Tag Archives: Loveland

A Voice of Colorado No. 378 Version 5.0:

A group in Longmont, CO., which calls itself “Sustainable Resilient Longmont”, wants the city leaders to commit to making the city become 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The organization is asking the current mayor, Dennis Coombs – who will be leaving office come the November 7, 2017 election – to leave a legacy by proclaiming that the city will have a 100 percent renewable energy commitment.

Mr. Coombs was quoted as saying that he will not sign such a commitment on the behalf of the city because of the cost passed on to ratepayers in order to achieve such a goal. He was also quoted as saying that it may be possible for the city to achieve a goal of having 70 to 80 percent of the city’s energy requirement come from solar, wind, and hydroelectric resources at some point in the future. But a goal of 100 percent is unrealistic because the other shareholders in the Platte River Power Authority (P.R.P.A.), which include Fort Collins, Estes Park, and Loveland, would have to pay five to ten times more than what they are currently paying for electricity. A cost neither private citizen or business can readily afford.

It was also noted that Mr. Coombs, as mayor, does not have the legal authority to commit the city to such a goal. Such authority would have to come from the seven-member Longmont City Council..

Mr. Coombs, also a member of the Platte River Power Authority board of directors, indicated he would sign the proclamation to satisfy interested parties but it would lack legal and contractual elements to make it valid or binding. The leader of the Sustainable Resilient Longmont’s effort said the signature would be the first step toward realizing their desired goal, and would save long term.

Alternative energy sources have a place in the overall energy portfolio, but attempting to make them primary sources instead of existing sources such as gas, coal, and oil is not a realistic undertaking.

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A Voice of Colorado No. 368 Version 5.0:

Social Media continues to be a problem for elected officials, specifically those seeking re-election. An e-mail Loveland, CO. Mayor Pro Tem John Fogle sent more than a year to his fellow council members, which was accurately described as vulgar and obscene, as well as immature and inappropriate, and which led to call from council members for him to resign his leadership post, has resurfaced.

Mr. Fogle refused to resign and, until the e-mail was brought to the attention of the public recently, had not taken responsibility for his action with a public apology. His decision to disrespect his elected position is not new. Neither is his failure to accept responsibility and the consequences of his actions.

Therefore, he must be denied election as Mayor of Loveland, CO.

A Voice of Colorado No. 362 Version 5.0:

The candidates for seats on the Loveland, CO. City Council and the candidates for mayor of Loveland recently answered questions regarding business before an audience at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. The focus of the session included economic development, transportation, and broadband.

Economic Development

Larry Heckel, a candidate for mayor, expressed the belief that vetting incentives should be done on a case-by-case consideration instead of a general approach because he believed doing so would allow for the opportunity to determine whether or not a business would succeed or fail based on the credentials of those advancing the proposal.

In comparison mayoral candidate Jacki Marsh said that she does not support incentives for business and that economic development should be based on whether or not those living in Loveland would benefit. She also expressed the opinion that the employees of a business should be able to live in the city where they work.

The third candidate seeking to become the next mayor of Loveland, John Fogle, advanced the opinion that Loveland competes with Fort Collins for economic development, and that fact must be at the forefront regarding economic development in Loveland.

A candidate for City Council in Ward I, Jeremy Jersvig, put forth the opinion that there should be a balance between retail and primary employers in Loveland because to do otherwise could result in an imbalance regarding affordable housing.

Leonard Larkin, who is also seeking the council seat in Ward I, expressed the opinion that education should be a primary emphasis for Loveland, and suggested a moratorium on growth in Loveland until city leaders and voters have a say in the matter.

Related to the opinions expressed Gary Lindquist, who is seeking the Ward II council seat, made it known that he opposes what he considers to be corporate welfare now practices by the city.

His opponent, Gail Snyder, said that all businesses in Loveland should be supported.

Another candidate for Ward II, Kathi Wright, said that business is important, but equally important is the type of business that would come to Loveland, and that incentives may play a role in the pursuit.

Steve Olson, who is seeking re-election in Ward II, advanced the opinion that he sees benefit to city-funded business incentives.

John Ryan Keil, who is also seeking the Ward III seat, made it known that he opposes incentives because he supports the free market. City Council member Steve Clark, who is running unopposed in Ward IV, said that he dislikes incentives but accepts that they are required because economic development is a duty of government.

Transportation

On the subject of transportation in Loveland Mr. Larkin made his opinion known: He cited a need for a better source of funding for transportation projects than loans.

Mr. Lindquist expressed the opinion that the increased traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 34 was frustrating and unacceptable.

Gail Snyder favors a balance of safety and the ability to travel a sufficient distance within a given timeframe and believes that it can be accomplished through a partnership between Loveland and other cities, county, state, and federal entities where required funding is concerned.

Kathi Wright advanced the opinion that she supports alternative transportation methods and advocates the proposed hyperloop project for the Front Range corridor.

Council member Steve Olson said that priorities regarding transportation should include safety and efficiency, and advocated priorities within the city budget for transportation and road maintenance.

John Ryan Keil advocates road projects being a priority to resolve traffic problems and issues in congested areas in Loveland.

