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Loveland City Council Ward III

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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    John Dixon

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    John Fogle

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    Elizabeth Hughes

Biographical Information

Should the City of Loveland create a diversity commission to proactively address cross cultural and cross racial/ethnic harmony? (Agree/Disagree)

What impacts do you think the development of downtown Loveland have had on the City as a whole?

In order for Loveland to continue to be a desirable place to live, what do you believe are the city’s three most pressing needs?

How can the city assure that affordable housing requirements are included in future developments, including the new metro districts?

How do you think climate change will affect our city and what steps, if any, can the City Council take to mitigate such change?

What would you do to increase communications with the citizens of Loveland, both in terms of getting citizen input before making policy decisions as well as documenting and making publicly accessible the results of policy deliberations?

Background John was born in Buffalo, New York, the youngest of 5 children. John is single and has a 31 year old son that lives in Longmont. John has lived in Loveland for ten years and in Colorado for 40 years. John originally moved here and lived in the ski towns for the first 6 years. John worked in Washington DC and New York City before moving to Colorado. He has had a career in mining and heavy construction. John primarily worked in the ski towns of Colorado. Finishing his career in Loveland out in the oil fields of Weld County and finally before retiring in May of 2019 he worked out of a quarry in Livermore suppling limestone for Budweiser’s bottling operator O+I in Windsor. He attended Canisius’s college and the University of Buffalo. Later in life John attended CU for Spanish language courses. John has been involved in politics his whole life. He has been an adaptive instructor with the Eldora special recreation program. He also has been involved for over 20 years serving on boards and other positions in programs dealing with mental health and addiction issues.
Contact e-mail jldixon55@gmail.com
Contact phone 303-819-3992
Support
. Loveland’s heart centers around downtown. The foundry has turned out be a great catalyst for downtown in general. I see the future of Loveland and its identity wrapped around the central core of the city. I see us as a small city that can offer both good employment and meet the needs of both young families and older adults in shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities without having to travel up and down the Front Range.
We need to start to address the $20 Million worth of deferred maintenance the city has back logged. To keep improving our Parks and Recreation facilities. Continue to work on our transportation options for mass transit and pedestrian. Improving our infrastructure such as municipal fiber and our electric grid will help bring the kind of jobs we want for our children
By updating our building code and zoning to encourage the building of housing with an affordable price point To update our permitting fees so that discount can be offered to bring down the overall cost of construction on projects the city find desirable. To require all large developments whether they be residential or commercial have an affordable/attainable provision in their plans.
to the arid climate re live inIf we address growth we will be addressing climate change. We are lucky in that we own our own electric grid we can continue to invest in renewable energy sources. Improve our building codes for more efficiency. Continue to add electric vehicles to the cities fleets of trucks and buses. To encourage retail growth that keeps people shopping locally. Water,to educate the public on how precious and finite a resource it is in our arid climate
I would like to hold public hearings on all major decisions coming before the council.
Background Loveland has been my home for 49 years, and I enjoy the magnificent beauty, wonderful citizens and stunning Artistic setting that makes our town the Sweetheart City. Through hard work and perseverance I have spent the last 8 years on council working to make our City the best it can be. There is more left to do. I believe the ‘Best is Yet to Come’ for Loveland and the surrounding community. I believe in Government Transparency/Accountability to the people who pay the bills. I believe in Teamwork. Our City charter is setup to force teamwork, and I agree completely with it. I believe in Loveland and the loving spirit that has always been a part of our City. Since being elected in 2011, I have served on a variety of Boards and Commissions, and still serve on most of them. I am Council Liaison to: Historic Preservation Commission (8yrs), Construction Advisory Board (6 yrs), Loveland Communication Advisory Board (2yrs) Fire Rescue Advisory Commission (4yrs), Cultural Services Board (6yrs), Broadband Task Forcer(3yrs) , Affordable Housing Commission (2yrs). I have been a Board Member: Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (Vice Chair) (8yrs), Downtown Development Authority (Charter) (4yrs), NoCo Regional Tourism Authority (4yrs). As part of my commitment to bringing Municipal Broadband to Loveland I began attending the National League of Cities meetings throughout the county, attending an average of 3 weekly meetings a year since 2013. I serve on the Information, Technology and Communication Advisory Committee and am a Platinum Fellow with NLC University. Construction of Loveland's Broadband Utility (PULSE) begins in 2020 and I am extremely proud to have been part of bringing this game-changing concept/technology to our City. Experience Matters, and I have the experience and background to serve Loveland for another four years! On any and every issue – one thing will always be the same – “I Vote for Loveland”.
Contact e-mail jhfogle@frii.com
Contact phone 970-679-7649
Support
Research shows that successful cities have thriving Downtown experiences that include opportunities for residents to Live, Work and Play -- all in the downtown area. The revitalization of Downtown Loveland has been a tremendous success and is bolstering the entire community as they find a place to 'center' their attention, and entertainment choices. The civic pride in our 'New Downtown' is apparent in community conversations, and the increasing success of our merchants is wonderful.
1st - Transportation - success comes with challenges, and our transportation plans are slow in coming together. Having to wait on CDOT is frustrating for all -- but the plans and funding are in place - it just takes time. 2nd - Grocery Stores on East Eisenhower -- it is critical that we attract a grocery to this area as soon as possible 3rd - Infrastructure repair and upgrades in Downtown -- aging infrastructure in our Downtown is becoming a serious problem and needs to be addressed ASAP
Forcing developers to add affordable housing into subdivisions is difficult. Working closely with developers and incentivizing them to 'help' with our affordable housing issues is the proper way to go. Attainable housing is the key. Attainable housing is produced by the marketplace with limited incentives and can be driven by City code and cooperation, while affordable housing usually requires federal grants that are becoming harder to qualify for.
Alternative Energy. I support the use of alternative energy - but feel more research is immediately necessary to bring the ENTIRE lifecycle of alternative energy devices to light. I would like to see PRPA start exploring Nuclear Energy options to supplement our power portfolio's. I don't believe Climate change is controllable by current means and further research is absolutely necessary to protect our future environment.
Loveland has one of the most transparent government structures in the State. The decisions council makes are based on personal research, experience and attending meetings at all levels -- the bulk of which are freely open to the public. I encourage citizens to attend our meetings (or view online), to receive the information we base our decisions on. For 3+ years the city has been working toward a next-level search platform for city records. More info will be available on this soon.
Background 2018 Organizing for Action (OFA) Fellow, 2016-2019 Pro Bono and Paid Political Consulting, 2016-Presidential Campaign: Elevated to Leadership Roles in California (Primary Win) and Colorado (General Electoral College and Popular Vote Win), 15+ Years as a Journalist (Print, Radio, TV, Multimedia), Trained in Journalistic Ethics by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), 2008-2015 National Board of Directors International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN), 1993-B.A. Government, Dartmouth College, Graduated w-Distinction (Dean's List-English, 1992 Barge Oratory Award for Public Speaking, The Dartmouth, Officer in a Top Sorority, Elected by the Student Body to The Committee on Standards), 1989-Graduated w-High Honors from Punahou School in Honolulu Hawaii (Elk's Club Student of the Month, National Honor Society, Speech Club, Ka Punahou, Quill and Scroll, Academic Awards for Speech and Science). Personal: Mom of a 10-year-old Honor's student in Arizona.
Contact phone (970) 534-1562
Support
The development of downtown Loveland has strengthened the brand identity of the City as a whole. The 2007 introduction of a mid-rise luxury building like Lincoln Place (where I live) was intelligent planning. Its proximity to Loveland Museum and Gallery, MXD space for restaurants, and enduring appeal help anchor Ward III. I am also pleased to see community engagement at The Foundry. The entire area celebrates walk-ability, art, and a sense of community.
Short answer: 1. Transportation (our easier traffic patterns are what edge us out over Fort Collins for many who love it here) 2. Maintaining the high standard of public safety and 3. Making sure people can afford to live here (includes that new buzz term "attainable housing").
I do not think the Metro Districts dominating headlines right now are affordable, but that is not what is being marketed. Master-planned communities – and I lived in one – are aspirational. The dream of living at The Lakes at Centerra may be what pushes a mid-career entrepreneur to innovate or inspires a young person to finish law school. If we compel the developers to help with employment and – yes – to keep a few townhouse homes priced at the $1,500-range, that is start. It's a challenge, yes.
Less environmentally-themed answer than a practical answer: More people will move here. Friends in coastal regions admit to me that they think about moving inland every day. This, having weathered storms and other threats – some financial - in the wake of the devastation to their homes and towns. From a quality of life standpoint, our summers are hotter – so we need to consider the implications to HVAC min. standards. We also need to attract businesses whose carbon footprints tread lightly.
Perception is reality with the public. Most Council leadership understands that people need to be heard and validated. Future Councils must be equally thick-skinned. Some members of the public will react emotionally to change, but embrace it down the road. The City does not need to pump more cash into documenting deliberations. There is already acceptable inclusion with streamed and archived meetings, thanks to the Public Library staff. People who want to engage must choose to do so.