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<ul><li><p>By Lou Ellen Bromleyfor The Banner</p><p>We sure know how to recycle ourcity council members, Mayor DickMcLean said Tuesday during the CityCouncil meeting.</p><p>The council had just appointed for-mer Mayor Pro-tem (and Ward 3 CityCouncilman) Wayne Scott as an alter-nate member of Brighton UrbanRenewal Authority, appointed formerWard 4 Council Member Wilma Roseto the Lodging Tax Advisory Boardand former Ward 1 Councilor ChrisMaslanik as an alternate to the</p><p>Brighton Planning Commission. Among other business at Tuesdays</p><p>meeting was an amendment relatingto the Historical PreservationCommission allowing professionalmembers to be exempt from the two-term limit originally set by the CityCouncil. During the first reading thecouncil was advised that the designat-ed professional members of the com-mission were hard to replace if theywere term limited.</p><p>A resolution was passed to amendaccounts in the general, lottery, ceme-tery, capital improvements, parks and</p><p>recreation capital improvements,water, wastewater, and storm anddrainage funds and to reappropriatemoney for expenditure in 2014 tocover projects (and proposed spend-ing) carried over from 2013. </p><p>A contract was awarded toWestern Maintenance andConstruction for the repair of sewerlines at Historic City Hall.</p><p>It was determined that the sewerlines were no longer effective: in someplaces blocked by tree roots and inothers possibly collapsed because ofold age, according to Bob Brady, of</p><p>the citys building maintenance staff,who said some of the lines appearedto be about 100 years old.</p><p>Another contract was awarded toColorado Designscapes Inc. for lawncare and landscape maintenance afterit was determined that Brighton does-nt have the manpower and equip-ment to maintain all landscaping andlawn care in town and that purchas-ing more equipment and hiring morepeople was not cost effective. </p><p>Parks and Recreation Director GaryWardle said city crews take care of</p><p>The BannerBrighton news for Brighton readers</p><p>Volume 6, No. 10 March 6, 2014 8 pages</p><p>45</p><p>S.P.E.A.K. in AprilThe Brighton Youth</p><p>Commission will hold itsthird suicide-awareness/prevention event April 14-19. Page 2</p><p>Two clubs foldTwo of Brightons influen-</p><p>tial service clubs have</p><p>announced they are disband-ing after declines in member-ship. Page 3</p><p>Also: </p><p>Inside The Banner this week</p><p>Calendar ................................. 4Bravo ...................................... 5Movies ................................... 6Obituaries ............................. 7Sports ..................................... 8</p><p>Jordan Wilsonearns collegehoops honors.</p><p> Page 5Dont miss: Local musicals at Armory, Brighton High Page 6</p><p>See City Council, Page 2</p><p>City putsoil/gaspermitson hold</p><p>See Oil and gas, Page 2</p><p>Rick Phalen serves coffee toBrian and Kathy Jacovetta during</p><p>the annual Spaghetti Lunch onSaturday at the Eagle View Adult</p><p>Center, above.At left, Toby Heidt receives a refill</p><p>on lemonade with whats left ofhis spaghetti serving in front of</p><p>him. A record 396 meals wereserved at the event, a fundraiserfor Brightons Senior Games ath-</p><p>letes, who will compete in June inthe Games in and around </p><p>Greeley. Banner Press photos</p><p>By Lou Ellen Bromleyfor The Banner</p><p>Brighton City Council on Tuesdayadopted an emergency ordinance plac-ing a four-month temporary suspensionon applications related to oil and gasdrilling. </p><p>The ordinance allows for a tempo-rary suspension until July 15 of theacceptance, processing and approval ofapplications for oil or gas permits.Community Development staffers rec-ommended the ordinance to allow forthe following:</p><p> Adequate time to educate the newPlanning Commission and City Councilmembers regarding oil and gas devel-opment;</p><p> Adequate time for staff to draftrevised regulations and address issuesof local concern that are unique toBrighton and to take into considerationthe state regulations that have beenadopted during the past year, as well asadditional regulations currently beingconsidered by the state;</p><p> Ongoing input and meetings withColorado Oil and Gas Conservation</p><p>Three former council members recycled to boards </p><p>Spaghettiand smiles</p></li><li><p>The Banner welcomes your letters to the editor.Mail them to The Banner, 315 Strong St., Brighton80601, or email to letters Allletters must include contact information from theauthor.</p><p>The BannerBrighton Banner (USPS 290), March 6, 2014,</p><p>Volume 6, No. 10, published weekly by BannerPress, 315 Strong St., Brighton, CO 80601</p><p>Subscription price $27 a year.Periodicals Postage Paid at Brighton, CO Postmaster: Please send address changes (Form</p><p>3579) to Brighton Banner, P.O. Box 1006, Brighton,CO 80601.</p><p> 2014 Banner Press Publisher, ad sales representative .... Mark Humbert</p><p>News inquiries, call 303-654-1155 or e-mail</p><p>Advertising inquries: 720-937-6064</p><p>2 Brighton Banner March 6, 2014</p><p>Water-treatment expense OKd</p><p>S.P.E.A.K. Week April 14-19</p><p>Commission and the oil-and-gas-industry partners relatedto the draft regulations; and</p><p> Adequate time for reviewand consideration at publichearings of the draft regula-tions by both the PlanningCommission and CityCouncil.