Boulder County has been breaking Colorado open-records and open-meeting laws, a Gunbarrel resident alleged in a lawsuit she filed this week.
Kristin Bjornsen charged in her Boulder District Court complaint that Boulder County commissioners have engaged in a “persistent pattern of conducting improper closed-door discussions of public business, violating the procedural requirements for conducting an executive session.”
Bjornsen’s lawsuit accuses the county commissioners of “holding unauthorized executive sessions and then retroactively authorizing them after the closed-door meetings have occurred.”
Source: Gunbarrel resident says Boulder County violates open-meetings, open-records laws – Longmont Times-Call
I am a resident of Boulder who is working with TLAG on the Palo Parkway land dedication issue. I have read the demand letter sent by TLAG’s attorney, and note that the allegations raised in the letter appear to be well substantiated both factually and legally.
Source: Dean Wolf: Defending land dedication laws – Boulder Daily Camera
An attorney for the Twin Lakes Action Group has sent a formal cease-and-desist letter to Boulder Housing Partners, the Boulder Valley School District, Boulder and Boulder County demanding a stop to development at a proposed affordable housing development. The group contends two sales of the property where the proposed Palo Park is located were not legal or valid and argue that work on the development must stop until the title on the property is cleared, according to a demand letter.
Sara Toole lives in Northfield Commons, near the proposed development, said … “We should not have had to resort to a lawsuit for the city to follow its own laws regarding dedications,” she said. “The city could have simply listened to us and lowered the density for this development and increased the affordable ownership ratio.”
Full Story: Twin Lakes group issues cease and desist on Boulder’s Palo Park housing development – Boulder Daily Camera
Any potential development of the 308-acre CU Boulder South parcel is still years away, but to the delight of the university and the dismay of those concerned about flood risk on the property, it’s inching closer to fruition.Earlier this week, members of the Boulder City Council and Planning Board gave city staff the go-ahead to draft proposed changes that would redesignate the allowable land uses on the site. The move was made by the two bodies, via 13 yes votes and two “maybe” votes from Councilwoman Lisa Morzel and Planning Board member Liz Payton, in the context of the continuing 5-year update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.
Source: Despite flood concerns, Boulder moving toward a CU South annexation – Boulder Daily Camera
…Unfortunately, the school district is rushing towards a sale of the building and has not communicated very skillfully, nor made a convincing argument for abandoning Uni Hill’s rich tradition in favor of relocating to a to-be-built facility near New Vista High School. … I urge BVSD to take a deep breath, make time to organize meetings with the community, and promote open dialog about the pros and cons of making the sale.
Please see http://www.unihillschoolfuture.org/ for additional background.
Source: Hector Urroz: BVSD should take a deep breath on Uni Hill Elementary – Boulder Daily Camera
Thank you to Celeste Landry for monitoring and spearheading challenge to possible loss of University Hill Elementary School.
Ten neighbors attended and spoke.
As a result of the testimony Committee is recommending to School Board that since there is community awareness of proposed changes they conduct further “listening” sessions to garner public input.
We learned that BVSD has had preliminary discussions with CU to sell Uni-Hill and use the money to build a combined elementary school / high school at New Vista. BVSD is currently working with architects to conduct a Site fit and feasibility analysis to support additional development (at New Vista).
Don Orr, Chief Facilities Officer listed many “deficiencies ” with Uni Hill School that neighbors who are acutely familiar with school programming disagree with. He also said that if the feasibility analysis comes back as a non-starter this could all be moot.
It is crucial that we as neighbors stay active and aware of this issue and you can trust that Celeste and I will keep you informed.
As you may have heard, the school district is considering selling the Uni Hill Elementary School campus to CU, and CU won’t disclose what they would do with the property. All CU property is State of Colorado land not subject to Boulder jurisdiction so it is not bound by the city’s historic designation and they could raze the buildings and replace them with any use they choose.
During the 2014 bond election, we – neighbors, voters and taxpayers – were told that the Uni Hill School would be remodeled. We were basically promised that the school would remain in the neighborhood as a draw for families with young children, as a source of joyous laughter and education during the day, and as park space for neighbors during non-school hours.
BVSD will decide soon, if they haven’t already, whether or not to sell the campus to CU. (They aren’t considering any other buyers!)
This coming Wednesday, January 18th at 5:30pm, the BVSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) will meet at the BVSD Ed Center, 6500 Arapahoe Ave, in the Board Room (where the School Board holds their public meetings). You may have to enter through Security — the east side of the building, around the corner from the Board Room.
Please join your neighbors in speaking to CBOC during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Let’s tell them that this is a bait & switch. Even if you don’t want to speak, please come to support those who do speak. Most people leave right after the public comment period. More info at The CBOC website.
Let’s make sure that our neighborhood’s voice is heard. For more information about this issue, please visit the Uni Hill School Future website.