City/CU Oversight Committee
On Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, 2000, police responded to significant disturbances in the University Hill neighborhood. The City Manager established a University Hill Action Group (UHAG) to recommend specific actions to the City Council to improve the quality of life in this neighborhood. On Nov. 28, 2000, the City Council held a Study Session with the UHAG to discuss proposed actions. One of the recommendations was to initiate an independent management audit to examine the effectiveness of the city's Environmental and Zoning Enforcement office (EZEO). A detailed Performance Audit for EZEO was undertaken in 2001 and a final report was issued in January 2002.
The Performance Audit yielded many short-term and long-term recommendations intended to further improve the effectiveness of code enforcement. The City Manager asked City Council if they wished to appoint an "oversight group" to monitor progress on implementing the audit recommendations that were supported by the full Council. This proposal was accepted.
Council members Dan Corson, Tom Eldridge and Gordon Riggle were designated Oversight Group members, with the remainder of council enjoying an open invitation to attend meetings, which were prescheduled and publicly noticed. Periodic updates (from this group) have been provided to the full council through regular agenda items, Study Sessions and Information Packet memorandums, as proposals were implemented or as new issues were raised.
While the implementation of the audit continued, in 2004 the City Council Oversight Group on Code Enforcement became a University-City Oversight Group. Its purpose was for elected officials to provide a focus on policies related to short and long-term solutions to matters that help maintain and improve neighborhood livability for students and permanent residents. This focus is intended to strengthen the partnership between the University of Colorado and the City of Boulder and support relationships with residents, neighborhoods, and businesses. The CU Regents did not formally appoint representatives to this group.
Since that time, the focus for this group has been on the Implementation of Resolution 960: A Resolution Concerning Alcohol Abuse in our Community. In support of this Resolution, two subcommittees evaluated short- and long-term solutions to alcohol abuse in Boulder. Recommendations from these subcommittees have been implemented and some involve ongoing programs. Coordination activities also involve a coalition between CU, Boulder County and the city (the AACT Coalition: Addressing Alcohol Concerns Together), the City Manager's CU Student Advisory Committee, and the Subcommittee on Inclusiveness & Diversity.
2013 Designated City Council Representatives: