Our main presentation and discussion will be regarding the proposed Homeless Services Campus with City of Fort Collins' Deputy City Manager, Jeff Mihelich.
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Chipping Fore Charities – Ron and Bryan
Monday, August 26th, starts at 7:00
Ptarmigan Country Club
Looking for sponsors, players, etc.
City: Councilwoman Susan Gutowsky / Councilman Ross Cunniff
Moratorium on new mobile homes in Fort Collins – one year
Possibility of minimum wage increasing in Fort Collins
Legislative review will convene, looking at immigration issues
Climate issues: Per Ross, any resolution will be nothing more than the current direction/objectives that the City has in place
County: Commissioner John Kefalas
Passed two resolutions that passed the Jail Expansion Project ($75 Million project)
Approved Larimer County Comprehensive Plan for the County (replaces the 1997 Master Plan)
Proposed ballot measure this fall to increase the County’s tax by .5%.
65% will go to transportation needs
Will raise about $32 Million per year
State: State Senators Joann Ginal & Rob Woodward
Joann is focusing on health care and small business assistance
Legislature isn’t in session right now. Planning is taking place.
Police: Matt Johnson
Busy. Lots of bike patrol going on now (3 days/week). Traveler population increases in the summer (typically May/June). This year has started later. Dealing with lots of behaviors near New Belgium/Mawson Lumber
Federal: Dan Betts
Bureau of Land Management moving its headquarters to Grand Junction
City of Fort Collins - Proposed Homeless Services Campus - Jeff Mihelich, Deputy City Manager (Clay Frickey from the URA also in attendance)
City looked at different cities throughout the US that have had some success with the homeless population:
San Antonio TX
St. Paul MN
All three of those communities have created a campus-type setting to draw all of the services into one location
24 hour services
Focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty
Possibly partnering with Larimer County on the mental health issues
Possible affordable housing
For the past year, the City has been looking for properties in our community for this type of campus.
Looked at sites in both North and South Fort Collins
Decided on the property in North Fort Collins
Per Jeff, not even close to “opening doors, constructing buildings.” Currently in the concept stage.
Community and County wide issue (Ross)
Can’t fix the problem, just help the problem
Jeff stated that location and zoning are important. Comments from attendees were:
Zoning can be changed
Buildings can be built up vs. out
Transients won’t stay on campus when they are dealing with substance abuse
Most don’t want a different lifestyle. Most have chosen this lifestyle.
We don’t want to be a magnet for transients in the County
Perception is that Bohemian and the City are pushing the homeless issues to North Fort Collins.
Why would Bohemian already purchase the property if this campus isn’t already way down the road in the planning process? Did she purchase the property as an investment?
City is looking at a residency requirement for people to take advantage of the services in this type of campus.
Jeff suggested a small panel of homeless service providers be convened for questions.