Environmetal Task Force to Be Formed
Broomfield City Council approved the creation of an environmental task force that will review current programs and make recommendations.
The deadline to apply to serve on the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Task Force is 5 p.m. Aug. 24.
Council will interview candidates, then vote and appoint 11 members and one alternate. A council person also will be reported. One non-voting city council person also will serve and act as an alternate for the voting council member.
The task force, which will be overseen by Director of Strategic Initiatives Tami Yellico, will be in place for one year with an option for council to extend its service.
Council members discussed the creation of the task force at study sessions May 28 and June 19.
Task force members will make a recommendation to council on establishing priorities and goals for environmental stewardship activities, including the “management of waste, water, and energy, as well as other activities that support resource conservation and improved air and water quality,” according to the agenda memo.
Task force members will be asked to review the Environmental Stewardship Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan, set priorities and goals for environmental stewardship activities, and recommend an action plan to guide future efforts.
The action plan will prioritize recommended policies, programs, education and outreach. Meetings will offer a forum for citizen comment.
The task force will have no spending power or authority to change laws, but will present findings to council for a vote and work with the city manager’s office to hire professional consultants should their services be required.
Broomfield resident Roxie Juul suggested that council recycle some of the items that will go to the landfill when the Broomfield Community Center is torn down.
“It seems like we’re not paying very much attention as a city and county to recycling our own items,” Juul said.
She suggested letting residents have access to some of the items, such as the lockers or hardwood floors that make up the basketball courts, before they are thrown out.
“I think we’re being very poor on the environment by putting all this into the garbage when a lot of that could be recycled,” she said.
Later in the meeting, council members thanked her for her comments and suggested staff look into options to reuse or recycle items from the center.
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