City Road Improvements and a Tax Increase


Well, it’s now up on the City’s website.  The Arvada City Council is looking for feedback on whether or not they should put a tax issue on the November ballot (or later) to increase Arvada’s general city sales tax by another 0.5% (50 cents on every $100 purchase).  You’ll have till August 15th to respond to on to the online poll.  I’ll be writing more about this later, but here’s a link to the info page and the polling link.  –John Kiljan

BetterRoads

http://arvada.org/explore/transportation/better-roads-arvada-survey 

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The CLRC Ends its Neighborhood Association – Website to Continue


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Last month marked the end of the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community (CLRC) as a neighborhood association.  Hopefully, the CLRC will continue as an intermittent neighborhood news service as long as it is needed.  But article postings – especially those about upcoming community events – will become a lot less frequent.

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And, except for a few possible ad-hoc gatherings, our annual meetings and steering committee meetings will also go away.  As it is, the CLRC hasn’t needed to have a general meeting for a couple years, and our steering committee meetings, although more frequent, have been almost as limited.

SO WHY ARE WE GOING AWAY?
The short answer is that this neighborhood association no longer seems to be needed.  But before going into why that is true, and what will remain of the organization, we should quickly review why our organization was formed in the first place.

A LITTLE HISTORY
The CLRC was organized in late 2010 at the suggestion of then Arvada Councilor Shelley Cook.  Councilor Cook had noticed how effective neighborhood associations were in providing public input on development issues in other metro-area neighborhoods.  In a nutshell, elected officials and those who establish policy are more interested in hearing feedback from organizations than they are in dealing with individual feedback that may not represent the community at large.

And there were a lot of issues facing the neighborhoods near the central Ralston Road corridor at that time.  Those, in no particular order, included

  • the pending redevelopment of what was to become Ralston Central Park,
  • the need to redevelop the growing eyesore that the Triangle shopping centers had become,
  • where to park cars in an Olde Town that was becoming an increasingly popular place to visit,
  • the loss of the North Jeffco community swimming pool (aka, the Fisher Pool) at Garrison Street,
  • the possible loss of the community gardens at 57th and Garrison,
  • the unusable sidewalks and narrow lanes on Ralston Road, and
  • the decline of opportunities for healthy activities for young people in the neighborhood,

These were most of the important issues identified by participants during the first couple of neighborhood association meetings held by the CLRC.  But a lot has changed in five years.  Not all of those issues have been resolved, but many have, and there are now well-defined plans to deal with the rest of them.

However, in the following years, many new issues came up.  Those included Walmart’s offer to move into the Triangle, the development of Wolff Park, the closing of the Safeway, the potential closing of the UC Health emergency room, the redesign of Memorial Park, rising house prices and rental rates, the lack of new owner-occupied housing and the reasons why, flood remediation, City Council elections, a bizarre proposal to take space from businesses along Ralston Road to put in parallel parking, legislation to restrict urban renewal, higher density apartments near Olde Town, what appears to be a growing homeless problem in the City, the increasing use of the Lutz/Stenger sports complex, development plans for Arvada Square, scrape-offs in historic residential areas, the failure of prominent businesses in Olde Town, changing the management of the Arvada center, designing and building a modern hotel in Olde Town, street maintenance issues, and a variety of other issues related to the coming of the Gold Line commuter rail line to Olde Town and to Arvada Ridge.  Keeping our neighborhoods informed about all those issues took far more effort than first anticipated.

RALSTONCOMMUNITY.ORG TO REMAIN
When formed, one of the purposes of the CLRC was to keep people informed about what was happening in central Arvada. In 2010 the need was definitely there.  YourHub and the Arvada Press could only touch on local news events, and the abundant number of Arvada Facebook and Nextdoor social media groups we have now had not yet come about.  The City of Arvada also greatly improved its social media outreach during that time.  These days it is easy to find out what is happening in Arvada through a variety of sources, and Arvada citizens seem to have become much more socially aware of what is happening in the City during the last decade.

