Apex Announces Thursday Agenda for Two Area Pools

Included on the agenda are a proposal for a small recreation center with a pool at Fitzmorris Park and new hot-water therapy pool in a rebuilt Secrest recreation center.


SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 – 6:30 P. M.
Apex CenterRandall Room
13150 West 72nd Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80005


(Emergency items and other public business for which notice was not possible may be considered.)


(Each speaker is asked to limit comments to 5 minutes and to please not repeat previous comments.)


  1. Proposed 2016 Election Projects – Mike Miles
    a. Apex Center
    b. Arvada Tennis Center
    c. Fitzmorris Park Center/Pool
    d. Long Lake Ranch Regional Park
    e. Lutz Sports Complex
    f. Secrest Center





FitzmorrisCenterBuilding2015SecrestRecCenterBuildingSecrestRecCenterDrawingWHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Please see our earlier article about the importance of this meeting at



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11 Candidates Vie for 5 Arvada City Council Seats

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

And they’re off! Monday was the deadline for Council candidates to turn in their Nomination Petitions, and we finally know who is running and who isn’t. The petitions have already been validated by the City Clerk’s office. Below is a list of all the candidates, where you can contact them, where you can send campaign donations and the URLs for their websites.

This is a somewhat unusual Arvada City Council election. Normally only three or four of the Council’s seven seats are up for election (or reelection) at a time. Those seats come open every two years, and it’s typical for one or two of them to have only one candidate running.

Not this time. With the abrupt resignation of newly reelected Councilor Rachel Zenzinger in Council District 1 in 2013 (who ran unopposed), the usual election order was thrown into disarray, and we now have five open seats with 11 candidates offering to fill them. Unless there is a change in the City Charter* or someone else resigns, things should get back to normal in the next election cycle two years from now when there will only be a more manageable three seats open for the City Council.

But the high number of candidates also means that voters have a lot to learn about who is running if they are to be thoughtful voters – or if they want to financially support a candidate outside of their own Council district. Every Council member gets to vote on every issue coming before them.

Voters will have plenty of time to decide. There should not be any last-minute rush on election day to decide who to vote for. This will be a mail-in only ballot. You just mark your ballot when you are ready and drop it into a drive-by box next to City Hall. Or, you can put a stamp on it and save even that bother.

Ballot Drop Boxes at City Hall

Ballot Drop Boxes at City Hall


So here’s the list of all 11 candidates courtesy of the City Clerk’s office and from other online sources:

*** 2015 Arvada City Council Candidates ***

For Mayor (four-year term):

Marc Williams (incumbent)
6781 Lupine Circle
Arvada, CO 80007
phones: 720-935-4979
email: mwilliams@arvadalaw.net
website: http://marcwilliamsformayor.com

David Chandler
7930 Kendall Street
Arvada, CO 80003
phone: 303-424-9897
email: dave@mayordave.us
website: www.MayorDave.us

For Councilmember At Large (four-year term):

Bob Fifer (incumbent)
11762 W 56th Circle
Arvada, CO 80002
phones: 303-650-4544/w
email: bob@bobfifer.com
website: www.bobfifer.com

Kathy Drulard
10452 W 77th Place
Arvada, CO 80005
phones: 303-981-5690/w
email: KathyDruArvada@aol.com 
website: www.kathydrulard.com

Carl Campanella
9145 Oberon Road, #214
Arvada, CO 80004
phone: 303-923-5119/w
emails: d.Campanella@outlook.com
website: Carl4Arvada.com

For Councilmember District 1 (two-year term):

Jerry Marks (incumbent)
8250 Garland Drive
Arvada, CO 80005
phones: 303-423-9949/w
email: jmarks@customsvds.com
website: JerryMarks.info

Nancy Ford
8404 Everett Way, Unit C
Arvada, CO 80005
phones: 970-225-9136/w
email: nFord@Fordresearchgroup.com
websites: www.fordresearchgroup.com

Councilmember District 2 (four-year term):

