Anonymous Notes – Cowards Way Out

It must be Monday.  I certainly hope this does not foreshadow the week to come!

I parked in an undesignated parking place, at my work, in the Alpine Building at 817 Colorado Avenue at a little after 7 this morning. When I left work at 4:45 this evening, I found this note on my driver’s side window. I guess I must assume that I really was the intended recipient for whomever placed this note, even though my nondescript black SUV is similar to several in the area.

annonymous-note

But seriously?  Me, micromanage something??  I suppose it is possible, at least my husband tells me it is possible. Yes, I already asked him if he left the note . . . but he definitely doesn’t put cute little “o’s” to dot his exclamation marks.

The obvious might be a co-worker, except for two things; 1) they are not “that” kind of people and 2) all but one was out-of-town/state today and the one that was left also doesn’t put cute little “o’s” under his exclamation marks.  And all the above know how to spell.

Oh, yeah – the fact that the word “micromaniging” (sic) was misspelled should tell me something. Would it be micromanaging to give this person a dictionary?

Being an elected official for 19 months now, my skin is thicker than it used was. I know confrontation is uncomfortable, but I would rather have someone call me or drop me an email to say that they don’t like a decision I’ve made, and not leave me an anonymous note. I am always happy to discuss my decisions and I am also willing to discuss my micromanaging,

If the note was really for someone else my reaction is still the same.  I hope the person who wrote the note will go ahead and have that difficult conversation with me or with the target of the note.

Don’t take the coward’s way out – and please people – don’t leave anonymous notes. At least have the courage to put a name and some contact information on it.

 

 

 

Excuse Our Dust . . . We Are Under Construction!

whole-town-under-construction

We are about eight months into the 30-month Grand Avenue Bridge construction and it is beginning to feel like all of Glenwood is under construction.

decking-on-ped-bridge-man-walking-temp-ped-bridge

 

 

The Pedestrian Bridge is well underway and the pouring of the concrete decking began this week.

 

 

ped-bridge-and-start-of-7th-street-stationThe Seventh Street Station, which houses the elevators for the bridge is beginning to come out of the ground.  Utilities have been moved along 6th Street.  Construction on the pedestrian underpass on the north side of the new Grand Avenue Bridge has started. Piers for the vehicular bridge have come out of the ground. All of this is centered in the downtown area.

8th-street-connection-2Construction on the 8th Street Connection detour is underway. This will involve moving 1,000 cubic yard of earth per day to make that cut. It will is causing the loss of parking to the west of City Hall.  Improvements are also being done on the intersection of Midland and 8th. Then, from Oct 8 to 18, the 7th Street Bridge (soon to be known as the 8th Street Bridge) will see a full closure while CDOT makes necessary repairs to accommodate extra traffic during the approximately 95-day Grand Avenue Bridge closure period.

Not only will this closure impact vehicular traffic, but it will have a major impact on RFTA routes. Currently all inbound and outbound RFTA busses use 7th Street to Midland, rather than go over the Grand Avenue Bridge. The route changes are not finalized. This closure also has a major impact on school bus routes and Roaring Fork School District is working on alternative routing during this time.

In the West Glenwood area, work on Exit 114 is well underway, with entrance and exit ramps being lengthened and capacity increased to handle additional traffic during the Grand Avenue Bridge closure.

But wait . . . there’s more!

RFTA is expanding their West Glenwood Park-N-Ride lot to accommodate extra vehicles who will use enhanced bus service during the closure period.rfta-pkg-lot

Additionally, construction is ongoing for a pedestrian/bicycle path extending from the main entrance to Glenwood Meadows west.  This path will cross Midland, via a grade-separated crossing (bridge) and wind its way down under the railroad bridge to connect with the sidewalk going over the Colorado River at the “wave” area. The path was part of the plan to accommodate walkers and bikers during the closure period and is being partially funded through a Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant.

gses-construction-2Roaring Fork School District has begun reconstruction and major reconfiguration of the Glenwood Springs Elementary School campus. This is within a few blocks of the 8th Street Connection construction.

