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Heads Up! - Sept. 8, 2017

Dear City Council Members,

Good Neighbor Meeting for Boulder Shelter scheduled

The Good Neighbor Meeting for Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (BSH) management plan changes has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.

  • Public notice of this meeting is anticipated to be mailed on Friday, Sept. 8, to residences and businesses within approximately 2,000 feet of BSH, plus extensions to include complete neighborhoods.
  • A press release will go out Friday, Sept. 8 to inform residents of the Good Neighbor meeting and the Sept. 19 City Council public hearing on the BSH management plan update on services.
  • The BSH and city websites will provide information on the meeting and ongoing on-line feedback opportunities throughout September.  

An update on the implementation of services system and changes, including coordinated entry, navigation services, and winter sheltering will be included in the Sept. 19 meeting packet and available on Sept. 13.

A series of emails and in-person activities related to the homeless services system changes are also planned throughout September with service organizations, business community, faith community stakeholders, and clients to keep them informed of service changes and locations as they are identified and brought on line. Coordinated Entry and Navigation Services are anticipated to start up Oct. 1. A permanent site for coordinated entry and navigation services is still being determined. City and service provider staff are working on options for a temporary location, while a permanent site is identified and rehabilitated for services.  Overnight shelter will continue to be available at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and faith sites while the new services system is fully implemented. A detailed update will be provided in the Sept. 19 City Council packet.

For more information please contact Huma Services Director Karen Rahn at 303-441-3161.

Update on City’s Recovery Progress on 2013 Flood and 2015 Storm Event

The city continues to recover from two federally declared disasters. September 2017 marks the four-year anniversary of the September 2013 flood. Highlights of the progress made to date are listed below. Also included in this information item are details regarding the Federal Disaster Declaration (DR4229) for the storm events that occurred between May 4 and June 16, 2015.

For more flood recovery information visit: https://bouldercolorado.gov/flood/recovery-and-resilience.

2017 Flood Awareness Activities:

The Utilities Division of Public Works continues its efforts to educate the community on flood risk. Outreach activities to date in 2017 have included an April insert in city utility bills, continued online sharing of the Community Guide to Flood Safety, distribution of flood safety materials in Friday folders for all BVSD elementary schools, and a spring open house on multiple flood-related projects and services.

Fall efforts include:

  • More than 1,500 door hangers distributed to incoming CU students and family housing
  • Flood safety TV monitor ads to be posted throughout all CU resident hall community rooms
  • Flood safety inserts in city utility bills
  • Outreach to all city staff

2013 and 2015 Flood Recovery:

  • As of July 31, the city has spent approximately $25 million on flood recovery.
  • In terms of costs, with remaining work estimated at $3 million, recovery efforts are almost 90 percent complete.
  • The remaining projects are in Open Space and Mountain Parks and include two FEMA-eligible projects, which are expected to be substantially completed in 2017, and two non-FEMA eligible projects, which are expected to be completed in 2018.
  • The city has received approximately $13 million in federal, state and insurance reimbursements to date. In total, the city expects to receive approximately $20 million in reimbursement for flood recovery activities.
  • The costs of immediate emergency response and recovery efforts have been covered by reserves across the city’s funds, with minimal impact to the Operating Budget. The 2018 Proposed Budget includes an ongoing increase of General Fund reserves to 18 percent, 3 percent higher than the reserve goal in place prior to the September 2013 flood.
  • Staff is continuing to collaborate with Boulder County to provide housing rehabilitation and temporary rental assistance to impacted households. Approximately $2 million has been awarded to City of Boulder residents. All housing units that were vacant or uninhabitable as a result of the 2013 flood have been repaired and reoccupied.   
  • Boulder County Human Services is now providing all case management services for flood recovery clients. The city funded a case manager for City of Boulder residents through 2016. At the end of 2016 there were 10 cases still open with City of Boulder residents.   
  • The city conducted a series of staff debriefings during 2015 in an effort to capture key best practices and lessons learned in the recovery process to date. The debriefings were facilitated by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff and compiled into an After Action Report. OEM is currently implementing three high priority items: a recovery organizational framework, a debris management plan and a damage assessment plan. City and county staff are working collaboratively on the implementation work.
  • A series of storms in May and June 2015 led to approximately $570,000 in damage to the city’s infrastructure, specifically to the Public Works-Utilities and OSMP systems, with some minor costs to the Parks and Recreation and Transportation systems. These storms resulted in a FEMA grant to assist with six flood recovery projects. The anticipated FEMA reimbursement for the 2015 event totals $427,000. The majority of repairs are complete, with one bridge repair expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Flood Resilience Projects:

  • The city has been awarded more than $8 million in non-FEMA grants to support recovery and resilience projects in Housing, Open Space and Mountain Parks, Utilities, and Community Services. Grant funding for resilience projects include:
    • $2.8 million toward the Wonderland Creek Greenways Improvement Project – This project will reduce the risk of flooding for 212 structures and 392 dwelling units. The project will also separate the creek flows from the Boulder and White Rock irrigation ditches, mitigating the flood risk in the King’s Ridge neighborhood (downstream and east of the project). Expected completion in 2018.
    • $3.5 million toward the purchase of the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park to address ongoing concerns of the current infrastructure (which resulted in significant flood damage) and provide long-term affordability for the residents.
    • $1 million toward water and sewer infrastructure to extend city utilities to up to 40 homes in the Old Tale neighborhood, which were affected by the 2013 flood.
    • $215,000 toward the development of a pilot program that will provide home assessments to residents in order to improve personal resilience, avoid repetitive loss and establish metrics that would provide a baseline for measuring resilience across the county. This program also will include $50,000 in city- and county-funded rebates to assist residents in implementing recommended improvements.

For more information, contact Joel Wagner, Special Assistant to Finance and CMO at:  [email protected] or 303-441-3871

Regards,

Jane

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