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Handouts, PLAN Boulder County January/February 2001~ PLAN BO(TLDER COUNTY join us for featuring guest speaker Christine F. Andersen Deputy city manager for environmental services, Boulder Topic: Making the past a springboard to the future Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001 6 p.m. Social Hour • 7 p.m. Dinner • 8 p.m. Speaker Mesa Lab, Nationai Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) $25 per person - open to the public When she started her new ~ob m August 2000, Chns Andersen bmught 16 years of expenence as Dvector of ,~ Public Works m Eugene, Oregon Her new pos~uon ~ves her respoasibihry for overseemg and coordmanng the ~ departments of Open Space/Mountam Parks, Pazks and Recreanon, Pubhc Works, and the Office of Envuon- mental Affaics She will focus on mtemaluang envuonmental concerns m these departmeau and encouragmg collaborauon among them. She will shaze w~th us her vision of a future that cecoguzes Boulder's umque posiuon as a nahonal envunnmental leader and finding ways, through 6etter cooperauon, co build on these achievemenu and keep the future as bnght as the past. ~ .................................................................... Annual dinner reservation and annual dues form Please print: Name Address Entree: choose one: [] Ctucken Marsala [ ] Vegetanan Dumer $25 per person X number of persons Annual dues (new or renewal) X number of persons ^ Regulaz ($15 per yeaz) ^ Sustazmng ($25 per yeaz) ^ Student or Semor ($10 per yeaz) Amount enclosed $ (dinner) $ (dues) $ TOTAL Deadline for reservations to be received: Friday, Jan. 26 Make checks payable to PLAN-Boulder County Mail to• ~ Jeannette Hillery 999 Meadow Glen Dnve Boulder CO 80303 Phone reservahons: Jeannette Hillery, 303-4947718 Phone E-mail address PLEASE NOTE: If you make a ieservahon and find you cannot attend, please phone Jeannette Hillery (303-494-7718) before the deadlme Oth- erwtse, you will be billed. the 4lstAnnual Dinner of PLAN-Boulder County '~mp~nq atp qSno.tq3 no,i uo~sa o~ paen3 ,ilun~as e aq [ITn~ aiaqa puE `ea~ ~zyl ai ~ied aleS aq; q~nozq~ p~ apts q;nos aqa oi anuQ aiqai~ns a4 IIT.m q~tqm ~mp~nq atg;o apts qlnos aqi uo padds~ip~~ a~ io; a~uen¢a ue os~ st aiaqy •pa~io~a ~['jJLqS SI I(~it[M lIQII[.RIOCI -Z e aneq qloq 3aql aiema aq aszald anq `ioop aq1 o~ lxau sa~ds Sm~ied ds~ -Tpueq onu aie aia~, dmez .~q~iaaqm aql te go-do.ip io; ioop luo.~ aqi o~ anup `ssa~~e naq~~aaqm io3 ~~IM;1N ,= ~ ~ - - ~ 1 7~ , ~ - ,~ :i ~ . s ` c,y , ,,,,,,~~~... i•, a~Q _ ar~, ~' ~`~M `~.~~~~ ~ , r ~. '~ "~0 i!'a~Ft _ _ es4lV alvet T~ PO~g ._ .. 471buR.YlG ~ _w ~ ~ ~ ea.~w.:, l~ n,.o~+ ~ A1 ~aa ~ws~e sy ~aee auia~~es ismwea n~~ ~ ~~~~ ~~ d~~ ~ ~, ' -~ ~-. ~•-, ~ LAN-BOULDER COUNTY PosT Oee~cE Box 4682 BoutnEn CO 80306 -~ - , . ~! ~~ I ANNUAL DINNER INVITATION ~ -~ ~ ~ ~ II~J~II~~~~~II~II~~~~II~~uILI Boulder ?arks & Recreation Advisory Board Please Distnbute to Members P C Boa l9S Bou~d2r, CO 80306 suix xace U S Postage PAID Boulder, CO 80_ Permit # 136 PLAN- Courr~ Jnxunur / FeBRUnnr Z001 Annual Dinner PLAN-Boulder County's Annual Dinner will be Sunday evemng, Feb. 4, 2001. For the thud yeaz, it will take place at the spectacular I.M.Pei-des~gned Mesa Laboratory of t6e Nauonal Cencer for Atmosphenc Research. We will gather for the social hour m tIu Iarge entry lobby wrth rts many meteocological dis- plays. Lhnner will be served m the NCAR cafeteria, wluch for the evemng will be transformed mto a beaunful dmwg room wrth sweepmg views of the Boulder Va1Iey. For 41 yeazs now, PBC's annual dwner has provided a chance to cenew old fnendslups, form new ones and lack azound all [he latest issues m our fau region - sometlung PBC membecs and fnends love to do. It's also the ume when we glance over the past year's achtevements and take a look at the ~ssues thaz will ocwpy our energies m t6e commg yeaz. We will amounce Uus yeaz's PLAN-Boulder County Award re,cip~enu, a select group of cm- zens or organuahons we wtll honor for the difference they have made in matters of concem to PBC Md we will ask members to vote on a slate of