In the last five-and-a-half years the CLRC has posted 340 articles and received 293 feedback comments on our RalstonCommunity.org website, receiving tens of thousands of views with hundreds of regular readers. All of those posting and comments are still available for anyone to view in our archives dating back to the end of 2010. We have also run a Facebook page that often contains shorter items of interest, but I’m not sure if that will stay.  It is set up in a “Community” Facebook format that does not encourage interactive discussions, but it automatically links to RalstonCommunity.org postings, so it is still a good way to become aware of them.

The RalstonCommunity.org website is no longer owned by T.O. Owens, our former president.  It has been taken over by Preston Branaugh who was the CLRC’s treasurer.  T.O. resigned from the neighborhood association on the advice of a City of Arvada attorney when he was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the City’s Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission reviews plans for future development projects and is often required to conduct quasi-judicial reviews to advise the Arvada City Council.  Apparently, those kinds of reviews may be compromised by a leadership or ownership position in a neighborhood association.

WILL WE EVER COME BACK AS A NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION?
Possibly.  But I suspect any future CLRC will have more to do with ad hoc development issues that may pop up from time to time rather than continuing with an ongoing neighborhood association.

And for me personally, as the primary contributor to the CLRC’s website, it is time to move on to other things I’d like to accomplish during my life.  It’s also an opportunity to take the time to research more thoroughly the articles that I do continue to write and to cover a larger geographic area than just central Arvada.

For those readers who are on the iContact recreational information list that was put together when the CLRC and the City did the recreational needs surveys during the spring and summer of 2013, we’ll keep up those email lists and let you know of any important developments that come up as the Fitzmorris pool and rec facility, approved by the voters in the May bond issue, actually gets built.

And on another personal note:  Thanks to all of you who have spoken to me or emailed me over the years thanking me and the CLRC for keeping you informed about what has been happening in Arvada.  Feedback comments have generally run about 4-to-1 positive – even during controversial times such as the approval of Walmart as the Triangle’s new redevelopment anchor and Council member elections.  The most common compliment was for being impartial and presenting both sides of each issue.  But I found the negative comments to be just as valuable.  They told me much about what citizens’ fears and concerns were. Hopefully, those who write for whatever the CLRC becomes in the future can continue a tradition of presenting both sides of every issue, while concentrating on providing relevant information and fewer personal opinions on what citizens should think.

Eventually, when I get some time, I will update the static information on RalstonCommunity.org to reflect the change to what I expect will primarily be an intermittent information service to the community.

And anyone who wants to post moderated articles is welcome to write to me and submit guest articles for review, formatting and posting on the RalstonCommunity.org website.  The future of Arvada really lies with its youth, and young people who want to write about Arvada community issues and how it affects them are particularly welcome to submit articles for posting.

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE:
If you want to read our 2014 submittal to the City of Arvada to become a recognized neighborhood group, here is the link for that:

ArvadaRegistration

For other CLRC information, feel free to contact me at

John Kiljan
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO  80004
303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

–John

4 July 2016

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A-Line Shuttle Service to DIA to End This Year


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

The fastest, most convenient shuttle service from Arvada to DIA will be coming to an end in only a few months’ time.  Arvada’s A-Line airport shuttle, operated by the Ride Provide non-profit, will end its popular airport service once the new Gold Line commuter-rail service through Arvada starts operating this fall.

Ride Provide team on opening day in 2003

Ride Provide team on opening day in 2003

The 40-minute Olde Town to DIA service the A-Line gave Arvada will be taken over by the Gold Line and the A-Train to DIA leaving from Union Station in the heart of Denver.  That connection, with average waits for trains, could take a little over an hour to reach the airport check-in counters from Arvada.  But there will be other advantages that go with the additional 20-minute RTD connection to DIA that could make the longer trip time worth it for Arvada’s air travellers.

It had been hoped that the A-Line wouldn’t go away and would be able to continue as a for-profit service operating from another nearby Olde Town location.  But that wasn’t to be.  RTD has been subsidizing about a quarter of the fare for the Ride Provide service since RTD cancelled its original AA Arvada public bus service to DIA years ago.  That subsidy, along with access to the Olde Town park-and-ride facility goes away when the Gold Line opens up later this year.