Mark McGoff (incumbent)
7855 Allison Court
Arvada, CO 80005
phones: 303-945-0059/c
email: mlmcg41@comcast.net
website: www.markmcgoff.com

David Palm
7029 Upham Street
Arvada, CO 80003
phones: 303-420-9859/h
emails: davepalm@HackberryHill.net
websites: davepalm.com

Councilmember District 4 (four-year term):

Bob Dyer (incumbent)
7433 Queen Circle
Arvada, CO 80005
phones: 303-423-8080/w
email: bob@bobdyer.com
website: ElectBobDyer.com (under construction)

David Jones
8498 Rogers Loop
Arvada, CO 80007
phones: 303-949-0452/w
email: davidforArvada@gmail.com
website: DavidforArvada.com

Bookmark this page and check for updates to this posting on RalstonCommunity.org, since candidates sometimes change their contact information or websites. We’ll also try to add some candidate portraits when we have them all, so you can put a face with a name.

The City of Arvada’s Clerk’s office has a handy webpage that you can use to follow such things as campaign contributions and other candidate filings. The first finance contribution reports should be added shortly after September 21st. Here’s the link:


Also coming up are likely to be one or more candidates’ forums organized by the Chamber of Commerce or by other non-partisan organizations.   With every open seat being contested, we’ll try to post information about that on our neighborhood association website when find out about them.

Some of the candidates are also active on Facebook pages to the point where those pages have become de facto campaign sites. And don’t forget, the CLRC’s steering committee will have its own question list for the candidates about issues they see as most important to the central Arvada neighborhoods.

*And more candidates in each election and more districts are possible. Some candidates are endorsing a platform to change the City Charter to increase the number of City Council members to 13 from the current seven members. That means six or seven seats would be up for election every two years.

And just as a reminder: “The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community does not endorse candidates for public office. However, we often post candidacy announcements, press releases, interviews and questionnaire responses for those running for office. And we encourage our members to actively support whatever candidate they choose during elections.”

August 25, 2015

[edit — Kathy Drulard’s email address corrected on 25 August 2015]
[update — Tracy Kraft-Tharp added this note: Thanks John. I’m having an informal candidate forum where people can chat 1-1 with candidates Sat Oct 17 11:30-1 Standley Lake library.” on August 25th]

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Apex to Present Fitzmorris Pool Plans for Public Input on September 3rd

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

[updated 25 August 2015]

The public comment period will be brief. At an August 20th Apex Park & Recreation District board meeting, the board was given a quick overview of what a replacement for the Fisher Pool might look like. The board is planning to give the public an opportunity for feedback at its next meeting scheduled for September 3rd at 6:30 pm. The board is then planning to formally approve its bond package concept at its following meeting scheduled for September 17th.

Included in the package will be a pool that looks smaller than Fisher used to be and [a] rec center at Fitzmorris Park adjacent to Fitzmorris elementary school. Also included in the package will be five other city-wide bond projects for public recreation. Here’s the list with each facilities’ estimated cost:

Arvada Tennis Center, $5.5 million
Long Lake Ranch, parking, light additions, $4.3 million
Lutz Field, renovation/reconfiguration, $4.3 million
Fitzmorris site center/pool, $4.8 million
Secrest site center, $7.8 million
Apex Center – renovation, splash pad addition, $1.5 million

Overall Fitzmorris Center site plan

Overall Fitzmorris Center site plan

These amounts are tentative estimates figured by the architectural firm of Barker Rinker Seacat, who often does construction estimates for the recreation district. The list totals to $28.3 million, and Apex hopes to take the whole package to the voters in May of next year.

The amount expected to be raised from a bond renewal is only $25.0 million, leaving a $3.3 million shortfall. The current plan is for the Apex board to ask the Arvada City Council to use the $3.1 million it has set aside in their budget to replace the Fisher pool to be given instead to Apex to be used to cover the budget shortfall.

