Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The impacts of the proposed development based on proximity to wetlands is worth debating. However the continuous reference to the annexation leading to direct destruction of wetlands is not limited to Ms. Meyers and I want to use this forum to spread the word about this incorrect assertion.
To Dreamer's request, here's a snapshot of issues in Lafayette to start new debates: the Visitability discussion to require residential construction convenient for elderly and disabled potential occupants (never mind current market demand - this is a touchy issue in a PC way); how the Youth Advisory Committee will move forward; how the city's community (affordable housing) program is serving Lafayette residents; the approx 300 residential units that will be going into 95th and Baseline; the single-hauler trash contract; whether something will ever happen in the Lafayette Tech Center (or with Cheese Importers); how the $1 million grant to the fire dept is spent (how will ambulance service be paid post-grant?) and just what will replace the McDonald's on South Boulder Rd? And plenty more... tell me your favorite!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Over the last three years I've sent many updates via "MooreInfo" doing my
best to provide proactive transparent information to you about Erie. This mechanism has provided for a good conduit of two-way communication as many of you replied and given views, opinions, clarifications and suggestions on future topics. The input has been invaluable as it helped ensure the Board of Trustees has had a good sense of the overall community feelings. With many of the big challenges in Erie planned, funded, and in some cases completed (Rec/Sr Center, Library, Trail System, Establishing our Borders, Long Term Commercial Revenue Plan, Traffic Safety) it is time to look forward to the next focus areas.
The Board and Planning Commission will be jointly meeting for an all day retreat in early Feb to do just that.I would like to take your views into that meeting. To do that I'm asking for 5 minutes of your valuable time to complete the survey at the link below. The information will be used to understand what you believe is most important for your local elected officials to understand as we move forward in 2007. I want to thank you in advance for your input and thoughts on Erie.The survey can be found here: http://www.mooreinfo.us/SurveyJanuary2007.html
Sunday, January 28, 2007
My concerns have been twofold - one, it is likely spam emails that have nothing to do with this site's content and advertise the usual Viagra, African lottery, etc. garbage can just appear. I'll work to keep that stuff off the page. More importantly, I'm concerned with vulgarity or false attribution of comments. So, if you're a regular reader/commenter, please keep an eye out for anything with your name attached an let me know immediately if your name has been used inappropriately.
That's it, have at it!
Update: This immediate posting feature means I need to re-code the Recent Comments function, so they're not listing as they were before. Be sure to scroll down and check the comments under topics of interest, such as the note from Erie Mayor Andrew Moore re: the Erie Review's editorial.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Note: The most recent three comments on the annexation post below were all released by me at the same time; Kerry's comments to Alex do not take into account Alex's comments from this morning. (To avoid the delayed approval, don't forget direct access is avalable - email me!)
Read more about the annexation in the Lafayette News.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Seems like a ton of vitriol for a snowstorm response. Especially when you read an editorial two weeks earlier thanking the various people in east county in general for doing a great job during the storm. Is there anyone still fuming about snow removal efforts? Is this what people prioritize for judgement of elected officials' competence? Seems like a good way to be disappointed.
To keep it close to the top of the blog, here is the latest comment Lafayette Councilor Kerry Bensman added which has attracted some debate:
KERRY BENSMAN said...
I was ill in bed the night of the annexation
public hearings and just recently reviewed the video tape of the proceedings.So
here are some questions readers may like to weigh in on:
1. What is the economic benefit of a Lowe's store here in Lafayette and
when will that occur?(This is a trick question by the way.)
2. What is the difference between what is now called the Thomas Open Space
(once the planned site of 110 single family homes) and the Waneka site?
3. What is the impact on E. Baseline Road of both the new Wal-Mart and a
Lowe's tore? (Once again a trick question since Wal-mart's traffic study didn't
include it and won't open until August and there is yet to be a development plan
4. As Councilor Cameron proposed during the public hearing, how could sales
tax revenue from Lowe's mitigate traffic on E. Baseline? (Once again an
interesting question given No. 1 above.)
5. Why would the Town of Erie work with Lafayette on the Highway 7 by-pass
if it perceives Lafayette as adding more traffic to Hwy 7 east of 287?
Dan may want to post this as a separate discussion. After folks weigh in,
I'll give you my opinion just for your information.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I'd been taken to task by a few Superior residents for my chiding in the Yellow Scene and on this blog. I applaud the Trustees for making this neighborly decision. It's still short what Louisville said the true expense is, but it's something. Hopefully the decision will be regarded favorably and not as a grudging donation. It's up to Superior to continue to proactively nurture this issue.
Monday, January 22, 2007
What do you think? Will Superior edit their budget to chip in towards Louisville's library? I guess they will not. Besides, it may actually be more fair for individual Superior residents to pay for their use than the whole town paying for it. This is what the Superior Board seems to have heard from their constituents.
Some background in the Louisville Times.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
News stories put out by the city staff highlighting the amount of open space already owned by Lafayette have made PLEE wonder what gives. The info wasn't posted by the Parks, Open Space and Golf staff, but by city administrators. The implication is that connections between the city's economic development arm and the nebulous forces of development are conspiring to influence the election. Check some of the quotes in the article.
I don't know how info is chosen for the city's website, however the bottom line is that the info is correct, and anti-annexation forces should righteously rebut with their own solid rationale as to why that information doesn't matter, if that is their assertion.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Well, that's a slap at Money Magazine's 2005 #5 Best Place to Live In America.
In today's' Daily Camera, Louisville resident Ty Gee has a letter to the editor concerned with the potential loss of identity to old town with the recently approved Revitalization Plan.
Louisville's City Council (link to official language) also approved an economic incentive program (article) Tuesday evening to address flagging commercial development and retention.
Lafayette's self-perception is being debated because of the annexation issue, and Louisville is facing their own debate over who they are. Longmont finished a community-wide visioning process early last year.
So much introspection going on in East County! Hopefully this will mean more people volunteer for Boards and Commissions because they feel strongly about the direction their towns are taking.
Friday, January 19, 2007
By "maintaining land use status quo" the Commissioners could then deny any new construction after it is presented even though it fits the current regulations. They can essentially cherry pick any development that comes along and say, "uh, that doesn't look quite right to us. How about you do nothing until we change the rules to outlaw your suggestion". It's outrageous that the Planning Commission would be that arrogant. And anyway, the Commissioners can already do this sort of put-you-off-while-they-think-about-it for six months under the current code. At least that has a decision timeline built in. This new idea would make moratoriums indefinite.
This is on top of the other de facto outlawing of certain size homes they're considering. Read my thoughts and others' comments on that under The Commissioners' Rationale. The self-granting of such sweeping authority ticks me off on principle.
Read more in the Longmont Times-Call.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Millisor had been encouraged by Witzak to pursue the Chamber job back in 2005. The timing of Millisor's resignation, abrupt and without detail, makes me wonder if she perceived Witzak's firing as too unjust to ignore. And while the Chamber deals with that unexpected leadership change, the Times-Call notes today that the upstart, 2-yr-old Longmont Small Business Association expects its annual Summit to have "dramatically higher participation" than last year as that organization grows. Their summit is Saturday, 9:00 - 2:00 at the Radisson and features a keynote from Michael Shuman, an author of the anti-big-box book "The Small-Mart Revolution".
It's a good sign in general when the economic organizations in a town show the raw impacts of competition and market forces. They'll all be stronger for it.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Thank you to those who disagree with me (you know who you are) who spoke to me about their concerns. I mentioned some of these points in the article and my take on them.
Bottom line: in my opinion the parcel in question is not environmentally superior to others already identified in/around Lafayette for preservation/acquisition and the opportunity cost of denial is too high. Without specific economic impacts articulated I still see the proposed development as better than other proposals likely to come in its place later on. Speculation? Sure. However, I'll take the chance the revenue from a Lowe's will be useful to the city (read: open space funding) over watching the revenue go to a neighbor. Regional growth impacts will affect Lafayette either way.
For more details, look for the article in a couple weeks. In the meantime, here's an excerpt:
This basic question brings to bear the uncomfortable reality of dependence Colorado’s communities have on sales- and use-tax revenues. The short answer: yes, Lowe’s is “needed”. It is needed in the Machiavellian sense that Lafayette has the power to accept an offer to build a revenue generator that could otherwise locate just outside its borders in Erie or Broomfield. This annexation is an economic opportunity in the harsh competitive reality Colorado communities must face.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Here's how that would work: contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're willing to let me know who you are (although I don't care if you uses an online identity) and give me your email address, I can send an invite link to you. After you create a Blogger name and password (that's all it takes) you will have access to create a post when you want.
This whole plan works on the honor system; let me know if you're interested.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Trustee Tom Van Lone said staff "faced a no-win situation given the frequency and ferocity of the storms." Read more in the Daily Camera. He offered to head a committee to explore ways to improve the town's response to massive snowstorms.
There were front-loaders scraping my back street cul-de-sac in Lafayette last night at 8:30 PM. The 10-ft pile of snow and foot-deep potholes in the snow are just a reminder we live in COlorado. Life goes on, people...
As a writer I'm grateful for the amount of info I can find online with some concentrated search techniques. However, this decision to remove names is the right thing to do. On those TV shows with people being arrested, the reason some of their faces are fuzzed out is because they end up not being convicted, so you can't show their face. Online information should be the same way.