And the transportation market itself is changing.  Semi-private door-to-door services such as Uber are picking up some of the DIA traffic, and the time advantage to DIA may evaporate in the next decade or so as metro-area traffic volumes continue to increase.  And the RTD service will run more frequently and further into the night.  That will be mean fewer late-night taxi rides for travellers on delayed flights that get in after 9:00 pm.  RTD’s commuter rail service is also expected to be largely immune to weather delays caused by Denver’s sometimes fierce winter storms.

Moreover, RTD has set the fare for a commuter-rail ride from Arvada to DIA (with the change at Denver’s Union State) at a very reasonable $9.00.  That’s less than the A-Line shuttle, and the fare is half-price for seniors.  All of that makes it very difficult to attract the private financing that would be needed to keep the A-Line shuttle running.

GoldLineArt

So what’s next?  The best summary I’ve seen is in an announcement and FAQ recently put out by Ride Provide’s director, former Arvada City Council member Shelley Cook.  It can be found on the A-Line web site at

http://aline2dia.com/index.html

and they are copied here.

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What happens to the A-Line Shuttle after the Gold Line starts operating this Fall?

By now many of our riders have heard the news that the A-Line Shuttle will cease operation once the Gold Line train (RTD’s G Line) is up and running. This is an exciting time — the train we’ve all looked forward to is almost here — but it also means that our funding is about to end.

RTD has very generously funded the A-Line shuttle service for more than a dozen years. Even so, we have always understood that the agency’s subsidy could continue no later than when there is train service to Arvada and Wheat Ridge.

The start date of the G Line has not been announced, but it likely will be later in the fall. (Certainly not earlier than October. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.) Until then we’ll be operating on our normal schedule out of the Olde Town Arvada park-n-Ride.

Please watch for updates about the transition in the months to come, and, especially important, details about alternatives for you — including the great one of the train itself.

In the meantime, do you have questions? Want to know more? Please download the FAQ sheet (373K, .pdf file). Or reply to this email, or give us a call at our main number, 303-420-2589. We’ll be glad as always to hear from you. And, as always, thank you.

Shelley
Ride Provide, Inc.

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A-Line Shuttle FAQs – May, 2016

  • Why stopping? The A-Line Shuttle has been generously funded by RTD every year since 2003 (with considerable additional help in the beginning from the City of Arvada and Arvada agencies). That’s because RTD had discontinued its own airport service to this part of town. Our understanding from the outset was that funding would be sustained no later than when RTD service was restored via the Gold Line.
  • When exactly will you stop? Probably the same day the Gold Line starts. RTD has not yet announced a date, but it likely will be later in the fall. (Certainly no earlier than October.) Once we know for sure, we’ll let you know right away. In the meantime we’ll be operating our normal schedule both in Arvada and at DIA.
  • Is there any way that you could continue without the funding? I/we would be willing to pay more for non-stop service. We have thoroughly explored this question and must conclude in the negative. In addition to the loss of subsidy, our costs go way up, including airport access fees that will soar ten or more times their current level. More, we know the train service will be terrific: it will operate much more frequently and for a greater part of the day, charge only $9.00 all the way to the airport ($4.50 for seniors), and the transfer at Union Station will be quick and easy, all level and cross-platform. It won’t take that much longer to get to the airport – around an hour all told – and the travel time would be consistent throughout the day and in all kinds of weather. We’d be bound to lose ridership — and even at significantly increased fares, our non-profit would likely not be able cover the high fixed costs of operating a scheduled service.
  • What will be my options for airport transit service? Transportation as an industry is undergoing a rapid shift both globally and here in the metro area, spurred in part by the introduction of a full-fledged rail system. Monitoring the trends in mobility, we think passengers will have multiple alternatives for getting to DIA, including both shared and dedicated ride services. We’ll be sending information about the train and other options over the next few months.
  • What about passes I purchased? If I can’t use them, can I get a refund? We have set up a sinking fund to reimburse purchasers of unused ten pack tickets and even round trip tickets, if needed. Just give us a call at 303-420-2589 and we can arrange a refund.