candidates to serve as members and officecs of ~^'~' the PBC board for 2001. ~.... Mystery speaker The Ivglilight of [he eveamg will be our guest speaker, whose idenhTy at tlus wnUng is a mystery. By the date when copy for tlus newsletter had to be in the hands of the grapluc designer, the speaker's acceptance had not yet been con- firmed. But the mystery will be solved when you roce~ve your d~mer mvitanon m early January, m plenty of hme to make your reservahon. Here are some details. • The Mesa I.ab of NCAR, at the west end of Table Mesa Dnve, provides ample free parkmg. There is a special6andicap entrence aud ramp. A map will be included on the mvitahon. • The charge for the three-coucse dmner is $25 per person, offet- mg a choice of Clucken Marsala or a vegetanan dtsh as entree. The social hour will begin az 6 p.m. Dmner is az 7 p m. Over des- sert we will6ave the boazd elecaon and Annual Awards presenta- aon. The speaker w~ll be munduced at 8 p.m. • You and your fnends and the pubhc m general aze wazmly wel- comed. We hope to see you there! PLAN-Baulder County has been an acuve panc~ipant m dis- cussions about me:gmg the Mountaw Parks and Open Space pro- grams. We have been suppotttve of t6e merger on the assumpnon thaz the success and mtegnty of the twa programs could be maw- tamed while achuv~ag cetta~n orgamzanonal effic~encles and bnng- ing all geenbek lands under the protecdon of t6e Open Space char tez We believe that appropriate staffing u integal to the programs' success. We have senous concems about the effects of the current staffmg plan on the management of Open Space and Mounta~n Pazks lands. We also undeistand that dunng the uansiaon penod rt may be necessary to create an oigawzahonal suucture that msures every current employee has a posiLOn. However, we hope that m a reasonably short penod of eme the structure w~ll morph into one based upon a formal and pmper worklaad analysus hnked to the reqwrements of the Open Space chartet and Boulder's specific land management needs Excerpts from ourrecommendaaons based on the January 2000 Management Audit are referenced az the end of ttus letter and are consuctent with our current spec~f"ic concems, wtuch mclude: Top-heavy organizaLional shvcture: TWenry-one percent of OS/MP staff personnel will be "management" m the current pro- posed plan We realize that Nus may be due to the care taken to create "lazeral moves" for exishng staff However, we feel thaz unless these posihons are well ~ushfied by actual orgamzahonal needs, this structure will shortchange service dehvery aad effi- cient management of our pubhc land. Deep personael reducttons: The level of staff loss is very lugh. No ~usUficahon for tlus magmmde of pe~onnel reducnon has been presented. These cuts appeaz to ga faz beyond econoavc effictencies, well mto the realm of sacnficmg essenaal land man- agement sernces. Co-dincWrs6ip: We beheve tbat co-directocsFup is not sus- tawable over the long term and should eust only for a relahvely bnef h~ansihon penod. Although the curfently idenRfied co-direc- tocs may work well together, future coduectars may potenhally be az odds, placmg theu respechve pomons of the orgaruzauon m contLct wtth each othet and creanng an upper-level power suuggle Proposed organization for the Dept. of Open Space and Mountain Parks On Dec. 7, 2000 the PBC board sent the followmg letter to ~~ity Manager Ron Secnst and Deputy City Managec for Eavunn- mental Services Chnshne Andeisen, wrth copies to the Boulder City Council, Open Space Board of Trustees and the Pazks and Recrewon Advisory Boazd: Loss of ranger posiHons: Judgmg by rhe comments and com- plamts recerved on a daily basis by both departments, and by the Open Space opwion poll taken last yeaz, the pubhc vnshes to have MORE educaaon and MORE enfomement Rangers play a cna- cal role m both of these areas.l7iey have a s~gmficant impact on pubhc safety, resource protecaon and reducaon of nsrtor use con- tLcu. With vasdy mcreasmg pubhc use, mcreasmg acieage, in- (conanued finm previous page) creasmg trail m~leage, and mcreasmg user confl~ct, we beLeve thaz ranger staff should be mcieased, not decreased. 