. So and that's at the testing that you're seeing on the screen right there. So we'll continue, again to increase that as the as the weeks go forward. And we'll continue to expand with the infrastructure that we have in place now in our community, some of that community wide testing, just so you know, we have pretty good geographic location in terms of testing. So clinic is testing. In East Lafayette we have boulder community health in Boulder Med Center and in the city of Boulder. We have a physician that's up in Nederland that's running tests for the community up there. We have we've had a Kroger testing with cu that occurred and is, is also going to, they're looking at continuing that testing with them as well. So we have pretty good geographic representation of testing. And that does not include that does not include people who are being tested testing through their hospitals as an example because they're already associated with a physician who then referred them to the hospital to get a test so I'm that's just the community wide testing that I was talking about.
I'm really the last point I want to emphasize is that from a from an infection control standpoint, from as I've mentioned, we are we have staffed up, it takes about point seven five ft per case and that includes all the infrastructure, you We need around that supervision when you start to get to more than six, seven people, resource coordinator data analysis, all those kinds of things. And so at a at a the the amount of staff that we have right now today, knowing that our average caseload is about 11. Right now, we actually have the ability and staffing to bring in people that could do as many as 40 cases per day. So we're pretty well set to be able to expand our infrastructure in our testing, or I'm sorry, our containment at Boulder County Public Health and be able to get to more cases if we're starting to see more positives, and we have the infrastructure to be able to increase that even more. The state has notified us that they have roughly 1000 contact tracers at the statewide level. And they can they're those people are available to local public health agencies across the state and they can be brought in pretty readily to expand the contact tracing if need be so so let me just see if that answered. Most questions or if people still have more they want me to talk about.
Kelton or Christiansen.
Thank you. That's Thank you, Jeff, that's really very helpful to know that there is a lot of a lot more testing going on. For the virus. I'm interested in knowing for those of us who are pretty sure that they had it to know about serological testing, are you doing any of that? And where,
yeah, there's about 1000 serological tests that are run in the county. I don't know all the places that those are being run. But what I wanted, what I want to say about that, as you've probably heard this as well, is that with serological testing, we can't guarantee because we don't know how long immunity last, right, but it's a good it's a good predictor and then indicator of what might be happening in our communities. But there's still not a lot of really high, I can't think of the word accuracy associated with some of those tasks. So I can I can follow up and let you know, where those things are happening. I think quest labs, there's a fair amount of places where you can actually get the testing right now. But just so you know, from a policy standpoint, we are not yet using that testing to say, okay, you can now go back to work or, you know, do those kinds of things. It's a good indicator for what might be happening in our community, that's going to get better. So we know that testing will continue to improve and at some point, that in combination with PCR to look at how long do people remain, if they have the virus versus not and how long does that immunity last would be important components going forward?
Yeah, I would think it'd be very helpful, especially if there is a resurgence in the fall, to know how long the immunity lasts, because we have we've been really have no idea whether it's a couple of months like some Coronavirus, or whether it's could be more long term. And it's important for us to collect data when we can, but as you say, there are many different kinds and many different levels of veracity. So, okay. Yeah. Knowing where that is. Thanks.
And if I can add to what Jeff say is a stated we're having similar conversations with our medical provider in groups that want to conduct studies on our population, especially those that have been working. And it's the same answer. It's really a look at what did that appear to be in the community but in terms of the answer I got is in terms of you're gonna use it as to whether or not you have to wear a mask or whether you're immune, or they're all giving the same exact answer that Jeff just gave us in terms of what that can be used for.
Thank you, Mayor Begley.
Jeff remind us of the number of days for which, during which an individual might be affected but not symptomatic.
Thanks, council member waters appreciate the question. It can be up to 14 days total, most people I believe are showing symptoms within two to five days. And the important note here for people is that for people who become symptomatic, they can actually spread that disease before they're even showing symptoms, which is why on that social distancing aspect, the masking that you've just talked about here are important tools in the strategies to reduce the spread of the virus. So just because somebody is not showing symptoms definitely doesn't mean that they don't have the virus. Also, there's people that can remain completely asymptomatic but still spread the virus throughout the whole entire period that they that they have the So those are important components.
So from an epidemiological perspective, I get the numbers that 150 per hour many thousands in the Harvard study and, and how you how you roll up to the 500. But just let me help me process just a bit here. So I understand the implications. So at 11 cases positive a day, is that kind of what we were we were yesterday or today 11. Yes, from as of today. So that that would presume based on just kind of a an epidemiological basis, that if it takes, let's say, 10 days to become symptomatic, you've got 110 people out there. infected but not not yet symptomatic, right.
