Memorial Day 2021

Today I had the honor of speaking at the Broomfield Veteran’s Memorial Day event as we paid our respect to those who gave their lives for us all. Thank you to everyone who joined us today in the County Commons park to honor the men and women of the armed forces who have given their lives protecting ours. 

Thank you to Rocky Mountain Brassworks for the moving rendition of the National Anthem, and thank you to the Broomfield Police Department and North Metro Fire Department for posting colors and so respectfully honoring those who have given their lives in service. 

The courageous men and women who serve our country boldly volunteer to uphold our values of freedom, independence and honor, a commitment that sometimes leads to the ultimate sacrifice– giving their lives in order to protect our own. Many of these heroes and she-roes made this sacrifice at a very young age when life was just beginning. 

The men and women we honor on Memorial Day are members of the armed forces, but they are also spouses, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, cousins and more. We honor these family members by remembering their loved ones today.

The sacrifice of these brave defenders and their families leaves a hole in our community and families, and today we remember, value, and honor those who have lost their lives in service.

Pride Luncheon with Rep. Joe Neguse and the Stonewall Democrats of Colorado

Please join us for a virtual Pride Luncheon hosted by Congressman Joe Neguse and the Stonewall Democrats of Colorado. We will be joined by special guest speakers to discuss work that is being done for the LGBTQIA+ community in Colorado and across the country.

With Special Guests Congressman David Cicilline, State Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis, State Rep. Leslie Herod, State Rep. Brianna Titone, Lafayette Mayor Jamie Harkins, and Broomfield Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta.

Jun 9, 2021 12:00 PM

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Honoring A True Public Servant

Dear Friends,

I can’t express my appreciation enough for Mayor Quinn’s service to the city, especially his leadership during this very difficult and challenging year with COVID. 

I was surprised by his decision to step aside this month, but I respect it and understand it.

Mayor Quinn has consistently put the City and County of Broomfield first and now is the time to celebrate his contributions and leadership. I had the great privilege of working side-by-side with Mayor Quinn since November 2019, which has prepared me to step in and take on the role of Mayor. It is because of Mayor Quinn’s inclusive leadership that I am ready to deliver a seamless transition for Broomfield. 

I am eternally grateful to Mayor Quinn for his selfless service and dedication during these unprecedented times. 

Thank you for demonstrating what true leadership looks like and fostering an inclusive community we can all be proud of.

Guyleen for Mayor Campaign Kick-Off

With Special Guest Congressman Joe Neguse 

Please Join State Representative Matt Gray, Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn, Broomfield City Council members: Stan Jezierski, Sharon Tessier, William Lindstedt, DevenShaff, Jean Lim, Laurie Anderson, Heidi Henkel

Adams County Commissioner Emma Pinter. Broomfield City Council Candidate James Holschen. Broomfield City Council Candidate Todd Cohen

And Joan Murahata

For the Guyleen for Mayor Campaign Kick-Off With Special Guest Congressman Joe Neguse.

Sunday, June 13th 4-6pm 
14051 Pinehurst Circle
Broomfield, CO 80023 

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National Police Week

As we kick off National Police Week, I would like to thank all of the men and women of the Broomfield Police Department. We live in a city and county with one of the lowest violent crime rates in not just the state, but also the country. I know that is a testament to the hard work of the many divisions and units of the BPD.

The theme of this year’s National Police Week is “Respect, Honor, Remember.” So today, we pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while standing in harm’s way. We honor their memory and what they meant to us, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones. And we remember them as the heroes they will always be. 

To Broomfield’s police officers, I would like to thank you all for what you do every day for the Broomfield Community. You are brave men and women who face uncertain circumstances each day when you put on that badge and uniform, yet you have answered the call to protect Broomfield’s citizens.

As we celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, I also want to honor the dedicated moms who serve our community AND who have played an important role in shaping our courageous Broomfield Police Department.

I salute all of the women pulling double duty: the mothers who are spending the day away from their kids and behind the wheel of a radio car, and those who are waiting at home for their daughters, sons and spouses to return safe at the end of a shift.

It can’t be said enough… we appreciate you for all that you do to keep Broomfield safe.

Broomfield Mayor Pro Tem Announces Bid for Mayor

Broomfield Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta, whose current term ends this November, has announced that she’s running for mayor.

