Stewart announces candidacy for CHV mayor
Residents of Cherry Hills Village have recently weathered controversial city initiatives to construct a new public works facility in the Covington/Albion neighborhood and build a traffic roundabout at Quincy Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, according to Russell Stewart who has announced his candidacy for mayor.
He adds that both proposals were hastily conceived and passed by regular procedures that are designed to assure compliance with the city’s master plan. However, these controversies and debates were unnecessary, according to Stewart.
Among other reasons he is running for mayor, Stewart wants the citizens to have a voice and a vote on proposals to increase long-term city debt to pay for projects such as the new city hall and the new public works building.
One way to save money, according to Stewart is to keep the city’s 2002 promise to withdraw from the South Suburban Park and Recreation District in 2020 and use those funds to purchase open space and improve existing parks while reducing taxes.
As for the planning and zoning commission, he wants it to approve the “location, character and extent” of any changes to streets and other public areas before the city acquires private property and before proposed changes are placed on council’s agenda.
The Parks Trails and Recreation Commission will be required to approve any proposed changes to the trail system and he wants to partner with nonprofit organizations to provide fundraising, volunteers, and programming for the historic Quincy Farm property, if he is elected Nov. 6.
As for the High Line Canal Trail, Stewart says he will work with the High Line Conservancy to preserve and enhance the trail and tree canopy for future generations. The management of the canal, he wants to change from a water delivery system to a linear park and storm drainage facility.
Neighborhoods who want speed control humps should have 80 percent of the resident’s support before one is considered. He also wants to establish a Citizens Traffic Commission to address citywide traffic challenges and update the master plan. Nor will Stewart appropriate $750,000 to construct a traffic roundabout to reduce traffic on Quincy Avenue.
Protecting property rights and values by adhering to the master plan is also a top priority for Stewart. This will include moving overhead power lines to underground, adhering to the master plan and not require landowners to bear the cost of public street improvements without compensation.
As far as changes to the council itself, Stewart wants to provide video recordings of council and commission meetings available to the public, he wants to change the CHV City Charter so that council members are elected by the voters in their district, rather than at large, and he wants to limit the council’s review of the planning and zoning commission on quasi-judicial decisions.
Stewart will be running against current mayor, Laura Christman.
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