Note: The questioner had some follow-up comments to clarify the situation for the Delphi coordinator.
The problem is not just traffic increase but all the folks parking along both sides of Mitchell Lane, which has narrowed the street considerably. With no lane markings, drivers are treating the street like one large parking lot. My suggestions would be:
Mitchell Lane is a public street over which UCAR has no authority. Consequently, the city is entirely responsible for anything and everything that occurs along that corridor. For several years, HESS has made numerous suggestions to city officials regarding signs, painting of stripes, crosswalks, increased sanding and deicing, etc. In each instance the city has reviewed the situation, conducted its own risk analysis, and determined that no actions were warranted. As frustrating as this is, there is nothing we can do to make the city implement any changes. However, HESS will continue to officially encourage the city to reevaluate the situation and make appropriate changes.
The official news release from the Scouts opens with, "We are very pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Dale case. This decision affirms our standing as a private association with the right to set its own standards for membership and leadership" (Boy Scouts of America News Release, 28 June 2000).
President Clinton's Executive Order 13160 of 23 June 2000 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in federally conducted education and training programs (Executive Order 13160).
Furthermore, the Scouts have a very strong religious component in both their Oath and Law, which require a belief in God (http://www.scouting.org/factsheets/02-503a.html).
I believe UCAR may be in violation of Clinton's executive order and two of its own policies. In addition, I seek clarification of the Boulder County United Way's policies regarding the Scouts. Please consider the following four issues:
(1) Is the Education and Outreach Program bound by Clinton's Executive Order? Is a Mesa Lab tour for the Scouts a violation due to the fact NSF owns the facility and NCAR is largely federally funded?
(2) Because Scout Oath and Law require reverence to God, are Scout fundraising activities via food sales and other solicitations sponsored by UCAR staff on behalf of their children a violation of provision 1 of UCAR Policy 4-1-7, Solicitation, Posting, and Distribution of Materials on UCAR-Operated Premises?
(3) Will Scout use of UCAR facilities, e.g., meeting space, be allowed? The Scouts appear to match the listing of ineligible organizations, specifically B and D, of UCAR's Policy 5-1-9, Facility Use for Non-UCAR Events.
(4) The Boulder County United Way contributed to the Scouts in 1997 (http://www.unitedway.org/). Will they continue to support the Scouts? Other United Way chapters are withholding funds (CNN, 12 September 2000). Will UCAR continue to advocate the United Way if the Boulder chapter supports the Scouts?
Apparently, the Boy Scouts of America believe very strongly that they are a private group and able to discriminate, as they have undoubtedly spent a significant amount of time and money litigating this issue before the U.S. Supreme Court. I see this as a very serious matter and request it be addressed by UCAR.
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(2) Solicitation on behalf of any non-UCAR organization during work time is not allowed, per policy 4-1-7.
(3) Scout use of UCAR facilities for meetings or social activities is prohibited under policy 5-1-9.
(4) According to Barbara Pingrey, executive director of the Boulder County United Way, the BCUW "encourages inclusive practices in all the programs we fund. However, we do not use funding to mandate social change. We provide, through our safety net of services, programs which are available to all the residents of Boulder County. It is true that not every individual program is available to every person. There are many examples here, including programs designed for a particular demographic group (children, seniors, etc.) or which serve a more limited geographic area." Based on these considerations, the executive committee of the BCUW has determined that they will honor the contract they have with the Boy Scout Longs Peak Council.
UCAR will continue its current practice, which is to make available information about the United Way and other charities. UCAR does not endorse or advocate any charity and does not require employees to contribute.