</p><p>Brighton has a rich historyof working with the oil andgas industry and that willcontinue as we go forward.Mayor Dick McLean said.This temporary suspensionis not a ban on oil and gasdrilling. For our community,this temporary time out isabout creating certainty forbusinesses working towardbuilding our energy futureand ensuring that Brightonwill always be a great place tolive, work, play and learn.</p><p>Effective immediately andcontinuing until July 15, oruntil further action of the CityCouncil by ordinance,</p><p>whichever is earlier, no appli-cation for a use permit, vari-ance, building permit, orother applicable entitlementfor oil and gas developmentcan be accepted or processed,the city announced in a newsrelease. </p><p>The ordinance may berescinded by City Councilbefore the stated expirationdate if the City Council hasadopted the appropriate reg-ulations for oil and gas devel-opment in the city.</p><p>Several members of the oiland gas community werepresent at the council meetingto proclaim their support ofthe oil and gas companiesalready working within theBrighton city limits and to askthe City Council to vote noon the emergency tempo-rary suspension of permits inBrighton. </p><p>The draft ordinance pre-sented to the council original-ly proposed a six-month tem-porary suspension of permits</p><p>to drill for oil and gas, untilall new members of the coun-cil and Planning Commissioncould better understand theimpact of the oil industry onBrighton and its residents.The council was looking atthe six-month suspension asan opportunity to work withthe oil companies and thestate to develop rules andregulations within the citythat are in line with thestates. </p><p>Brighton hasnt updated itsregulations regarding drillingfor oil and gas since 2008 andcity staffers and elected offi-cials feel the time allotted bythe temporary suspensionwill give staffers time toreview and update Brighton'sregulations. </p><p>Several of the people whospoke told the council theyhave young families livingvery close to existing wellsand have no fear of any safetyissues with the wells affectingtheir families. The regulations</p><p>by the state are the most strictin the nation, according tothose who testified, and all oilcompanies currently drillingin Colorado far exceed theseregulations on their own,according to Brighton resi-dent and gas/oil industryemployee CharlesKlosterman.</p><p>Colorado Oil and GasAssociation representativeChris McGowne told thecouncil a temporary suspen-sion of oil and gas permitssends a message of distrustbetween the city and the gasand oil industry. AssistantAttorney General Jake Matteralso encouraged council tovote no because there areno pending permits at thistime for Brighton and theCity Council has the right tostop a permit at any timealready. He noted that stateregulations already are inplace that supersede city reg-</p><p>ulations, making them redun-dant, because the state hasthe same concerns as the cityand already has regulationsin place. </p><p>In the end, the councilamended its temporary sus-pension of permits to fourmonths with assurances fromCity Manager ManuelEsquibel and CommunityDevelopment Director HollyPrather that city staffers couldcomplete the guidelines inthat time.</p><p>Ward 4 Councilman MarkHumbert said the use of theword emergency in thetemporary suspension ordi-nance made it possible for thesuspension to be approvedand enacted on Tuesday andnot be postponed for a secondreading in weeks, the citycouncils next meeting. </p><p>This allows the suspen-sion to end in four months,not four months, two weeks.</p><p>Dont forget to write</p><p>Oil and gas, from Page 1 </p><p>The Brighton YouthCommission will host itsthird annual S.P.E.A.K. WeekApril 14-19. </p><p>Suicide Prevention,Education, Awareness andKnowledge Week is designedto promote awareness in thecommunity and among theirpeers about the warning signsof suicide, and awareness oflocal resources for those whoare struggling. </p><p>TheYouth Commission isworking closely with SchoolDistrict 27J to provide a fullweek of education in localmiddle and high schools. Theweek will conclude with anda 5-kilometer walk on April19, with the communityencouraged to participate.Registration for the walk isnow open. Community mem-bers can register online or in person atHistoric City Hall., 22 S.Fourth Ave.</p><p>An exciting addition to</p><p>S.P.E.A.K. 2014 is a partner-ship between Pennock Centerfor Counseling and theBrighton Youth Commissionto offer QPR training for thecommunity during S.P.E.A.K.Week. QPR is straightfor-ward, step-by-step trainingthat can save lives by teach-ing people how to recognizewhen someone might be cry-ing out for help or is at risk ofsuicide. QPR teaches how toask the S question and pro-vides resources for referral.QPR is not a form of counsel-ing or treatment; it offershope through positive action,according to a news releaseannouncing S.P.E.A.K. Weekactivities.