My father selected Loveland for our home in 1960, the year I graduated from Loveland High School. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and taught third grade before I married Loveland native Frank McCrea. We have two daughters and now, three grandchildren! We have been married 45 years. In the early years, I was a stay-at-home mom busy with our daughters' activities, church and volunteering in the community. Memories of those years are very dear to me. When our daughters were in junior high school, the 3M Company selected me for the Bush Leadership Award for the Study of Law. With the blessing of my husband and family, I entered law school and began a second career.
I HAVE THE MATURITY, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE TO DO A GOOD JOB FOR THE CITIZENS OF LOVELAND. I WILL APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE.
COMMITTEE TO ELECT DONNA RICE - KARI FRITZ, TREASURER
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"She is thoughtful in her approach but speaks her mind. She understands the city's financial difficulties and would advocate for spending less and certainly not spending money until it is clearly available."
The Hewlett-Packard site, now Agilent Technologies, at Taft and 14th Street, has been vacant and for sale for a few years. The 133-acre site with five buildings totaling 800,00 square feet once employed over 3000 people. When Hewlett Packard shut down the Loveland operations and moved employees to Fort Collins, the site was vacated.
Although there has been interest in purchasing the buildings, the owners, who are in California, are difficult to reach and difficult to deal with. They will not split up the buildings but want to sell a package, which includes all buildings. The city is not interested in subsidizing the sale, which could threaten the "enterprise zone" status of the site. As an enterprise zone, the site qualifies for certain tax credits.
The buildings and grounds appear to be well maintained. Hewlett Packard spends approximately $2million per year maintaining the site.
If I am elected to the City Council, I will recognize that this matter is a private business matter. However, if the city is asked to facilitate the sale, I would be willing to listen to the request.
On December 30, 2009, I attended the Office of Emergency Management presentation on the All Hazard Mitigation Plan for Larimer County, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park. The plan is designed to address responses to natural and human caused hazards that could affect the Larimer County Region including urban areas. The plan is required by FEMA.
During the public input phase, residents from Loveland identified their perceived top five hazards as:
The plan has been submitted to FEMA.
Emergency Management personnel who attended the presentation said although more funding would allow greater preparation, there is adequate funding for the plan.
If I am elected to the City Council, I will follow the plan with great interest. We must be certain we are prepared. I believe we are.
"Clear the Bench Colorado" is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association urging voters to take back control of their lives and vote "no" on the retention of four Colorado Supreme Court justices. The four "unjust justices" need voter approval to "continue taking away your constitutional rights," says "Clear the Bench".
Four significant Supreme Court decisions have drawn the ire of Matt Arnold, Director, and members of the association. The cases involve important tax, property rights and separation of powers issues. Briefly, the cases are as follows:
The Tax Freeze Case (Mesa County Board of County Commissioners vs. State of Colorado) involving a mill levy freeze which deprived citizens of their constitutional right to vote on the tax increases.
The Fees Are Not Taxes Case (Barber vs. Ritter) involving the determination that certain "fees" are not taxes and opening the door to further "fees". For example, the car tax fee, the gun fee and the quadrupled marriage license fee.
The Telluride Land Grab Case (Town of Telluride vs. San Miguel Valley Corporation) upheld the exercise of eminent domain over property outside the city limits of Telluride under city home rule authority.
A Stunning Power Grab Case (Salazar vs. Davidson) where the Colorado Supreme Court declared itself part of the General Assembly and redrew congressional districts to their liking. The authority to establish congressional district boundaries is expressly granted to the General Assembly, not the Colorado Supreme Court.
The four justices standing for retention in the 2010 election are: Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey. "Clear the Bench" believes the voters must hold our highest court accountable to their oath to uphold the Colorado Constitution.
Right now, water we own is flowing out of Colorado because we don't capture and store the water for our own use.
Our forefathers knew the front range and eastern Colorado comprise a "high plains desert". Without adequate water, crops, livestock and people could not live on scenery alone. They met, planned and carried out a huge intermountain project to bring water from the western slope to the front range. My husband's grandfather was actively involved in the project.
The Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) took nearly 30 years to build - 1938 to 1957. The water now serves 30 cities and towns and provides irrigation for 693,000 acres of northeastern Colorado farmland. The project delivers 213,000 acre feet of water to our area for agricultural, municipal, and industrial purposes.
The C-BT system spans 150 miles east to west, 65 miles north to south. It includes twelve reservoirs, 35 miles of tunnels, 95 miles of canals and 700 miles of transmission lines. The water falls about one half mile and is used to generate electricity. Carter Lake, Horsetooth Reservoir and Boulder Reservoir store the water along the front range.
Now we have learned a new fact: irrigated cropland absorbs CO² further protecting our environment.
Our generation must continue what our forefathers started.
Comment by D.R. - What a success the C-BT project is! Now, we must continue to capture and store our water for other generations. We own the water but do not have the facilities to capture and store it. I strongly favor the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project to meet Loveland's future needs. And, we must plan for another reservoir - perhaps north west of Loveland - NOW!
During my campaign for city council, many citizens ask me about Mehaffey Park. The proposed site is at the intersection of 29th Street and Taft. The city purchased the property from the Mehaffey Family for a reduced price with the understanding the park would bear the family name and contain an arboretum. Grandfather Mehaffey was with the state forest service. This arboretum will be Loveland's first and in his memory.
The arboretum will contain a "tree museum", featuring native trees and involving xeriscape design. The family has requested a rose garden that the family will maintain.
So far, the city has spent $843,000 on the 60 acres that was purchased ten years ago. The city maintains the property by conducting weed and prairie dog control. There is no water on the property but the plans for the park contemplate 20 or 30 irrigated acres.
In 2009, the city budgeted but did not spend, $600,00 for the park design fees. In 2011, the city has budgeted $40,000; in 2012, $6.5 million for construction. The total cost of the park is estimated to be $8.3 million. The cost includes water, sewer, tap fees, a pumping station, and an irrigation system, trucks and mowers.
The city will invite public input on the amenities in the park i.e. sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, hard surface areas, tennis courts, skate park areas, dog runs. The park will be similar to other community parks in Loveland. After public input, the design will be posted on the city website as it was for the Fairgrounds Park. That design was posted for two years before the park was actually built.
Although the city owns the property, the property will be annexed because one side of the property abuts the county. The annexation will clarify ownership and will take approximately nine months.
When will the project begin? The timing is uncertain due, in part, to economic conditions. The maintenance will cost $320,000 per year. Once we build the park, can we maintain it? The city is studying the issue.
Comment: Loveland must make budget cuts again in 2010 due to declining revenues. Although we all look forward to this fine park, I believe the city must be very cautious. We now have 28 city parks, three golf courses, batting cages, a swim beach, an outdoor pool, Chilson Center, 16.25 miles of trails, two cemeteries, a mountain park, 2,032 acres of open lands and maintenance of public grounds. We must be very cautious and conservative especially now.