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Heads Up! - Oct. 12, 2018

Oct. 11, 2018

Dear City Council Members,

Here’s some important information for the week.

SmartRegs Update
As outlined in the Sept. 27, 2018, Information Packet, staff will be sending letters to an estimated 1,500 rental property owners who are not yet compliant with SmartRegs warning of a potential violation if they do not reach compliance by the Dec. 31 deadline. The letter, scheduled to arrive in mailboxes beginning the week of Oct. 22, will be the final communication to these property owners before the city’s enforcement process begins. In January 2019, all expired rental licenses will be subject to fines and fees defined in the Boulder Revised Code (B.R.C) 10-3-16. 

As of Oct. 1, nearly 96 percent of the 23,000 licensed rental units have been inspected and 89 percent are SmartRegs compliant. SmartRegs energy efficiency requirements for existing rental housing were adopted in 2010 and have had an 8-year compliance timeline, with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2018. 

Since the program’s implementation in 2011, the City of Boulder and partners have provided funding for EnergySmart assistance that provide energy advising services and financial rebates. EnergySmart services are still available for property owners through 2018. Additional information about SmartRegs can be found on the city’s website at:

If you have rental license program questions, contact Tonia Pringle, Rental Housing License Supervisor  at [email protected] or 303-441-3441

Colorado River Basin Tentative Drought Contingency Plans
In a May 2018 “Heads Up,” staff provided an update on the city’s water supply status and mentioned staff’s monitoring of conditions of the Colorado River Basin as a whole, which supplies water to approximately 40 million people throughout seven states, nearly two dozen federally recognized tribes and parts of Mexico. Approximately one-third of Boulder’s annual water supply comes from the Colorado River system via the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, with up to half during dry years.

Earlier this week, a major milestone was reached in ongoing Colorado River management efforts between upper basin states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico) and lower basin states (Arizona, California and Nevada). The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released tentative drought contingency plans with a goal of preventing Lake Mead and Lake Powell (both located in the lower basin) from dropping below critical operating levels. Key components of the plan include demand management, which will require statewide cooperation on water conservation efforts, and cooperation on management of Lake Mead and Lake Powell storage levels. Staff will continue to monitor the situation with city water supply in mind while also recognizing downstream needs.

Boulder has several voluntary conservation programs as well as a rate structure that incentivizes conservation. Heading into the 2018-2019 winter season, the city’s water supply remains adequate. Development of winter snowpack will be essential for 2019 water supply as is the case each year.

If you have questions about water supply or conservation efforts, please contact Joe Taddeucci, water resources manager, at [email protected] or 303-441-3205.

Interim Boulder Municipal Airport Manager
Beginning Oct. 15, Sgt. Michael Everett of the Boulder Police Department will begin an interim position as the Boulder Municipal Airport manager. The airport manager is responsible for compliance with safety guidelines and Federal Air Regulations, overall security, the voluntary noise abatement program and facilities operations and maintenance, among other duties.

Sgt. Everett has been with BPD since 1988 and currently supervises the training unit. He has a doctorate in psychology, a master’s degree in aeronautical science and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology. He also holds a private pilot license and completed an internship with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigating aviation accidents.

Sgt. Everett replaces Tim Head, who served as airport manager from 2006 to September 2018. During his tenure Tim made significant progress updating airport facilities and operations, supported disaster relief operations and enhanced the airport as a community asset. The Public Works – Transportation team will begin recruiting for a permanent airport manager immediately.

For questions or more information, please contact Mike Gardner-Sweeney, director of Public Works for Transportation, at [email protected] or 303-441-3162.