March 19, 2011

by John Kiljan

Three brief reports that should be of interest to CLRC members may be found in the minutes of the March 14, 2011 City Council meeting. Here are the City’s minutes extract:


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E. Councilmember Zenzinger reported that the APEX bonds expire in 2016 and that would be a good time to go to the voters to extend the debt authority without increasing taxes to fund new community facilities, such as an East side recreation center and/or maybe putting elements back into Garrison St. She said a committee will be formed to look at this and city council should be thinking of people who could serve on the committee.

F. Councilmember Cook asked if it is okay to ask staff to look at forming a Ralston Corridor Advisory Group. Councilmember Zenzinger said it would be nice to pull in some of the other committees, or a representative from some of the other committees, like theTransportation Committee. Mr. Kocian said the Ralston Road Committee would be more about land use and economics than transportation matters. Staff will put together information.

G. Council members expressed concern about the possibility that the $9,000 grant to the community gardens could be revoked unless it can be shown that we are committed to the gardens. Staff will prepare a letter stating that we value the garden without committing us to any kind of decision about the location.

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The March 14, 2011 City Council meeting is not available for viewing online as a streaming video, nor as a podcast.

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  1. Lorraine Anderson says:

    The $9000. grant should be used to explore expanding the gardens into other neighborhoods. We have many parks and open spaces. Parks are watered by ditch water as are the current gardens. People should be able to access garden plots near their homes. It would be part of becoming a walkable community. It would be a way for neighbors to get to know each other. There is nothing magical about having gardens contained in one spot in a city as large as Arvada.

    • John Kiljan says:

      It has not been discussed in any public meeting that I know about, but I have been told by City project planners that they will cut off the North Jeffco Community Park and Hoskinson’s park from the venerable Swadley ditch, which is used to irrigate the park now. (The ditch is also used to supply the existing Community Gardens.) The plan is to use the City’s treated water supply for irrigation in the new park and use the freed-up water rights elsewhere in the City.

      The advantage of this approach is that it saves money in not having to re-install those aging pumps sitting at the southeast corner of Brooks Drive and Garrison Street when they come out for bridge reconstruction.

      The disadvantage is that the use of the treated water supply is controlled by Denver Water. During a drought, water use in the park might be curtailed by Denver. Not only could the City see higher watering costs for the park, but the park could go brown and weedy if there is a cutback.


  2. I think the point Lorraine is trying to make is that there might be good use for that 9000 dollars in exploring other locations for the Garden. The Garden can probably not go into Garrison Street because of the flood plain., but could go into other parks or city owned property. A decentralized garden that still provided free water should in theory solve the issues the Garden Club is having with the ODP for Ralston Fields and make gardening more available to a greater number of citizens.

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