If you're, that's correct, you can you can pretty much assume that well, I don't know if I should. You can assume that there's definitely more people out there. are asymptomatic, besides just the symptomatic for sure,
yeah. Because if you're only getting tested when you're symptomatic, and testing those who are symptomatic gives you 11 a day, and you get an incubation period of, you know, four to 14 days. You've got some people who are infected, not yet symptomatic and potentially contagious. Just trying to get an idea of what, what the actual likely exposure is. Yeah, you numbers of people? Absolutely. It's a great
question. I appreciate the question very much. And we would need to be above 500 per day, because that 500 per day, again, is only an estimate of symptomatic, we're going to we're probably going to get to that before we hit that. But to get to all those asymptomatic people, you really want to have that less than a 10% positivity rate. If you look at what they did in South Korea, the amount of testing they had, their positivity rate was around 3%. So they were doing massive amounts of testing. When you're less than 10. You have a pretty good indication that you're catching most the positives, the lower that rate goes is, the more indication you're catching all positives, but we would have to significantly expand our testing to get to that point for sure. There's no doubt about it.
So if I think just one last part of the question is how it applies to the city, maybe just starting with with the city of Long one staff. Here, oh, this is not intended to put you on the spot. But I but I think we ought to have an answer. Are you comfortable with what Jeff just described as the number of tests if we, let's say we're doing 500 a day, and understanding you're still bringing people back? 50% you're staffing at a 50% level of day to day right, to honor or to implement or abide by that social distancing. But that still leaves a fairly significant unknown. Yeah, that's a fair number of people coming back to the workplace on which are not symptomatic. And based on the numbers, Jeff said, some may be infected. Is that a fair assumption? At what point, is there enough testing or enough assurance that we're comfortable saying Come on back staff? And are there areas where we're comfortable in saying that in areas where we're not?
and horrible tonight with this? So yes. So when we look at when we look at reopening, we're looking at a number of things. And so the first is what can we reopen the the orders? What do we need to reopen and why? And all of this starts coming together. So when you look at our workforce, we had approximately, let's say, I believe the number is around 63% of the individuals that were able to they were at help working from home in that world. The number we're working in the facility was primarily connected. The public safety, public works. And people that just you couldn't do the work from home court code enforcement and those types of things. So when we look at bringing people back, we're going to ask a couple of questions. And this is part of why I was saying, we can we had pulled ourselves back a little bit. So the first question is why. And when we ask the why we want to make sure that we can adequately serve the members of our community. If they're not being served now via an online function or telephone in those types of areas. We know that's the case. So then we're going to get pretty specific pretty quickly in terms of Okay, what is it that we need to open up, then you start adding these other layers in terms of the guidance that we have in play in order to ensure that we're able to protect people to the highest possible degree? Nothing's ever 100%. So then we put in the Plexiglas locations Where we serve customers, we're going to do the wellness checks when people come in and we have a series of questions you do to check the temperature of those individuals and they have to go through all of that process. And then we're going to ensure that they're adequately social distance in their working environment. If they're going to go into any common area, then there's going to need to be masking requirements. And we're still building all of these components as we move forward. We then are in communication with our healthcare provider. And our healthcare provider has also said they're going to test anyone that is symptomatic at this point. And so where I'm starting to really take all of these components together is you have Liu H, I'm assuming. I think I heard this L u. h, UC health and Kaiser all increasing their testing capacity that I think is not counted in just numbers. Correct. Jeff?
Are you Use the UC health is definitely part of the community testing program. So they would be for sure.
But in terms of the insurance, those that are insured and so we're bringing that together. So to answer your question, a we need to really ensure that what we're opening is really getting at a need. Open it in a way to minimize the opportunities for people crossing each other and then opening it opening what we do in a way to ensure adequate social distance. And today, I can't tell you that date. We need to have all those plans together. But everything you're hearing is coming into play and making that decision.
Thank you. Thanks, Jeff.
Sorry, Jeff, do you have anything else
The only other thing I would add just to what Harold just said, if you're okay with me doing this is, is that we'll what we'll be doing is we'll be watching the data closely for these next three weeks. And I think what Harold said is right on track, we want to try to minimize to the maximum extent possible, the interactions of people where they're going to have a difficult time, maintaining that six foot distance without that it's really hard for that virus to spread. So knowing that we don't have perfect testing in place, but the testings improving, it's getting better. The more that people can really follow those guidelines, the better it's going to be for our businesses, for our economy, for people to be able to get back to what I know they all want to do. And again, until we have a vaccine or a treatment that's more readily available. We'll be working under these conditions for a little while. But if people can, can follow those guidelines, it's going to help us move forward for sure. So that's the last thing I would add I so much appreciate again, being invited back by all Do
Councilmember waters are probably should add this to the answer your question. If we open something and see we're having issues where we can't manage the social distancing, and folks aren't following the guidelines, that's what's triggering then us to go. We need to rethink this. And that's why we're pressing those issues. As we look forward, there are a number of facilities that people are asking for. You know, we get a lot of questions regarding rec centers and playgrounds and those issues. We're still under orders that those can't be opened. So we're not thinking about that because we're still prohibited via the state orders on some of those locations.
