Gov’t watch: May 15, 2024

What your local official are up to: Integrated Weed Management Plan, another settlement and more


Boulder City Council 

At the May 16 meeting, council will: 

• Decide whether to authorize a settlement for $125,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by Sina Goharjou, who alleged he suffered serious injuries that exceeded $700,000 after stepping on a corroded water meter cover on Pearl Street Mall, according to a city memo.

• Vote on whether to approve a regional homeownership and rental compliance program administered by the City of Boulder. Last week, Nederland Board of Trustees voted to join the program along with Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Boulder County Housing Authority.

Other May 16 agenda items can be found in last week’s Gov’t Watch at

At the May 23 study session, council will: 

• Hear a presentation and have a discussion on public safety. The presentation will be led by Stephen Redfearn, Boulder Police Department’s (BPD) interim chief, and Daniel Reinhard, BPD’s chief data analyst. The presentation will include traffic and bike safety, and citywide crime. It will also include updates on the department’s Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the Reimagine Policing Plan and community engagement projects.  

• Hear a presentation and discuss the final draft of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), funded by Boulder’s voter-passed Climate Tax. The 2024 update aims to identify actions for preparedness and risk reduction and provide a framework for planning and implementation of mitigation measures. 

Boulder County Commissioners

During the week of May 20, commissioners will: 

• Make a decision on the final draft of the Integrated Weed Management Plan (May 23). No public comment will be allowed; the final public hearing was held April 16. The plan has faced criticism from activists for its use of herbicides and allowance for aerial spraying by drone. 

• Meet with Weld County Commissioners on May 24 at noon to share information about county work and identify any needs for collaboration on regional issues.

All agenda items are subject to change.


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