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Loveland City 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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    Rian Fierros

  • Bill Jensen

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    Don Overcash

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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 I have no background in politics. My background has been in information technology, governance, and organizational change management.
Contact phone 9704811748
Twitter @FierrosRian
If the question is in regard to The Foundry, I think it's a good start. What I can tell is that most of the development is outside of downtown which is a bit disconcerting.
1. Affordable and attainable housing 2. Better public transportation options 3. More money to our public schools
The first step would be to add conditions that state a % or number of houses in any future development be offered to buyers within a stated income range.
Climate change has already affected our city. We see this in our depletion of water stores. One step would be to provide incentives to current and future home owners that xeriscape their properties, and provide incentives to builders who use non-chemical based building products and implement greener technologies.
I'd like to see more town halls and listening sessions during times when folks can attend. I'd like to see us take advantage of podcasts, where the Mayor provides insights on policies being discussed. We are no longer just a city of retirees, we need to start communicating to our younger population by their means of communication. I'd suggest surveying the population and asking the citizens how they prefer to get the message.
Background I am Bill Jensen. I'm your neighbor in Ward 4 seeking your vote and support for City Council. I love this city! I'm excited about the opportunities awaiting us as we move forward together. I'm a very proud Navy veteran and three of my four kids graduated from Loveland High School. As a barbering businessman, I own Motorcuts & "Head Zeppelin Barbershop" downtown on 4th St. I'm also a married homeowner not far from the new County Building. In the barbershop I've spent countless hours listening to concerns & great ideas about a city on the move. I bring thoughtful balance to a community in transition. Growth is here. We can move forward together and design a future with balance for all of us. >>Our local government can modernize with term limits. We also need recusing protocol for our city councilors. The current governing model is obsolete architecture not offering professional governance. >>The city can move forward by attracting significant employers. This is done by expanding air service to all coasts and cities in between. Our recently modernized airport must impress potential employers that we're a a solid, professional choice for their future investments and prosperity. You can find me frequently at local "meet-n-greets" at nearby friendly eateries and pubs. Please request a yard sign and you'll receive one quickly! Thank you for caring about our great community! 970-599-1574
Contact phone 970-599-1574
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Every community has a cultural center. Downtown Loveland certainly is needed to fulfill this role. It's development, therefore, is necessary.
1. Loveland must step up and compete for employers whom possess significant payroll. This should be done with a frugal mindset. I would emphasize that said businesses should guarantee payroll targets to maintain any negotiated incentives.

2. Residential development needs increased scrutiny in order to verify these projects promote our community as a whole. Additional neighborhoods can stress our already struggling infrastructure.

3. Term limits for local city councilors.
The city must create and require reasonable unit targets inclusive with new approved developments.
Climate change is affecting all of us. Everyday we can alter our choices which reduce our negative impact on the environment. All city departments can produce a study which exposes their impact on the environment and then propose initiatives to reduce this impact.
It's a citizen's duty to be informed and active! I suggest
Background Don began his career as a pharmacist and developed his entrepreneurial skills through ownership of a community pharmacy in Minnesota. He moved from pharmacy retail to sales and marketing positions with Searle Pharmaceuticals, and then to a Chicago-based healthcare advertising agency whose clients were major pharmaceutical and healthcare device manufacturers. While leading business development efforts at the ad agency, Don gained valuable selling experience, which led him to begin his journey with Sandler Training as a client. By 2009, Don had served as President/Turn-Around Specialist of four companies in both the public and private sectors. He built business development teams that consistently delivered stellar results. Throughout his career, he maintained his client relationship with Sandler, attributing his success to the expertise he continually gained through its training and reinforcement. With his strong track record and nearly 35 years of business development experience in the healthcare sector, he joined Sandler Training/Topline Growth in 2009 as an authorized trainer and principal. Today he remains passionate about bringing value to organizations and helping individuals to develop and grow through Sandler Training. He received his B.S. Pharmacy from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and later earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Don is currently serving his community as a City Councilor. And here’s a fun fact that everyone should know: in 1979, Don conceived and co-founded a unique community event, The International Eelpout Festival—Google it!—that has continued for more than 39 years and draws thousands of visitors each winter to Walker, MN, bolstering the region’s tourism industry!
Contact phone 970-292-8490
Twitter @DonOvercash
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Too soon to be conclusive, but with the revitalization effort of downtown Loveland there is a strengthening of the overall image of Loveland as a community where people "do life". The downtown area is becoming a contributor to the economic well-being of the entire community. I have often said that a community is like a body and when one part suffers, the entire body suffers. This effort is literally coming back to life as citizens intentionally come downtown to enjoy its products and services.
1. Public Safety- all aspects including police, fire, emergency services, traffic safety, bike and pedestrian safety. 2. Transportation infrastructure--roads, bus service, bike and pedestrian routes. 3. Economic vitality--attraction and retention of primary jobs as that fuels an abundance of housing choices. This then leads to retail services which then provides the tax revenue that funds our city services and amenities such as library, recreation centers, museums, and parks that all appreciate.
I'm not sure what is meant by "affordable housing requirements", but the city does have a role in housing. The city enjoys great partnerships with The Loveland Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity. These trusted partners produce products that meet lower income housing needs. Additionally, the city does and must continue to work on keeping fees and construction costs as low as possible-controlling what the city can control recognizing that market factors dictate what is built.
Climate change, whether one believes it's impact is over stated or under stated, is affecting our city. It is causing all of us to evaluate our use of energy and from all forms of production. It is also impacting our use of other natural resources such as water. Simply put, the theory of climate change is making us better stewards of our planet. I only wish large polluters such as China and India cared 1/100th as much as we do in Loveland.
I'd really be interested in hearing from citizens on this issue. I have conducted a couple of dozen "Listening Sessions" that generally feature both councilors from Ward IV. They are publicized in advance via newspaper, city communications and Facebook, but paverage attendance is 6 or 7 citizens. Our meeting agendas with attachments are available online days before the meeting. My phone number and email are public. 20 citizen boards and commissions provide the most valuable input. Ideas?