Construction of an assisted living facility is taking place between the 27th Street Bridge (Sunlight Bridge) and the roundabout at 27th and Midland.

So if it seems like all of Glenwood is under construction, it’s because it is.

So what are the impacts of all of this construction? So far sales tax numbers are continuing to increase.  Year-to-date through July is 5.11% over July 2015 – a good thing. However, I have heard from a couple of businesses that their numbers are down slightly – although the downtown area is up 6.14% over 2015.  For the Glenwood Post Independent article, click here

The accommodation tax is also up by almost 7% over 2015 which would indicate an increase in visitors to Glenwood Springs. That would also seem to be verified by the fact that traffic counts were up this year summer. Read the Glenwood Post Independent article here

During rush hour, in particular, we are seeing longer commute times and some traffic backups. This can lead to frustrated drivers. In a recent letter to the editor, Tricia Farrell observed that backed up commuter traffic often blocks the intersections along Grand Avenue. I have also witnessed this. This simply backs up traffic everywhere.

While I have seen some frustrated drivers, I have also seen an incredible amount of courtesy.

True confessions – I am a jaywalker. However, never have I had so many vehicles stop, in the middle of the block, when they see I am trying to get across. I also witnessed most vehicles in the 27th Street roundabout taking turns to let vehicle coming into town from South Midland into the roundabout.

Yes, Glenwood is under construction. But we can all help by getting out of our cars and walking, biking or taking the bus whenever possible. Several large employers are putting together carpool or vanpool arrangements to get employees to work when the bridge closure occurs. But this might be a good time to start practicing for the closure and get comfortable with some alternative means of transportation.

We can also make a difference by taking a deep breath and being extra courteous during this difficult time. Plan for it to take a little longer to get anywhere in Glenwood.sorry-for-inconvenience-rome

Let me know how you are dealing with this construction. What changes are you making to get around town?  What plans do you have when the 8th Street Bridge closes?  What plans do you have when the Grand Avenue Bridge closes?  We are all in this together. The results will be “Grand” but getting there is a bit painful.

 

 

 

 

Budget Time & Councilor Monthly Update

 

Budget Time & Monthly Update!

I am five months into my four-year term of serving you as Councilor-at-large on Glenwood Springs City Council. It is a privilege to be a part of such a great city and I am honored to work with other city council members, city staff, local business and citizens to help guide Glenwood through the next three and a half years.  It is likely to be some of the best times that Glenwood has seen, as well as some of the most difficult.

One of my election promises was better communication and I have not been as good at that as I had hoped.  So, to that end, as a start I plan to provide a monthly update that will include a brief description of meetings and events I have attended as well as a bit about one or more city departments.  Sometimes it may seem like nothing is happening and things do move more slowly than we all would like. But picture a duck on the Colorado River.  On the top, the duck looks calm and seems to be floating along, but below the surface, that duck’s feet are paddling like crazy.  So goes it with city hall.

Finance Department

Charles Kelty

Charles Kelty, Finance Director

 

Since we are deep into budget season, the first department I would like to highlight is the Finance Department, headed by Charles Kelty. Charles took over the reins from Mike Harman who retired earlier this year after 24 years as the Finance Director. Charles spent nine years as the finance director in Rifle and had a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Finance handles all of the city’s payroll, utility billing, tax administration, purchasing and building maintenance as well as making sure the city’s bills are paid and collecting funds owed to the city.

Staff includes Yvette Gustad, Assistant Finance Director; Ricky Smith, Purchasing Agent; Karen Bender, Janice Palacio, Linda Millyard and Candie Vandermark, all Senior Accounting Techs and Martha Gonzales and Elida Trujillo Solano the ladies who keep city hall sparkling clean. When you come to pay your utility bills or pick up a bus pass, these are the staff you see and are often the main contact for people dealing with city hall.