All right, doctors. Ah, thank you very much for coming and and being here with us and the work you're doing. Appreciate it.
Thank you, Mayor. appreciate all of you.
May are the last piece I need to turn it over to Jim so he can give you a financial update that He promised you all last week.
mayor, Mayor Bagley members of council, Jim golden, the Chief Financial Officer assume you can hear me.
All right. So
like Harold said, we, I talked to you last week told you that our sales tax in March was up, turned out to be well up 6% essentially an email couple of days ago, that gave you a breakdown of that those results for March. So I've taken the data from that further breaking it down to find out what were what businesses are generating tax versus aren't and have used that to revise our projections and also considered where we are today. What we've seen where some businesses have begun to reopen, and looking ahead of try to project over three months, April, May and June. What our sales tax Return maybe in those months based on on those type of estimates, with some sort of return to some businesses coming back into play during June. So what I ended up with was, we have projected decreases in in April may have a little over 40% for each month compared to last last year, April and May, and then in June about a 32% decrease. After that. I'm going back to the logic that we would have a recession kick into place for the final six months of the year. I did raise my projections there to an 8% decrease in over the 2019 tax for those those months last year.
that does actually reduce Our sales tax projection compared to what I gave you a month or so ago, and it reduces it the reduces the shortfall by about $700,000 for just sales tax. The other thing I did and oh, but by the way, I did email you all this information just just right at seven o'clock. actually didn't finish this up until during your first executive session today. So I haven't wasn't able to get it to any earlier but you will have all this information in an email for you available. But in addition to the sales tax, we staff took a deeper look at the general fund revenues once more. Well, other revenues there as well as revenues for some funds that we didn't take a look at last month. and that in turn has increased our projections quite a bit. So overall, the total total shortfall in revenues due to COVID for the rest of 2020 is is projected to be $18 million. So that's compared to I think I gave you 15.3 million last month. So some of that increases, I've told you, the sales and use tax portion of that is $12.3 million. There's another $4.16 million for reduced revenue throughout the general fund from other sources. A big deal of that is recreation revenues. From the fact that many programs can't be offered currently, and may not be offered for some time. There are other things that also impact our investment revenues, development, revenues, fines and forfeits. Utility desk connects union reservoir fees, museum fees, and then some smaller licenses and fees. We have $2.85 million of that is recreation revenues again from programs not being able to be offered in future and looking to something starting at some point in July the low level, the street fund moving into some other funds. We increased the street fund for $475,000 of highway use tax revenue that we're projecting we probably won't receive with gas taxes, very likely being down quite a bit. Our largest tax fund, we projected a $300,000 shortfall for the year. Now that we have $400,000 shortfall in the golf fund projected and then we have some smaller funds in the community services areas we have funds for senior museum and Callahan house. You To those individual funds, we have activity programs that are offered in those areas that obviously are not continuing. So they have some smaller impacts as well. All adding up to the $18 million. There's 11 funds that that are impacted in this $18 million projection, the change to the sales tax, we actually have a decrease in the amount of impact to the public improvement Fund, and the streets Fund and the open space Fund and the public safety fund. So for for the streets in open space and public safety, it's less that we need to cover then what we report it to you last month so that that's easily covered already it we've identified those those areas that we can turn to for savings or reserves. Street finally increased because of the highway use tax I talked about. So as long as few hundred thousand dollar increase. Again, we already have identified enough cuts and deferments in in that fun to be able to handle that decrease. General fun is
a little bit more significant of an increase due to that that recreation impact which, honestly is one of the last things I got into this today. So we haven't had a lot of time to be able to adjust for that. But what we long with the fact that we're cutting programs, it does also have somewhat of an offset in some expenditures related to some of those programs that are not going to be offered. So there's at least $800,000 of reduction that we pick up on the expenditure side where it's, we did a we had a lot of we had an extra a millionaire so general fund savings originally identified. So it's leaving us with about 158,000 more That we will need to identify to cover the the shortfall projected currently for the general fund. So some of those other funds, the smaller funds in the golf fund, we still need to do some work within those funds. fund balances will come into play for many of those funds, as well as hopefully the our ability to reduce some expenses in those funds to cover their shortfall. And staffs going to be doing some more work to identify that. And finally, the lodgers tax impact did speak with Nancy and visit Longmont and they've already made some adjustments they furloughed staff down to quarter time, and they've cut a lot of expenses. They are already projecting the impacts themselves.
