CLRC Neighborhood Updates 10: Triangle Shopping, Carr St Petition, Elections, Meyers Pool, Facebook Discussions


by John Kiljan 

Dear CLRC members and friends, 

TRIANGLE SHOPPING

Thanksgiving is this week and the Christmas shopping season starts soon.  As the Triangle parking lots start to fill up again, please remember that some of these businesses have been hurt by the drop-off in traffic caused by the lengthy close of Garrison Street and by nearby construction.  My neighbors are still telling me they are making an extra effort to shop at the Triangle to help these businesses along. 

Our two grocery stores are an obvious suggestion for your Thanksgiving shopping.  But for ‘black Friday’ and on into Christmas, I’ve heard suggestions for innovative things like a gift of business cards for a young job hunter or rubber address stamps (we have two print shops in the Triangle), or something like a parts store gift card to buy a battery for a young relative whose car barely starts in the morning.

I dropped by a few Triangle businesses this weekend to see if they offered gift cards.  The ones I checked — Ace Hardware, AutoZone, Blockbuster and Santiago’s — all had hassle-free, no expiry cards in any amount I wanted to purchase.  Those gift cards could also be used at other stores in their franchises, but the card purchase gets credited locally and up front.  It’s quite likely that most businesses in the area would be happy to sell you a gift card. 

That’s something to keep in mind if you know a family with a birthday coming up and a small kid who likes pizza, or if you know someone with an antique clock that needs repair, or someone who might benefit from any of the other specialty services the Triangle offers. 

For more reasons why shopping at the Triangle this holiday season helps you as well as the businesses you patronize, have a look at a previous article on the subject at this link:

https://ralstoncommunity.org/2012/09/26/help-your-neighborhood-shop-at-the-triangle/ 

CARR STREET TRAFFIC LIGHT

Do you want the City to keep the traffic light at Carr Street [and Brooks Drive]?  Apparently you’re not alone if you do, and there is petition going around to help make that happen.

The City put the traffic light at the intersection of Brooks Drive and Carr Street to make it safer and faster to move construction vehicles and equipment in and out of the adjacent parks during its reconstruction.  The signal has kind of an ugly setup, but it serves its purpose well enough and it was not intended to be permanent.  The signal also backs up traffic coming down the hill on Carr Street.   

However, like me, a lot of the local residents like the protection the signal provides when turning onto Carr Street from Brooks Drive.  When one of those residents, Dennis Trumm of Dudley Court, called the City to find out what it would take to keep the signal in place after construction, he was told he should circulate a petition if he wanted the City to keep it.  That’s what he’s doing now. 

Petitioner Dennis Trumm

I bumped into Dennis when I was cycling along Brooks Drive on Saturday.  He said this was only the second Saturday he’d been out circulating his petition, but he was having no trouble getting people to sign.  A few hours of time had already given him over a hundred signatures.  And it looked like he was going to snag a couple more from some other cyclists even as we talked. 

He said the City couldn’t tell him how many signatures he needed, so he was just trying to get as many as he could.  He’s going to circulate the petition for a couple more weekends yet.  Anyone who is interested can call him at 303-549-4779 to sign on. 

I told him I had mixed feelings about the signal and declined to sign the petition.  The signal would certainly be a help to the neighborhood streets we share, but I’m wondering if the signal might also be dangerous for the northbound traffic on Carr Street that will regularly have to stop at the bottom of that hill.  Think rain, snow, sanded roads, dark nights, headlight glare and sight distance. 

There are probably a lot of people in Arvada who would like to see a signal installed in their own neighborhood.  But these are the kinds of things I like to see reviewed first by traffic engineers who know the standards for traffic signal warrants and who have access to the accident data needed to make these decisions.

It will be interesting to see how this issue plays out as construction winds down next year.  According to the signs posted at the intersection, the signal is currently scheduled to be turned off in late February.

LOCAL ELECTIONS

We’re probably all tired of hearing about the national elections, but there were a few surprises in our local elections you may not yet have heard about. 

Tracy Kraft-Tharp

Democratic community activist Tracy Kraft-Tharp easily defeated incumbent Republican Robert Ramirez in House District 29 in her first run for office.  And in House District 27, Republican incumbent Libby Szabo ably defended her seat from an energetic effort by Democrat Tim Allport.  But two other local races were much closer. 