Apex, in turn, would cover the annual operational deficit that the Fitzmorris Center is expected to carry, since, even with user fees, it will not make a profit for the district. This is different than an earlier proposal by the Arvada City Manager that, if Apex would build the facility, the City could, in exchange, escrow the $3.1 million and use it to cover the operating deficit of a Fitzmorris recreation center.

The estimated cost to build the Fitzmorris Center is a bit surprising in a couple of different ways: The cost was more than an earlier estimate of $3.2 million to $4.0 million for the project. But that estimate seems to have been based upon the cost of a similar private facility built for the Candelas subdivision in west Arvada.

And the cost was also surprisingly low for a Fisher Pool replacement. Nine years ago, Apex went to the voters asking to bond a $6.9 million replacement for that pool that would not have included a recreation center, but would have included a 50-meter pool, aquatics play area and teen action slides.   No other issues were on the ballot; and, although it passed locally, the district-wide vote was 55% against the proposal.

But the proposed Fitzmorris Center would have an attached, year-round fee-based recreation facility that the previous bond proposal did not have. Outgoing Apex Executive Director Mike Miles said that the non-pool recreational elements were included to help make the facility more self-sustaining in its future operational expenses. The land in the Fitzmorris proposal would be provided for free by the City without a cost to the recreation district.


Apex hopes to go to the voters to renew its expiring bonds in May of 2016, but a delay to November of 2016 is still possible. The bond renewal will not be on this year’s November ballot.

If the proposal passes in May, a Fitzmorris rec center and outdoor pool may not be completed before the end of the 2017 summer season because of the needed lead time for planning, design and construction. That would mean a pool opening in early 2018 – 10 years after the old Fisher Pool was pulled out in 2008 and 13 years after it was shut down in 2005.

That’s a little vague at this point. The August 20th presentation plan drawing included an outdoor pool with six straight lap lanes, a shallow pool option and a recreation facility that included a weights-and-fitness room, and a separate aerobics studio. This is just an 8500 square foot concept design. It was not clear whether the pool would have a deep end with diving board facilities as the old Fisher Pool in Ralston Central Park did.

From the concept, it also looks like the school will be getting a larger parking lot than it has now.

The photos of the meeting’s projection-screen images in this report were taken with a hand-held pocket camera that had a lot of lint caught in its lens. Hopefully, better quality imagery will be available to the public before the board gives its formal approval to the plan on September 17th.

Executive Director Mike Miles plans to give a half-hour PowerPoint presentation on all six proposed district facilities at its September 3rd meeting. The PowerPoint presentation will not be available to the public beforehand, so you really have to attend and pay attention if you want to comment at that meeting. Otherwise, your only opportunity to comment may be on September 17th when the board takes formal action.

Mr Miles said that, since the site is a City of Arvada park, Apex would be relying on the City to hold public meetings on the impact on the school and the local neighborhoods around Fitzmorris. City Parks director, Gordon Reusink, who was not at the meeting, later said that the City would coordinate future public meetings on the project with Apex. Mr Reusink also said that the City’s ongoing discussions with the school district were still being held at the staff-to-staff level. Nor has Apex’s cost-sharing proposal yet been scheduled for a discussion with the full City Council.

Just as a personal observation: the summer traffic generated by the outdoor pool should not be more than when the school is in session. The site approaches already have a good array of speed humps and stop signs to encourage traffic calming near the school. And, considering how much traffic and parking demand Ralston Central Park has generated on Garrison and Brooks Drive since it reopened, the overall effects on the larger neighborhood could well be very positive. However, the effects of traffic generated by the attached recreation facility during school hours are a little harder to predict since the neighborhood experiences high peaks when school starts and lets out each weekday.

At this point, talking to an Apex Board of Directors member or an Arvada City Council member seems like the best option for getting more information. However, Director Whitfield was not present at this last meeting and may not be as well informed as the other Apex directors.

