Policy: Parking

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What’s going to happen in a few years when That Eighties Band comes to the redesigned Coal Creek Park to play for thousands of people? What about when the Moffat Street Expansion is complete?

As Erie grows to the point where parking becomes an issue, I’ll want the Town to work with the residents who feel the traffic crunch, local experts, and looking at the examples of neighboring communities like Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville. Some ideas:

  • Ensuring maximum walkability and ridability into Old Town and Coal Creek Park. That would include a comprehensive education program to encourage alternate modes of transportation such as bicycling for those that are willing and able.
  • A shuttle transport system from outlying areas to Old Town for large events.
  • Permit/reserved parking for residents near Coal Creek Park to ensure they can park near their own homes.

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Policy: Working Together

Today, Erie’s Mayor Tina Harris posted on her Facebook page:

One more quick note from me to you. It is election/campaign season in Erie. There are two Mayoral candidates and eight Trustee candidates vying for your vote. I would caution each of you to research the candidates, and be wary of any candidate that says they can single handedly do something. That is not the way the Board of Trustees works. It is a seven member Board, with seven equal votes. No matter the title of the Board member; be it Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, or Trustee it takes a majority of Board members to accomplish anything. To reiterate, no one can single handedly accomplish anything, it takes a majority of the seven members to move an issue forward, create change, etc…

I mentioned this on my post a few weeks ago about taking oil & gas to the state, but it’s worth repeating:

In my official capacity as Trustee, I would demand a majority support of the board before undertaking any effort to take oil & gas to the state.

The best way to “help me help you” is to vote for other candidates that have made their position clear regarding the onslaught of oil & gas in our communities. Together, we can do it!

Policy: Crestone Boulder County CDP

Crestone’s Boulder County CDP Zone 2 is just off Hwy 52 and 115th St.

As a part of the third draft of Crestone Peak Resources’ Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) for Boulder County, the operator has prepared a Question and Answer Summary (PDF).

While much of the Town of Erie does not directly fall in the area of the CDP, many Erie residents call Boulder County home. I’d hoped that Crestone would have learned from their mistakes at the Pratt and Waste Connections sites in Vista Ridge, but that does not appear to be the case.

Read on for my responses.

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Policy: Denver Regional Landfill

This aerial view of the Denver Regional Landfill, taken in November 2017, shows the kind of debris the dump is currently accepting.

When I moved to Erie in August of 2007, a sales representative from D.R. Horton told me the Denver Regional Landfill would close within 18 months, and that there was nothing to worry about. She was wrong; the DRL finally closed to regular dumping in September 2011. On a historical note, the Front Range Landfill was annexed into Erie in 1996, and the Denver Regional Landfill was annexed in 2007.

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Policy: Coyotes

A coyote communicates with other animals at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge by howling. Photo Credit: USFWS

I share the opinion of Kristin Cannon, District Wildlife Manager at Colorado Parks & Rec. She said, “Wildlife officers, such as myself, do not kill coyotes who prey on pets or demonstrate human habituation. We will, however, kill coyotes whose behavior has escalated to the point that it is a human-safety concern.” The Colorado Parks & Wildlife web site has more information about living with coyotes.

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Policy: Taking O&G to the State

We presented a banner signed by residents to Matt Lepore, the director of the COGCC.

I’ve been thinking about how to affect change in oil & gas policy since Encana’s disasterous attempt to drill at the Pratt site in November of 2014. The current rules & regulations are inadequate to protect the health, safetly, and the right of residents to enjoy their own properties.

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