Today, the Camera ran a guest commentary in which Eaves asks Boulder City Council to allow citizens to vote on the question this November:
We urge the City Council to put this agreement on the ballot for voters to review and decide upon. For the past two years, Boulder staff and members of my staff have invested thousands of hours negotiating the details of the franchise, and also directly addressing the city`s stated priorities. The product of that work is a mutual agreement that benefit us all. Business and community leaders — and city staff too just a few weeks ago — have been in support of continuing our franchise because the agreement meets what we were told were the city’s primary priorities, mainly lowering the environmental impact of every Boulder resident.
The lake at Burke Park in south Boulder is called Thunderbird Lake. And it just doesn’t seem to want to be a lake all that much. When it started drying up a few years back, the city wondered what to do — and decided to keep it full with city water. Now it’s time to revisit that decision. Read more
Well, there’s not a much more boring phrase than “franchise agreement” out there, but now would be a good time to educate yourself on Boulder’s Xcel franchise agreement options (and those laid out by the City Council) and what’s going on, because a lot of energy and tax dollars are in the mix and that affects everyone — for the next 20 years. On Tuesday, City Council will decide whether or not to put the franchise agreement renewal on the ballot this year, but not before they hear a lot from the president of Xcel in Colorado: Read more
Boulder City Council decided last night to make a big buy — they’ll put up about $4 million, in addition to $1.18 million in federal stimulus money, to replace the 73-year-old hydroelectric turbine in Boulder Canyon.
Apparently, the turbine would have kicked the bucket in about five years without an upgrade. Read more
Boulder’s looking at upgrading its aging hydroelectric turbine in Boulder Canyon, but even with a federal discount, it would cost the city about $4 million. That debate breaks down into a pretty easy-to-understand $4-ish million now or probably $5.2-ish million later — and City Council will address that tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 6 p.m. Read more
The Boulder Reservoir, which sits northeast of town, stores water that will ultimately make its way into people’s drinking glasses.
But becuase the rez is also used for swimming and motor boating, city council is becoming more concerned about its water quality.
Boulder City Council members said water quality and habitat protection need to be the city’s top priority when it comes to the Boulder Reservoir, but they did not propose any restrictions on recreation opportunities at a study session Tuesday.
In a discussion of a new master plan for the Boulder Reservoir, council members expressed concern about maintaining water quality and preventing invasive species from entering the reservoir. … Read more