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City/CU Oversight Committee

City/CU Oversight Committee


On Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, 2000, Boulder police responded to significant disturbances in the University Hill neighborhood. The City Manager established a University Hill Action Group (UHAG) to recommend specific actions to the City Council to improve the quality of life in this neighborhood. On Nov. 28, 2000, the City Council held a Study Session with the UHAG to discuss proposed actions. One of the recommendations was to initiate an independent management audit to examine the effectiveness of the city's Environmental and Zoning Enforcement office (EZEO). A detailed Performance Audit for EZEO was undertaken in 2001 and a final report was issued in January 2002.

The Performance Audit yielded many short-term and long-term recommendations intended to further improve the effectiveness of code enforcement. The City Manager asked City Council if they wished to appoint an "oversight group" to monitor progress on implementing the audit recommendations that were supported by the full Council. This proposal was accepted.

Council members Dan Corson, Tom Eldridge and Gordon Riggle were designated Oversight Group members, with the remainder of council enjoying an open invitation to attend meetings, which were prescheduled and publicly noticed. Periodic updates (from this group) have been provided to the full council through regular agenda items, Study Sessions and Information Packet memorandums, as proposals were implemented or as new issues were raised.

While the implementation of the audit continued, in 2004 the City Council Oversight Group on Code Enforcement became a University-City Oversight Group. Its purpose was for elected officials to provide a focus on policies related to short and long-term solutions to matters that help maintain and improve neighborhood livability for students and permanent residents. This focus is intended to strengthen the partnership between the University of Colorado and the City of Boulder and support relationships with residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. The CU Regents did not formally appoint representatives to this group.

Since that time, the focus for this group has been on the Implementation of Resolution 960: A Resolution Concerning Alcohol Abuse in our Community. In support of this Resolution, two subcommittees evaluated short- and long-term solutions to alcohol abuse in Boulder. Recommendations from these subcommittees have been implemented and some involve ongoing programs. Coordination activities also involve a coalition between CU, Boulder County and the city (the AACT Coalition: Addressing Alcohol Concerns Together), the City Manager's CU Student Advisory Committee, and the Subcommittee on Inclusiveness & Diversity.

Oversight Committee Meetings

2016 Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, April 20
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Boulder Public Library
Boulder Creek Meeting Room
1001 Arapahoe Ave.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
4 to 5:30 p.m.
University of Colorado Boulder
University Memorial Center (UMC), Room 245
1669 Euclid

2016 Designated City Council Representatives

  • Jan Burton
  • Sam Weaver
  • Bob Yates

City Council Resolution 960 - A Resolution Concerning Alcohol Abuse in our Community

On Oct. 19, 2004, the City Council adopted Resolution 960 - A Resolution Concerning Alcohol Abuse in our Community . Through this action, Council recognizes that the city can influence beverage licensing policies, code enforcement and zoning and land use regulations. In addition to legal options, human service and community education programs and partnerships with other institutions and agencies are viewed to be an important focus.

A copy of the resolution adopted by the City Council on Oct. 19, 2004 is provided on the right side of this page.

Federal/National resources

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch an initiative called A Matter of Degree (AMOD): The National Effort to Reduce High-Risk Drinking among College Students, which started in 1996 as an $8.6 million program administered by the American Medical Association with evaluation by the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • The U.S. Justice Department/The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention: Environmental Management: An Approach to Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
  • NIAAA College Drinking Report-A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges