The Loveland City Council was publicly scolded by two Loveland residents
Tuesday night (April 3, 2007) on two separate issues.
Tim Veldhuizen, a downtown business owner and Loveland resident, asked
the Council for more support of the old downtown area. He stated that
December was a disaster for downtown businesses see video clip of his
comments and commented on the declining level of services for downtown.
He requested the Council partner with business in downtown to assist in the
ongoing revitalization and growth on the downtown area.
John Rust also advised the Council that Lake Lovelandâ€™s largest
adjacent property owner is the City itself. He reminded the Council that the
Recreation Association that now controls surface water rights for lake
Loveland does so as part of a larger agreement with the ditch company that
included the city allowing the use of city property for their loading dock and
Councilman Klassen was the only elected official to follow-up on these
complaints during the meeting and requested staff provide information to
the Council about leverage the city may enjoy through older agreements
before agreeing to pay the 300% increase in the swim beach lease
agreement with the Loveland Recreational Association.
The City Manager, Don Williams, announced the recommendation to close
the swim beach on Lake Loveland by the staff has been withdrawn and will
not come before Council again.
New Evening Downtown Parking Soon To Be made
Williams also announced that new parking will be available downtown in a
Larimer County controlled parking lot as the result of recent negotiations
with the County. He stated the County initially misunderstood the request
but later agreed when it was explained that the parking would only be open
during non-business hours in the evenings. The parking lot is located next
to Railroad Ave. downtown.
Encroachment on Public Rights of Way Revisited
Due to a clerical error in not posting the item after first reading, the
resolution allowing a private developer to close-off public streets for the
exclusive use of homebuyers was re-approved by Council in a 6-3 vote.
The Mayor, Larry Walsh, and Councilmembers Skowron and Dozier voted
no while the rest of the Council voted yes.
What makes this unusual is the fact Dave Clark recuesed himself from the
vote last March by stating he had a conflict of interest. At the April 3, 2007
meeting Clark freely voted on the item only two weeks later as if a conflict
never existed. In addition, Councilman Steve Dozier, who quickly moved
approval without offering any discussion, voted against the measure.
Parliamentary Procedure does allow the maker of a motion to vote against it
provided no negative comments are made when the motion is on the floor
New Appropriations and Re-Appropriations
The City Council unanimously approved the proposed new spending by city
staff for 2007 while also re-authorizing funds for projects started in 2006
but still not finished in 2007. The Council followed the staff
recommendation that $500,000 of City Council Reserves be tapped to make-
up the cost overruns at the old Larimer County Fairgrounds conversion to a
public park. According to city budget officer, John Hartman, current
projections for the City Council reserve for end of 2007 should be
approximately $6.7 million.
The proposed new spending and re-appropriation resolution only received
questions from Council on issues raised by the Loveland Reporter-Herald
regarding the $1 million cost overrun for building Fairgrounds Park.
CEF (Capital Expansion Fees) Changes Approved by
Council unanimously supported a staff request to significantly increase the
CEFâ€™s on new homes to be built in the community. The same measure
proposes reducing the fees on both commercial and industrial new
developments. CEF is the term used by the city in describing the fees
collected from developers to acquire the capital required to provide city
services to a growing population. The specific methodology for arriving at
the fee schedule was not shared with the public or Council but it was shown
next to amounts for the same fees in neighboring communities.
Several Council members questioned the rising number of â€œroof-topsâ€�
in the community and the fact they actually cost the city more versus
bringing-in any positive. Staff explained that capital expansion fees pays for
buildings, land and other capital expenses required to operate city services.
The â€œroof-topâ€� costs, staff explained, refers to â€œoperating costsâ
€� studied by the residential use impact study presented to Council.
City Manager Don Williams asserted that one needs to consider the
residents do create a positive to the operating costs since one needs to
consider, â€œhouses will always cost more to serveâ€� but part of the
problem is the model he pointed out saying, â€œsince it attributes income to
the commercial business location instead of the household where that
money is actually coming from.â€�
Regional studies of commuters in Northern Colorado donâ€™t support the
City Managerâ€™s logic. Houses in Greeley and Johnstown that create
more operating expenses than they pay are a drag on those communities if
the residents are shopping in Loveland instead of their own community.
Similarly, Loveland has become a â€œbedroom communityâ€� since
approximately 45% of residents work outside Loveland and presumably also
shop (at least in part) in the cities where they work.
2030 Transportation Plan
The 2030 Transportation Plan was unanimously approved by the City
Council. Gene Pielin questioned the wisdom of using the cheaper chip-seal
process to repave streets in town. Staff commented that â€œrecyclingâ€�
in-place saves millions of dollars. Pielin asked staff to â€œtoot your horn a
little moreâ€™ so citizens are aware of what is being done to improve
transportation into the future for Loveland.â€�
|Loveland City Council Speeds Through Packed Agenda
- Public Comments Mostly Ignored
April 3, 2007 Meeting
|Longtime Loveland resident, John Rust,
educates the City Council about previous
agreements regarding Lake Loveland
suggesting the boat ramp on city property was
provided in exchange for the swim beach.
Later, Rust questions more money going to
Fairground Park when previous projects were
never finished, ie. bike trail loop and fishing
pier extending over south Lake Loveland.
|City Budget manager, John
Hartman, explains to Councilman
Walt Skowron that the proposal
before him includes new
appropriations not just money
already budgeted for in the past.
|City Manager, Don Williams,
announces good news for sharing a
county parking lot and informs Council
the proposal to close the swim beach at
Lake Loveland will not be brought back
|Councilman Gene Pielin, in a likely
reference to LovelandPolitics.com, joked
that people also say he sleeps too much at
Council meetings. Well Gene, here you
go - four sleepy images from the April 3,
|While we have poked fun at Councilor Pielin
for sleeping during meetings, here our
photographer caught Steve Dozier appearing
to doze - head in hand. He said absolutely
nothing during the entire April 3, meeting
except to introduce motions. On the gated
community, Dozier moved to pass the item
and than voted no. A number of emails to
this site question if he attended certain
meetings - the answer is yes - only he may
have looked just like this for most of the
meeting - that is why he wasn't seen.
|Councilman Heckel (left)
and City Manager
Brown and Councilman
Klassen (from left to right