Castriotta said she wants to continue the strides Mayor Pat Quinn and city council have made over the past 14 month of navigating through the pandemic. As Pro Tem, she’s worked alongside Quinn and she said she “absolutely knows what it takes” to be mayor.

“I want to continue on this path to celebrate our community’s resilience and reemergence from this public health crisis and provide the continued, steadfast leadership of Mayor Quinn and city leadership,” Castriotta said Monday. “I feel very equipped for a seamless transition. And the community needs stability for the next phase of opening up.”

As mayor, Castriotta wants to address inclusive housing, sustainability, economic vitality and public health and safety.

She said her eyes were opened to the state of housing in Broomfield after a housing needs assessment showed a “stunning gap in attainable workforce housing” in the city and county. With housing prices continually increasing, she said she wants to ensure there are viable housing options for everyone and that people who work in Broomfield can live there as well. She noted the council passed the inclusionary housing ordinance last year, which requires developers of residential units to make a cash in-lieu payment, a land-in-lieu contribution or to include affordable units in their projects.

She wants to make sure residents feel safe and are safe, whether in their homes or in town. She cited her work in helping pass Broomfield’s 2,000-foot setbacks and exclusionary zoning that prohibits oil and gas activity near homes, schools and recreation areas, as well as her advocacy in increasing Broomfield’s police force.

As part of her economic vitality priority, Castriotta “wants to continue to focus on strategic development and redevelopment opportunities, such as Baseline, Broomfield Town Square, Flatirons Marketplace and 120th reinvestment,” her campaign website states.

Castriotta said she wants to find attainable ways for Broomfield to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and divert waste from landfills.

She stressed that the issues she wants to fix are in direct response to residents’ concerns, and described herself as a get-it-done kind of person.

“I’ve shown up. I’ve been responsible. I’ve been inclusive. I believe that’s the way to get things done,” she said. “To listen and take action. I would advocate for anyone that I felt was not getting a fair deal or a good response.”

According to her website, Castriotta is endorsed by Mayor Quinn and seven of Broomfield’s nine councilmembers, as well as various local and state officials including U.S. Rep Joe Neguse.

If she is not elected as mayor, she said she isn’t sure what’s next, but she is sure she will continue to be a public servant.

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Colorado’s Smallest County Makes a Big Push for the Safety of Its Residents

With the signing of Senate Bill 181 in April 2019, Colorado’s local governments were given a power they’d never enjoyed before: the ability to restrict oil and gas operations within their borders, rather than be held to state guidelines. Two years later, the City and County of Broomfield is preparing to pass a set of holistic regulations for the industry — and they’re shaping up to be “the most stringent regulations in Colorado,” says Broomfield Mayor Patrick Quinn. 

Those regulations are just part of the county’s wide-ranging, safety-minded agenda. While physically the smallest county in the state, Broomfield has been the site of some of Colorado’s biggest health and safety moves by residents and public officials alike.

But the goal of making Broomfield the safest county in Colorado has brought its share of backlash — and some huge bills. In February 2020, Broomfield voted to withdraw from the Jefferson Parkway Project, an effort to build a toll road that planners say could ease traffic problems in Jeffco but community activists argue would put residents at greater risk of health ailments, since it would run right past Rocky Flats, the former nuclear weapons plant. Broomfield could be dunned up to $2,500,000 for that action. And after more than 300 neighbors complained about six drilling operations located in the county and run by Extraction Oil & Gas, Broomfield began issuing noise violations against the Denver-based company — which made it the target of an Extraction lawsuit demanding $500,000,000 if Broomfield wants out of its contract.

Since the City and County of Broomfield was incorporated two decades ago, its population has become increasingly progressive — and so have its politicians. Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta calls the current Broomfield City Council the “Health and Safety Council.” Five of its members, including Quinn, were elected in November 2019, and all ran on the promise that they would address safety concerns raised by the community. The other six members of the council have often voted in line with this mission, and on several issues related to public safety — including the Jefferson Parkway and oil and gas activities — the council votes have been unanimous. 

“This council puts public safety first. That should be the criteria for any government entity, to make sure they take care of the public,” says Mike Raabe, an Arvada resident with the community group Movement to Stop the Jefferson Parkway, who asked Broomfield to withdraw from the project — and was elated when the council voted to do just that.

“They put the constituents above commercial development,” Raabe says. “Above a four-lane highway that would impact a lot of people negatively. That’s what everyone needs to understand.”

