City Council Study Session 6.13.2017 – Fire Unification, Smart City and Annual Appropriation

City Council Study Session                   13 June 2017               Citizen Minutes

17-184 Review consideration of the Annual Appropriation Bill for fiscal year Jan. 2017-Dec. 2017.  Tiffany Hooten, Finance Director, recommended that the General Fund be increased by $346,200 for the following. Continue reading

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City Council Regular Meeting 6 June 2017. (Fire Dispatch discussed)

City Council Regular Meeting                     Citizen Minutes                June 6, 2017

1,.  Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.

Present – 7 – Members Peggy Cole, Bill Hopping, Jerry Valdes, Bruce Beckman, Doug Clark, Debbie Brinkman and Phil Cernanec.

2.  Approval of Agenda – Agenda approved as presented

Public Comment

Coral Conway promoted Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Alex Wood, an owner of The Boardroom Sports Bar (old Marie Calendar’s restaurant) asked the council for some guidance on how to change the city code to allow off track betting at their facility.  Red and Jerry’s holds the only license south of 6th Ave and west of C470 and they would like to see their license used at The Boardroom.  The owners would like to feature that as well but the city code does not allow off track betting to occur in the same location where alcohol is served.   Continue reading

New Mexico’s City Manager of the Year 2016 – J. J. Murphy

At a study session on April 23, 2017 Bill Hopping mentioned on of his favorite candidates for the city manager position.  Again, at the May 2, 2017 meeting he recited a list of qualifications of a particular candidate that he thought was outstanding.  In his statement he said this person was the New Mexico City Manager of the Year in 2016 so I Googled him and this is a sample of what I found on J. J. Murphy.  Based on these three articles I think we might have dodged a bullet!

2017 J. J. MurphyHobbs should terminate city manager_s contract, pay severance | NMPolitics.net. This is the most interesting article of the three.  Mr. Murphy has some legal problems in Pennsylvania that are unresolved. Continue reading

City Council Study Session – 21 March 2017

City Council Study Session                   21 March 2017                   Citizen Minutes

Unification Update and Presentation from our Fire Partners

Chief Armstrong began the presentation stating that they recognize the challenges that exist with the IGAs (Intergovernmental Agreements) and they will be discussing options to sustain a strong partnership. They see a need for a third party to evaluate, analyze and communicate to get city council’s support to move forward with unification.  One of the fire partners said action needed to be taken in 2017. Continue reading

Reminder – Community Conversation – Historic Preservation Board and Their Impact on Downtown Littleton

Community Conversation                        March 9th              7:00

The Community Conversation for the month of March will feature Mike Price from the Littleton Historic Preservation Board (HPB).  He will be there to provide an overview of what the HPB does, how they impact the development in downtown Littleton, the incentives used to attract members, and their role in approving development projects. Continue reading

Community Conversation March 9th – 7 pm – Historic Preservation Board

Community Conversation                        March 9th              7:00

The Community Conversation for the month of March will feature Mike Price from the Littleton Historic Preservation Board (HPB).  He will be there to provide an overview of what the HPB does, how they impact the development in downtown Littleton, the incentives used to attract members, and their role in approving development projects.

Please come with your questions – Mike will be ready to respond.

6530 S. Broadway in the Connections Room about 3 doors south of Solid Grounds in the South Fellowship Church.  Door will be open at 6:45 and the meeting will begin at 7:00 and go until 8:30.

Please bring a contribution of a non-perishable food item for the 244th Heavy Engineering Battalion US Army Reserves’ food bank.  The need is great and the Reserves that serve cannot ask for assistance but we can provide it!

Arapahoe County Prevails in Suit Brought by the Aurora URA and the City of Aurora

Last year Arapahoe County won a claim taken to the Court by the Aurora URA (Urban Renewal Authority) and the City of Aurora regarding the Fitzsimmons Urban Renewal Plan.  The Plan had four different subareas each with their own tax increment financing (TIF) provision.  Arapahoe County is responsible for diverting the tax increment from the affected taxing communities and depositing those tax dollars into the special account of the URA.  Arapahoe county began diverting TIF from all four of the sub plan areas and Aurora did not want to collect but from two.  Arapahoe County’s interpretation of the Assessor’s Research Library (ARL) provided direction to the County Assessor to begin the diversion of the TIF money for all four plan areas based on the date that the plan was approved and they held that position against the desire of the Aurora URA who then filed a legal complaint.

The first complaint filed by the Aurora URA found in favor of Arapahoe County so Aurora URA appealed the decision.  On Feb. 23, 2017 the Court ruled in favor of Arapahoe County again.

This is important to Littleton because LIFT (Littleton’s URA) also approved plans that called for a delay in the collection of TIF.  We now know that this delay of TIF collection does not comport with the law meaning that all UR plans containing a provision for the use of TIF started the TIF clock the day the plans were approved.

To read the decision please follow the link.   tab-28-170223-opinion-and-judgment-affirmed