So that is
all of it. So what do I do when we I did this data I gave you tonight? Yeah, the email doesn't have the identification of all of our expenditure cuts. We're To update that now I'll send that out to you when that's complete. But what I just gave you was a short summary about what I just covered tonight just now.
That's all I have. I can answer any questions you might have.
All right, Jim, thank you very much. tough job, but you're rocking it. We appreciate it.
All right. Sorry. You don't want to worry Justin, I didn't I didn't see that the guy up in the upper right hand corner of my screen.
When you're first cut this, you were projecting a $15.3 million shortfall in general fund, as I recall. I know that was a that was early on in this process.
Now actually, that was that was citywide, that wasn't just a general fun.
What's the number is there it was the equivalent number is the is the 18 million now the equivalent of what you saw then, you were estimating 15.3 is now the 18 As we've gotten further into this,
right, so 15.3, when I looked at it last month was the overall impact that we identified due to due to the COVID event. Now, we've adjusted that to 18 million, but we did expand how many funds we were looking at.
And that's how you got to the 15th. To the 18th. Because of the other funds.
Yeah. And plus, I did change some assumptions. I remember remember we I talked about it being down for two months now kind of use it three months.
Yeah, a higher higher amount of recession. And in the in the the savings, you identified a couple of years where there would be savings.
And when you you when you flesh this out, that's what you'll you'll share with us more that detail. That's correct. Yes. Yeah. Thank you. You bet.
All right, still. Thank you. And you're still awesome, Jim. Thanks. All right. Let's move on to the consent agenda. What time is it? We're doing all right. and going and going in our accent wants to go first called public invited to be heard. So can we flash up that? The number so we would invite anybody to dial in at 669-900-6833. Let's take a two minute break while we allow people to call in. We can kill two birds with one stone
All right, if you can hear me, let's get going again.
Mary, I've let two callers in when you're ready.
All right, well back 1234567 All right. Let's Go ahead and start.
Alright Guess who have just called in for public invited to be heard. The first caller that I'm going to unmute is caller that has a phone number that ends in 918. So I'm going to unmute you if you could state your name and address before you begin. Thank you.
Hi, this is Kim give
Sherman road. Can you hear me?
Yes, we can. Thank you.
Okay, great. All right. Thank you. So I did want to make a few comments about the proposed airport related ballot measure. First, I want to thank you all for having the conversate or the discussion about allowing us to present information. I want to talk a little bit about standing and who has standing to support this measure. I'd like for you to all think about how you feel regarding the oil and gas operations in weld County. Not just you counsel but the folks who are listening and how you feel about the air quality in Longmont being negatively affected by oil and gas operations that are completely out of your control. That's how I feel as a gun barrel resident as a non Longmont city resident, living underneath the flight box in gun barrel and having no voice, no voice at all over airports decisions and about the nuisance that is caused by airport users in your town. So I'm asking you as my friend to join with us and support this ballot measure that will restore more accountability to Longmont voters. That the provisions are very simple. It would require that Longmont voters be consulted and that they would consent to an airport expansion, which by the way, was promoted by people who don't live in Longmont. You might recall when Jeff Bowman, Dave cop came to city council and promoted this airport expansion. They're not Longmont residents, they're not Longmont citizens, they are wanting to exploit the airport for their own gain. And regarding financial accountability, you know, the Longmont budget is really none of my business. I am not a citizen there. But I think many Longmont citizens don't realize that that airport is getting direct and indirect subsidies from the general fund. The annual discount on the administrative transfer fee, that is money that is coming out of their pockets. And so when you talk about How this isn't a good time to talk about the budget is not convenient because of a pandemic. We'll think about your budget and how that airport is siphoning off funds from Longmont citizens. So I am very proud of my role in this organization. I'm very proud to support this ballot measure along with Longmont citizens. And you can bet that we are promoting a ballot measure measure that is in the best interest of Longmont citizens, and will finally give them a voice.
All right, that's three minutes. Thank you so much. All right.
Okay, we had a last minute guest. Marilyn, come in and she did not call in because there is a delay. Marilyn, could you try and disconnect and come back in via the telephone and i'll i'll give you that opportunity. To do so, so that you can speak.