Others are less eager to discuss Broomfield’s actions. Extraction Oil & Gas, for instance, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. But the company’s September 2020 lawsuit against the City and County of Broomfield gives some indication of Extraction’s opinion of councilmembers and residents alike.

“Broomfield’s latest shutdown attempt is the final straw,” the suit states. “Broomfield residents (with the City Council’s assistance) have whipped themselves into such an anti-oil-and-gas-development frenzy that shutdown is now supposedly warranted to alleviate residents’ own self-induced anxiety and stress over Extraction’s operations. … Broomfield’s government should know better.”

But Quinn says Broomfield’s government knows exactly what it’s doing.

“Our city — when we put our mind to doing something, we get it done,” he explains.

The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge looks pristine. U.S. Fish and WIldlife

Broomfield Then

In the late 1990s, the burgeoning suburb of Broomfield was the only municipality in the state to be divided among four different counties — a source of confusion that prompted it to reorganize as the City and County of Broomfield at the end of 2001. Today the state’s 64th county encompasses about 33 square miles and is home to roughly 73,000 residents.

Lying between very Democratic Boulder and Denver, the new City and County of Broomfield was more balanced politically. Broomfield’s voter registration records from the 2000s show that throughout the decade, voters were close to evenly split between the Republican and Democratic parties. In 2008, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office reported that of the roughly 32,000 voters registered that February, 35 percent were Republicans, 28 percent were Democrats and 37 percent were unaffiliated.

That was the year that Broomfield got involved with the Jefferson Parkway.

The parkway is a proposed toll road that would largely complete the beltway around the metro area by closing the last major gap in the loop, connecting state highways 93 and 128 with a road in the Arvada and Broomfield area. Since the 1960s, different options to finish the beltway have been put forward, but they’ve all been killed by voters or public officials…until the Jefferson Parkway.

The planned route for the toll road runs along the eastern edge of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, which was shut down in 1989 after an investigation into allegations of criminal environmental violations led to an FBI raid on the federal facility, which had manufactured plutonium triggers. A government cleanup of the site concluded in 2005, and today much of it is open to the public as a wildlife refuge, though residual plutonium has been detected in the ground. Over the past decade, activists and nearby residents have repeatedly aired concerns that parkway construction would stir up the contamination and put neighbors at risk.

But there was little opposition to the proposal back in 2008, when the three primary jurisdictions through which the parkway would run — Arvada, Broomfield and Jefferson County — came together to form the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority, or JPPHA. That May, when Broomfield City Council voted on whether to join the authority, the public hearing lasted all of fifteen minutes and saw zero residents show up to weigh in. 

Around the same time, though, organized opposition to another perceived safety hazard in Broomfield was beginning to take shape. While Rocky Flats lies just outside Broomfield’s borders, the oil and gas industry has been operating within them for decades — and for the majority of its existence as a city and county, Broomfield had essentially no say in that industry’s activities. Until the signing of SB 181, the state had full authority to oversee the operations of oil companies in Colorado.

Even so, in 2013, Broomfield voters considered a ballot measure that asked for a five-year suspension on fracking, which was becoming a very hot topic in Colorado. Residents were almost evenly split: A final recount showed that 10,361 had voted yes and 10,341 had voted no.

Although the measure narrowly passed, in September 2014 a district court ruled that the voter-approved moratorium could not be applied to existing oil and gas operations in Broomfield. And the courts further blocked the vote when they invalidated all Front Range fracking bans in 2016.

But opposition to residential drilling in Broomfield’s neighborhoods had begun to grow — and that trend would keep growing.

Broomfield Now

When a health-and-safety agenda item is on the table, it isn’t unusual for Broomfield City Council meetings to exceed five hours or even approach ten. It also isn’t unusual for councilmembers to receive hundreds of emails related to the upcoming discussion — and about a decade after the city voted to join the Jefferson Parkway effort, that’s exactly what began to happen.

Mayor Pro Tem Castriotta recalls that when she first ran for office in 2017, she had little background knowledge of the Jefferson Parkway as it related to the dubious history of Rocky Flats. So residents began getting her up to speed.

“I was like, ‘I need to find out more about this’ — and when I did, it was just alarming,” Castriotta says. “I spoke to people who used to work there [at Rocky Flats], and they told me stories of how they would incentivize workers to cover up injuries and accidents. These are firsthand reports of former workers, so I listened to all of those people.”