Lafayette police Cmdr. Rick Bashor is quoted: "We try to work with the press to try to get information to the community. ... But we kind of overlooked one small portion, and that's the ripple effect of that information being on the Web and some of it never seems to go away."
Save the online spotlight for the convicts, not the accused.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I've always liked this quote of Dr. King's:
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"What matters" is often different for each of us, however if it really matters deeply to me, I want to persuade others to understand the matter as I do, and learn why they may see the matter differently.
Nominations are due Friday and applications can be obtained online or call 303-441-1618 or email email@example.com.
Boulder County joins eight other Denver metropolitan area counties in seeking nominations for this tribute to outstanding youth, now in its 20th year. The Commissioners will honor all local nominees at a reception in early March. Four winners from Boulder County will be selected and recognized with the other metro honorees at a banquet on May 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The city advertises this as a way for citizens to ask him questions about any City program or project. This informal conversational setting is a great service offered by the Mayor.
Monday, January 08, 2007
State laws control the aspects of drilling, and EnCana (the oil company - click on "Jonah" to see local land they own) owns the mineral rights. They are simply allowed in, with noise and access issues only minimally regulated. Read about it more in the Daily Camera.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
If closing an iconic and ubiquitous business in Lafayette fits McDonald's vision, "small town" advocates in Lafayette must be jumping for joy. One less corporate interloper sucking away customers from the locally-owned dining establishments.
I hadn't been in that McDonald's for months (not a big fast food eater anymore) and don't feel its closing is any huge loss. Gust says the area is already served by other McDonald's. The owners of the Baseline/Hwy 287 McDonalds must be psyched to be the only game in town for Big Mac fans.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Superior's take on the storm on their website's homepage is to remind people of the ordinance requiring them to shovel their sidewalks, plus a notice on how to report potholes. I dug through Louisville's site to find their snow removal information, deep in the Public Works section.
And Erie is the only community to have the Mayor make a personal announcement about what's being done and asking for staff to answer questions about it too.
FROM ERIE MAYOR ANDREW MOORE:
(Friday, January 5, 2007, 6:00 AM, I added the bolding)
Our residential streets have started the melt off causing deeper ruts and a more challenging situation. Our plows were out today testing the efficiency of plowing the slush that has formed above the ice. The plows were not very effective as the blades would catch the ice below the slush and bend under. Our crews are out working where they can and are placing sand on primary and secondary streets with focus being on school bus stops, intersections, hills, and curves. The crews will continue to deal with the ice and snow tomorrow and over the weekend if necessary. Similar situations are occurring all over the front range in residential areas. As an example I saw a UPS truck in Boulder using chains.
Although the weather event was exceptional I am not satisfied with the overall capability of our response. At the our Board of Trustee meeting next Tuesday (1/9) at 7:00 pm at Town Hall (645 Holbrook), I've asked for an assessment of the snow removal situation from our Town Manager and Director of Public Works. We will be transparent on what happened, what our capabilities are, and what our options/costs are to expand snow removal capacity in the future.Most appear to realize the that we received more snow in December than we have in a century, truly causing a unique situation. Maybe there is not much more that can be done without significant taxpayer cost.
Then again, I'm a believer most processes can be continually improved. If you would like to listen in on this discussion, please attend our Board meeting next Tuesday. In the meantime here is pertinent contact information:- Road Safety Issues: Public Works - 303-926-2880- Erie Police: 303.926.2800 (911 for emergencies)- Click Here For Snow Removal Maps and Policy. Please be safe, and courteous to others, as we work through this together.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
This new deal deserves some interest as part of the original purchase agreement was designed to repay the city with sales tax revenues from the store, which never opened. The recent deal is meant to "force their hand" as Klaphake says.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
On a lighter but citizen-friendly note, the Resolution would require the District's meeting to be held in the evening so more people could attend. Read more in the Daily Camera article.
Perhaps the Resolution's eight requirements suffered from and "all or nothing" mandate. But the gist of the Resolution would have added more accountability to the District.
Read the Resolution's language here.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I've made my opinion known on this issue, and here is what even the County staff lists as a "con" to the proposals:
It is unlikely the Commissioners are going to change growth controls to allow for such multi-unit dwellings. So the mandate of certain building materials is raw heavy-handed government regulation. If the Commissioners make the green building mandatory without the attendant density changes that make such a program truly impactful, it will be a hollow feel-good victory for their environmentalist supporters. Go to this meeting to press them for more pragmatic regulation.
"Adopting such a program will not make any difference in resource use unless land use policies are changed to allow for mixed use and cluster development".
The meeting will be at the Boulder County Parks and Open Space offices at 5201 St. Vrain Rd in Longmont. For more info, call Michelle Kresek 720-564-2623 or check online. Check the Staff recommendations for change here.