Taking the city through the budget process is no easy task and involves hours of the finance department’s time as well as a great deal of time from City Manager Jeff Hecksel and all department supervisors. Beginning Sept 29, the city will begin holding meetings with City Council, the Financial Advisory Board, and department heads to review the proposed budget, line by line. A schedule of these meetings is provided below. These are public meetings and the public is encouraged to attend.  A preliminary draft budget should be available on the City’s website when the budget work sessions begin.

Budget Work Session Schedule:

Sept 29 – 5pm -7 pm

Oct 8 – Special Meeting, DDA & Budget 6pm-9pm

Oct 15 – 4pm – 6pm

Oct 20 – Special Meeting 6pm-9pm

Oct 29 – Special Meeting 6pm-9pm

Nov 5 – if needed

All budget work sessions will be held in council chambers at city hall.

 

Monthly Update – meetings and events I attended

Grand Ave Bridge:  Met with representatives from Glenwood Springs Chamber, CDOT, DDA and city staff to discuss public information plans for the Grand Avenue Bridge Project August 27 2015.

Transportation Commission Sept 1, 2015:  I serve as the alternate council liaison to this commission.  Mayor Mike Gamba is the liaison.  Discussion items included the Blake Avenue Gate between Walmart and the RFTA BRT station on 27th as well as traffic calming measures on the residential streets in the downtown area.  Terri Partch, City Engineer and Geoff Guthrie, City Transportation Manager discussed the proposed multi-use path along Midland, from Lowes to Interchange 114, 27th Street Bridge and touched on RFTA’s Access Control Plan.  They updated on the Grand Avenue Bridge and 8th Street extension projects as well as discussing who will represent this commission on the Acquisitions and Improvement (A&I) tax working group.  The Transportation Commission is finalizing the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and determining next steps.  This commission always has a great deal to discuss and it seems like never enough time!

Ride-along with GSPD Sept 4, 2015:  I was privileged to be able to ride and walk with several officers from the police department  from 6 p.m. to about 2:30 a.m. It was a great experience, one I hope to do again. You can read more about my thoughts here.  My thanks to Officers Noel, Crawford, Cole, Gobbo, Miller, Dietrich, Yorty,  and Lawson as well as Code Enforcement Officer Springer, Detective Sergeant Hassell, and Patrol Sergeant Prough for putting up with all of my questions and taking the time to talk with me.

Colorado Municipal League (CML) District 11 Meeting in Silt Sept 9, 2015: CML provides  training and information on issues of concern to counties and municipalities.  It is also a great chance to talk with other staff and elected officials from other communities in our area. Mayor Rick Aluise presented a wonderful powerpoint on the accomplishments that have taken place in Silt in the recent year.

Roaring Fork Transit Authority Board Meeting (RFTA) Sept 10, 2015:  I serve as the alternate council liaison to this board.  Mayor Mike Gamba is the liaison. Discussion items included a presentation of the first draft of RFTA’s 2016 budget and an update of the Rio Grande Corridor Access Control Plan.  License for access to the Rio Grande Trail was granted to ACES Rock Bottom Ranch

Take Back Your Power Sept 10, 2015:  At the invitation of Marilyn Shettel, I attended a screening of a documentary “Take Back Your Power.”  It raised some interesting questions and I will be talking more with Ms. Shuttle in the near future.

We’ve Got Your Back!  Sept. 11, 2015:  This was a hastily thrown together “thank you” to area law enforcement andPolice 3 first responders in our region from Aspen to Parachute.  For being planned in less than 36 hours, it was well attended.  I have received requests from community members to turn this into an annual event and make it bigger. We’ll work on that!

Club 20 Fall Meeting Sept. 12, 2015:  This was my first Club 20 meeting and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet on things happening statewide and nationally. I also received lessons from Henry Sobanet, Governor Hickenlooper’s Budget Director on Colorado’s fiscal challenges and from Mark Hermundstad on water regulations and impacts on Colorado’s Western Slope. The networking was also wonderful!

