January 16, 2011
by John Kiljan
Mark your calendars for Monday, January 24th. The Arvada City Council plans to hold a combined study session with the Arvada City Staff in an uncommon two-hour workshop in City Council chambers.
Arvada’s Assistant City Manager, Vicky Reier, reports that the study session is in response to a request by the Council to have a coordinated update on all the planning and construction activities going on adjacent to Ralston Road between Wadsworth and Kipling. The agenda won’t be finalized until the end of the week, but it should include these items:
* the replacement of the Garrison Street bridge over Ralston Creek,
* the rechannelization of Ralston Creek between Holland and Carr Streets,
* the reconstruction of the North Jeffco Community Park and Hoskinson Park,
* the widening and development of Ralston Road between Wadsworth and Kipling,
* the construction of a new park at Carr Street and Ralston Road,\and
* AURA’s redevelopment plans for the Triangle/Arvada Square business district.
Because of the expected public interest, the Council has decided to move the study session from the third-floor conference room to Council Chambers. The conference room has limited public seating and discussions held there are not televised on KATV-8 or ‘podcast.’ By holding the session in Council Chambers, more of the public can attend and the session can be televised and viewed online by those who are not able to make it to the meeting.
Study sessions are some of the City Council’s most productive activities. Normally, they have a simple and informal give-and-take format. During a study session, the City Staff typically makes a presentation and deals with questions from the Council during or after the presentation. General discussions among the participants can start up at any time.
These are internal work sessions and the public is not normally invited to participate or put questions to the Council or to the City Staff. However, the public is welcome to comment on what they’ve seen and heard during the public comment periods held afterward.
Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community will provide updates on this study session — including the meeting time — on its website at
as they become available on Friday. Or, readers may search through the Arvada.org website over the weekend and download the entire City Council meeting packet that will include the meeting agenda, schedule and often has copies of handout materials and PowerPoint presentations that can be hard to see when viewed over cable or online.
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