Lafayette Connection - Spring 2014 Issue
THE LAFAYETTE CONNECTION Be a Part of It… Community Life, Healthy Lifestyles, Sustainable Living in Lafayette It’s a great time to be part of the positive momentum in Lafayette! The Lafayette Connection encourages residents to be BE A PART OF IT -- engaged and informed about COMMUNITY LIFE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, and SUSTAINABLE LIVING in Lafayette. The Lafayette Connection is published three times a year, connecting you with your community.
INSIDE u Spring Clean Up Lafayette Public Works’ annual Spring Clean Up service It’s a great time to be part of the positive momentum in Lafayette! The Lafayette Connection encourages residents to be BE A PART OF IT— engaged and informed about COMMUNITY LIFE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, and SUSTAINABLE LIVING in Lafayette. The Lafayette Connection is published three times a year, connecting you with your community. Permanent Water Conservation Measures Enacted Three emergency water conservation measures put into place during the 2013 drought have been enacted as permanent restrictions. City Council determined these practices to be beneficial conservation practices for Lafayette regardless of drought conditions. No outdoor irrigation may occur between the hours of 10:00am and 6:00pm. Exceptions are residential hand watering with a hose, and the irrigation of commercial agriculture, city-owned athletic fields and the city-operated golf course. Excessive overrun of water onto any area not covered by vegetation such as sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets and other paved areas is prohibited. The spraying down or washing of any paved area, such as a private driveway, with a hose is not allowed. For additional information and FAQ’s visit www.cityoflafayette.com/PublicWorks u B e A Part Of...Shopping, dining, and craft brewing in Lafayette produce u B e A Part Of...Fresh, local u Emerald Ash Borer Emergency quarantine in Boulder county u N EW! Prescription Drug Take Back Service u City Events Calendar ci t y o f l a fay e t t e . com Lafayette’s One Megawatt Solar Garden is Up and Running In January Lafayette’s one megawatt solar garden site began producing clean energy for City facilities, local businesses, and low income residents. The 12-acre solar garden, located on Highway 7 east of County Line Road, will annually offset 1,034 metric tons of carbon dioxide which is the equivalent of placing 213 zero-emission passenger vehicles on the road. These 3,300 solar panels were installed at no cost to Lafayette taxpayers through an innovative development contract and a partnership with Xcel Energy. Lafayette is a leader in Colorado for clean energy implementation. We were first in the state to complete a comprehensive facility energy audit through the Governor’s Office, producing $1.2 million in energy improvements and resulting in energy cost savings to the city and an annual reduction of our carbon footprint. Lafayette is also currently involved in renewable energy generation through five solar photovoltaic systems on city owned facilities and a methane gas project at the water reclamation plant. Three electric vehicle charging stations and three e-bike charging stations are available in town at no cost to users. Because Lafayette earned a “Solar Friendly Community” designation, residents are eligible for a $500 discount on solar system installations through participating installers. For more information visit: www.cityoflafayette.com/GoGreen | community LIFE Lafayette Parks and Recreation Earn CAPRA Certification The Lafayette Parks and Recreation departments have earned the prestigious CAPRA certification. This mark of distinction indicates Lafayette has met rigorous standards and proven community commitment. Only 1% of agencies are certified nationally, and only 3 exist in Colorado. Be a Part of...Shopping, Dining, and Craft Brewing in Lafayette The opening of the new Lafayette Marketplace retail center and three breweries have provided residents with a fresh selection of local places to enjoy shopping, dining, and microbrews. Home décor, gourmet cheese, fireplaces, music, and ten food establishments are a sampling of the shops anchored at Lafayette Marketplace by the Jax Ranch and Home store. This second Jax