Garfield County Economic Development Partners Sept 16, 2015:  This is a group of staff and elected officials from various entities throughout Garfield County that meet quarterly to review what is happening in Garfield County. RFTA presented their 2015 Travel Plan Study.  The roundtable is particularly useful to know what other communities are working on and to provide opportunities for partnership and coordination.

In addition we have had two City Council meetings which included a work session on the Confluence Area and a work session with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

***MARK YOUR CALENDARS***

Community Discussion: The Effect of the Growing Homeless & Vagrant Population in Glenwood Springs

Monday, October 5, 2015

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Glenwood Springs Community Center

Coming up this week: 

City Staff Employee Picnic Friday, Sept 25 – City Hall closed from Noon to 2 p.m.

Fire Department’s Open House Saturday Sept 26!  The Fire Department’s Open House is always fun for all ages so come on down from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown fire station at 8th & Cooper.

Board and Commission Openings:  apply here!

Planning and Zoning:  1 Alternate

River Commission: 1 Alternate

Victims and Witness Assistance & Law Enforcement Board (VALE): 1 Alternate

Board of Appeals: 1 Alternate

Parks and Recreation: 1 Alternate

 

Peer Pressure, Herd Mentality and Crowd Hysteria

Here is a link to my column that appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent: Peer Pressure, herd mentality and crowd hysteria.

Bridge Vote? Based on what?

It is great fun to read all the letters to the editor in the Glenwood Post Independent. Kudos to Editor Randy Essex and Publisher Michael Bennett or providing space to allow people to have their say!

Two recent letters require some response – if not in the paper, then on this blog.

Bridge Vote

Grand Avenue Bridge April 5, 2013

Grand Avenue Bridge April 5, 2013

The idea is once again circulating that the citizens  should be allowed to vote on whether the Grand Avenue Bridge should be replaced. My question to them is: Based on what?  What law or code allows citizens of a municipality to vote on any aspect of the highway right-of-way through their town?  I have not heard of one, but if there is, I would really like to know.

I would also like to know who gets to vote. Citizens of Glenwood, Garfield County? How about Pitkin or Eagle County?

You could possibly delay the bridge, but, my guess is that if the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the State say that the bridge for which they are responsible for should be replaced, it will be replaced. The question then becomes, what will it look like?  CDOT has been trying to work out a context sensitive solution. Yes, that context sensitive solution is turning out to be significantly more costly than planned. But ultimately, it is still the FHWA and the State’s call.

As far as voting on a bypass . . . I really do get the frustration with the inability to get off dead center, make a decision and move forward. The letter from the Gianinetti’s and Mr. Moffatt assert that, “We believe that the time has come to put the question of a bypass to a vote of all the people who live here.” However, there is nothing specific on the table on which to vote.

The group also states “Valleywide (sic) transportation routes should be discussed and decided upon by regional consensus. The routing of a state highway through or around any municipality should never be determined uniquely by that municipality.”  I would agree that transportation is a regional issue and that more effort must be made to work for regional solutions.  However, the regions and municipalities that will see the greatest impact, whether economic or environmental must have the greatest say in the decision. And as far as consensus, if you can find a location and a design on which you can get consensus within the region, let alone Glenwood Springs, I would love to see it!

What would help are other connections that would allow people to get to work and truck traffic to get to upper valley destinations, particularly when there is a closure in either Glenwood Canyon or South Canyon. I first heard this proposal from City Council member Michael Gamba and it is, in my opinion, a sound one.  These connections do not need to be high-speed highways, but paved, maintained roads that could be used year-round. One option is Cottonwood Pass. Yes, it would require quite a bit of work, but it is likely it could be done for less than a Glenwood Canyon type roadway through Glenwood Springs.

