After 12 years in the Navy, my family chose Loveland to plant our roots. I have degrees in Applied Science and Business Management and now work as a property appraiser for Larimer County. My time has been dedicated to serving the public on the city Planning Commission, the last 2 years as chairman.
The Foundry was originally called the South Catalyst. That is what I hope it becomes, a catalyst for further improvements downtown. The desired impact on the city is an increase in commerce that goes beyond downtown. Focus has been on entertainment and shopping, though we also need to consider the livability for those who reside downtown. Without that, I fear any boon will be short-lived and we may find ourselves, once again, trying to figure out how to revitalize the area.
The city already has tools in place for this. The CSU business school is often sought to analyze requests and help determine feasibility of an incentive. Measurements of success are in future tax revenues and anticipated job creation. More people working is what truly affects our local economy. There are also policies in place that are intended to govern incentive decisions, though some have been ignored. We should use the tools and follow the policies, they were established for a reason.
The city already complies with federal and state regulations on air pollution. The question for local matters is "What are the major sources of air pollution?" Energy production? Oil and gas? Traffic on I-25? The state has very strict standards for sulfur dioxide and oil and gas operations. The factor that still needs mitigation is the traffic sitting on I-25. Our local governments have joined forces to see improvements to I-25 happen soon, instead of waiting for the state to fix it in 50 years.
I am part of a group working on a Housing First project, to help the chronically homeless, that is not a city project and not seeking city funding. The city’s role should focus on the safety and security of the residents, whether housed or not. We cannot force people to choose to stay in shelters or to participate in the available programs. We can, however, continue efforts to keep people safe with police presence and maintaining contact with homeless persons in the city when possible.
No, it is neither sufficient nor affordable. The jail system is strained with minor criminals who may have mental health issues, but is a taxpayer funded facility the answer? Would it be more affordable to treat people or jail them? Would that be right? Is it the responsibility of the residents of Loveland to pay for the treatment of others? There are many questions and no simple answers. We need more involved studies to uncover the roots of the problems before we can begin to develop solutions.
The background I have is the experience of working for a living. We are constantly represented by people who are out of touch with the average person working in Loveland. It's time someone represented us instead of the special interests that want to exploit our city.
I don't feel the current proposed development will impact much. I better question is, what kind of growth do we want? More development that is apartments and minimum wage jobs does not provide for the future of our city. We seem to have too much special interest influence upon our city to do development for developments sake. Instead we need productive growth for our city. We need leadership that understands the foundation of positive development for our city, which we are sorely lacking.
In general if a business needs a tax incentive, it is a failing business. I am interested in businesses that want to contribute to the beauty and future of Loveland rather than exploit it for their profit. When we focus on the bread and butter issues of Loveland, we create an environment that lets business grow and doesnt exploit Loveland.
One of the problems of tax incentives is that it burdens our current small business, while letting bigger business not contribute to Loveland.
One of the easiest and simplest things to do is provide electric car charging stations around the city. We also can expand bus service to more parts of the community.
We used to have a trolley that ran down Garfield to 4th st. Maybe we knew how to do things years ago. One of the ways to bring customers to downtown is by providing more ways to get there.
I think we need to ask why homelessness is showing up first. In my job I have seen gentrification happen to the homes poorer people lived in. Have we had an increase in homelessness since the apartments on e 23rd St have been remodeled? Is development creating more homeless?
A homeless person will cost the community about $14,000 being homeless. They cost the community $11,000 when provided a home. As a fiscal conservative we should be doing the current successful program of housing first.
This is a topic I would need more information to answer. That would be by asking the consumers of the facilities. In general if there is a wait when an addict decides to get clean, then we are not doing enough. Most addicts die because there is a wait for treatment. Right before they enter treatment, they will have one more high. Their body is not used to the addiction, and they then overdose and die.
A lot of homeless people have mental health issues. Therefore we need to do better.