The new Student Advisory Committee to the city of Boulder holds its second meeting Friday.
The committee will create a working relationship between students and the city to ensure student interests are represented.
According to University Liaison Jennifer Korbelik, the committee is still in the appointment process. UCSU Tri-Executive Andrew Aitchison and City Manager Frank Bruno will head-up the appointments, with Vice Chancellor Ron Stump serving as an adviser.
The priority for appointments is to make sure a wide range of student groups are represented, Korbelik said. Some groups may include members from graduate and diversity boards.
“During the selection process, it is important to ask what student groups would span a variety of input,” Korbelik said.
The first meeting was a kind of introduction for committee members. The purpose was to answer any questions committee members had and to give an overview of how meetings will be structured, Korbelik said.
Meetings will not be open to the public, but upcoming agendas and minutes will be made available through the city of Boulder’s Web site at http://www.ci.boulder.co.us.
Issues of interest to the committee include discussion of the nuisance abatement ordinance. This ordinance is enforced when two or more violations of the city’s municipal code occur within a 12-month period or three or more within a 24-month period at the same residence, according to the city of Boulder’s Web site.
The committee will also meet with the New Hill Company to discuss plans for redevelopment of the Hill and the Responsible Hospitality Institute about such issues as alcohol-related safety in public places.
The Responsible Hospitality Institute is a national organization dedicated to developing a safe environment to socialize. Some of their proposed ideas include safe rides home from bars for students and server education, Korbelik said
“We are really excited that this will create a stronger link between students and the city,” Korbelik said.
Marissa Robinson, the UCSU city relations director and a senior political science major, will assist Korbelik in administrative duties during committee meetings.
“This represents a formal way of communicating between students and the city,” Robinson said.
Robinson said that she was excited to be a part of the committee and that it will be the “first of its kind” for the city and the university.
Once the appointment process is complete, the committee will meet after Jan. 1 to put together a work plan for the upcoming year.
“CU students comprise a substantial portion of the city’s population, and it’s important that the city receive student input and understand the student perspective, as well as neighborhood and other interests,” Bruno said in a press release.