Living with wildlife
At its April 2 meeting, Parks, Trails and Recreation Director Suzanne Moore reported to GV City Council on efforts to deal with the plethora of solid waste left behind by geese in the city’s parks. She reported that many geese in the area are residential, not migratory, so it is very difficult to get them to relocate. Council member Dave Kerber asked Moore to look into whether the city could treat goose eggs in nests to prevent them from hatching, so as to reduce the overall population.
Police Chief Dustin Varney presented data that showed there were fewer coyote sightings, hazing efforts and necessary destructions 2017 than 2016. He explained that the city’s longstanding program for living with coyotes, which relies heavily on educating residents and encouraging them to keep close track of pets at all times has been successful. Responding to a question from the council, he said that there have been no attacks on people by coyotes, according to police department records. Varney said there were 20 pet attacks reported to GVPD in the past two years, but it was unclear how many were lethal.
Responding to neighborhood traffic concerns
The public works department gets regular complaints about traffic issues in the city’s neighborhoods. Most often, they are about speeding, but as the local population increases, cutting through residential areas to avoid busy roadways is increasingly common. The route-guidance apps are known to direct drivers to residential streets to avoid busy commercial intersections.
One example that has been on the city’s radar since residents first raised it with their city council representatives last year, is Gaylord Way, just south and west of the Curtis Arts Center. A city council representative and public works’ staff met with the residents twice in 2017 and agreed on methods to assess and address neighbors’ concerns that the street was being used to avoid the busy corner of Orchard Street and University Avenue. There were also concerns expressed about speeding. In the months that followed, the city took numerous steps to tackle residents’ concerns, with some success. Still, the majority of residents want speed humps, something that Greenwood Village has never used on its roads. Council will formulate a policy to move forward, likely starting with adding temporary speed humps.
Other neighborhoods with current traffic concerns waiting for solutions are South Boston Street in Autumn Hills and Riviera Hills, Clarkson Street south of Belleview, Sundance Hills and Huntington Acres.
For the love of trees
In Mayor Ron Rakowsky’s absence, Mayor Pro-Tem George Lantz proclaimed April 21 Arbor Day in Greenwood Village. As he has in prior years, Keith Wood of the Colorado State Forest Service presented Kurt Nielsen, the city’s Open Space/Forestry Supervisor, Greenwood Village’s 29th Tree City USA award. Wood pointed out that the award has rigorous standards that must be met each year to merit its receipt. He told the council that research shows that trees help keep the air and water clear and improve the quality of life in cities and towns.
New appointees to city boards and commissions
Council appointed two new commissioners from District 2, via the consent agenda, without anouncing the names.
Submitting applications for appointment to the planning and zoning commission from district 2, between January and March, were Jill Burbary, Nancy Calonge, Daniele Gatti, Jon Huggins, James David Ingram, John Nagy, Henry Siegel and Jim Underhill. Calonge and Siegel also applied for appointment to the board of adjustments and appeals. Siegel was one of three candidates who ran against current district 2 city council members Kerber and Ingebretsen in 2017.
Richard Easton of the Greenwood Hills neighborhood was selected for the Planning and Zoning Commission, replacing Jon Ekoniak, who resigned his position in December due to work obligations.
Nancy Calonge of Greenwood Hills was appointed to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, replacing Seanna Mulligan, who had been elected vice-chair of BOAA by her fellow commissioners in January and sought reappointment upon the expiration of her term. Mulligan told The Villager that after a lengthy interview with the current council representatives of district 2, she was informed by council member Ingebretsen that she would not be reappointed to BOAA because her “values were not in line with the city.” Invited to respond, Ingebretsen said that Mulligan “was resistant to the results of the referendum.” Kerber, the other district 2 council member, added that Mulligan’s “position showed a lack of respect for the people’s judgment in the election.” Mulligan, like Siegel, ran against Kerber and Ingebretsen for city council in the last election.
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