Hopefully, you know, there she goes. All right, the next caller
that we have your phone number ends in 971. I'm going to unmute you if you could go ahead and say your name and give us your address. You're unmuted.
Yes, my name is Jim Graham, seven to six era wood Street. I'm probably gonna believe that softball based out of Longmont and I'm here for myself and at the direction of a board of directors. I'm not here asking you about opening or closing any public asset? Well, I want to highlight important considerations that should be taken into account admits all the important sectors of society that have begun to reopen. I want to draw your attention to the sporting industry, which is a multi billion dollar industry. You won't be surprised to hear that we have local data indicating our children may be suffering emotionally, psychologically. Physically due to the prolonged isolation from school and organized sports. This is particularly true for young people who are using athletics to pursue their education and prepare for international play. For them, sports is not merely a recreational pastime, but a necessary pursuit of their very personality, education and professional aptitudes. As I stated localities begin to open various industry sectors have been consulted as to their needs and ability to establish the necessary protocols to phase open. It has been pointed out to me that grocery stores, liquor stores and dispensary's where you remained open partly because they had a plan. golf courses were opened and remained open during the extended stay at home order because they had a plan. tennis courts public pools summer day camps are now being considered because there's a plan. What is lacking for consideration of the sporting industry is the presence of appointment. Elite x is offered this council Such a planet safe to play protocols for the eventual reopening of ball fields. As you take up this issue, we asked you to consider the following the need for input from the public in sporting industry experts. The inconsistency and confusion created by the phrasing quote unquote no team sports. Is it the intention to disallow an organized activity that is currently allowed for the general public? And if so, why? We further asked you to consider the following distinctions and the variable consequences they might have indoor versus outdoor activity, contact versus non contact activity, recreational programs versus controlled club programs. The sport industry is much bigger than just a municipal run program. team sports is gains and competition not practicing working out. Single team practices should be treated differently than games with two or more teams. So one might consider a phased partial opening to registered user groups for practice. under strict protocols, this would allow authorities some time to evaluate those protocols for their effectiveness. I submit to you that sports should not be characterized as trite, and should not be categorized with quote unquote, recreating. It's a multi billion dollar sector. There are many local businesses whose owners are suffering because they're closed down, but for the existence of a plan and someone who listen, I'm proud to be from Long Island. I'm proud of you all. And I'm here to partner with you in any way that I can. Thank you.
All right. Well timed. All right. Anybody else?
Mary, that's all that I have.
All right, great. Then let's go. Polly, do you have a concern?
Yeah, Maryland, Bill schinsky was going to speak. And then she I don't know what happened. to her,
yes, we saw them come in using the app, so she may not have wanted to speak. And when I addressed her, she hung up.
All right. Well, if you're watching Marilyn, you're gonna have an opportunity at the end of the meeting to do another final call public invited to be heard. So we'll make sure that we open up again in a few minutes. So all right, let's move on to the consent agenda. Anyone want to pull anything?
Before we read them? Paulie?
Yeah, I'd like to call a.
Okay. Anybody else? Well, let's go to read it. And we'll ask again. All right, Don went ahead and read it.
I would love to do that. Mayor, thank you. Item eight a is ordinance 2020 dash 24. A bill for an ordinance authorizing the city of lamarque to amend the leases for van Grand Municipal Airport hangar parcels known as elite aviation FBO hangar parcels went into an elite aviation FBO hangar personal for public hearing and second meeting scheduled for May 26 2028. b is resolution 2020 dash 38 a resolution of the Longmont city council approving the intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Longmont housing authority for the implementation of the Aspen Meadows senior apartments acquisition and rehabilitation project. Eight C is resolution 2020 dash 39 a resolution of the Longmont city council approving the intergovernmental agreement between the city of Lone Mountain and Boulder County Public Health for a mutual aid agreement concerning performance of public health inspections. Eight D is resolution 2020 dash 40 a resolution of the Longmont city council approving the intergovernmental agreement between the city and Boulder County public health boards Genesis project a is resolution 2020 dash 41. a resolution of the Long Night City Council approving the intergovernmental agree Between the city and the Colorado Department of Transportation for grant funding for the 2020 Click It or Ticket campaign. Eight F is resolution 2020 dash 42 a resolution of along that city council approving the intergovernmental agreements between the city and the Bureau of Alcohol tobacco Firearms and Explosives for firing range and training center use and eight G is approved the Latino chamber 2020 2021 agreement for economic development services
but although if you could do that few more minutes I was awesome.
I could do that all night.
I wanted to pull the one on Jen and sister just ask a question.
I forget which one that is? Oh D sorry, D
Or at both Paul.