60% reduction in Education and Ourieach: E&O staff m the two departmenu cucrently total 10 staff and one supervuor The current staffmg plan contams only two specialists and two half-time ass~stants. Ttus reduchon is m d~rect contradtcnon to the desues strongly expressed by the pubhc for more educanon. It also has a demmental unpact on the ability of the staff to educaze the pubLc about the many inuiesung natural feanues they own and how propec user behav~o:s can help sustam these features I.ack of st~ng in other crucial areas: There u only one pos~uon dedicated to wildlife biology. Wildlife issues are complex and ofren c:uc~al to management dec~sion-making. Regulaz mom- tonng of cerrau~ key spec~es (e.g„ raptocs, praine dogs) m certam tugh use or problem areas is somehmes mandated by the Open Space Boazd of Trostees and is ofren needed even when not man- dated. Sho[tchangmg t~s funcbon will place our more vulnerable wildlife spec~es m~eopardy The Integtated Pest Menageme~ func- aon has only two half-ume speciahsts and one field e~loyee, az a nme when noz~ous weeds aze gammg a strong foothold across an alaimmg peroenhege of our acreage. In conclusion, we cecogcuze thaz all city depac~enu are aow stnvmg for max~mum efficiency m staffmg plaas With tlus m mmd, u would seem logical to pare down ezpensrve upper and m~ddle management m the aewly consol~dated depazm~ent m favor of h~r mg more desperately needed lower echelon field staff We would Lke to request thaz tt~e City Manager aad Ass~stant City Manager for Envuonmental Sernces take another look az the proposed struc- rure, w~th these comments ~n mmd. We mge U~at, contrary to the cumnt plaa, input be sohcited from OS/1viP staff before a final staffmg plan is adopted. We also recammend thaz any plan adopted aow be cons~dered temporary, pendwg complehon of the 2003 au- dit, wluch, we hope, will mclude a needs-based workload analysis that will prov~de a bas~s for a well funcnomng staffing plan.ln the end, the final oigawzanonal s~ucture and all staff cuts must be well ~usufied and shown not to be detnmental to the program Below are excecpts from the recommendauon PLAN-Boulder County made subsequent to the January 2000 Management Audit No ceductions in staff at this time: We do not beheve thaz the reduchons m staff iecommended m Uu ~ecent manage~nt audit ceport can be accomphshed wrthout deleteriousiy affechng the ezcellent work thaY both staffs have been perfo[ming m managmg these lands The starung pomt should be the current staff plus the currendy vacant pos~UOns mwus obv~ously overlappmg admims- uauve posihons In the absence of a aue workload analysu, we recommend no reduchons m curnnt staffing levels unless it can be demonsirated that such cuu will not harm the program. D~umg the hans~aon penod,thought needs to be given to pm~echng futuce staff needs as well (based on mcreased acreage, mcreasmg vurtor usage and changmg demograplucs). Temporary co-directors: We fmd the proposal for nvo ca dvectors, one overseemg vsIIOr and Matntenance Services and the other, Acquvsiuon and Resoum Planning, to be mtnguwg and worth explonng Such a co-duectorship should not be permanent, however, but enst only dunng the uans~non penod (up to tfu~e~'~ Y~) U.S. 36 Major Investment Study Eazly m December the board sent the followmg commenu to the Boulder City Council, the Bouldu Couaty Commissioners and the U.S 36 MIS Advisory Committee. PLAN-Boulder County has closely followed the ongoing U S. 36 Major Investment Study and has had a representanve on rts Techmcal Advisory Committee. We believe thaz improvements ro t6e U S. 36 comdor are cnucally needed, and thaz such tmprove- ments must be economically feasible, provide a long-term solu- aon, and protect the envunnmenc We apprec~ate the effort taken to produce a draft locally-preferred altemaave az the Nov. 30 meet- mg, and agree wrth the emphasis on sigvficantly enhanced mass transrt as the most effecnve and appropnate comdor improvemenc In pazticular, we shongly support the Bus Rapid Tnasrt (BR'I) design and the ~mplementahon of az least a hmited commuter rail service While