store carries a broad array of hardware, lawn and garden equipment, animal supplies and more. Lafayette is a significant player in Colorado’s hip, craft brewery landscape with the opening of Front Range Brewing, Odd13 Brewing, and The Post Brewing. Microbrew connoisseurs and non-enthusiasts alike will discover a charming scene at each of these three locations for a fun night out with friends. Remember to Shop Lafayette and put your tax dollars to work in Lafayette’s open spaces, the library, public safety, parks and recreation, streets and other important government services. • L afayette Marketplace: 400 West South Boulder Rd; www.shoplafayettemarketplace.com • F ront Range Brewing Company: 400 West South Boulder Rd #1650; www.frontrangebrewingcompany.com • Odd13 Brewing, Inc: 301 East Simpson St; www.odd13brewing.com • The Post Brewing Company: 105 West Emma St; www.postbrewing.com Prescription Drug Take Back Service The Lafayette Police Department now offers a prescription drug take back service for Lafayette residents. Expired drugs pose a health hazards to children and pets and also harm the environment when disposed of by flushing them down the toilet. Unwanted medications may be dropped off MondayFriday, 8am-5pm at the Lafayette Police Department located at 451 N. 111th St. A drug take back event is also being held on Saturday, April 26. For more information visit www.cityoflafayette.com/Police Meet Your 2014 City Council Historic Lafayette Lafayette is celebrating 125 years in 2014! Mary Miller, the founding mother of Lafayette, was a remarkable woman. After platting the town in 1889, she named it after her late husband Lafayette. Among other accomplishments, Mary discovered coal on her property, was the president of the Lafayette bank, and built the Congregational Church now known as the Mary Miller Theater. Learn more at www.cityoflafayette.com/Historic (back row l-r): City Attorney David Williamson, Brad Wiesley, Mayor Pro Tem Gustavo Reyna, Merrily Mazza, Tom Dowling, City Administrator Gary Klaphake (front row l-r): Staci Lupberger, Mayor Christine Berg, Alexandra Lynch ci t yo f l a fay e t t e . com sustainable living | A Season to Grow... Spring Clean Up by Lafayette Public Works Be a Part of...Local Produce Lafayette is home to fantastic farmers markets. Take advantage of fresh, organic produce plus a variety of other local products. Spring Clean Up; April 28–May 9 Lafayette residents have two options to dispose of tree limbs, bagged leaves, and landscape materials through the Lafayette Public Works’ annual Spring Clean Up service. Yard waste materials are only accepted in compostable or paper bags. Option 1 – Pick Up: Place your landscape waste in compostable or paper yard bags for pick up. Tree limbs should be cut into 8 foot lengths or shorter and not weigh over 100 pounds. All items must be placed in the street gutter area by 7:00am on the first day of your neighborhood’s scheduled pick-up day. We are unable to return to pick up items not placed by 7:00am. Visit www.cityoflafayette.com/ SpringCleanUp for your specific neighborhood’s pick up schedule and where to purchase compostable bags in Lafayette. Option 2 – Drop Off: Bring your landscape waste to the Service Center and dispose of it in the available bins. Limbs may be dropped off behind the building. If plastic bags are used to transport your material, please empty them, then take them back home with you. The Service Center is located at 1700 Avalon Ave. Hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday – Friday, April 28 through May 9 only. Visit www.cityoflafayette.com/SpringCleanUp for more information. u Isabelle Farm (thru April 30) Fri-Sun 10am-6pm (May-Dec) Tue-Sun 10am-6pm 1640 West Baseline Rd (in the Thomas Open Space barn) www.isabellefarm.com u Jax Farmers Market Sundays, 9am-1pm; May 11-Sept 28 400 W. South Boulder Rd (behind Jax Ranch and Home) www.farmersmarketlouis.com Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine An emergency quarantine, which prohibits the sale and/or movement of all plants and plant parts of the genus Fraxinus, ash tree, has been established in the Boulder County area related to the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the City of Boulder. EAB is a non-native, wood-boring beetle that can attack all native ash tree