The main presentations will be:
- Darin Atteberry, City Manager, and Jeff Mihelich, Deputy City Manager - Update on the proposed Homeless Campus
- Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann and Commissioner John Kefalas - Proposed "Half Penny" County ballot measure
See meeting notes below by clicking "Read More"
- Coats and Boots fundraising ramping up. $60K raised last year, provided 1,005 sets of coats & boots to at risk children
- Chipping Fore Charities Recap – 6 different charities were helped – Netted approx.. $80,000 total, and over $20,000 will go to Coats and Boots!
- JAX – This Saturday and Sunday, 10:30A-3:00 P both days. Need volunteers!
La Familia Fundraiser – 9/14 – PM - Upstairs at the Rio - $65/ticket
LoCo Think Tank – 9/18 – Open house
Police: Busy downtown, Police are fully staffed.
Larimer County Manager Linda Hoffmann and Commissioner John Kefalas - Proposed "Half Penny" County ballot measure
Transportation needs are huge
Existing funding is inadequate
16% of people surveyed rated the level of traffic as good. Most rated it as inadequate.
$584 Million over the next 20 years
Resources have been stretched to their limits
The proposed tax will raise approximately $32 Million/year
1st $10 Million off the top will go to N. I-25
45-50 % for Streets and Roads
35% to Veterans/Safety/Human Services Facilities
15-20% to Transit (including operations)
Policy council with two committees under it will determine exactly where the $$$ will go
Intention of tax is to serve the large issues/needs for the entire County
Darin Atteberry, City Manager, and Jeff Mihelich, Deputy City Manager - Update on the proposed Homeless Campus
Giant homeless problem in our community
Over two years ago, City started exploring opportunities, touring other communities, etc.
Initially had a few conversations with several NFCBA folks. But, didn’t follow up and continue conversations and dialogue with the community (businesses and citizens alike).
City has been listening to businesses and citizens re. concerns over process, lack of information and involvement.
Per Darin, the City wants to start a 2.0 version of this process. Intent is to form a task force to revisit the entire issue. The intent is to back up and look at the issues from 10,000 feet. Involve all of the stakeholders. Need to assess the problem. It isn’t going to just go away. Be open to the best practice solution.
Discussions from the group:
N. College businesses already have enough homeless traffic. Don’t bring more.
Why this location? It feels like the location was chosen and purchased before the plan was made.
Purchase of the land along N. College was a “preservation of an option” vs. a done deal.
During the visits in other communities, did you look at negative impacts on property values? Increases in homeless population?
Eugene, OR is NOT the model that Fort Collins is looking to follow.
City hasn’t looked specifically at property values
Seems that there are only two potential locations: N. College or E. Mulberry. Is 2.0 just a way to get more buy-in from the community?
Per Darin, other locations will be looked at
How is the task force for 2.0 going to be done?
Still working on this. Will happen very soon. All stakeholders will have the opportunity to be involved.
Is the campus model THE model for our community?
During this process, the City thinks that this IS the model that will work for our community.
Very successful model, but not the ONLY model
From former Mayor Karen Weitkunat: There are two main problems in our City:
Bringing the North side up to the standards of the rest of the community
Seems like a lack of sensitivity to what the North side has been dealing with for 25 plus years.
Feeling that our desire to bring our North side up to standard over the past 25 years has been ignored.
How do we look at the Homeless Campus not as a liability but as a community asset?
Need to protect our young kids and seniors vs. protecting the homeless
Need to study the moratorium on mobile home parks at the same time as this proposed homeless campus.