we undeistand that tlus draft iepresents a compro- mise among d~ffermg v~ewpomu, we have several concems that we beheve should be addressed m t6e final U S. 36 report: Raii improvements innding: As mcoiporated mto the &aft proposal, addibonal fundtng of approzimately $70 mtlLon should be added to rail unprovemenu m order to make the ~mhal ra~l sy~~ tem sigmficantly more accessible and attracnve. ,o,, No additional lanes The two general-pucpose Ivghway lanes should be deleted, smce they prov~de very short-term improve- ment for lugh cost aad, unlike transrt, aze not scalable to accom- modate addihonal traffic. Possible p~u+chase of e~stlag rail line We should mvesh- gate purchasmg the exisnng BNSF razl hne m t6e comdor so we will not need to share the lu~e wrth freight ~affic, thus allounng shorter headways and more appropnate locomoaves. No HOT lanes: We are opposed to HOT lanes due to theu ~nequity, and we aze concemed thaza shazed HOTBRT laae would create unacceptable congesuon for buses Concurrent implementation: It u essenhal thaz any package includwg madway, bus, and rail improvemenu be implemented conciurendy Conshuchon of addiLOnal tughway lanes wrthout hav- mg guaranceed fundwg for the hansrt componenu of the package is unacceptable, as ~t could lead [o long delays m implementavon of the hansrt elemenu We appreciate your cons~dernhon of our concerns, and agam commend the study pamcipants for theu effrnu and theu endorse- ment of a draft proposal tha4 ~~ some modificanon, can prov~d~'~ the framework for resolnng the cnacal needs of the U.S. 36 com-~-^' dor. ~SE ~ PLAN-BOULDER COUNTY Two years ago, a committee made up of six members, half of them on and half off the boazd, rewrote the PBC Statement of Purpose. Their miss~on was to make its language better reflect today's approach to our organizahon's basic values. The resulhng statement was reviewed and approved by the endre membecship The begmtung of the new yeaz is a good time to bnng our activines into focus by takmg a fresh look at PLAN-Boulder Commty's Statement of Purpose. Statement of Purpose/PLAN-Boulder County Plan-Boulder County (PBC) is a cihzens' orgazuzahon that works to ensure that governmental policies m the city of Boulder and m Boulder County be sensihve to all envuonmental zssues. PBC seeks to promote, through educaaon, polihcal action, and encouragement of public mvolvement, a faz-sighted and ~maginanve pattem of land use so that the area may retau~ its individuai character and remain an attrachve place to live. It is PBC's goal that utuncorporated Boulder County remun essennally iural and scemc, not domuiated by urban development Each of the commumhes m Boulder County should be self- contained, with iu own distinct idennty, and with each affecting the natural environment as little as possible. PBC supports the acquisihon of undeveloped nual land and env~ronmentally sensihve azeas for open space, with open land between cihes havmg a lugh pnority Good agncuttural land and worlang farms should be preserved, as well as habitat for wildhfe and naave flora, mcludmg wedands and ripanan areas. PBC strongly believes that growth should be discouraged or cazefully directed to meet commu- mty goals. In any event, growth should pay for rtself to the greatest extent possible. PBC supports a balanced hansportahon system geared not only to the automobile, but also to public u~ansrt, bicycles, and the human foot. PBC favors programs permimng prachcai uuiovauons m cotnmumty design and mingat~on of natural hazards, such as flooding and wildfire. PBC supports regional cooperanon and planning, especially for open space acquismon, land use, transportahon, recychng and waste management PBC encourages the disseminanon of uiformauon to and generahon of ideas from the enare community and believes that pubhc involvement in the eazly stages of each plamm~g process 3s essential. PBC supports diversity of people and housmg chmces, as well as opportumues for personal growth and acluevement witlun the c~ty of Boulder and Boulder County. 