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AFRAID OF MAKING A TRAIN CHANGE AT UNION STATION?
You are not alone.  I am too.  Union Station is now much bigger, more modern, more bustling and a more scary place than it used to be.  But like any new experience, it should be easier to navigate through the station once you’ve tried it.  The A-Line people are aware of that, and they are trying to make changing trains in the heart of Denver easier to learn about.  Next month – even before the Gold Line opens up in Arvada – is likely to be your first opportunity to try out the change before you actually have to catch a flight.  Here’s a quote from the A-Line’s director:

“Here’s one thought: we’ll be hosting ‘dry runs’ once the Westy station is open in July. Theirs will be the most similar to the trek from our neck of the woods. We’ll organize free trips using a van to get people from our park-n-ride to the Westy station. RTD will supply free passes so we can ride downtown, see what the transfer is like, and then go to DIA if folks wish.”

Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station

THANKFUL FOR 13 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CITY OF ARVADA?
The A-Line has been a labor of love from its very beginnings.  It took a lot of people working together to set it up, and it nearly didn’t happen at all.  If, like me, you are grateful to have benefitted from a service that has literally connected Arvada to the rest of the world for over a decade, this would be a good time to pick up the phone and briefly express those thoughts to Ride Provide’s director, Shelley Cook, at 303-420-2589, and let her know what the service has meant to you and to the City of Arvada.    

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
As this article points out, things must change evenually.  The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community (in its present form, at least) is also going away.  Look for another post later this month explaining what will be happening to our neighborhood association that so many of us have been a part of for the last six years.  In the meantime, you can write to us, call us or email us at

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

303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

June 4, 2016

 

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Arvada Square Developer Asks for Public Input


by John Kiljan

In a public meeting held last Wednesday, the developers for the old Safeway building and the Chuck E Cheese strip mall in Arvada Square outlined their concepts for building new residences in the shopping center before taking their design plans to the City of Arvada to begin the City’s drawn-out approval process.  At the meeting there was a 26-minute public presentation with graphics and a video followed by 37 minutes of general questions and answers.  That was followed by one-on-one discussions with the attendees.

Aerial view of the proposed Arvada Square redevelopment

Aerial view of the proposed Arvada Square redevelopment

The new development will be rebranded as Ralston Creek North to differentiate it from the Walmart shopping center located on opposite side of Ralston Road to the south.  The names Independence Plaza, the Triangle, and Arvada Square will go away.  The developement partnership with Jim Loftus also has a new corporate name.  It’s now Ralston Creek North, LLC.

Attendance at the meeting was light – only about 45 people – possibly because this was the first good weather day after a couple of weeks of rain.  Notification post cards had been sent out to every address within 1500 feet of the development.  For those who did not attend, the CLRC video-recorded the presentation part and audio-recorded the general question-and-answer part as well.  Readers can find those recordings at the links below.

View of the proposed development from the entrance to Ralston Central Park on Garrison Street

View of the proposed development from the entrance to Ralston Central Park on Garrison Street

The Wednesday meeting only concerned Phase Two of the development project, which consists mostly of new multi-family housing along the south side of Ralston Creek.  Phase One of the project has already been approved by the City of Arvada and is expected to begin construction in July or August with the demolition of the existing buildings on the corner of Ralston Road and Independence Street.  Phase One consists of 15 to 20 small shops stretching from Holland Street to Independence Street.

Phase Two will also have some retail in addition to 300 new housing units in three separate blocks that are its primary feature.  Most notably, that new retail will include a 30,000 square foot space located under the middle set of apartments to be constructed about where the Family Dollar store is now.  It is hoped that a small-footprint specialty grocer, such as a Trader Joe’s, will want to occupy that space, but no grocer has been identified yet.  Nor have any other lease contracts been signed for businesses to be located in Phase Two – it is simply too early for that.

Proposed small-format grocery store with apartments above

Proposed small-format grocery store with apartments above

Even the Phase One shops due to start construction this year have no tenants signed up so far.  That Phase is expected to emphasize fast-casual dining.  In addition, the current Ralston Road Café is expected to stay on at its current location, even though it will eventually be redeveloped as well.

