Fire Rescue Authority Strategic Plan Dependent on November Election

On the same night that the City Council discussed 2013 capital expansion fees, it also discussed the City’s long-term strategy for increasing the service capability of the fire department. The department wants to add 24 firefighters, three support employees, build a new fire station and buy land for another. However, that plan is dependent onContinue reading “Fire Rescue Authority Strategic Plan Dependent on November Election”

Council Struggles with Capital Expansion Fees

During its most recent discussion, the City Council was not able to reach consensus regarding the 2013 Capital Expansion Fee (CEF) increases proposed by staff. In total, staff is recommending that the package of residential CEFs be raised from $12,531 to $12,959. It should be noted that CEFs are only part of the story whenContinue reading “Council Struggles with Capital Expansion Fees”

Candidates Announce for Ward IV Special Election

The sudden resignation of Cat McEwen this summer did more than create a vacancy on the City Council. It created a City Council that is so divided it can’t even elect a new mayor pro tem, a position formerly held by McEwen (who was the only member of Council who was not affiliated with eitherContinue reading “Candidates Announce for Ward IV Special Election”

Congressman Polis meets with REALTORS®

Congressman Jared Polis, who will likely represent the people of Larimer County in January when the county becomes part of the 2nd Congressional District, met with the leadership of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors® and the Loveland-Berthoud Association of Realtors®. He said he would cosponsor a bill supported by NAR that would extend debtContinue reading “Congressman Polis meets with REALTORS®”

Loveland City Council Begins Review of Capital Expansion Fees

Like all jurisdictions, periodically the Loveland City Council is required to review and revise the impact fees charged for new development. The City Council took the first step in this process by comparing the fees charged in Loveland with other cities in the region. According to a staff report, the fee for a single-family residenceContinue reading “Loveland City Council Begins Review of Capital Expansion Fees”

McEwan’s Surprise Resignation

Cathleen McEwan, who represented Ward IV along with Ralph Trenary, abruptly resigned from the City Council in mid-July, citing personal reasons. McEwan was elected in 2009. Her departure from the nine-member Council creates a void, leaving the group open to a 4-4 tie. As the only member without a political affiliation, she was often theContinue reading “McEwan’s Surprise Resignation”

City of Loveland Needs Funding for Water Infrastructure

At a recent study session staff provided the results of its latest cost-of-service water rate study. The problem is that the City hasn’t raised water fees in while and has deferred capital maintenance. Now the City’s infrastructure is aging and needs repairs. Since the capital reserves have been depleted, the Council will have to decideContinue reading “City of Loveland Needs Funding for Water Infrastructure”

City Tightens Policy on Unpermitted Residential Construction

Loveland’s policy concerning illegal or unpermitted home renovations has become more restrictive, thanks to an interpretation by City Attorney John Duval. Tom Hawkinson, Chief Building Official for the City, said it was Duval who advised the Building Division to adopt a stricter policy in the wake of a well-publicized lawsuit in Pitkin County concerning carbonContinue reading “City Tightens Policy on Unpermitted Residential Construction”

Council Considers 2012 Agenda

This year the City Council agreed to focus on improvements to its water and electrical infrastructure, which could mean rate increases or bond sales. However there was consensus that these upgrades are necessary for economic development. The Council also decided to focus on planning the Colorado 402 and US 287 corridors. The 402 Corridor hasContinue reading “Council Considers 2012 Agenda”

Shaffer Announces Bid for House

Attorney Mark Shaffer, husband of Loveland City Council member Joan Shaffer, announced his decision to run for House District 51. The Staffers moved to Loveland in 2000 and several years later led a successful campaign to limit campaign donations in the city. Shaffer, who is a Democrat, said he is “fed-up with being represented byContinue reading “Shaffer Announces Bid for House”