Broadband

The candidates for elected office were asked for their opinions on the City of Loveland providing a broadband utility for residents of Loveland.

Mr. Lindquist made his concerns known regarding the cost for the system – which could exceed $100 million.

Gail Snyder echoed the opinion and expressed concern over the burden on taxpayers. But also said she saw it as being a reason for business to locate to Loveland.

Mr. Jersvig expressed the opinion that the proposal could carry high risk.

Kathi Wright suggested that the investment would be received favorably by many Loveland residents who must work during the night because of inadequate bandwidth during peak hours.

Steve Olson expressed concerns about the initial cost and the potential for failure, with the overall cost left to the taxpayers to resolve.

John Ryan Keil said the city should research how other cities handle other services, including trash collection, to better understand the investment and maintenance of broadband.

Mr. Clark and Heckel advanced the position that the issue should receive more consideration before the investment is made – if at all.

Mayoral candidate Jacki Marsh expressed the opinion that broadband is needed to attract and retain businesses that will provide high-paying jobs for current and future residents, and made it known that a local broadband service would be more appropriate that a long-distance service.

John Fogle made it known that broadband would be, in his opinion, an investment in the future. Mr. Larkin shared the opinion.

No candidate for elected office, however, offered specifics for how long it would take to recover the substantial investment or what would happen if it failed.

The subject of finances and economics provided a transition to city budget priorities.

City Budget Priorities

Each candidate for elected office was asked: Excluding public safety, public works, and power, what are your top three priorities?

Mr. Olson responded that he wants correct and transparent financial records and a reduction in debt the city carries.

Mr. Keil and Mr. Heckel also said that elimination or avoidance of debt was important.

Mr. Clark said that his priority is transportation.

Mayoral candidate Jacki Marsh said her priorities included explicit information regarding incentives for business, and asserted that development must pay its own way.

Her opponent, John Fogle offered three priorities: Transportation, infrastructure, and the means to attain housing.

Mr. Jersvig said a priority is a balanced budget, with input from voters on to achieve the related goal with a framework of needs versus wants.

Mr. Larkin said that his priority is education.

Mr. Lindquist said that a priority for him is a reduction is operating costs that translate into higher fees and taxes for taxpayers in Loveland.

Gail Snyder expressed a similar priority: Fiscal responsibility.

Kathi Wright offered her three priorities: Housing, economic development of the downtown area in Loveland, and better communication between city government and the public.

The question and answer session ended with a question regarding leadership: What qualities do you have that would serve Loveland as a leader?

John Fogle, who is running for mayor, offered his city experience, six years on council, and two years as mayor pro tem.

Mr. Heckel said he works with the community.

Jacki Marsh said her experience as a business owner would be applicable.

A Voice of Colorado No. 352 Version 5.0:

The Loveland, CO. City Council recently passed its 2018 budget. Included in the budget is an increase for residents of Loveland, who will pay approximately $3.09 per month more for about 700 kilowatt-hours to help fund an increase in health insurance for city employees.

Once more the (Un)Affordable Health Care Act affects matters economical and financial, contrary to lies perpetuate by politicians and members of the news media alike.

A Voice of Colorado No. 350 Version 5.0:

With the closure of U.S. Highway 34 between Loveland, CO. and Estes Park, CO. to allow for completion of road work required following the flood in 2013 it is appropriate to promote local businesses as part of an ongoing project originated here called “Coloradans for Colorado”.

It is appropriate to suggest that if a Coloradan went to a Colorado business and showed their Colorado Driver’s License the business owner would show their appreciation for the patronage by offering a discount of anywhere from five percent to twenty-five percent.

Such a decision should be made at the sole discretion of the business. Regardless, supporting Colorado businesses is good business.

Take time to visit Loveland, CO. and travel to west to where U.S. Highway 34 is closed presently. Find there The Dam Store, which has been family owned and operated since 1969. It offers a variety of items for visitors and locals alike, including gifts, jewelry, and t-shirts.

For more information:

970-667-2070
10103 U.S. 34
Loveland, CO.

A Voice of Colorado No. 342 Version 5.0:

On October 2, 2017 U.S. Highway 34 between Loveland, CO. and Estes Park, CO. closed to through traffic to allow for the completion of work required as a result of damage caused by flooding in 2013. Many in communities affected by the road closure have expressed concerned about the action taken, which is scheduled to continue until the end of May 2018, and the impact it will have on businesses in Loveland, Masonville, Cedar Cove, Drake, Glen Haven, and Estes Park.

Despite opinions expressed by residents and business owners alike that will be affected the Colorado Department of Transportation has made a decision regarding the road closure. Until the work is completed residents and business owners will have to make the best of the situation.

Until U.S. Highway is re-opened support of businesses in these areas will be emphasized, as part of the project originated here “Coloradans for Colorado”.

A Voice of Colorado No. 326 Version 5.0:

Mayoral candidates for the City of Loveland, CO., include John H. Fogle, Jacki Marsh, and Larry Heckel. Several readers and followers of this effort has expressed the opinion that they will not vote for Mr. Fogle because at least one of his supporters has been allowed to threaten and attempt to intimidate residents of Loveland who speak out against Mr. Fogle, in support of his opponents for elected office.