This public input meeting came months sooner than I thought it would.  The developer is moving much faster than what would normally be expected for an urban renewal project of this kind.  The impetus for that accelerated schedule may be the current market.  As another urban renewal developer recently said, the three most important things when planning new developments are “timing, timing, and timing”.  The economic climate for urban renewal is good right now.  In a couple of years, it may not be.  And it could be difficult to get anyone to invest in this kind of development if the economy changes.

Or, it may simply be that the new Phase One restaurants and retail shops in the development need the new Phase Two housing to thrive.  Or, it could be a combination of both.  Readers’ insight would be welcome.

What’s coming up next is conferences between the developer and the City’s staff going over the design details, compliance with the Outline Development Plan (ODP) for the area approved by the City Council in 2011, code requirements for new construction, traffic reviews, fire access reviews, school impacts, and the possible need for variances, waivers and exemptions to complete the preliminary design.  It looks like a height exception for four stories will be needed, but that has already been approved in the ODP.

After all that, a preliminary design goes before the Arvada Planning Commission for its review and approval in a public hearing.  The Planning Commission’s recommendations are not binding on the City Council, but the Council usually follows their advice.  That final approval of the preliminary plan will be the subject of an open hearing by the Council afterward.  Only then, will final plans be approved before construction begins.

That’s a lot to have happen in a year, but the developer is hoping to begin construction on Phase Two in the second quarter of 2017 and to have construction complete about a year or so later.

View from the north side of the UC Health ER facility

View from the north side of the UC Health ER facility

If you have input you’d like to have considered during the design approval process, now would be a very good time to provide that.  The City’s Senior Planner, Carol Ibanez, is the contact person for further comment.  She can be reached at 720-898-7463, or via email at cibanez@arvada.org .  Ms Ibanez sat through developers’ presentation and the question-and-answer session that followed, so she is already familiar with the issues that were raised by the attendees.  There will be an opportunity for still further public input when the preliminary design packet goes before the entire Planning Commission afterward.  [update:  Carol is out of the office until June 1st, but you can leave a message for her on her voicemail for when she gets back.  If you need to talk with someone before then, you can call Community Development at 720-898-7435 and ask to talk with the “planner of the day” who will pass on your comments to Carol when she returns.]

Here’s the link to the YouTube video of the Wednesday night presentation.  This video is a little different than earlier video postings since it shows both before and after pictures at the same location.  That better orientates viewers to what is going where in the Phase Two development.  I’m sorry about the bad sound and lighting, but I could only work with what I had when making the recording.

https://youtu.be/bEWwjd5SftU

The audio during the question and answer sessions is even harder to hear because of the acoustics of the meeting room.  That’s why they were recorded separately.  You should be able to listen to (or download) that file from my Dropbox account without registering.  Here’s the link for that:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aiejz9b0w9khzcy/RCNQandA18May2016.MP3?dl=0

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The CLRC has been reporting on urban renewal developments in the Triangle shopping centers since 2011.   Our most recent article can be found at this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2016/04/10/a-new-look-for-the-old-safeway-and-adjacent-strip-mall-in-the-triangle/

It has more still photos and a link to an earlier YouTube video that shows the decision-making process going on in the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority’s offices when they were presented with this concept earlier in the month.

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.

LogoFor now at least, 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”.  Like the Triangle itself, changes are coming to the CLRC and we are not sure how much longer those two sites will be active.  You can also write to us, call us or email us at

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

303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

May 22, 2016

 

 

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Wednesday Public Meeting for New Triangle Developments


PUBLIC MEETING FOR NEW TRIANGLE DEVELOPMENTS:  The developer for the old Safeway building and the strip mall with Chuck E Cheese will be hosting a public-input meeting on their design concepts for the new shops and residences.  Here is a copy of the official meeting announcement and a link to find out more:

Arvada Square Entryway from Independence Street

Arvada Square Entryway from Independence Street

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ANNOUNCEMENT!

A community meeting is set for Wednesday, May 18 at 6 pm, held at the Arvada Vineyard, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building B., Arvada.

