BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
New candidate for GV city council district 2 Jill Burbary sat down with the Villager and told us, “Protecting the integrity of my neighborhood and all Greenwood Village neighborhoods is my motivation for running for city council. I have had a lot of experience with the city council and been active in my neighborhood. Years ago, I encouraged the city council to build the sound walls that are all around Greenwood Village today. My goal is to represent and enhance the lives of all the people of Greenwood Village. I will always put residents ahead of developers. I also believe it is important to protect the integrity of the environment.”
Burbary lived in the Cherry Creek Village South neighborhood before she moved to a townhome in the Georgetown development ten years ago. Before purchasing there, she was assured that the property across the street was going to be developed as a park. Instead it became apartments. She went to the Greenwood Village City Council for an explanation and found only one person there that seemed sympathetic to the concerns of her neighbors, including the residents of a nearby single-family home development. That person is not on the city council today. While she doesn’t fault the residents of the apartments, Burbary’s concern is with overall city planning and communication.
She went on, “After my experience, I ran for and became president of my homeowner’s association board. As an avid user of the High Line Canal and the city’s trails, I headed up a project with the Arbor Day Foundation that helped get funding for two million trees, nearly half of which are for Colorado. They honored me with a bench with my name on it for my efforts.”
New Perspective, New Ideas
When asked what new ideas she would bring to the GV city council, Burbary quickly described seven.
“When I look out from the rooftop deck where I live, I see so many lights on in nearby office buildings. It is unpleasant to look at and a waste of resources. If elected, I plan to offer a program called, “Out Go the Lights!”
“Why does GV not offer electronic recycling? If we can pick up everything from refrigerators to sectional sofas, why can’t we arrange for proper disposal of residents’ unwanted old computers? That would avoid them going to a landfill and more importantly, protect against identity theft, a significant problem.”
“I will propose a program called, “Be Spokeful,” to encourage bike rider awareness and safety.”
“I would propose a program called “HOA Tips,” where the city could connect with its HOAs and teach their leaders basic tools and techniques about how to be an effective HOA board member.”
“To cut down on commuter traffic, I would try to find a way to incentivize local businesses to have their employees work from home at least one day a month and more if possible.”
“To help local businesses, I would look for a way to encourage them to offer discounts to GV residents, just like some restaurants do now in the Landmark Development for Landmark residents.”
“I would schedule a citywide neighborhood clean-up day to promote beautification of our city and neighborhood connections.”
Her policy on development is clear, Burbary said. “If there’s an opportunity, let’s do it where it makes sense, considering traffic flow and synergy with what is nearby. We should be open to ideas and partner with existing businesses, so that we can grow our business base and take care of the businesses that are here.”
Burbary questions why a new high-end restaurant that is very similar to several others nearby was recently approved by the city council at a location that is so close to the Belleview and I-25 interchange, arguably the busiest intersection in the city. She also believes there may not be adequate parking available, due to the size of the property. (She was referring to the under-construction Eddie V’s Prime Seafood at 5111 DTC Parkway, just south of the FirstBank on the east side of the Belleview/I-25 interchange. It is expected to open in March.)
Burbary noted out that she is the only candidate for the GV city council who lives in a townhome or condominium. She is running for one of two seats from GV district 2. The other candidates are Anne Ingebretsen and Dave Kerber, both seeking their sixth terms on the city council.
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