By 2019, groups against the Jefferson Parkway were emerging and gaining momentum. Organizations like Rocky Flats Right to Know and the Movement to Stop the Jefferson Parkway began showing up at Broomfield City Council meetings and, in striking contrast to the fifteen-minute, comment-less meeting of 2008, hundreds spoke and sent emails to formally oppose the project.

That’s partly because in 2019, the JPPHA had asked each of its three member governments for $2,500,000 in additional funding. The governments had to vote on the request, and parkway opponents in Broomfield saw it as an opportunity to pull out of the project.

Arvada voted to provide its $2,500,000, and Jefferson County allocated $400,000 that year, with plans to approve additional allocations later on. But Broomfield never approved the funds. 

“The members of their council listened to us,” says Raabe, the Arvada resident with the Movement to Stop the Jefferson Parkway. “They were willing to sit down and hear what we were saying. The message they were sending was, ‘Our residents aren’t asking for it, and it’s a public-safety concern.'”

The Broomfield council soon requested a soil study, to be overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, to determine whether unsafe levels of plutonium lingered along the parkway route. The department completed the study in the middle of 2020 and said the project was unequivocally safe. While one sample from the study had tested for 264 pCi/g of plutonium — five times higher than the government-established safety limits of 50 pCi/g — when the same area was tested a second time, the reading came back within safety limits.

But by then the alarm had sounded. In February 2020, the Broomfield council voted unanimously to exit the JPPHA.

As it happens, the same mayor presided over both the hearing to enter the JPPHA and the hearing to withdraw. Quinn had served as Broomfield’s mayor from 2007 to 2013 and was elected mayor again in November 2019.

He points to several reasons for Broomfield’s reversal on the parkway.

“The question has always been how adequate the cleanup was, and once you hit the spike, it was hard to move forward,” he says. “And our town has become more progressive. The political will was gone, so when I got on council [again], I wanted to address the issue sooner than later. And we did.”

The numbers drive home Quinn’s point. While the county’s number of registered voters has increased by about 66 percent over the past thirteen years, the number of registered Republicans in 2021 is almost exactly the same as it was in 2008. As a result, the percentage of Broomfield residents who count themselves as Republicans has dropped to 23 percent today, from 35 percent in 2008.

Meanwhile, the number of registered Democrats has almost doubled, rising from about 9,000 in 2008 to almost 16,000 this year, accounting for about 30 percent of the city’s registered voters. The majority of Broomfield voters, about 45 percent, are unaffiliated.

Quinn ran for mayor again because he thought Broomfield was at a “crossroads” — specifically when it came to open space being threatened by oil facilities and other developments. 

In 2016, Extraction Oil & Gas took over oil operations in Broomfield, succeeding another company called Sovereign Oil & Gas and working with Broomfield to draft an Operator Agreement that would loosely regulate what the company could do. In late 2017, that agreement was approved by the city council in a 6-4 vote — following a hearing that went on for seven hours.

Since then, an increasing number of residents have argued that the City and County of Broomfield needs to take a tougher stance with the industry…if not ban it altogether.

Mackenzie Carignan, who lives between 3,000 and 4,000 feet from the nearest oil drilling site, has been helping lead the charge. The Broomfield resident has had numerous issues with the site; in the summer of 2019, she filed a complaint with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to report a noxious plume that she said traveled from the site into her home and made her family sick.

Carignan, neighbor Cristen Logan and Lizzie Lario, another resident, have a long list of ailments they tie to the operation: They’ve experienced chronic nosebleeds and migraines during Extraction’s operations, they say, and have been kept awake at night by the noise coming from the drilling sites.

“We weren’t supposed to hear anything, but people were being awakened in the middle of the night and feeling their house vibrating,” Lario recalls. “We’re literally advocating for the basic right to health and safety in our homes. Why is it on the citizens to suddenly become scientists and say, ‘This is what’s happening’? The burden of proof is suddenly on us.”

Logan echoes that concern. But over the years, she says, both city and state officials have brushed off complaints from her and her neighbors, calling their evidence insufficient.

“Broomfield continues to say that since there’s such a small sample size of people giving complaints, they cannot make a correlation,” Logan says. “And as a result of that, the COGCC was not looking at my complaints very seriously. I’ve had to fight. It’s taken me emailing with almost every nosebleed.”

But, she notes, Broomfield officials are finally starting to pay attention: “They are starting to look more closely at our data.”

