The City of Longmont is geographically divided into three election wards. Voters from each Ward elect one City Council member to represent the residents who live in that Ward. The remaining Council members and the Mayor are elected by all voting residents of the community and are representatives at large.The City Council has the power to enact and provide for the enforcement of all ordinances necessary to protect life, health and property, declare, prevent and abate/remove nuisances, preserve and enforce good government.The term of a City Councilman is 4 years. The salary is $1,000 per month. Municipal elections are non-partisan.
Longmont resident since 1994. Member of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Community volunteer and student mentor.
45 years as an educator with an undergraduate degree from DU and two graduate degrees from Arizona State University. Member of the Longmont City Council since March of 2018.
I have no idea how many hours club hockey teams might want or need to reserve the ice rink for their activities. They certainly should enjoy access on a rental basis. The same is true for the ice skating public, which will enjoy access for the largest number of hours during a month. The SVVSD will contract with the City of Longmont for the number of hours they will need access to swim lanes. The estimate of their needs is 77 hours a month. The facility will be open for ice and swimming activities for 428 hours a month. So, for 351 hours a month, the pool will be available for swim lessons, lap, and leisure swimming.
The City of Longmont has not extended its capacity to service debt beyond what is prudent. The City typically cash funds capital projects, which requires building reserves over a number of years.
Development of Vance Brand Airport is in the City’s interest. Growing the number and variety of aviation related business activities on, and adjacent to, the airport will actually reduce noise and increase regional economic benefits. Our objective should be to establish Vance Brand Airport as the “green” aviation center of the western U.S.
Serious federal and private investment in electric powered planes is already occurring. There is no reason why Vance Brand cannot become the region’s hub for research and development of quiet, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly avaiation.
The City Council has approved a Climate Emergency Resolution, authorizing a resident working group to produce recommendations for reducing the City’s carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gases within 120 days. Additionally, the Council will take up review and updating of building standards and building codes early in 2020, assuring that Longmont is applying the highest standards for efficiency to new construction and remodeling of existing structures.
The City Council has directed staff to produce updated ADU regulations for Council consideration. Additionally, the Council’s housing policy, which included a combination of fees with offsets, is designed to increase both affordable and attainable homes in Longmont. The Council is monitoring the effects of the Inclusionary Zoning ordinance passed early in 2019. Early indications are that a growing inventory of affordable and attainable housing units will become available in the Longmont market in the next year or two.
During 2019, I worked closely with Longmont’s City Manager to lead a group of educators, environmentalists, investors, developers, planners, and policy makers to envision the kind of development Longmont needs adjacent to the St. Vrain River corridor in the wake of our river restoration efforts. This initiative was branded as the Building STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Project.
Part of the vision that emerged through this process includes establishing a higher education presence (Front Range CC partnering with CU and/or other four-year post-secondary institutions) within walking distance of the anticipated transit hub at 1st and Main. The full vision statement for education can be found on the Engage Longmont website by clicking on Building STEAM, then clicking on Feb. 15 meeting notes, and scrolling to “the Future of Education”. This statement lays out my vision for higher education as the most powerful economic development engine available to us