[Update:  Director Jim Whitfield has provided quality images of the six recreation proposals on his own website at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Colorado.SDA.Apex.PRD/permalink/972489742801768/  ]

Retiring Apex Executive Director Mike Miles should still be available through the plan’s approval phase. No Arvada City Council members were present at the August 20th meeting, nor were any Arvada City Staff members. City Councilors Fifer and Allard (both At Large members) are the City’s official representatives to the Apex board.

The CLRC neighborhood association has covered the issue of a replacement for the Fisher Pool in Ralston Central Park (aka the North Jeffco Pool) since the organization was formed in 2010. Here are links to the most recent articles we’ve published:






And, as always, the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

You can read all of our articles on our main website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at

c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


August 22, 2015

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Mark McGoff Announces He’s Running for Re-Election in City Council District 2

Incumbent Arvada City Council member Mark McGoff has announced that he is running for re-election in District 2. Here is the announcement for his kick-off event this Saturday. Council District 2 covers central Arvada east of Olde Wadsworth Boulevard to Sheridan, the southeast corner of Arvada and then running north up to the limits of Council District 1.

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 Campaign Kick Off Event


Mark McGoff, Candidate for Re-election to Arvada City Council

Saturday, August 15, 2015


The Egg and I

8025 Sheridan Blvd

(In the King Soopers Shopping Center)

1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

At this event Mark will kick off his “On the Forward Path” campaign, discuss his accomplishments, and his areas of emphasis in a new term.

Mark says: “Arvada is truly a great city. From the energy and vibrancy of Olde Town, to the serene beauty of our parks and trails, to our family-oriented festivals and community events, to our thriving businesses, to our strong inclusive neighborhoods and friendly citizens, we are a city that responds to the needs and challenges of change in our community. Our best days are not somewhere in either a mythical or real past. Our best days are now – and in the future we are creating for all the citizens of Arvada. I ask you to support my re-election to the Arvada City Council so we can create the very best community together.”

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For more information contact Mark McGoff at mlmcg41@comcast.net 303-423-5258 or you can go to the candidate’s campaign website at


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And, as always, “The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community does not endorse candidates for public office. However, we often post candidacy announcements, press releases, interviews and questionnaire responses for those running for office. And we encourage our members to actively support whatever candidate they choose during elections.”



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Developer Moves Fast on Arvada Square

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

An informal community meeting held on July 30th was one of the most interesting that I’ve attended. It was called by a group of developers looking for public feedback on their concept plans to repurpose both the old Safeway building and Big O tire shop in the Arvada Square part of the Triangle (aka, Ralston Creek North). But at the same time it was one of the least informative meetings I’ve been to. Very little new information was available, and at first I couldn’t help but wonder why the developer called the meeting at all.

Architect Tim Van Meter describing the development area

Architect Tim Van Meter describing the development area

But it’s what wasn’t said at the meeting that I found to be the most interesting. And for the most part, things are looking pretty positive for the neighborhoods living next to the Triangle shopping centers. I’m hoping we will soon see a lot of new retail going in on that corner.

This article is mostly commentary, and I’ll try to keep my own opinions to a minimum. Anyone with their own thoughts can chime in using the ’Leave a comment’ line below.

24 Hour Fitness concept

24 Hour Fitness in the old Safeway building

First, here’s what IS new: the three developers, Loftus, Van Meter, and Mapleton, had conceptual renderings for two of the buildings to be rebuilt on the seven-acre site. One of those is the old Safeway building. The conceptual drawing has the 24 Hour Fitness logo on it. The building is being reduced in size to meet the tenant’s needs by cutting off the front and back portions of the building and making that new space available for parking. The fitness center looks pretty nice and it won’t be recognizable as an old grocery store. But the contemporary design will still leave a long blank wall facing the creek to the east.

I thought it would have been cheaper to pull the old building down altogether and rebuild from scratch, but apparently it’s not. When they first made their proposal, 24 Hour Fitness was said to be willing to spend $6 million refurbishing the building. That’s a lot, but then there is also a pool to put in and a roof to be rebuilt.