Extraction clearly agrees that the City and County of Broomfield has been paying attention to its residents’ concerns — too much attention, according to the company’s 47-page lawsuit filed against Broomfield last fall. In the suit, Extraction accuses Broomfield of delaying administrative approvals while it asked Extraction to alter certain aspects of its operations that neighbors had complained about, particularly related to noise and odors. 

The suit also notes that after hundreds of residents complained about nighttime noise, Broomfield enacted an emergency noise ordinance, drastically lowering the noise limit that would apply to Extraction’s operations — from 65 dBA to 40 dBA, or, as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the noise level of a normal conversation to the hum of a refrigerator. Broomfield then issued multiple citations when Extraction did not comply.

Extraction is suing for damages and a court order to prevent Broomfield from making further attempts to regulate the project.

“The proper and legal way to shut down Extraction would be to buy out the Operator Agreement, which would mean negotiating with Extraction and writing a check on the order of $500 million to compensate Extraction,” the lawsuit states. “Broomfield is a wealthy city and county. If its residents want to shut down Extraction that badly, they should vote to approve the necessary taxes, raise the money, and negotiate to buy out the Operator Agreement, rather than direct Broomfield’s government [to] use its police and regulatory powers in abject bad faith to chase Extraction out of town.”

In the filing, Extraction notes that one Broomfield official said the city wanted to shut down the project, which the suit calls an “extraordinary admission.”

But Castriotta suggests that such comments are said casually, and should have no bearing on the case.

“We’re fighting residential fracking. This goes along with our health-and-safety mission,” she explains. “We’re consistent.”

Broomfield in the Future

Extraction’s lawsuit is still working its way through the courts. The company recently restructured after filing for bankruptcy, and Quinn says that Broomfield has been informed that Extraction plans to proceed with its operations in the city and county this year.

“We will continue to enforce our noise ordinances everywhere we can, and health and safety of our citizens will be the number-one priority,” Quinn says. “We have concerns about Extraction that they know about and the courts know about. That being said, Extraction has a [Memorandum of Understanding]. If they want to follow that, then they’ll continue drilling.”

In the meantime, Broomfield has been taking advantage of the power it was given by SB 181. The courts have ruled that the law does not apply to facilities that began operating before the bill was signed into law and can only regulate future activities. In May 2020, the city passed an ordinance requiring any future oil wells to be set back 2,000 feet from nearby properties — a major increase over the state’s 500-foot requirement. The ordinance also limited the zoning districts in which future facilities can be built.

Now the city is finishing up a more expansive set of regulations for the oil and gas industry. The new regulations would give the city power to deny permit applications for future facilities if councilmembers deem that a project will negatively impact public safety. They would also require the city to maximize emergency-preparedness systems at facilities and afford the city extra financial protections in their dealings with oil and gas companies. The first reading of the final regulations will occur on April 27, with the full Broomfield City Council expected to adopt them on May 11.

Logan hopes that Broomfield doesn’t stop there. She wants officials to look at how they can protect residents from the hazards of current facilities as well as future ones.

“I’m begging for elected officials to take this seriously,” she says. “Why are we not looking at existing oil and gas infrastructure? If 181 does not give them the ability to do that, then I think they need to get back to work. They need to start looking at some new laws.”

While the city focuses on regulating future oil and gas developments, it’s still trying to extricate itself from its past commitment to the Jefferson Parkway. According to a letter written by Broomfield’s attorney, Arvada and Jeffco have asked the city and county for the $2,500,000 it never approved and the right-of-way for the parkway route, so the road can run through Broomfield as designed.

Broomfield refused. Because Broomfield never approved the funds, it was not obligated to pay them, the attorney argued, adding that JPPHA contracts do not require Broomfield to hand over the right-of-way. 

Broomfield has now requested that the three entities in the JPPHA meet to discuss the withdrawal; that meeting has yet to be scheduled. 

“Broomfield took a businesslike approach in its withdrawal, and their reaction didn’t lead to constructive discussions,” Quinn says. “I’m hoping right now, those constructive discussions are occurring.”

Broomfield residents are certainly having plenty of safety-first discussions — and officials are listening.

“Public awareness tends to drive public policy,” concludes Broomfield City Manager Jennifer Hoffman. “Our public is engaged at city council meetings; they are engaged at the voter booths. And in our council, in our staff, there is a deep abiding love for our community. Our actions reflect that.”