It is time to try to think beyond what is possible within the confines of our narrow valley.

Wowed by BRT!

BRT 1

The other letter was from Teonna Villasenor. I could not agree more that public transit has the potential to make everyone’s life much easier. Although not a regular rider, I had the opportunity to take RFTA’s BRT to and from Aspen for three days last week. All I can say is wow!

The bus was on-time, comfortable and best of all I could relax as we navigated rain, fog and darkness. I may never drive to Aspen again!  I am totally sold on taking RFTA when possible.  The price, while not cheap, was much less than it would have taken me to drive and park in Aspen.  The drivers were courteous and helpful. Total time, including stops: one hour. Cost of sitting back, working on my laptop, sipping my coffee and watching all the other drivers on the road . . . priceless.  Dan Blankenship and his crew have done a bang-up job with the new BRT service!

All the municipalities, counties and large employers should be putting their heads together with RFTA and Glenwood Springs’ Ride Glenwood to make riding the bus the choice for getting to and from work starting now unless you are already within walking or biking distance.

Employers could start by providing discounted bus passes and flexible work hours or work-from-home options. Making a seamless integration between RFTA and Ride Glenwood would also help. RFTA and Ride Glenwood need one ticket/pass that could be used for both and routes and connections for Ride Glenwood that coordinate with the BRT schedule but not duplicate would help. Geoff Guthrie, the Transportation Manager for the City of Glenwood is working hard to make transportation within Glenwood work well, not only for public transportation but for all modes of transportation.

I would also urge the City of Glenwood and RFTA to work together to put a BRT station and large park-and-ride in West Glenwood. Parking is limited at the 27th Street Station and we need to encourage less traffic through Glenwood. A BRT station in West Glenwood could significantly alleviate travel through Glenwood.

While it looks like the bridge construction is a little ways off, changing the paradigm now rather than waiting for crisis mode would seem to be the best option.

 

Re-entry into reality

Re-entry

Artist rendering of Apollo space capsule re-entry. Courtesy NASA

I remember, as a kid, listening to and watching news reports about the first space capsules re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.  With thrusters they had to position the capsule just right so the base faced the earth.  This enabled the heat shields to provide protection from the terrific heat generated as the space capsule came down through the atmosphere. 

I need one of those heat shields because it feels like the heat is on!

“Houston, we have a problem.” 

Ok, so my issues are not life or death and it is unfair to compare to what the astronauts on Apollo 13 must have felt when things were not going as planned. However, that rationale is not helping the angst I am feeling.  I just returned from vacation and re-entry into my real world is going to be tough. 

On a positive note, our flight home was not interrupted in any way by the incident at FAA headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.  The same cannot be said for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who are stuck in Boston until Monday. 

Jumping back in!

I am facing a heavy schedule of meetings and work obligations and hoping that I have the where-with-all to juggle them. I feel particular anxiety about work. It has been a busy time and my absence means that others have had to cover for me. I am grateful for those co-workers who are willing to take on my duties as well as their own.  However, I know of at least a few issues that must be addressed when I return.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am privileged to be attending Roaring Fork Leadership this year. I have a three day workshop scheduled for later this week for that.  I am looking forward to participating in Jonathan Clark’s Mastering Performance course!  Boy, could I use that right now.   The timing is not great, but as I learned in my first RFL workshop, I need to be aware and fully present to make the most out of this workshop.    I have heard fantastic things about this course and am very excited. 

Plates spinning and home fires burning

Plates Spinning

By David Burlet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 Additionally I have several other personal and community obligations that will be taking place over the next few weeks.  All of them are very important.  It is just a matter of keeping all the plates spinning and not letting any of them drop. It is also of critical importance for me to spend time with my family.  Wish me luck and the ability to get the most out of each experience while not burning out on re-entry into reality!

Survey: What Attracts Workers & Businesses?

Survey: What Attracts Workers & Businesses?

 

Place Value: an economic study exploring what attracts workers and businesses to communities in our region.

