City Finalizes Arvada Center Privatization – Comment Period to be Brief

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Unless something changes, coming up at the June 15th Arvada City Council meeting will be the first reading of an ordinance to turn the operation of the Arvada Center over to private, non-profit agency. The ordinance will be to approve a “Cooperative Agreement” between the City and the soon-to-be-independent “Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities”.

1432846672_Main_Page_Banner_-_AC_2The final 22-page agreement, which now includes the expected “Strategic Results” appendix, was only released last Monday afternoon. It had been undergoing last-minute updates and negotiations since a draft document was first included in a May 11th Council workshop packet. The agreement is still open for amendment, and the City now has a webpage up on inviting public feedback.

But it’s rare that any ordinance is modified after its first reading. And that’s what is scheduled to happen this coming Monday. So, if any member of the public wants to see any changes, amendments or additions to the agreement, they will have to act promptly.

Because of the brief comment period available, the Arvada City Manager, Mark Deven, has taken the somewhat unusual step of asking those who have questions about the agreement to contact him directly. And the President of the newly restructured Arvada Center non-profit corporation, former Mayor Ken Fellman, has also said that he welcomes personal contact for those who have questions.

There will also be a formal public hearing at the Arvada City Council meeting being held on Monday, July 6th just before the enacting ordinance is voted on by the Council members.

The agreement, and six pages of commentary, is now available for download on at this link:

The contact information for the Arvada City Manager is: Mark Deven, or 720-898-7510.

The contact information for the President of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is: Ken Fellman, or 303-320-6100. Mr Fellman is currently an attorney with firm Kissinger & Fellman and you’ll be calling his office.

The CLRC has covered the initiative to turn over the operation of the Arvada Center to a non-profit corporation in a number of articles. The most comprehensive of those dates back to the spring of 2012 when the idea was first raised at a Council workshop. Here’s the link to that article:

You can find subsequent articles by entering the words “arvada center” into the CLRC’s website search engine.

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.

Our main website is at 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

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


June 9, 2015






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One Response to City Finalizes Arvada Center Privatization – Comment Period to be Brief

  1. Charles Ault says:

    John, Thanks so much for keeping the community in-the-know.

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