Brighton updated some of the rules for how its advisory board operates, removing city code references for some boards and updating how City Councilors interact with them.
"This is the ordinance that is doing a bit of clean up on our city code," City Attorney Alicia Calderone said.
Councilors voted 7-0 to adopt the changes that removed code references to board and committees that are not created by the city or that no longer exist, made the membership requirements for Parks and Recreation Board more general and made city council seats on advisory board non-voting.
Councilor Clint Blackhurst asked why they should do that.
"As an advisory board or commission, you create those groups to advise the city council," Calderon said. "So when you are on that board or commission, you are non-voting. They are advising you."
Councilors agreed to eliminate reference to Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, which is a non-profit and the Board of Appeals and the Liquor Licensing Authority. Both of those groups' jobs are currently handled by a hearing officer and made the seats on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee non-voting.
In other business, the council approved the final reading of an ordinance allowing residents to keep miniature goats.
Councilors began a miniature goat pilot program in 2021, allowing residents with 7,500 square foot lots or larger to could keep two of the animals — not fewer and not more. Both must be female, no taller than 24.5 inches at the tallest point of the back and must be dis-budded. That’s a process that burns off the tissue that grows into horns.
Brighton goats must have up-to-date rabies vaccines and on-site slaughtering or breeding operations are not allowed. Only single-family detached properties could keep goats, as long as the property owner agrees. The goat keepers must apply for a permit with the city, which will conduct two inspections — one of the pen and shelter for the animals and a second of the animals to meet the city’s requirements, paying a $100 permit fee.
Goat keepers will also have to take an open-book test on keeping the animals, getting a score of at least 80%.