And I move the consumer into minus items A and D. actually like to proceed to. I moved the consent agenda minus items A, C and D.
All right. It's been moved by Dr. Waters. And then seconded by Councilmember Martin, all in favor of passing and moving to the consent agenda say aye. Aye. Aye. Aye. Those opposed say nay. All right, the consent agenda might as ACMD passes you unanimously. Let's move on to ordinances on second reading and public public hearings on these matters. So let's go ahead and ask people to call in, if you're going to call in make sure you do it now and do it for because we just have one, but we're going to go ahead and move forward and a lot of Second. All right. So ordinates singing Reading of ordinance 2020. That's 22 nine as the agenda bill for an ordinance conditionally approving the vacation of seven utility access and storage drainage easements within the West Grange filing to subdivision, generally located south of Nelson road and east of 75th Street. So do we have any discussion or questions from council at this time? All right, let's go ahead and just wait about 60 seconds to see if anybody calls in.
Alright, let's go ahead and close the public hearing on ordinance 20. 22
All right, you have a motion.
All right. I'll second it. Go ahead, Dr. Waters. All right. So we've got we had a motion for the passage of ordinance 20 2022. On second reading is by Councillor Peck. I seconded it. All in favor say aye. Aye. All opposed say nay. All right, that motion passes unanimously. Let's go on to the consent agenda items that were pulled to get an order. Councillor Christiansen? Ha.
in going through this. I'm kind of amazed that elites aviation's
on the lease has been incorrect for what? several decades. That seems kind of odd. Secondly, it seems kind of once upon a time, maybe 10 years ago, Vance brand actually had several people providing Guest Services and repair services. And they were kind of forced out. And it's to me it's never really a very good idea to have just one monopoly out there. And if you read the lease, I don't know what the original lease said. So I'm not sure what's changing but it looks to me like this. Like elite aviation, which actually apparently as a different name, but they're based out of South Carolina. So we it appears to me that and you know, I have nothing against elite aviation, they make tasty food and a pretty good job. But it appears that they are providing really all the services that a city would normally provide out there. They're providing Pilots lounge that providing food services or providing gas they're providing the pair. It seems to me it would be prudent to look at this contract a little bit harder and see if that's really the direction that we want to go for our airport in the future. Or at least discuss it or hear from Mr. Slater or someone and have some kind of discussion about this rather than just pass this lease and not discuss it at all. Anyway, that's my opinion.
So I can jump in. So when we actually went out for the FBO, we conducted an RFP process or request for proposal which you're obligated to do under the FAA process, so it could be competitive and they were the ones that submitted into into that RFP process and so that's typically the selection you go through. I think you're correct. There were two FBO is out there, one decided to, I guess, stop providing that service at that point in time. I want to say it was a few years ago and then that's when we went out with the RFP for the for the next provider. Generally what I can say, working with other airports, one of this size, it's unusual. It's highly unusual to have two FB O's in that process. And so I can get David to look at that issue, but I can't say that it was a competitive process. It was through an RFP process in terms of the selection and how that was conducted.
Thanks, Harold. It's nice to know that you did go through the RFP process.
thank you very badly. Harold and Joanie, how many applicants did you have for that? RFP process, were they the only ones?
You know, I can't remember because that was a while back. This contract is actually the contract that was awarded in that RF e process a few years ago. So they're still under the original terms of that RFP process. This is a contract amendment to deal with the name change and some of the other components that they had to adjust. But we didn't go through one recently there. They were awarded the contract A few years ago, and it's
a contract with them. I'm sorry, I keep interrupting.
long as that contract, when does it expire?
I have to look at it.
Tony, do you have that?
I'm trying to read through it now. Hang on a second. Okay.
And then the other question that I think Councilmember Christiansen asked typically FBO services at an airport, do you provide the pilots lounge, and other amenities in terms of they just don't do fuelling operations. And they typically are engaged in the maintenance activities for those for those airplanes as well. Okay, so that's not inconsistent in terms of what I've seen in other airports in terms of FBO operations.
Well, you can email me or something.
I don't I don't really need to know that. I'm just kind of curious.
Thank you. Councilmember Peck, we'll make sure that we give an update before the second reading. Okay, thanks. That'd be great.
All right. Anybody else we think about all right. Paula, do you want to make a motion? Or is it Councillor Martin Do you want to make Did you okay Kazmir Christiansen?
adoption of a.