1~T MEETING SCHEDULE ~. Jan. 5 No meeting Jan. 12 Sue Anderson and Matt Appelbaum, League of Women Voters and PLAN-Boulder County representatives on the Technical Advisory Committee for the U.S. 36 Major Invesmient Smdy Topir. Wluthergndlock~ Jan. 14 Bmce Bland, PBC board member Topic: Open discussion Jan. 26 Jim Cram and Mike Patton, co-duectors, Deparhnent of Open Space and Mountaui Pazks, city of Boulder Topic: Working together m the newly formed depamnent Feb. 2 Dukey Lee Hullinghorst, director of mtergovemmental relaaons, Boulder County Topic: How does BouIder County mteract with other governments m the region? Feb. 9 Bill Simmons, Louisville city admmisttaror Topic: What are Louisville's hottest issues~ Feb. 16 Jce Perone, director for transportauon, , Dept. of Pubhc Works, crty of Boulder Topic: Boulder is not an island: the new duector's perspechve on transportahon Feb. 23 Albert Baztlett, professor ementus of physics, Umveisity of Colorado Topic: An illustrated tustory of the eazly days of CU Agendas and minutes 6y e-mail Any of you who wish to recerve e-mail with the agendas and mumtes for PBC boazd meeUngs should e-ma~l your address to Jom Teter. ~_teter@hotmazl com Friday noon meetings The pnbHc is wetcome to attmd. Universitp Qub„Brondway at Eaclid Y ~~mch (optlona~ at nooa: souP> mlti cheese tra9, beverage_~5 ° _ ~ Drink onig (except water}=$1S0 krogiam:12:15-I:20 p.m. B~7ce, walk or take the Slup, Hop or RTD. ICyon must drfve, parlung is ava1ableaY the carpark on Eaclid. Friday noo~ meetmgs co-chairs: Sarariliehl - ~ 303-447-2206,~ichtC~spotcolorado.edu 1Glary Eran Mpera ~ ~ 303-444-9044, myetsm[~colorado.edn '"""1 ............................................ : Join PLAN-Boulder County : Send ttus form with your check to: PLAN-Boulder County PO Box4682 Boulder CO 80306 Name Address City Phone E-mail address State _ Zip Annual dues (new or renewal) ~ Regulaz ($15 per yeaz) ~ Susta~mng ($25 per yeaz) ~ Student or Semor ($10 per yeaz) Enclosed: ,,,,,y, $ ; ~0P - 9 f y L 0~~~~3tl10 ~ 1 11 11 1~ 11 1~ 1 11 90E08 O~'~ap~nog l6L xa8 0 d s~aqwe;,y ol a;nGuisi~ assold p~eo8 tiostnpy uoi1ea~~a~ ~ ,~:e~+ ~ap~nog 1~11~~~~11~~~~11~11~~~~~11~1~~11 9£T # i~d ZO£08 OJ `~Pinog ~6'd a8¢iso~ S'R aieg ~ng PLAN-Bour.nEx Covrrrr soaxn Co-chair: Chades Manlove 303-444-6911, FA3C 303 4446917, chasman@mdra.com Co-chsit: Joui Teter 303-499-8970, FAX 303-499-2124, j_teter~hotma~l.com ~ce-chsir, newsletter Pat Cahn 303-543-9417, FP.X same, pcahn~earthnecnet Secretary• Nmi McBurnett 303-4946493, neal@bcn boulder.co us 'heasueer. Jesmette Hillery 303-4947718, FAX 303-543-7143, ~mlullery~hotma~l.com Piograms co-chair: Sara Michl 303-447-2206,smichl@spotcolorado edu na~a aa~a 303-545-6255, FAX 303-545-2192, david~eco-bmld.com Matt Appelbaum 303-499-89'70, FAX 303-499-2124, maa_appelbaum(Di2 com BruceBland-303j199-8612,bruce 2u@ema~lcom Liuda Andes Georges 303-543-940~1, FAX same, andes~mu net Jane GrcenPeld 303-444-9492, FAX 303-447-1661, pem[@diac com Claire Levy 303-494-2244, FAX 303-543-7276, clery 1@qwest net "teth Pommer ~ 303-444-2545, pommerco@aol com Janet Roberts 303-442-7446, FAX same, ~anetsroberts@earthLnk net Ricky Weiser - 303-5341037 ~~ 0.7 ~83Q'SIlO$ Z896 xog ~urap ysod uKno~ aaaTnog ~d O~-soaxn: Progi'ams co-chair. Mazy Fran Myers 303-4449044, myecsmf~colorado.edu Membership: Pau! Beiley 303-449-7779, E-FAX 630.566-3774, pbazley~esn.com Newsktter desi~ & layout: Caroline Littlefield cdliale5eld@mac.com All PLAN-Boulder members are welcome at board meetings. Board meehngs are scheduled on the fust Monday of each month. Call Pat Cahn at 303-543-9417 for lceanon and duechons IssuES oF corrcExiv ro PBC nv 2000 • Redevelopment of t6e Boulder Valley Regional Cen[er/Crossroads • Development of an econovuc v~sion for the czty of Boulder • Housmg affordalnl~ty and mued-use developmen[ for commumty drvetsity • Trans~t, ~ansportatton issues, county ttansportanon funds • Sout6 Boulder Creek flood plavi and t6e Flaarons property • City and County Open Space: acqmsmon, preservanon, use • Update of the Boulder Valley Comprehens~ve Plan • CU master plan • Greenways and Comprehencrve Drmnage Uul~ry Master Plans Visit PBC on the web at http://bcn.boulder.co.us/planboulder