New retail concept for the Big O site

New retail concept for the Big O site

The other building is the old Big O tire shop, right on the corner of Independence and Ralston Road. In the concept drawings shown here, no tenant is identified, nor is its proposed use. But the developer did say that they were hoping to attract restaurants to this area, and to build some of them with rooftop terraces with views looking out to the mountains. Considering how different the existing Big O looks compared to the concept design, it seems likely that the old building will just be pulled down.

Also shown were some marked-up aerial views that indicated the location of where other buildings were going and a concept for a well-landscaped ‘main street’ running east-west through the middle of it all. Most of the retail buildings will be built close to the road with the parking behind in other landscaped areas. No new housing is being proposed for this area. The area that includes the Chuck E Cheese strip mall is not part of this development, and no information was provided about it.

Arvada Square - proposed buildings are in white

Arvada Square – proposed buildings are in white – click to enlarge

That’s pretty much it for designs and building locations. But there was a little more information. The results of the soil tests the developer paid for are back and there is soil contamination that will have to be mitigated. But this contamination from old businesses is thought to be a manageable expense.

And then there was something surprising: The developers will be submitting their preliminary desgns to the City in two weeks, hence this meeting now. Developers are generally required to hold their own community meetings before submitting plans to the City for approval. The developer expects to break ground on the project in the first quarter of 2016. That’s right, March. We could have new retail opening up on this site by the time the new Walmart across the street opens up late next year.

That’s nearly a year sooner than I would have thought possible. Why? To answer that question, one needs to consider what DIDN’T happen at this community meeting. Most importantly, there was no announcement that Loftus had reached an agreement with AURA for the rights to build on this property, or on what subsidies he will need to clear the land and build there.

If even there were a preliminary agreement, the AURA Board of Commissioners would still have to approve the agreement in principal. And then a contract has to be drafted for them to approve at a following meeting. AURA is not offering a TIF (tax-increment financing) for this project, so if some other form of tax-rebate financing is needed, the City Council will have to approve that beforehand. And that may require an ordinance with a first and second reading.

Normally, only after all of that has taken place will a developer go out and get financing and use that funding to do things such as putting together preliminary plans for the City to approve.

None of that has happened.   Nor is it scheduled to happen soon. Arvada Square is not on the boards’ agenda in August, although this issue could be discussed in executive session. But even then, it looks like it will be September, at the earliest, before the developer will know whether he will actually be able to build on this site.

What also wasn’t announced is that there was an agreement in place with 24 Hour Fitness to move onto the site. Apparently, that is yet to come. Ominously, Jim Loftus said that he has no ‘Plan B’ for the building if he can’t reach an agreement with the fitness center people, but he would continue with the developments closer to Ralston Road.

In the meantime, without financing, he has obviously spent a lot of time and money on soil borings for contamination evaluation and determining foundation needs. He’s also gone to the expense of putting together preliminary design plans for both 24-Hour Fitness and for Big O. This developer is ready to go, and it looks like he’s also not afraid of taking risks.

Except perhaps for one. Timing. If they wait, the developers may not be able to get the financing they need and nothing will be built. Right now the economy is booming. Employment is up. People have more money to spend. Interest rates are low and the banks are willing to lend.  That’s now. In 2017 it could be a very different story. Some, including Councilor Bob Dyer, are fearful of a recession caused by rising interest rates as soon as 2017.

Site of the former Big O tire shop at Independence and Ralston Road

Site of the former Big O tire shop at Independence and Ralston Road

It was Rich Schierburg, one of the developers of Arvada Ridge, including the Target and the Arvada Station apartments, who once quipped to the AURA board, “The three most important things in real estate development are, timing, timing and timing.” He said if the timing hadn’t been right, he could never have pulled together his Arvada Ridge projects.

