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Environmental Task Force Now in Place

October 1, 2018

Members

Darla Arians

Leah Byers

Catherine Drumheller

Judy Enderle

David Gustin

Aaron Heun

Judith Kelly

Casey Martin

Robert Pearson

Kelsey Valois

Emma Mowry

Alternate Community Member — Adam Evearitt

Non-voting City Councilmember — Ward 2 Councilwoman Sharon Tessier

Non-voting Alternate City Councilmember — Ward 5 Councilman Deven Shaff

Eleven voting members, including two teenagers, were elected to Broomfield’s newest task force, which will review the city’s environmental programs and make recommendations.

Task force members will have the chance to make recommendations 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 a city memo.

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.

Meetings will offer a forum for citizen comment.

In late July, Broomfield City Council members approved the formation of the Environmental Stewardship Task Force, and 38 residents applied to be part of the group.

Interviews were held Sept. 12 and 13, with council considering them when it voted at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The task force will be in place through Sept. 25, 2019, unless council decides to extend its run.

There was discussion among council members on whether to “reserve” two slots on the task force for teenagers, with Ward 1 Councilman Stan Jezierski making a motion toward that effect.

Ultimately, it was withdrawn as several council members suggested each person voting should be able to select the person whom they want to serve, regardless of age.

Several council members, including Ward 2 Councilwoman Sharon Tessier, were in favor of teens serving on this particular board because the environment especially affects that demographic.

The task force will be overseen by Tami Yellico, Director of Strategic Initiatives.

The task force will have no spending power and no 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.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios

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