Resident of Loveland since 1954. Graduate of Loveland High and Front Range Comm. College, attended CSU and Northrop Univ. Most of career spent doing commercial and residential building construction and repair. Wife , parents, sister, daughter and grandson all long term residents of Loveland.
I want to see the store owners taking a more active role in the decisions affecting their future. The council and LDP are treating the downtown as a monopoly game. A few un-elected "officials" are far too influential as to decision making and our council is heeding their advice as expert. The obligation of a huge bond could force many smaller business owners to close due to increased overhead. The city council has already spent at least $ 25 mil tax dollars on the Foundry no end in sight.
The council has been far too generous with tax incentives. The amounts granted to developers and the long terms of the deals exceed what is reasonable. These deals leave the city treasury short to provide needed municipal projects and services. Policy to make growth pay it's way has been ignored in favor of subsidizing new retail stores. So many of these deals have been made that I fear a major shortfall in revenue for Loveland. Who can we count on to pay the money it takes to run this city?
The constantly snarled traffic on US 34 and US 287 contribute heavily to vehicle's pollution. Efforts must be made to prevent as much stop and start as possible by improving alternate routes and improving traffic flow on the main streets. Continued building of shopping areas such as the proposed Brands at the Ranch should be discouraged rather than subsidized. The vehicle trips to this area will certainly increase pollution. Using shopping opportunities closer to home would help.
The council needs to continue the acceptance of the area south of 1st and Lincoln as a homeless refuge. No good can come from squeezing them out to relocate in another area. There are a number of below par buildings down there and several could be dedicated to sheltering the homeless at minimal expense to taxpayers. It's OK to provide the homeless with shelter, food and clothing without going so far as to encourage more to immigrate to Loveland. Homeless people will always be here regardless.
I do not encourage an expansion of the county mental health dept. However, private mental health facilities should be encouraged to expand. The care one can receive at a privately operated clinic is superior to the county mental health dept. Since a number of under-qualified therapists have bilked insurance providers for many years, the reaction has been to limit the amount of coverage for mental health services. Improvement of the integrity and qualifications of the staff will be helpful.
Gail Snyder has lived in Loveland for more than 21 years. She and her husband, Bob, have a Farmers Insurance agency they started in 2000. Gail is the Health, Medicare, and employee benefits specialist. She is not afraid to tackle the tough issues. Gail Snyder is: Passionate. Dedicated. Qualified.
I believe a vibrant, thriving downtown is an indicator of the overall health of any community. We are already beginning to see property owners/developers make their own investments into downtown. This excitement and pride is spilling into other areas of town as well. The Northern Colorado Regional Airport is installing “remote tower” technology, the Brands expanding to the east and the creative collaboration of Northern Colorado securing much needed funds to widen I-25.
I believe we need to maintain our competitive edge as a city recruiting quality employers, retailers, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs. In order to do so, tax incentives/credits are a part of that recruitment process. I sincerely believe we need to create a formula for success that will help both the City of Loveland and the businesses we work with. This formula should be calculable, tangible and fair and should become policy regarding how any and all incentives are given.
The City has conducted an efficiency survey and is taking action to reduce the energy we use. Driving to Denver it is hard not to notice the infamous brown cloud. It is important to know, however, that our wind, air and water travel in a different direction. We are not a contributor to the brown cloud, yet our designation as an ozone non-attainment area lumps us into that region. I believe air quality standards should be based upon the wind air and water shed that we actually have impact upon.
Families fallen on hard times, or folks who choose to live under the stars, truly doesn’t matter. Our focus should be on those that call Loveland home. We are a creative community that cares for the needs of others. The House of Neighborly Services has cards they recommend we offer to the homeless. HNS is a single agency able to triage and assist as necessary. Additionally, Judge, Joneson is a breath of fresh air “sentencing” individuals to take a "hygiene" class at HNS rather than pay fines.
No, I do not believe we have sufficient facilities for mental health in Loveland or Larimer County. Last November this was a ballot issue that failed. I presume it will re-surface this year. A large housing/rehab facility is going to be costly to build, maintain and staff. We need to be sure to come at this issue from all sides, and not expect the “facility” to “fix” the problem. We also need to raise up community partners to assist with prevention and personal accountability.
Attended Kearney State College. Worked Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce for 7 years; City of Loveland 13 years; BGCLC for 18 years.
It will give the heart of our community increased vibrancy!!
Payback time period; jobs created; business need for incentives.
I will have to study this issue, as I'm not familiar with what is currently happening.
I'm optimistic that the City's Community Services division (Allison Hade) will recommend solutions that can be considered; the Community Kitchen and 137 are doing what they can.
Absolutely not. Our Police officers have to drive people to Greeley who need detox facilities. There are not enough beds in Northern CO to serve all those with mental health challenges. I support building a facility.