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Louisville City Council Ward I

Two council members are elected from each of the City's three wards, each to a four-year term.Louisville City Council members serve 4-year terms, limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Council members may serve on city council committees, and may serve as liaison to regional governing committees and other organizations. Councilmembers are compensated at $11,664 per year. Benefits include an annual membership to the Louisville Recreation Center, membership in the city's health insurance programs in which any premiums will be paid by the Councilmember, and the option to contribute to a 457 account through the City's retirement plan.Councilmembers can expect to spend an average of 20-30 hours per week on City business. This time includes preparation for and participation in regular meetings and study sessions, as well as other standing board and committee meetings and general City business.

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    BARBARA BUTTERWORTH
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    CALEB DICKINSON
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    GORDON MADONNA
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Biographical Information

What action would you take to use effectively, the vacant and soon-to-be vacant business locations in the McCaslin corridor?

What issues do you see surrounding management and maintenance of open space and parks?

What steps should the city take to reduce its impact with respect to climate change?

Describe any changes the city should make in how it supports the arts?

Considering the cost of living in Louisville, what actions would you propose to preserve and expand affordable housing, including Accessory Dwelling Units?

Background I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to serve the Louisville Community as City Councilwoman in Ward 1. I have lived in Louisville since 2001. Because I love and appreciate the flavor and texture of our town, I had my home designated historic. I am very familiar with the school system, having a son who attended Louisville grade schools and graduated from Centaurus High school. It was my great pleasure to own and manage the BOOK CELLAR on Main Street for more than 16 years. The BOOK CELLAR served as a meeting place for readers and local authors to share our love of books and literature. My children’s section was a warm and comforting space where moms and dads sat with their children and read from shelves full of award-winning books. Running a small business in a competitive and changing industry was always a challenge. My experience working at a fortune 500 corporation provided a solid background in budgets, marketing, sales, and operations. I succeeded in maintaining that same focus with my own business. I was an active member of the Downtown business association and joined with other small business owners in coordinating our efforts to make “Old Town” a destination for retail shopping, dining and strolling. Over the years I attended many City Council meetings on a variety of topics from advocating for small businesses, historical designations, downtown congestion, environmental concerns, and many more. After all these years, I still love Louisville and look forward to participating in the future of our town as your City Councilwoman.
Contact phone 720.775.7444
When elected, focusing my time and efforts towards recruiting new businesses and supporting existing businesses is a primary part of my platform in emphasizing “business retention and economic inclusion.” One of my central ideas is to design a plan that will provide multiple scenarios of incentives that will not increase taxes.

With the Kohl’s property owner’s plan to put in three to four boutique stores, and with my retail experience in both a Fortune 500 company and a successful small business, I can make experienced suggestions to the city and the Economic Developer in their exploration to find the right fit for the Louisville business community on McCaslin Boulevard.

