BRIGHTON — Two different versions of a pact approved between Brighton and Thornton have prompted Brighton City Council to amend the intergovernmental agreement regarding growth area boundaries.
City Council learned at its Sept. 10 study session that although the IGA extension was approved by both councils, a mistake in last-minute communications caused the councils to approve two different versions of the document.
Assistant City Manager for Development Marv Falconburg apologized for the mistake and explained that being out of town and in a flurry of last-minute emails, Brighton City Council ended up with the wrong version of the IGA in front of them.
“We thought we had the same agreement that night, but come down to it, they adopted one, signed it, sent it over. We adopted one, signed it, sent it over, and then there was a certain amount of time where you realize, these don’t match,” he said.
He said the new agreement, which was the one approved by Thornton, would include a gravel pit Thornton purchased for water storage that could be annexed by Thornton. It also struck out language that Thornton didn’t need in regards to Highland Acres.
Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Scott was disappointed the same document didn’t go before both councils. He said some of the language that was struck out in the IGA was important to him.
Several council members expressed they would back city staff and consider approving the amendment at a future meeting.
In other business:
• Council decided it would not vacate the alley in the Hutchcroft Gardens neighborhood because the city and United Power use it as a right of way for utilities. City Attorney Margaret Brubaker said city staff should coordinate with code enforcement to get the alley back to where it needs to be.
Community Development Director Holly Prather said staff will send out a letter of voluntary compliance and give residents an adequate amount of time to comply with clearing the alleyway before further action is taken.
• Council will set aside $5,000 to help with creating a memorial for the volunteer firefighters that will be placed in front of city hall. The Brighton Volunteer Fire Fighters are planning to purchase a bronze sculpture and a stone memorial to honor the volunteer fire fighters.
• Council also heard from Budget Director Bernadette Kimmey about a mid-year budget amendment that was to be brought before council during its Sept. 17 meeting. Kimmey said the amendments have accumulated over the past six months.