species. The EAB is a stateand federally-regulated invasive pest and is responsible for the death of tens of millions of ash trees in 21 states. Visit www.eabcolorado.com for help identifying, managing and reporting problems. Be a Part of...Water Conservation The Lafayette Public Works Department is dedicated to helping residents save money and become as water conscientious as possible. Take advantage of these programs to save water and money; u Slow the Flow Indoor/Outdoor Water Audits: This FREE inspection program is available for Lafayette residents. All inspections are performed by trained auditors. Sign up at www.ConservationCenter.org or call 303-999-3820 x217 new, more efficient toilet. Only the first 100 qualified applicants are eligible. Visit www.cityoflafayette.com/ToiletRebate u Toilet Rebate Program: Receive $80 towards the purchase of a u Garden-in-a-Box Program: Beautify your yard and conserve water with these plant-by-number gardening kits. Ordering begins March 3. Visit www.cityoflafayette.com/GardenInABox the how-to’s of xeriscaping and other water-wise landscape practices. For schedules and registration information, visit www.cityoflafayette.com/PublicWorks u Water-Wise Landscape Seminars: Attend FREE workshops on Look for D-shaped exit holes Emerald Ash Borer ci t yo f l a fay e t t e . com | CALENDAR www.cityoflafayette.com/connect Lafayette Calendar of Events for Spring Community Life in Lafayette u FEBRUARY u APRIL u M AY Every Tuesday in February Tax Help from AARP volunteers 1-4pm. Lafayette Library; Call for appointment 303-665-5200, option 2. www.cityoflafayette.com/Library Saturday, April 5th Easter Egg Hunt 10-11am (rain date April 12) Ages 1-8. Waneka Lake Park / 1600 Caria Dr. www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation May 5th to May 11th Screen-Free Week Bob Burger Rec Center / 111 W. Baseline Rd. Kids in grades K-12 receive a free week’s pass to the Rec Cntr when committing to turn off electronics. www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation February 1-28 Red Dress Month Bob Burger Rec Center / 111 W. Baseline Rd. Free activities all month to raise heart-health awareness. www.cityoflafayette.com/RedDress Thursday, April 10th Free Intro to Xeriscape Landscaping Seminar Lafayette Public Library / 775 W. Baseline Rd. Pre-register: www.cityoflafayette.com/publicworks Saturday, May 10th u M ARCH Thursday, April 24th Wine, Women and Chocolate 5:30-8:30pm. The Dove House, 1055 S. 112th Street. Wine Tastings, Chocolate Samplings, Appetizers, Networking. 303-666-9555 www.lafayettecolorado.com Bike Rodeo Free! 9am-Noon Flatirons Church parking lot / 355 W. South Boulder Rd. www.cityoflafayette.com/Police Every Tuesday in March Tax Help from AARP volunteers 1-4pm. Lafayette Library; Call for appointment 303-665-5200, option 2. www.cityoflafayette.com/Library Friday, May 16th Art Night Out 5-9pm. Festival Plaza / 311 S. Public Rd. Enjoy music, beer/wine garden, artist booths and kids art. Every 3rd Friday May through September. www.cityoflafayette.com/ANO Monday, March 3rd Garden-in-a-Box kits go on sale! Order online at: www.cityoflafayette.com/GardenInABox Saturday, April 26th Drug Take Back Event 10am-2pm. Walmart parking lot 745 N US Hwy 287. www.cityoflafayette.com/Police u J UNE Tuesday, March 11th Tacos & Trumpets 7-9 pm. Affinity Living Community 860 W. Baseline Rd. www.cityoflafayette.com/senior April 28th–May 9th Spring Clean Up City-wide yard waste pick up program. www.cityoflafayette.com/SpringCleanUp Every Wednesday; June 4th–July 23rd Picnic on the Plaza Concert Series; 12-1pm. Festival Plaza / 311 S. Public Rd. www.facebook.com/Lafayette.FestPlaza Saturday, March 15th Nano Days Lafayette Public Library / 775 W. Baseline Road. Crafts and experiments celebrating the small. www.cityoflafayette.com/Library Sunday, June 15th Dad’s Play Free Bob Burger Rec Center / 111 W. Baseline Rd. Dads and grandpas get in free with a child’s paid admission. www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation Friday, June 20th Art Night Out 5-9pm. Festival Plaza / 311 S. Public Rd. Enjoy music, beer/wine garden, artist booths and kids art. Every 3rd Friday May through September. www.cityoflafayette.com/ANO Scan to Connect Book a tee time online at Indian Peaks golf course. www.indianpeaksgolf.com