I would also like to initiate a regular, in-depth progress report on business development, new business prospects, and the health of existing businesses.
The first issue is the city’s use of glyphosate (the non-selective form of Roundup) in our parks and open spaces. This toxic chemical must be eliminated from use altogether, as it seeps into our ground water table and it is a difficult task for our water treatment facilities to remove it. Residents need clear information on the dangers of using this chemical. The World Health Organization assessed the carcinogenic properties of this pesticide, and found it to be a cause of multiple cancers in humans, and physiological damages in animals’ health. A closer liaison with the Open Space Advisory Board to disseminate proposals and gather public opinion is necessary. The city already has many educational programs, but the information about these compelling programs needs to be disseminated more effectively. A city-wide email program might be a direct way to connect with citizens who want to be engaged in activities that benefit our beloved community.
Climate change scientists frequently reevaluate the changes in atmosphere, water, and ecosystems. Each year they become more urgent in their recommendations for the changes we need to make for our planet’s sustainability. As councilwoman, I would use my resources to find new ways to encourage our residents to adopt a combination of increasing renewable energy in homes, businesses, and vehicles, by driving less, reducing energy use, and lessening the waste stream. We must continue to move forward with our programs. I would propose a city-wide program that provides rebates and incentives for sustainable products such as solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and low-energy heating and air conditioning units. The city could also provide compost bags and a reduced bulk rate. I believe in sharing information and educating each other in ways that impact behavior. Education is the answer. I would like to work closely with the Sustainability Advisory Board to disseminate information.
The Cultural Arts Master Plan was formed after an extensive study of the arts and culture communities of Louisville in 2013. CAMP was implemented in 2017 and continues to work with the city council and the city's Cultural Arts and Special Events Coordinator. This plan still uses the the study, which found "Louisville residents are viewed as active, engaged and creative. This dynamic resident base has a high level of support for arts and cultural activities, festivals, and recreational activities. The population is educated and has a high level of public engagement in civic leadership." Storage capacity and access continue to be a problem for our active Arts Center. A possibility of using one of the underutilized spaces in the McCaslin Corridor to build a theater to accommodate our current needs. The Arts are a prestige asset for our city, making Louisville a sought-after destination. As councilwoman, I’d like to expand the search for creative financing and patrons throughout Colorado.
We currently have the Kestral affordable housing development adjacent to Napa Auto parts on South Boulder Road. This was a much needed housing program that has helped to balance our community’s economic inclusion. I would suggest that we continue the dialogue with local developers to encourage affordable housing as a part of their ongoing plans. For example, the 432-acre ConocoPhillips property is now being looked at to include senior care facilities. In this instance, I would recommend to the developer that the plan include affordable housing for the staff.
Background I was born in Boulder and went to Flatirons Elementary, Baseline Junior High and Fairview High School. I went to college in Santa Barbara and then finished with a degree in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at CU. When I was 21 I met my amazing, brilliant, powerful partner and we began our adventure together. We moved to San Francisco for a year, Durham, North Carolina for five years, and Madison, Wisconsin for two years. I was a high school math teacher in Durham, a stay-at-home father in Madison and a soccer coach everywhere I went. Since moving back to Louisville in 2010, my wife and I added two more kids to our family and I became a co-owner of Fox Property Management. While we mostly manage rental homes for people, I like to think that we’ve done a great job of creating a loving work environment for our ever-growing staff. In the past several years I have dedicated countless hours of my time to the city of Louisville. I have become the Vice Chair on the Historic Preservation Commission, a board member for the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President of the Louisville Downtown Business Association. In addition to these formal roles, I am the proud creator of Louisville Live, the semi-annual music festival inside and outside of nearly every restaurant and bar in downtown. Lastly, I am a founding member of Guys Who Give. This group meets once a quarter at Gravity Brewing to nominate and select a local charity. Every member then writes a $100 check to that charity. To date, Guys Who Give has raised nearly $400,000 for local charities across the country.
Contact phone 303-495-8219
Our city must be thoughtful and intentional in the way we develop. Currently, there are a lot of competing visions for Louisville’s future, and a lot of the same arguments get rehashed over every specific project. On city council, one of my strengths will be helping us find common ground and crafting a more coherent vision that balances growth and preservation. With this vision in place, the city can become an ally rather than an obstacle to development. Businesses have a choice when they are deciding where to invest. The investors that will support continued vitality downtown, reimagine Parcel O and rediscover the ConocoPhillips site are waiting, trying to figure out what it is we will allow, support and incentivize. If we communicate what we are looking for and ally with local businesses, we can begin a new era of shared prosperity and vibrant spaces in Louisville.
I was born in Boulder and there are few decisions that define our region more than our commitment to open space protection. Louisville has done a fantastic job of creating a buffer of natural spaces between the built environments of neighboring towns. We need to continue to invest in farms and other areas that could be developed in a way that would destroy this natural buffer. It will be expensive, but critical to our identity and our larger environmental agenda.

We also have to balance the use and preservation of our open spaces. One of the goals of open space conservation is to allow for the enjoyment, experience and recreation of our population. However, that use can deteriorate the very land we are trying to protect. If we can increase the usable open spaces, we can also use rotating closures to help these spaces recover from humans, dogs and bikes.
Transportation planning is one key area where cities like Louisville, working in partnership with regional and state-level partners, can make important steps towards addressing the climate crisis. We can work to make our city less car-dependent by improving walkability and focusing on connectivity among Louisville’s different neighborhoods. The city can also be instrumental in educating citizens about climate science, working on local and state legislation which addresses the climate crisis, and acknowledging the schools, businesses, residents and the city for making a difference through programs like the Louisville Green Business recognition program.