With the last round of Colorado redistricting, our central Ralston Road corridor neighborhoods recently moved into Senate District 19.  District 19 incumbent, Democratic State Senator Evie Hudak, barely squeaked past Republican challenger Lang Sias with a 411-vote margin.  That’s just enough to avoid an automatic recount.  The margin has to be less than 0.5% of the highest vote getter for an automatic recount. 

The ‘spoiler’ in that election may well have been the Libertarian candidate, Lloyd Sweeny, who managed to bring in 4957 votes (6.65% of the total).  Libertarian candidates are usually thought to draw more votes away from Republican candidates than they do from Democratic ones.

Casey Tighe

The bigger surprise was the race for the District 2 Jefferson County Commissioner slot.  The well-known Republican incumbent, John Odom, was heavily favored to win the race.  He was running against an inexperienced dark-horse candidate, Democrat Casey Tighe, who is a recently retired auditor from the Colorado Department of Transportation.  Because a recount is almost certain, the results of that election may not be known until December 6th.  Tighe currently leads with 215 votes (0.08%), but over 7000 provisional ballots have yet to be ruled on and counted.  

Persistent campaigning probably helped Mr Tighe get that razor-thin lead.  He was seen going door-to-door in our neighborhood well after everyone I knew had already mailed in their ballots.

Barring any surprise tax or bond proposals, the next elections are scheduled for November of 2013, when the seats now held by Arvada City Councilors Allard, Zenzinger and Cook are up before the voters.

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

Speaking of elections, did you know that Colorado is one of those states where it is illegal to tell people who you voted for?  Or to try to get someone else to tell you who they voted for?  Here is an extract from our statutes:

“No election official, watcher, or person shall reveal to any other person the name of any candidate for whom a voter has voted or communicate to another his opinion, belief, or impression as to how or for whom a voter has voted.” — C.R.S. 1-13-712. Disclosing or Identifying Vote

MEYERS POOL

Meyers Pool

The pool won’t be reopening this month after all, according to a recent Apex’s website posting. Even more structural damage has been discovered on the south wall of the facility.  The additional work needed to temporarily shore up that side of the building is expected to push back the pool’s reopening date to sometime in early December.

FACEBOOK ON THE RECREATION CENTER AT THE TRIANGLE

We recently reported that the Council-approved 2013/2014 budget does indeed include a $3.1 million set-aside for a recreation center for a redeveloped Triangle shopping center.  That budget allocation has attracted online interest.

In a late July Facebook posting by CLRC member Kristine Hanson Farley, readers on the Facebook Group called “Growing Up in Arvada” were asked to hit the ‘Like’ icon if they wanted to see the City build a replacement for the Fisher Pool.  Normally Facebook posts like that fade away after a few weeks, but an ongoing discussion has developed for this one.  The last time I checked, the ‘Likes’ had run up a 168 vote total and there were 54 attached comments. 

To follow this discussion, go to Facebook and type “Growing Up in Arvada” into the line that says, “Search for people, places and things” and then scroll down to the older posts section below.  The Group also carries other discussions of interest for the neighborhood. 

WE’RE LOOKING FOR NEWS ITEMS AND ARTICLES

Wolff Park under construction

It’s your neighborhood association and one writer doesn’t hear about everything that affects the central Ralston Road corridor neighborhoods.  If you hear some news we might all be interested in, let us know or send us an article to post on our website at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org .

If you are concerned about your writing skills, don’t let that hold you back.  You can just send us a draft and we can proof-read it, make suggested edits and send it back to you for your approval before posting it.  Use the email address below for your submittals. 

Another way to let your neighbors know what’s happening or what you are thinking about ongoing events is to post comments to our articles as they come out in the space provided by our blog service on http://www.RalstonCommunity.org

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Meyers Pool updates can be found at

http://apexprd.org/meyers-pool-closed-notice

Election results for Jefferson County can be found at

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/Jefferson/43033/112474/en/summary.html

You can find out more about election disclosure laws by going to 

http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/

and then clicking on “Colorado Revised Statutes”.  Then type ‘1-13-712’ into the search line.

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ as it becomes available.  Or you can friend us on Facebook.  Our Facebook name is ‘Clrc Arvada’.

Photo credits:  The Meyer’s Pool photo was taken from the pool’s Facebook page.  The Kraft-Tharp and Tighe photos came from their campaign websites.  The pool-leap photo was provided by Kristine Hanson Farley,

John Kiljan, CLRC Notes: 303-423-9875 or jpkiljan@yahoo.com

November 18, 2012

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