Okay, I'll second it. All right. It's been Moved by Councillor Martin and seconded by Councilmember Christiansen All in favor of passages ordinates 2020 dash 24 or eight a on the consent agenda. say aye. Aye. Opposed say nay. All right, that passes unanimously. All right, let's go ahead with I pulled eight See? resolution 2020 dash 39. And I guess my I guess my only concern is I guess my only concern is I understand that the county needs our our health and they need our our our people to enforce their their health department orders. So number one who's going to be enforcing police code before But who would be doing it? And what's the criteria?
airbag counsel Jenny Marsh, assistant city manager. So with the agreement that's before you this evening, this is specific to code enforcement staff who are not peace officers. And this isn't required for the police department to assist. However, the police department and could enforcement are all going to work together as needed to respond to requests from the Boulder County Health Department to look at violations. If you look at section two, under the participating agency responsibilities on page four of that agreement, it's pretty clear that what they're they're not asking us necessarily to act in a law enforcement capacity, but they're really asking us to help.
Check and basically be eyes on the street to see if the types complaints that they're receiving actually are factual to start with.
So what I'm hearing is that we would only be responding to the county request, but we're not we're forced to it. We're not forced to comply with the requests, nor are we sending in our police is just code enforcement upon the county requesting. Right.
This agreement does, yeah. Anyway, unless they send us and
today, they they've been fairly benign.
Right. And then we can also change it anytime. Right? Correct. All right. So with that I move ordinance or resolution 2020 dash 39, eight Second. Second. All right. All in favor say aye.
Opposed say nay. All right, it passes unanimously. And then what was the last one? The who pulled that one. He All right, customer Christiansen.
Okay. This is regarding the Genesis, Genesis stir program. Um, I just would like to ask a question of Karen Maroney. If she's here. I thought we already funded them. So did we not fund them in the last round of requests?
For Christiansen at Karen Roni, Community Services Director, hello. So this is for the Genesys program. Not that there's two programs from your agenda sister program, which is the one I think you're talking about. Oh, okay. You're the
human service agent. We only funded one.
And Jenna sister is part of the children youth and families division budget, their line item request that they fund every year. Okay. Okay.
All right, you want to go ahead and make a motion volley?
Okay, I move.
Resolution 20 2040
I'll second it.
All right. It's been moved and seconded. Any other discussion or debate? All right, seeing none. Let's go ahead and vote. All in favor say aye. Aye. All opposed say nay. All right, the motion passes unanimously. Okay, let's go on to general business. We don't have any right Harold. Alright, let's go ahead and take just 60 seconds to see if Maryland pops back on. So Maryland if you're waiting for final call?
What's done Marybeth?
Yeah, he she texted me and said that she is not going to she'd have a question. logged in.
Perfect. All right, let's still take about another. Let's take 90 seconds to make The public has an opportunity to call in and tell us their thoughts.
All right, let somebody wants to keep waiting. We're gonna go ahead and move on and Somebody pops in. I guess we'll back up a little bit. So let's move on to mayor and council comments. Does anyone have any, anything they're dying to say? All right, let's go ahead with start. We'll start the clock. All right, Councilmember waters.
Thanks, Mayor Begley.
Yesterday, I received a letter from a resident
and these times have so much heartache in so many places. It was one of those letters that had to be shared, because it's a good news story in terms of long month and, and the performance of one month staff. So because I didn't ask for permission from the resident to use the residents name, I won't. But I will say publicly thanks for sending the letter. The resident who's knows who she is. So this starts off saying I love living in Longmont among other admirable qualities. We enjoy exemplary services in numerous areas. We have excellent water electrical services, solid waste. disposal, the limb diversion facility, street crew Parks and Recreation, fiber optic internet service and we have the forestry department. So this is about an employee in the forest forestry department. first sentence of the second paragraph says, I want you to know I recently had perfect dealings with one of your employees, Oscar, our king. So Mr. Harkin, if I'm mispronouncing your name, I apologize. But this is you don't get these letters very often. The resident goes on to talk about what an extraordinary job this individual did on on a tree in this lady's yard and that had been split from snow and how many times you came back out courtesy was for final sentences in these days of so much negativity. I just wanted you to hear about a very positive experience I had with a member of your staff. So forestry staff, one of your crew must be proud of thanks for your service.
Casper Christiansen, I think you're next.