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Anchor House Breaks Ground

While this has been a terrific partnership with the Lutheran Church of Hope and Habitat for Humanity, the true success lies in the future of the eight young people who will be calling Anchor House home.

Not only will these foster children – who are aging out of the system – finally own keys to their own place, they will also be given the keys for success through further education, job training, and life skills to thrive in our community. 

Their bright future will brighten Broomfield’s future as a community committed to raising the bar for all of our residents by prioritizing affordable housing and support services. 

With a quick walk to local churches, Broomfield FISH, grocery stores, and bus stops, Anchor House residents will be given more than a roof over their heads, they will be given the connection to the community that is a proven predictor of long-term success for youth aging out of the foster care system.
 

~ Guyleen Castriotta

Anchor House has officially broken ground as of this morning!

John Bosio, Anchor House Board President; Pastor Scott McAnally, Lutheran Church of Hope; Broomfield and Mayor Pro Tem Guyleen Castriotta were all at the groundbreaking and spoke to the incredible opportunity that Anchor House is going to provide for emancipated youth in the area.

Construction is hoped to begin this fall, with an anticipated completion date of spring 2021.

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Broomfield Put Oil & Gas Issue to Voters

Open Space Charter Amendment

Some of you may remember ballot question 2C from the 2020 election. This question asked voters to amend the Charter to remove  “mineral extraction” as an exempted change in use for our public open space. I have been trying to remove this carve-out since 2017 when Extraction was permitted to drill multiple wells on our tax-payer funded open space. 

Now that the Broomfield voters approved this Charter Amendment, we have removed the exception for mineral extraction and it will now be considered an Open Space change in use and will require a public process. 

~ Guyleen Castriotta

Broomfield is expected to send three local ballot issues to voters this November, including one that would amend language in the city’s charter concerning accessing minerals.

On April 16, 2019, Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-181, which gave more regulatory authority to local governments over oil and gas operations. As a result, in May council passed an ordinance that revised the Broomfield Municipal Code regarding zoning for oil and gas development. It limits oil and gas developments to certain districts, established a 2,000 foot setback from properties, including residential lots and prohibits oil and gas development on open lands, open space and parks.

If the amendment passes, the revision would remove the exception for extraction of minerals so extraction would be considered a change of use of open space, according to the city’s memo. It would make the use of open space for extraction subject to the same procedures as other changes of use.

“This would make the charter consistent with council’s previous decision to amend the municipal code to prohibit oil and gas development in open space,” City and County Attorney Shaun Sullivan said at the June 23 meeting.

The proposed revision was presented to Broomfield Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee on Feb. 27, Sullivan said, and members gave the charter amendment their unanimous support.

If approved at the July 14 council meeting, it will go before voters for the Nov. 3 election.

Last July, council members asked staff to prepare an ordinance to place the question on the ballot to amend the home rule charter. Later that month, a majority vote of at least six council members was needed to move the item to a second reading. The item died on a 4-4 split.

Council members Elizabeth Law-Evans, Mike Shelton, David Beacom and Bette Erickson voted against.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Guyleen Castriotta, who is now mayor pro tem, was in favor of the amendment.

At the June 23 meeting, Broomfield City Council unanimously approved the language change going to voters. Council members Laurie Anderson, Kimberly Groom, Heidi Henkel, Stan Jezierski, Elizabeth Law-Evans, Jean Lim, William Lindstedt, Deven Shaff, Sharon Tessier and Castriotta all voted in favor.

Proponents of the charter change were in favor of letting voters decide since residents pay a quarter-cent tax to fund open space purchases. Castriotta felt the current language makes it too easy for the city to rezone the area to light industrial, therefore removing it from public use.

Those not in favor of the language change last year said they were in favor of protecting open space, but wanted to see how Senate Bill 181 would play out before amending Broomfield’s home rule charter.

Two other ballot issues coming to council July 14 for a public hearing and final vote are a local revenue stabilization measure, concerning the state’s Gallagher Amendment, and one setting the sales tax for the sale of marijuana in Broomfield.

Proposed Ballot Language

Shall Section 18.3 of the Charter for the City and County of Broomfield, which sets forth restrictions onthe sale of municipally owned real property and changes in use of open space property, be amended toremove the language excepting mineral extraction from the definition of change in use and therebyallowing the extraction of minerals to be considered a change in use of Open Space, subject to allapplicable requirements?Yes _____ or No_____

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