Town Administrator's Weekly Update

Town Administrator         March 4, 2019

Lafayette/TOEURA/Town of Erie IGA

During its March 12 meeting, the Town of Erie Urban Renewal Authority (TOEURA) asked for additional information. Staff is compiling that. Staff will/is also..

  • Meet late next week with CDOT and Lafayette regarding Access issues and Issuing authority.

  • Working on proposed amendments to the IGA to clarify ambiguous terms and issues of concern.

  • Planning March 12th meeting with TOEURA and Board of Trustees to review options.

  • Based on direction from TOEURA and BoT, we will negotiate terms with Lafayette.

  • Want to maintain momentum, and anticipate March 26th meeting as meeting for TOEURA and BoT to consider action.

Advance Agenda

We are managing lots of issues! To make good progress on the 2019 Work Plan we may need to schedule regular study sessions twice a month. We plan to share an Advance Agenda (which is subject to revision daily!) soon.

Lots of Meetings!

In the past two weeks I’ve had meetings with various parties and am working on these issues:
  • Foundry Builders re status of 4 corners
  • Southern Land Company re Westerly Development (Dearman/Swink development)
  • Approach to engaging neighborhoods/HOAs
  • Park West development regarding parking for their building
  • Boulder Valley Velodrome owners
  • Brothers Development re Senior Housing
  • Parkdale Access/Commercial Development Related Issues
  • Erie Medical Center opening
  • Home Builders Association of Metro Denver
  • Highway 52 Coalition meeting in Fort Lupton
  • Erie PD Citizens Academy presentation on Friday evening, where 24 residents are participating in a series of Friday night sessions; they are DEDICATED residents!
  • Trail/infrastructure maintenance in Candlelight Estates
  • North Area Transportation Alliance
    • RTD Updates on N-Line and G-Line and other issues
    • Presentation on Regional Transportation Authorities
This week I’ll be attending meetings regarding:
  • Front Range Landfill Tour
  • Mediation
  • Regency Property (4 Corners)
  • Front Range Landfill/Vista Ridge neighborhood meeting 

Continuing summary of information and good ideas from the CCCMA conference. 
Community Engagement.

Fort Collins and Arvada described how they use the online Engagement HQ tool to foster and coordinate community engagement. Smaller cities like Parker and Aspen also use it. Independently, Erie staff (Amber, Amy and Farrell) were evaluating this and other possible tools to “up our game” in community engagement. Engagement HQ was the top ranked tool of all those they evaluated. Since we have funds budgeted for this, we are going to get the tool and start using it ASAP!
At the CCCMA conference, Arvada also described how, as part of their community engagement efforts, they hired 8 part-time “Community Connectors” and paid them $15/hour to go into the community with surveys and encourage people to engage on hot topics. By monitoring the responses, they were able to see there was under-representation among young people, seniors and those with less strongly held opinions. In response Arvada sent Connectors to high schools, senior living communities and other locations where they might get a more diverse cross section of the community. They observed that getting more diverse participation resulted in less polarized discussion. They were also able to more effectively transform the engagement culture from “please take this survey” to “please participate in our ongoing process”.
As part of our 2019 Work Plan, I’m working on, and will be incorporating these concepts into, a draft Community Engagement and Transparency Policy. I’ll review the draft Policy with the Board of Trustees during the March 19th study session. 

Erie Police Department


SRO Sergeant “Moose” Muzzipapa, along with SROs Cara Thoen, Shannon Crow and Brandon Ohnstad were recognized Wednesday evening, February 27, 2019, with other SVVSD SROs for their work and contributions to the SVVSD Schools. Congratulations can be posted on the Erie PD Facebook page.

Calvary Bible Church and their congregation graciously donated 10 Shield 616 armor packages to the Erie Police Department.  Each package contains: one plate carrier vest and pouches, rifle rated armor, a ballistic helmet and a trauma kit. We are very appreciative of this extremely supportive gesture. View the pictures on the Erie PD Instagram.

The first week of the 9-week Citizens’ Academy started Friday night, March 1, 2019, with a full house of 24 eager students.

Public Works

Erie Public Works has been referred an engineering plan for the expansion of Lafayette’s wastewater plant. This expansion would add treatment buildings west of the existing plant, across County Line Road on a property owned by Lafayette.
More weather coming our way this weekend, Erie's  awesome snow plowing crews have been busy this year! 

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Economic Development

A high speed transit system is being considered as part of the solution to alleviate I-70 congestion and provide a direct connection between the Eagle County Regional Airport and Denver International Airport, a 155-mile stretch through the I-70 Mountain Corridor and the Metro Denver region. Development Research Partners conducted a study to evaluate the economic impacts of developing a high-speed transit system. The survey asked businesses if they would relocate, expand, or open a new business along the I-70 corridor.

Erie's Economic Development Director Ben Pratt will be attending the 2019 Northern Colorado Real Estate Summit. He will be available to discuss current real estate developments as well as promote future development opportunities within the Town of Erie. Tickets and the agenda are available on the summit website.

Erie Summer Camp

Parks & Recreation

Camp Erie registration began on Monday and within seven minutes all of the 170 slots were filled! Specialty Camps are still available.

This week staff reports that the Open Space Management Plan is nearing completion.

Careers in Erie

Human Resources

Human Resources will be on-boarding a new Public Works Maintenance Technician, Ben Garcia on Monday. 

HR  conducted “stay interviews” with two Public Works employees and both overwhelmingly had nothing but GREAT things to say about working for the Town of Erie and working for Public Works.

HR also completed the Colorado Municipal League comprehensive salary survey as well as the Employers Counsel salary survey. In addition recruitment continues for Police Officers and part time and seasonal staff for Parks and Recreation.
Erie Edition

Communications & Marketing

Hot off the press! The March/April Erie Edition is now available. 

View the February 26 Board of Trustee Action Items and subscribe to the emails.

Check out the Parks & Recreation Department's March newsletter

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