</p><p>S.P.E.A.K. Week is a youth-led, youth-driven initiativethat started in response to thedeath of Joshua Dillona, afriend and classmate of sever-al Youth Commission mem-bers. In 2012, the inauguralyear, the results of S.P.E.A.K.</p><p>Week were phenomenal, therelease stated. During thepast two years, the YouthCommission has raisedapproximately $17,000 forlocal suicide-preventionefforts, with the help of thecommunity. During that time,several students have soughtmental-health counselingafter participating in theweek and discussing theimportance of mental healthcare.</p><p>For more informationabout S.P.E.A.K. Week in localschools, the S.P.E.A.K. Walk,or how you can be involved,contact Youth ServicesManager Tawnya Russell at303-655-2123. </p><p>If you have questions orconcerns about your childand their involvement withS.PE.A.K., you also can con-tact Russell or Kevin West,director of intervention withSchool District 27J, at 303-655-2816.</p><p>Mayor: Rich history will oil/gas industry to continue</p><p>lawn care and landscaping ontwo-thirds of the citys 220acres of park land, leavingabout 76 acres that the citydoesnt have the equipmentor manpower to maintain.Parks Manager Rob Crabbsaid the contract will allowthe contractor to completeweekly maintenance on thatacreage for 25 weeks. </p><p>Police Chief ClintBlackhurst, as acting utilitydirector, presented a resolu-tion approving a changeorder for design services forfluidized bed denitrification,to remove nitrates from waterresidue left from treatment atthe water plant, before it isreleased back into the PlatteRiver, to meet state require-ments. </p><p>City Council, from Page 1 </p><p>Participants in the 2013 S.P.E.A.K. Walk begin their 5-kilometer trek near the athletic fields at Brighton HighSchool. Banner Press file photoThe Brighton Police</p><p>Department will be steppingup its DUI enforcementefforts starting March 14, forthe St. Patricks Day week-end.</p><p>Two additional officers willpatrol the streets looking fordrivers who are impaired bydrugs and alcohol. </p><p>Funding for the extra offi-cers is provided by a grantfrom the Colorado Depart-ment of Transportation. </p><p>Remember to drive soberor get pulled over during theholiday weekend, the PoliceDepartment advised in anews release.</p><p>Police plan St. Pats DUI sweep</p></li><li><p>By Elena Guerrero Townsendfor The Banner</p><p>Two of Brightons serviceclubs Brighton Early Rotaryand Brighton Breakfast Lions have disbanded.</p><p>The common theme forboth the disbanding LionsClub and Early Rotary Clubdisbanding is the lack ofmembership. Brightons LionsClub is ending its local chap-ter in June. </p><p>For the past few years, theaverage Lions Club meetingattendance hovered around10 or 12 members. The clubheld two major fundraiserseach year that required muchmanpower. </p><p>Many of our members arereaching retirement age andthey want to travel, so theydropped out, said KellyYarish, an eight-year memberof the Lions club. Somemembers were opening upnew businesses and couldntspare the time needed to be aviable member.</p><p>One member (is servingon the) City Council, so shemay have dropped out due tothe time and energy she isinvesting into her campaign. Idont know, Yarish said.</p><p>In the end, the BrightonsLions club did not have themembership needed to com-plete or start new projects.</p><p>They held their annual pro-duce sale during the summer,and a chili cook-off inFebruary. </p><p>To host the chili cook-offwe needed seed money,around $3,500, Yarish said.We gave away great prizesand we needed money inadvance to purchase items,such as flat-screen TVs and,Kindle (tablet computers).</p><p>Unfortunately, Coloradoexperienced devastatingflooding last year right beforethe Lions Club planned itsannual produce sale. Clubmembers had presold morethan 100 veggie boxes. All ofthe produce for the veggieboxes came from local grow-ers. Local crops weredestroyed and/or contami-nated by floodwaters.</p><p>That disaster started ourclubs downward spiral,Yarish said. Along withmembers moving away, retir-ing, etc.</p><p>Although the Lions Clubfiscal year ends in June andthe club is dissolving, KellyYarish and her husband,Steve, keep on roaring. </p><p>Steve and I were able toprocure a digital camera forvision screening at a local daycare, she said. At the end ofFebruary, 60 toddlers receivedeye exams free of charge. Theparents of those toddlers</p><p>received confidential reportsfrom the certified optometristwho gave the exams.</p><p>The Kids Sight program isa fantastic program, shesaid. We have had aroundfive or six different screeningsin the last two years. Aftereach screening, the clubreceives a summary of howmany kids need glasses ormore in depth evaluations. </p><p>Steve has been a Lionsmember for 15 years. </p><p>We both are very commit-ted to Lionism, and althoughthe Brightons Lions Club isdissolving we are not givingup, he said. We will simplyattach ourselves to the FortLupton Chapter or the SouthWeld Lions Club in Lochbuie. </p><p>It is Kelly Yarishs hopethat one of the other clubswill continue the tradition ofthe veggie box sales and thechili cook-off in Brighton.</p><p>We are not totally goingaway, but we are not going tohave an active Lions Club inBrighton, she...</p></li></ul>