 

Community Builders, a project of the Sonoran Institute, is working on an economic study exploring what attracts workers and businesses to communities in our region, to understand how community character relates to local economic prosperity. As a part of this study,  Community Builders invites employers, employees and current students take part in the survey.  Your participation will help us understand what attracts businesses, entrepreneurs and employees to communities like yours, as well as the key factors they consider when relocating to a new location. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this study!

 

  1. If you are a business-owner or manager, please complete THIS SURVEY. It contains questions about your organization as a whole, and should be completed by you or someone knowledgeable about your organization’s operations and business location decisions.
  2. If you are an employee, please complete THIS SURVEY. If you are an employer, please distribute this survey to all employees with digital access at work. We have provided a link to the survey along with a sample email invitation you can use or adapt below.
  3. If you are currently a student at a college or university, please complete THIS SURVEY.

 

Each survey takes only 5 minutes to complete, and respondents will be entered in a drawing for a $50 prize.

 

Community Builders hope is that the findings of this study can inform your community’s planning and economic development efforts, by providing the Chamber, as well as local decision-makers, developers, realtors and other entities with a better understanding of what businesses and people seek in deciding where to locate. We can send you copies of the report and/or present findings in your community if desired. Check in at http://communitybuilders.net/placevalue in summer 2014 to view our final results.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Hill at jhill@sonoraninstitute.org or 970-928-3412, or Alison Berry at aberry@sonoraninstitute.org or 406-587-7331. Again, thanks very much, in advance, for your participation!

 

 

Correction/Clarification to What do we do with the traffic . . .

Correction/Clarification to  “What do we do with the traffic” posted on March 4, 2014

http://www.ourtownglenwoodsprings.com/8th-street-connection-introduction/

Per Craig Gaskill, Grand Avenue Bridge consulting engineer:

“The Grand Avenue bridge project is not planning on modifying the Sunlight Bridge at 27th Street. Previously, when the Grand Avenue bridge project planned to use the bridge as the detour route, therefore placing SH 82 truck traffic on this bridge, we planned some modifications to better line up the truck loading with the existing girders. With the new 8th Street detour plan, this modification isn’t necessary.”

My apologies for the misinformation!

The Value of Community Service – Rest In Peace Former Governor John D. Vanderhoof

This post is a reprint of a Facebook post from Linda Vanderhoof, the daughter of John D. Vanderhoof, former Governor of Colorado from Glenwood Springs.  Please keep the Vanderhoof family in your prayers.  Governor Vanderhoof was a great community man who knew the value of contributing and serving.

John D. Vanderhoof

John D. Vanderhoof

“Thursday Evening a great man left this world. A member to the WWII Generation, he served in the USN Air Corps in the F$F Hellcat in the Pacific Theater earning multiple medals including The Navy Cross & the Purple Heart. Like so many men of his generation he came home determined to build a better America than he was born into. He convinced his war bride and his father to start a sporting good business in a sleepy little tourist town, Glenwood Springs Colorado. Later His brother would join them in opening up a banking business. He raised 2 children, and entered politics. He served 20 yr in the House of Representatives, many of those years serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was elected to the office of LT Governor in 1970 and later ascended to the office of Governor of The Great State of Colorado in 1972. When he left office he led Club 20 (an organization the works promotes the economic & political goals of Colorado’s 20 western Slope Counties) for many years. He married his real soul mate Ruthie.

 

This was my father, John D. Vanderhoof.  The greatest lesson he taught me was the importance of service.  He always told me we must give back to our community.  It did not matter how.  If one taught church school, participated in the PTA, volunteered at the local food bank, a summer reading program . . . It did not matter . . . It was just important that we give back to our communities.

 

In his 1st State of the State Address he ended with a statement which I can only paraphrase.  He told us to “leave Colorado a better place than we found her.”   He would advise all of us to extend that concept to our neighborhood, our hometown, our state and our great nation.  If we want a better life for our self and those who follow, we must follow the lead of The Great Generation, and put the well being of all ahead of our own.  We must spend some of our time and energy serving our communities.