In addition, we should start a citywide recycling and composting program for restaurants, businesses and public spaces. Currently, we don’t have any recycling or compost bins on public sidewalks. How can we progress towards being a zero waste city if we only provide landfill trash cans for people to deposit their waste?
Art comes in many forms and the city needs to support, encourage and incentivize all kinds of art. I am glad that we have the Louisville Arts District and the Cultural Council that are doing great work to promote and display art in our town. As the creator of Louisville Live, I have shown a personal commitment to my community to bring local artists into our downtown for an amazing evening. I also sit on the Downtown Business Association, which puts on the Street Faire each summer. This event has brought attention to our town and is one of the best known festivals in the area.

We need to continue to reimagine our public spaces with sculptures, temporary art installations, murals and more. The city is in the best position to make these spaces available and support this movement in our town.
Louisville is an amazing place that attracts new residents every day. This comes with a consequence as the values of our homes and land have skyrocketed, putting a strain on affordable housing. This is a regional issue, and we must work with regional partners to solve it. One effort I would support is the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Housing Preservation Network. Working with Boulder County, we should work to preserve Louisville’s existing affordable housing stock, while finding ways to create new affordable housing in new developments. I believe in making Louisville a welcoming and inclusive community and continuing to provide housing options for our lower income residents is a top priority.
Background I have 41 plus years in municipal government, dealing with various municipal, county, state, federal, and international agencies. I was born and raised in Louisville and have lived here the majority of my life. My grandparents helped settle Louisville, arriving about 1910. My father, after returning from WWII with a new bride, proposed and built the Bella Vista Subdivision. He also initiated and chaired the original Louisville Planning Commission for several years, he was the secretary for the original Chamber of Commerce, and was very active in pursuing and obtaining Louisville’s water rights, our sewers and storm sewers, paving Louisville’s streets, and building McCaslin Boulevard and Highway 42, etc. In addition, he continued on working for Boulder County and subsequently becoming a first-class county. My wife and I raised our two children here and have lived in original “Old Town” Louisville for the past 34 years. I’m completing my 4-year term as a Member of Historical Commission. Retired and have no ties to businesses or special interests’ groups, etc. I will tell you upfront that I am definitely not a politician! I’m not accepting any campaign funds, nor sponsorships from any group, business or organization, other than the citizens of Louisville. I’m only running because we have strayed from what has made Louisville the great city it is today!
Contact e-mail gmadonna2019@gmail.com
Contact phone (720) 675-8254‬
Expansion of the urban renewal area to now include the Kohl’s site.

This area of the city has been vacant for too long. Since we haven’t been able to achieve any desirable to date, acquisition of the property through eminent domain becomes a necessary tool. We can’t afford to let these properties be stagnant any longer and must be brought back into productive status.

We need to acquire the properties and work with a developer to turn the area back into viable sales tax generating businesses.

A community marketplace consisting of smaller unique shops, restaurants, coffee shops, a butcher shop, etc. would be an ideal complement to this area.
We need to complete any existing trail links and provide adequate means to support the continued maintenance of our parks and open space.

We’ve acquired as much open space and trails as we can reasonably handle with the exception of Conoco Philips property.

We need to re-evaluate how we are spending our tax money for the upkeep and maintenance of these areas. When the open space sales tax expires in 2024, should it not be approved again by the voters, the general fund will take a big hit in order to maintain these services.

We have gone way over budget on the recreation center and the funding needs to be brought back down to reasonable levels.

We should only be subsidizing entrance fees for our children and senior citizens.
The city is already taking sufficient steps to address climate change in city owned buildings.

The city is already taking steps to encourage better design standards in residential and businesses.

Improvement of traffic flow and improvement of mass transit and other forms of transportation are necessary.
Louisville already makes sufficient contributions to the arts.

No additional contributions are required at this time!
Louisville has already contributed it’s share to affordable housing in Boulder County.

The City of Boulder needs to step up to the plate and rectify the problem they created!

Louisville has always been planned to have a population of 20,000 residents and we have already exceeded that number by approximately 1,500 residents.

Our city fathers chose to limit Louisville to a manageable size and our taxpayers have spent large sums of money in surrounding ourselves with open space in order to keep us unique. We don’t need or want to be just another indistinguishable suburb of Denver or Boulder.

Where is it written that all of a sudden, we should abandon everything we have strived to achieve for the sake of growth? The only residential growth we should even consider would be the Conoco Philips site and only if we can guarantee that our children, city employees, police officers, firefighters, and our senior citizens who may wish to downsize, are the only ones to benefit from this.