CLRC Notes: Arvada City Manager to Host a Community Meeting
February 9, 2012
by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
Do you have an idea for making our neighborhoods a better place to live? If so, mark your calendar. Arvada’s City Manager, Mark Deven, has announced that he will hold a Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 29th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
If you are afraid you’ll hit a teenager walking in the traffic on Ralston Road,
or, if you are wondering when we’ll ever get usable sidewalks along that street,
or, if you want to know what the City’s plans are for bringing back the Fisher Pool,
or, what the City is doing to provide for more recreational opportunities for local area youth when they are out of school,
Or, what the City will be asking Apex to include for our neighborhoods in their upcoming mill-levy renewal initiatives,
or, why the bus stop benches are unusable for so many days after each snowstorm and people are standing in the street to catch their rides,
or, if the City will be removing the popular sledding hill from the new Garrison Street park,
or, if you are wondering what will happen those vintage playground structures that so many people have asked to keep in the new park,
Or, where we are at with all that talk about a winter skating rink in the reconstructed park,
or, if there will be safe lighting through the park at night,
or, when the next big round of tree removals will be,
or, what’s going to be done to keep down the noise, mud and heavy vehicle traffic near the park during its reconstruction,
Or, what the City’s plans are for proactive code enforcement and what it might mean if you have peeling paint on your house,
or, what the City’s plans are for expanding our community gardens,
or, if the City is going to pay for a multi-story parking structure in Olde Town,
or, when the City is planning to put parking meters in Olde Town,
or, what will happen to nearby on-street residential parking when they do,
Or, any of the many other community issues that our members and friends have brought up in the last year, then February 29th is your chance to express your concerns and to find out first hand what’s being planned.
Please be kind to our new City Manager. He has a lot on his plate with just the day-to-day running of the City. And offering to meet with the public in such an open-ended forum is a pretty generous gesture. Other city managers would probably be reluctant to host this kind of open-agenda meeting and we may never see another if it’s not productive.
And, it’s never nice to surprise a city manager when you don’t have to. CLRC members and friends are encouraged to call or send Mr Deven a short email note in advance of the meeting with the questions they are planning to ask. That helps him and his staff better prepare for the evening. It will also help you too by making it a lot less likely that your answer will simply be, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” The information you need to contact Mr Deven is listed below.
Here’s the City’s official meeting announcement:
“Arvada City Manager Mark Deven will host a community meeting on Wednesday, February 29, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Arvada City Hall (8101 Ralston Rd.) as an introduction to the community.”
“With the first few months of Deven’s tenure completed as Arvada’s CEO, he’ll meet with Arvada residents to discuss the state of the City, future plans and answer questions.
“’I look forward to meeting members of the community and sharing my vision of where we are moving as a City,’ said Deven. No reservations needed! Plan to stop by and meet Arvada’s City Manager.”
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about how important the City Manager is to the welfare of our community, check out a prior CLRC Notes article about our City Manager’s background. It has an offer for citizens to contact him directly with comments and suggestions. You can find it by digging through our CLRC archives or by going directly to this link
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community will post more notes on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ as information becomes available. Or you can friend us on Facebook. Our name is ‘Ralston Arvada.’
John Kiljan, CLRC Notes: 303-423-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org