The Flood Disaster Study Committee, which was created to recommend legislative responses to the flooding that impacted the Front Range last September, will continue to meet even after the charter for the committee ended at the conclusion of the 2014 Colorado legislative session May 7.
The committee will look at spring runoff on areas impacted by the flood, as well as any other issue that might arise. Several flood relief bills were passed as a result of the bipartisan efforts of the committee.
Weld County representatives on the 12-member bipartisan committee are Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley; Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley; and Rep. Steve Humphrey, R-Severance. Young and Renfroe are co-chairmen of the committee.
Other representatives on the committee include Reps. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont; Mike Foote, D-Lafayette; Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland and Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling; Sens. Matt Jones, D-Louisville; John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins; Jeanne Nicholson, D-Black Hawk; Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs and Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud.
“We’ll wait and see how the spring runoff goes and get the coalition of people back together and see if the legislators heard anything from their areas that still need to be addressed,” Renfroe said. “I think we’ve had a couple of issues come up, so we may have one or two more meetings through the rest of this year to study the impacts and if there’s anything else that can be done next year.”
Renfroe said the committee had to look at policies that should be changed to allow cities to use their funds better and more efficiently or if there were ways to make the state more efficient in what it does.
“There were some aid programs that we put in place to help citizens,” Renfroe said. “We’ll see what we can do through the summer and if there’s more after we have this run-off and see if there is damage from it. We’ll see how the ditch companies and the infrastructure changes they made and if there is something that needs to be looked at there again.”
Young said he isn’t sure who will be on the committee.
“It’s up to the House leadership to appoint who is going to be on there, and then the committee will select their co-chairs,” Young said. “I’d love to be on it again. I’m happy to serve. Scott and I had talked about this before the end of the session that if spring run-off is as intense as it may be, we need to have the chance to revisit some of the places that we’ve been at and actually look at some other places we haven’t been just to see the impact of that. There may be new problems that we weren’t even aware of that crop up as a result of that. That’s why we asked for the reconstitution of the flood committee.”
Yong asked for three meetings, one probably in June to tour the flood impacted areas and then have some open meetings with the public.
Young said if the committee needs to meet and talk about legislation for possible bills for the 2015 session, more meetings will be held.
“We’ll wait and see how the spring runoff goes and get the coalition of people back together and see if the legislators heard anything from their areas that still need to be addressed.
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