And there may be one more issue pushing the developer forward: Banks don’t like uncertainty when deciding to make loans. And there is plenty of uncertainty coming up on January 1, 2016 when a new urban-renewal law comes into effect. I don’t really understand all the new law’s provisions, or even whether it affects existing urban renewal areas. I expect the City’s and AURA’s attorneys are still trying to figure that out as well. But from what I can tell, ANY special district will be able to put a hold on an urban renewal authority signing a development contract if they don’t like its provisions.   That hold could be in the form of a 120-day arbitration session followed by litigation. Even a sewage district could do that, and it could be a deal killer.

Here are just a few more notes on the meeting. I didn’t count, but it looked like about 50 people attended. It was supposed to be an open house, but turned out to be as much a question-and-answer session.

Meeting room at the Mile High Vineyard

Meeting room at the Mile High Vineyard

District 3 City Councilor John Marriot sat in the audience, as did Community Development Director Rita McConnell, AURA’s Maureen Phair and Clark Walker. I don’t recall seeing any members of the AURA Board of Commissioners. Councilor Marriott spoke briefly on improvements all along Ralston Road in response to a question.

A couple of City Council candidates also sat in on the meeting. Some attendees wanted to know the details of ongoing contract negotiations with the developer, but the developer declined to discuss those. There’s not really much point in asking about contract negotiations. As provided by law, contract negotiations are confidential and discussed in executive session. That’s true for both AURA and the City. The information from those sessions is not to be disclosed, even by the developer.

And because the negotiations are ongoing, there was no discussion of the development incentives being offered for this site. But some things we already know. A TIF seems unlikely, because there is probably none to offer. The last I heard was that this area is still below its ‘frozen baseline’ property tax level, due to its further decline since this urban renewal district was created in 2003. There is also no PIF (public improvement fee) to offer. Part of this property is already under the PIF fee set up to get Walmart to come into Arvada Plaza across the street. (There’s no TIF there either.) The City is unlikely to agree to add another PIF on top of that.

So it seems that what is left to be offered is pretty much low-cost (or even free) land to build on with a somewhat usable building. That will probably be given in exchange for cleaning up the property (including hazmat), regrading the land, the usual assortment of utility upgrades, intersection improvements, and a slug of public improvements such as new curb and gutter, sidewalks, streetscaping, landscaping, high-tech lighting, and bike/ped connections to the Ralston Creek trail.

So, is this development proposal good for Arvada? Is it good for the Triangle? Is it good for those of who live in the neighborhoods nearby?

In my opinion, the answer to all three questions is ‘yes’. And I hope we do see a March groundbreaking.

And another attendee, who is a local business owner, wrapped up his thoughts with this comment and some audience laughter, “I appreciate what you and the City are doing for the neighborhood. I know it’s a very, very difficult thing dealing with us, but I like where you are going.”

The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority has a monthly business meeting this Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30 pm. As mentioned earlier, Arvada Square is not scheduled to be on the open part of the agenda. But a workshop about the new urban renewal law is. For those living near run-down areas of Arvada and who would welcome seeing an urban renewal area set up near them (such as near Arvada High School), this may be of interest.

The meeting will, however, have a brief ‘Development Update’ that should mention the Triangle.

And just to repeat, the CLRC has run several articles about the developments in the Arvada Square part of the Triangle. Here’s a link to a more recent one:


The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) also has a short write-up on the May 27th meeting at this link:


The Denver Post has an article covering the Arvada Square development at


And, as always, the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

You can read all of our articles on our main website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at

c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


August 1, 2015

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Triangle Developer to Hold Another Community Meeting on Thursday Night

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

The potential developer for the northeast corner of the intersection Ralston Road and Independence Street will be holding another meeting to discuss his plans for developing this part of the Triangle shopping center, also known as Arvada Square and Ralston Creek North. The area holds seven acres running from Holland Street to Independence north of Ralston Road. It includes the empty Safeway building, as well as the former Big O tire shop on the corner, and the nearby Triangle Liquors store.