 

Please keep my family in your prayers and consider pondering on my father’s wisdom.  I believe we would all be better if we listened to it.”

Top priorities for Glenwood . . .are there others?

At the end of a recent blog post http://wp.me/p3S5Sv-3v I asked the question, “What do you think are the three top priorities that Glenwood should be addressing over the next 3 years?”   Some of the responses I received were expected and some were surprising.

 As promised, here are the results I have received thus far.  I have put them in alphabetical order, so there is no ranking involved.   Along with the larger categories are a few comments associated with the items.

Small beach on Roaring Fork River in Confluence area

 

  •  Authenticity
    •         Offer a more authentic experience for Glenwood visitors
    •         Emphasis on natural outdoor experience and healthy recreation and living
    •         Promotion of visual and performing arts
  • Communication
    •         Find ways to increase communication with citizens
    •         Innovative and multiple ways to communicate
    •         Develop methods/techniques/means for citizens to talk with elected    officials, boards and commissions
    •         Ongoing dialog needed – citizens get frustrated and give up
    •         Make information easily and readily accessible to the public
    •         Increase transparency
  • Confluence Redevelopment
    •         Make this are area that pulls the town together
    •         Make this a focal point for Glenwood
  • Economic Development
    •         Long-term, sustainable economic development needed
    •         Shared vision and strategy
    •         Public-Private Partnerships
    •         Work within the community to define direction and priorities
  • Housing
    •         Expand in-town choices
    •         More inventory needed in core areas
  • Leadership
    •         Identify and develop leaders in the community
    •         Determine how to get new, different, younger people involved
    •         Improve the working relationship between City staff, elected officials, boards and commission
    •         Expand communication, cooperation and collaboration with other governmental entities within the region
  • Long-term Fiscal Health
    •         Develop strategies for dealing with an increasing demand for infrastructure, services and long-term operations/maintenance
    •         Seek ways to increase efficiencies in providing services
    •         Increase the cooperation between community development and capital improvement planning
    •         Identify efficient patterns of growth

 Grand Ave by Sacred Grounds 4-5-13

  • Mobility/Transportation
    •         Improve connectivity of local network
    •         Improve bike/pedestrian facilities on existing streets
    •         Improve coordination between land use patterns and transit system – regionally
    •         Complete the Grand Avenue Bridge to maximize the benefit to Glenwood Springs and the entire region
    •         Make the hard decisions to improve north/south travel through Glenwood with an eye on practicality and the chance of it actually getting to completion
    •         Develop a Regional Transportation Master Plan
    •         Development of  Midland Avenue as an alternate route is waiting to happen
    •         Completion of South Bridge is critical
    •         Need an 8th Street connection to Midland Avenue
    •         A 14th Street connection to Midland Avenue is needed
    •         27th Street Bridge must be improved

 

6th Street Looking East Spring 2013

  • North Glenwood
    •         Currently blighted but new bridge alignment provides motivation for a new vision
    •         Has the location, infrastructure, businesses, entrepreneurs and property owners to partner with City
    •         Need to identify leaders to make this happen
  • Performing Arts Facility
    •         Focus energy on planning for the best possible facility in the best possible location

My intention is to make this an ongoing list and to address each item in upcoming posts.  Do you have additional items that should be added to this list?  Would you like to comment on any of the suggestions?  If so, please do!  You can comment on this blog or submit a comment via the form at the end of the blog.  Thanks to all who contributed and I hope to be able to continue the conversation with each of you.

I am pleased to have been selected by the Sonoran Institute to attend the Glenwood Springs Community Development Academy which will be commencing Monday evening, September 16th.  I hope to tell you about some of the discussions as we progress through the eight week journey to make Glenwood Springs even better than it is now.