  • At this meeting you will learn about the redevelopment of Arvada Square. 
  • Phase II Redevelopment of the 11-acres north of Ralston Road between Independence Street and Garrison Street.  The proposed project incorporates commercial, retail and resident uses. 
  • Meet the developers with Ralston Creek North, LLC, who will provide general concepts for the redevelopment; seek your insight; and answer your questions.

 FYI: Contact City of Arvada, Senior Planner, Carol Ibanez, 720-898-7463.

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I anyone is interested and has three minutes to spare, there is a YouTube video of the newest concept plan for Arvada Square. Go to the link and then fast forward the 14-minute mark where the animation starts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4hKshWuOt8

The proposed development should define what this neighborhood looks like for the next couple of generations. The first phase, with about 20 shops, has already been approved by the Council. The second phase concentrates more on what the new housing that supports those businesses will look like and where a new grocery store will be located.

–JK

 

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It’s Stamp Day!


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

That’s right.  If you are going to have a say in the future of recreation in Arvada, today is the day you need to find a stamp, put it on your ballot, mark and sign it, and drop it in the mailbox in time to be counted.  If you don’t bother to do that, others will decide that future for you.

P1000461The choice is yours – but only if you vote.  And your vote will count a lot more than it will in the other elections you might participate in this year.  By a wide margin, most voters are not expected to return their mail-in Apex bond renewal ballots at all.  You’ll be part of a much smaller pool of voters.

NoOnA

The bond issue is pretty simple.  If most people vote NO, the annual property tax you have been paying to service past Apex recreation bonds to build the rec center on 72nd Avenue will go away.  And your property tax bill will then drop.  How much?  For a typical central Arvada detached home like my own, I will be paying $26 a year LESS in Apex property taxes starting a couple of years from now if “Yes On A” fails.

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On the other hand, if the bond proposal passes, I am likely to continue to pay the SAME amount as I paid to Apex this year – or probably somewhat less in future years, as Arvada’s population continues to grow out to the limits set by its available water supply.  Unlike most other mill levies, because it is a “general obligation” bond proposal, this mill levy will go down as property valuations grow and Arvada’s population increases – just as it did with the expiring bond issue.

So what do I get for waiving a $26-a-year tax reduction?  Even if I never use them myself, I get six new recreation facilities or improvements built across the city, and described in pretty good detail based upon a lot of public input.  To me, that seems to be a very good investment in the city’s future, for everyone else I share this city with, for the future of our younger citizens, for our seniors, and in the overall social health of this community.

The Arvada Press recently echoed a similar sentiment when endorsing this bond proposal, as have a number of civic organizations.  Here’s the link to the Arvada Press endorsement:

http://arvadapress.com/stories/APEX-bond-a-good-community-investment,212579?

Eddie Lyons's car on 57th Avenue

Civic volunteer Eddie Lyons’s car on 57th Avenue

LATE VOTERS
The last mail pickup for Friday at the central Arvada post office on Allison Street is 5:30 pm indoors, and at 6:00 pm in the outdoor boxes.  Only a single stamp is needed – a Forever stamp or a 49-cent one will do.

Can you instead wait until the last minute to decide and vote?  Indeed you can.  The official election is being held on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7 am to 7 pm, and you don’t have to actually mail in your ballot beforehand.  Instead, you can drop off your ballot at any of five designated locations before Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.  If you wait until 7:01 pm, your vote will not be counted.  Don’t forget to sign your ballot first!

Here’s the list of the designated drop-off locations:

Apex Center
13150 West 72nd Avenue
Arvada, CO 80005

Community Recreation Center
6842 Wadsworth Boulevard
Arvada, CO 80003

Apex Simms Street Center
11706 W. 82nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80005

Apex Field House
5724 Oak Street
Arvada, CO 80002

Racquetball and Fitness Center
12120 W. 64th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80004