Arvada Square community meeting on May 27, 2015

Arvada Square community meeting on May 27, 2015

The meeting announcement is a little bit of a surprise. Loftus Developments has been in negotiation with Arvada’s urban renewal authority for some months now, but no development contract has yet been awarded by the Board of Commissioners. So we don’t actually know if Loftus will be the primary developer or not. The next AURA board meeting is not scheduled until August 5th.

Loftus held an initial public meeting last May 27th. It was well attended and many questions were put to the developer. But many of those questions could not be answered. Those included which businesses will be getting an offer to stay on, whether the Safeway building is to be pulled down or rebuilt, if 24 Hour Fitness will locate there, how much mitigation would be needed for further flood control, or even whether Loftus would be doing a second phase in the Chuck E Cheese part of the strip mall in late 2016.

Concept drawings were made available at that meeting showing different development possibilities, depending upon what partnerships were put together. But without a development contract with urban renewal, this developer cannot enter into real negotiations with the existing Arvada Square business tenants, let alone enter into agreements with new businesses that might want to locate in the rebuilt shopping center. And the Safeway building could end up being a new fitness center, or it could be a block of apartments, or a senior living facility, or even owner-occupied townhomes.

And if Loftus doesn’t work out, there are other developers in the wings who have also made unsolicited proposals to develop on the site with their own development concepts.

This meeting is being held at a different site than the one where the May 27th community meeting was held at. This one will be at


AT 6:00 PM

The CLRC has run several articles about the developments in the Arvada Square part of the Triangle. Here’s a link to a more recent one:


The Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) also has a short write-up on the May 27th meeting at this link:


The Denver Post has an article covering the Arvada Square development at


And, as always, the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

You can read all of our articles on our main website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at

c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


July 27, 2015

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Opinion: Arvada Needs Leaders

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Okay everyone. Listen up! Arvada needs smart, young and well-informed citizens to lead the City into its next generations. If that’s you – or if it could be you – you need to be aware of two educational offers that will soon expire and may not come your way again. Both the City of Arvada and the Arvada Chamber of Commerce are offering courses that should tell you exactly how the gears and wheels turn that have given Arvada the enviable reputation of being one of the best places in Colorado to live.

Knowing how local government works is the first step in becoming a community leader. You don’t need a college degree, influential friends, a lot of money, or well-paying job to give back to your city some of what it gave to you while you were growing up here. And you don’t have to become a City Council member or a Mayor to contribute. You don’t even have to stand up and give speeches. Arvada has many boards and commissions that serve functions almost as important, and that require a lot less personal time.

But you do need to learn, and you need to learn a lot. You need to learn about things as mundane as how your water bill is put together, how we fix and build our roads, how we plan for growth, how we make decisions, and you need to learn how organizations other than the City of Arvada’s government also provide for our community needs. And finding out what you need learn isn’t that easy. That’s why these two courses are a golden opportunity both for self-improvement and for bettering your community

So why plan to go through all that book learnin’ and then volunteer to be on one of Arvada’s many public service boards and commissions? It’s true that Arvada is rich in volunteers for things like City boards and advisory committees. But it’s also true that our volunteers and leaders are part of an ageing population. The City could really use a younger perspective on what we are and what our future should be.

Below are the cut-and-paste announcements for each course. The ‘City Hall 101’ course is free. Actually, it’s more than free. They will feed you a bit as well. But the course is new and it will probably concentrate just on City functions.

The better course is probably the Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Leadership Arvada’ course. They will probably feed you too, but it’s far from free. Actually, it’s pretty darn expensive. On the plus side, they have offered it for a number of years and have had the time to work out all the bugs. And the course includes other than just City of Arvada functions.

But don’t let the CoC’s tuition costs put you off. I’ve heard that many attendees are sponsored by their employers (ask them!), and for those that aren’t, the Chamber offers scholarships to those who want to attend. If you are a member of one of Arvada’s minority communities or have good connections to them, I would not hesitate to apply for free enrollment. Arvada’s Hispanic, African American and east European communities are very underrepresented in City government.   And the Chamber can well afford to pop for a scholarship or two or three.