Okay. Well I also had wonderful dealings. I think I reported this several weeks ago with the city forestry department when we had that snow in a giant chunk of my tree fell in my front yard and they came and removed it and they were great. So it is nice when people take the time to write us and actually say something good about staff because we really do have an incredible staff who are doing huge amounts of work more than usual. Lately, um, I did want to, because I just cannot express my frustration at the information we got in the information part of our thing on the town of Firestone referral, in which there Planning to develop 75 acres adjacent to smuckers which doesn't really is not compatible with our land use or our weather resources or impacts or our transportation infrastructure and there isn't a thing we can do about it. And that's, I think, frustrating to all of us.
trying to get smokers to come here to provide jobs well for everyone in the area, but especially for Longmont people, and now we're going to have piles of housing right next to it which will be good for some of those people, but it won't be good for long love people. So anyway, I just want to have a little rant here for the fact that Firestone did their little tunnel into Longmont annexation and these sorts of thing problems. We'll just Keep cropping up, I guess there's nothing we can do better, but none of us are happy about it. So, anyway, everybody, stay calm and be patient and be courageous. And we'll be back to normal. More or less eventually. Thank you.
Anybody else? All right, Councillor Peck?
Thank you very badly. I echo Councilwoman Christensen's concerns about the Firestone a different development but I was heartened with the response by our staff in that their watch I you know, from the looks of it, it looks like 119 might have to be expanded for the traffic etc. So keep up the good work staff and keep us informed about that. The other thing I want to say is that the Longmont Community Foundation has So many great accounts on it that we can donate to. And one of them is neighbor to neighbor. This account is specific to long run, which I, if I understand that correctly, and it helps with rental assistance to our residents, and it's been doing a great job. One of the organizations that gets money for to help renters is the our center. And there are other organizations, but I talked to Erica host and for the other day, and they're running low on those funds. So we need to continue to help people with rental assistance. So you can go to Long Walk foundation.org, click on the donate tab, and then just scroll down find neighbor to neighbor COVID-19. And you can donate there. So this is a great way for the community to help each other. And thank you have a great week.
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So I just want to do a quick shout out to the Longmont museum and cultural center. Every Thursday they do a an online, sometimes it's art and sip other times they've done just presentations. Last week they did one on looking back on long lost the 1918 flu pandemic. And it was really insightful. It starts at 730 I really enjoyed it. So I plan on on hopping into their WebEx, little gatherings meetings more often. But yeah, this Thursday at 730. They're doing a pink slip at home origami, and every Thursday it changes themes. So it's just something to do and I appreciate their enthusiasm and the work that they've done in getting art and culture. To our community.
I guess the only thing that comes to mind is we could have done something about the Firestone property. A while ago, I did mention that we could have annexed it into Longmont and I was attacked by air force, former Superman, city manager and other members of the community saying that oh my gosh, it's never going to be built. How dare you even a rumor that I own the property. And so we could have stopped it. We could have, but we didn't. So I just wanted to remind everybody, and then next, I think that I'm glad Harold, you continue to do what you do. The city manager. I can only imagine I told you the other day that half the community. Thanks you for saving their life and then the other half hate you for taking away their civil liberties. And so I don't envy your position right now. And so, I see and we talk daily, and I just see the juggling that you do and How you walk the line is incredible. I wouldn't have the patience for it. So just as always just thank you keep up
with the habit.
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I think we're all everybody on council right now loves Harold. I think I've not heard anything to the contrary. And then last but not least, I would ask that if anyone is watching right now, that has any type of technical editing skills on the computer, you can screenshot just the ability to be able to change Eugene's May, green scheme, your green screen headphones into something really cool and then post it, you know, lightsaber like red or, or stars? I don't know. But I just every time I watch Eugene, I want to see that. So all right, anything else from other council members? All right, Harold, do you have anything
on the editing piece?
I'm sorry, sorry.
I did. Thanks for your comments. Great team here. Phenomenal team that lets us do phenomenal things. And so it's always exciting. I said something every day, there's someone on this team that does something that encourages me to come back the next day. So phenomenal team all across the board. I did want to say, Look out for more online functions, because we have, again, part of that phenomenal team. They're coming up with some creative options for more on online programming. So we'll be hearing about that in the near future. Thanks for thanks for that mentioned and look for more.
I did notice that the Lamont museum is gonna be offering online classes, right.
So we have a museum working on it library working on it, I think rec center rec group, they're working on it as well. So hopefully in the very near future, you're you'll hear more about that.
All right, cool. All right. Eugene, do you have anything? Mayor
my son Riley will be thrilled to Hear that you observed his
green headphones on my head? Oh, no, no, I wasn't I was making a joke but not really. I'm hoping that someone will
write. No no further comments bear.
Alright, so all right if there's nothing else do we have a motion to adjourn? Councillor Beck?
I'll make the motion to adjourn to
a memory. He doggo fairing coming in from the bleachers for the win. And it was seconded by Councilmember waters. All in favor say aye. Aye. Hi. All right, that We're adjourned. Thanks, guys. See, and I'll come in tomorrow and sign documents