City of Loveland Council Ward IV
The City of Loveland is a home-rule, council-manager form of government. The City Council is a nine member policy-making board for the City of Loveland. Two council members are elected by residents from each of the four wards in the City of Loveland to serve four year terms. The Council is led by the Mayor, who is elected by city residents at large for a two-year term. Council members are elected on 1st Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years. The City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month for regular meetings at 6:00 p.m. and the second Tuesday of each month for a study session at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 500 E. Third Street. The City Council serves a critical role in the development of policy that provides the basis for decision-making. Decisions made impact the community for years into the future. This form of representative government is intended to ensure that the community leaders build a sustainable community that protects the health, safety and welfare of Loveland residents.
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Dave Clark (N)
Owner/Manager - Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
What impacts do you think the proposed development of downtown Loveland will have on the City as a whole?
Please explain how you determine whether it is cost-effective for the City to use tax incentives and/or credits to attract businesses.
What are the priorities and actions the City should take to reduce air pollution?
What is the City doing now to address homelessness that you think is working? What, if any, additional efforts do you believe the City should consider to address homelessness?
Do you think the existing mental health and substance abuse facilities in Loveland are sufficiently accessible and affordable for residents? Please explain.
I have lived in Loveland for 54 years. My family consists of my wife - Paula, our 6 children and 4 grandchildren. I was first elected to the Loveland City Council in 2004 and have served on council for 11 years.
The development project in downtown Loveland (known as the Foundry project) will positively impact the downtown area as well as the whole city. Statistically across the country, a strong downtown indicates a strong city. Bringing more people and business to downtown through this project will be a great benefit to the majority of downtown businesses - both today and in the future. I have and will continue to support this development.
Economic Development in todays market has included some type of tax incentives, or fee waivers, or other types of credits. Personally I wish they were not part of the game - but they are so the City of Loveland needs to use them the best they can. Every incentive needs to be evaluated on its own to determine what type of ROI (return on investment) there will be for the City, both in the short term and the long term. But there is a limit that the city needs to balance to.
The city has already invested quite a bit in some of their city vehicles in converting them to electric, natural gas, and other methods. In addition, the regional NFRMPO (North Front Range Metropolitan Organization) of which the city is a part works closely with the state in monitoring various air pollution levels. The city works cooperatively with these efforts as well.
The city has helped the Loveland 137 connection to some level as well as helped funding of several non profit agencies in town that provide a valuable service to this issue. The best thing the city (and our society) can do to help ease this problem is to help facilitate job creation and economic vitality so that more opportunities exist for more to obtain employment. Also, to continue to support agencies that provide self sufficiency services and training.
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