Here are the two announcements:

City of Arvada “City Hall 101”


City of Arvada Launches First Ever City Hall 101
Are you interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at how local government works? Do you want to get more involved in and have a positive impact on your community? The City of Arvada is launching City Hall 101 to provide YOU with that opportunity.

What is City Hall 101?
City Hall 101 is a series of classes offering citizens an in-depth look at city services. Beginning September 17, 2015, participants will attend a total of 12 classes (once or twice per month) on Thursday evenings, covering every aspect of Arvada’s government structure as well as the Apex Recreation District and Arvada Fire Protection District.

What Can I Expect from City Hall 101?
City Hall 101 will be highly informative, interactive and fun! Meet the City Manager and other members of City staff at such locations as the Arvada Center, police station and water treatment facility. The classes are free and light snacks and beverages will be available. Upon graduation from City Hall 101 in April of 2016, participants will be well-equipped to be effective participants in neighborhood and civic affairs.

Class size is limited to 32 participants. The deadline to apply is August 14, 2015.

[To apply follow this link: http://arvada.org/about-arvada/city-of-arvada-city-hall-101/ ]

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There is still time to apply for Leadership Arvada!



Participants in the program will complete the 9-month program better equipped with

An in-depth knowledge about the fabric of Arvada including your city government, non-profit community, education, business and much more.

Strong relationships with their class and community leaders.

Sharpened leadership skills through personal and professional development.

A big impact on Arvada’s future with a community project.





Leadership/Professional Development
Meet some of our community leaders and hear what best practices got them were they are today. Hone your own skills through professional development sessions and learning from each other.

Non-Profit Organizations/Service Club
Learn first-hand how organizations like Ralston House, Colorado Homeless Families, services clubs and other agencies contribute to the quality of life in our community. You will be amazed at the hidden gems that work quietly to improve the lives of others.

Local Government
Meet with City elected officials and management to discuss challenges facing the community, leadership opportunities and the importance of community involvement. Participate in a mock trail and experience first-hand challenges City Council faces.

County Government
Gain insight into the interworking’s of Jefferson County Government. Hear from key elected officials like Jefferson County Sheriff, Commissioners and First Judicial District Attorney. There are many initiatives that affect us at the county level.

Arts and Culture
Go behind the scenes of the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and learn what makes it one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary art centers. What challenges does it face and who funds this fantastic venue? Visit the Banquet center and learn what’s on the horizon for these separate organinzations.

Economic Development/Business
Arvada is home to robust mix of thousands of businesses. Each fills a need and contributes to the vitality of our community. Learn about the role of Arvada Economic Development, Arvada Urban Renewal and Arvada Chamber of Commerce and how they support economic development in Arvada. How has the Goldline spurred development and what issues will it bring?

Tour a school from one of Arvada’s many pedagogies: Public, Private, Charter and Parochial.  See how they make an impact on the next generation of leaders. Learn more the amazing community college that is in your own backyard—Red Rocks Community College! Did you know they offer a Physicians Assistant program—only a handful of community colleges across the nation boast this honor.

Law Enforcement
Interact with the officers who provide Arvada with a safe and secure community. Did you know the Arvada Police Department was the first accredited agency in the state of Colorado? Participate in an emergency preparedness exercise and gain valuable insight into effort it takes to keep our citizens safe.

Fire Protection District
Learn more about this special district and how they do so much more than fight fires. From emergency services to life safety education this CFAI accredited district is a highly valued benefit of living in Arvada. You might even have the opportunity to ride the ’95 aerial ladder truck.

Learn about and discuss the various components of Arvada’s award winning park and trail system, roles of the different park and recreation organizations and publically owned golf courses.

Public Works
Where does our water come from? Learn the sophisticated network of streets, fleet management and water quality and so much more.

For more information please contact Lynn Sierras-Krone at


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7305 Grandview Ave
Arvada, CO 80002

[This posting was received via email on July 23, 2015]


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