It is legal to give your ballot to someone else to drop off for you.  You don’t have to tell them (or anyone else) how you voted, and they can’t demand that you tell them – it’s against the law to do that.  If you find you are dropping off ballots for others, please don’t try to drop off more than ten at a time.  That’s not legal either.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
There is an abundance of information available on the internet about the bond proposal and what will be built with the money.  Here are two relatively unbiased sources of information if you are just now looking at this issue and trying to decide:

http://apexprd.org/apex-prd-board-votes-unanimously-authorize-3-bond-election

which has lots of reference material on each recreation project, and there is a Denver Post article at

http://www.denverpost.com/arvada/ci_29671444/apex-park-amp-amp-recreation-pursuing-25-million

For a personal view of why you or your neighbor might want to vote for or against the bond renewal, try this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2016/04/04/2355/

and for an online discussion of the financing for these projects, try scrolling through this new Facebook page, Arvada Town Hall, at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/549764535207601/

It has discussions about the candidates for the Arvada Fire Protection District board elections as well.

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.

LogoYou 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

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

303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

April 29, 2016

 

 

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Well Known Local Resident Endorses “Yes on A”


by guest commentator Riley Thielen (with help from Mary Thielen)                                                                                                                                                                                     RILEY CAN READ TOO
“Woof! Woof! Woof!” Now there are two of those signs on my grass. My eight year old golden retriever brain notices them immediately. Why the neon yellow sign wasn’t there last night. Sniff, sniff and the sign waves to me on aluminum legs as the winds blows and my ears flap. I will have to ask my owner what this sign means.

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My retriever brain tells me it’s time for my early dawn and morning ritual. I have a job to do before I can earn my dog food. I have to get the papers. My golden mouth with missing back molars is the perfect holder for the usual Denver Post and Wall Street Journal. Sometimes there are three papers and I pride myself that all three can fit in my mouth if I stack them just right. I haven’t dropped a single paper yet.

My owner has come outside this week and points out the planets to me. She looks up in the southwest sky and points out Saturn and Mars to me. She tells me that Mars is the largest it has appeared in a decade. She says that orange-gold Mars and golden-white Saturn will form remarkable triangles with Antares this spring and summer. And she reminds me that this is a magic time of day when the stars go away and the planets are the last to leave the 6:00 a.m. sky. I scratch and burp! I am doggone hungry! I had better go inside for some dog food.

I do my mad dash outside to “do my business.” My owner has another game for me before I can eat. She fills my bowl with one and half cups of Purina Pro-plan nuggets. Yum! Yum! My mouth drools but I lay down and must wait for another game. I must say grace. My owner discovered that I gobbled my food and inhaled it too fast. She also wanted to teach her grandchildren and me gratitude and to say grace before meals. And it works! On the cue of “Amen” I can chow my chow. I am done in less than ten seconds.

The third game I like to play is called the timer game. The timer is set for about ten or 15 minutes then I can lick the TV dinner tray or plate. This is fun because I can put the timer in my mouth and play again, and again. It just means more food. Oh, and I love butter! Last week I couldn’t help myself and jumped up on the table and stole the butter dish. Yum!  Then my master ran after me for a bath. I fled for freedom through the backyard broken down fence. My mistress won and I got a bath.

But back to my front yard sign with the big “Yes on A” sign. My owner tells me it is a vote for an outdoor pool at Fitzmorris Park. On Tuesday May 3, 2016 Arvada has a chance for a new pool.  And take it from this golden retriever that loves to swim. I love to dog paddle and love the end of summer dog swim at Secrest Pool. I am the last dog to leave the pool dog tired. So it makes doggone sense to vote yes for a new pool. And humans can use the pool too! They need to learn to swim and not drown too! Vote “Yes on A” on your ballot on May 3, 2016.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Riley Thielen makes almost daily rounds in her neighborhood – accompanied, of course.  Mary Thielen is a Registered Nurse who works in geriatric care.  She is a long-time resident of the Alta Vista neighborhood near Ralston Central Park where she raised six children.  To respond to Riley’s comments, you can reach her in care of Mary at this address:

Mary Thielen
6173 Field Street
Arvada, CO  80004
303-425-8991 [corrected]

And you can find out more about our central Arvada Neighborhood association by visiting us at our website at

RalstonCommunity.org

April 16, 2016

 

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