Fort Collins City Council Meeting 6/15/21

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City Council discusses Coronavirus Response & Relief appropriation; public engagement for the Southeast Community Innovation Center & Pool; CDBG/HOME allocations for affordable housing; and a Municipal Immigration Legal Fund pilot program.

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Proclamations 00:00:07

A. Proclamation Declaring June 15, 2021 as Joe Martinez Day.


Call Meeting to Order 00:05:26


Spanish Interpretation 00:05:37


Pledge of Allegiance 00:07:24


Roll Call 00:07:51

All Council are present.


COVID Information 00:08:16


Agenda Review 00:09:35

Updated information on Item #8 was noted by the City Manager. There were no other changes to the agenda.


Public Engagement Options 00:10:16


Setting the Tone 00:12:17


Consent Calendar Review 00:12:49

No items were pulled from the Consent Calendar.


Public Comment 00:14:35


Public Comment Follow-Up 00:29:35


Consent Calendar & Follow-Up 00:30:08


Staff Report: Linden Street Project Update 00:31:57


Staff Report: Connexion Transparency Update 00:45:35


Councilmember Reports 00:56:25


Item #14: Coronavirus Response Act Appropriations 01:06:29

Second Reading of Ordinance No. 073, 2021, Making Supplemental Appropriations of American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) Funding. This Ordinance, adopted on First Reading on June 1, 2021 by a vote of 5-1 (Nay: Ohlson), appropriates grant revenue allocated to Transfort by the Federal Transit Agency (FTA). Transfort was awarded $1,509,248 and will net the amount of $1,284,514 in Section 5307 and 5310 CRRSAA Funding. Additionally, Transfort was awarded $8,964,773 and will net the amount of $7,626,773 in ARP Section 5307 and 5310 Funding through FTA apportionments to urbanized areas. Both CRRSAA and ARP funding is provided at a 100-percent federal share, with no local match required, and is available to support capital, operating, and other expenses to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Transfort plans to use these funds to pay for what has been previously allocated from the General Fund for operating assistance, preventative maintenance, capital projects, contracted service costs, and enhancing mobility for seniors and those with disabilities.


Item #15: Southeast Community Innovation Center 01:17:14

Second Reading of Ordinance No. 075, 2021, Appropriating Prior Year Reserves in the Community Capital Improvement Program Fund for Public Engagement for the Southeast Community Innovation Center and Pool. This Ordinance, adopted on First Reading on June 1, 2021 by a vote of 5-1 (Nay: Ohlson), appropriates funds to hire a consultant to conduct public outreach that will be used to provide program plan services for the Southeast Community Innovation Center and Pool that was approved in the BOB 2 (Building on Basics) ballot measure in 2015.


Item #16: CDBG/HOME/HSP Grant Allocations 01:23:52

Items Relating to the Completion of the 2021 Spring Cycle of the Competitive Process for Allocating City Financial Resources to Affordable Housing and Community Development Activities Utilizing Funds from the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Federal HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, the City’s Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) and the City’s Human Services Program (HSP), and Appropriating Funding Accordingly. A. Second Reading of Ordinance No. 076, 2021, Appropriating Unanticipated Revenue in the Community Development Block Grant Fund. B. Second Reading of Ordinance No. 077, 2021, Appropriating Unanticipated Revenue in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. These Ordinances, adopted on First Reading on June 1, 2021 by a vote of 4-1 (Nay: Ohlson; Recuse: Canonico) appropriate the City’s FY2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Grant and FY2021 Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Participating Jurisdiction Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and CDBG program income from FY2019 & FY2020 and HOME Program Income from FY2019 & FY2020.


Item #17: Municipal Legal Fund Pilot Program 01:36:16

First Reading of Ordinance No. 064, 2021, Appropriating Prior Year Reserves for a Municipal Immigration Legal Fund Pilot Program. The purpose of this item is to appropriate $250,000 in General Fund Reserves to create a Municipal Immigration Legal Fund pilot program. If approved, this appropriation would create a pilot grant program to fund local access to legal services to assist Fort Collins residents in the complex legal proceedings required to seek citizenship or to formally establish lawful presence. Grant funds would be awarded to legal service providers based on a competitive process and would be dedicated to providing defense and legal support for Fort Collins residents: ? at risk of deportation; ? children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; ? seeking pathways to citizenship and lawful presence (also known as Affirmative Cases); and additionally, to pay for program administration, education, and outreach. The Council Finance Committee reviewed this appropriation request at its April 19, 2021, and May 24, 2021, meetings.


Motion to Continue the Meeting 04:52:01

Motion to suspend the rules and continue the meeting past 10:30 pm.


Other Business 04:54:58

Discussion of a process for filling the Planning & Zoning Commission vacancy. Adjourning this meeting to 6 pm on Tuesday, June 22 to conduct the mid-year reviews of the City Manager, City Attorney, and Chief Judge.


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