On Council, I want to focus on bringing the people of Englewood together to address our city’s greatest needs: sound infrastructure, smart development, and strong neighborhoods.
The current Council and city manager have worked together to come a long way toward a balanced budget, but there is still more work to do. Our infrastructure is aging–our roads and sidewalks as well as sewer and water systems will all be in need of expensive repairs in the coming years. I want my kids to look forward to a city with a sound infrastructure, and so as a Council member, I will make sure our annual budget as well as long term plan includes reserves for major capital expenditures.
- Englewood has 77 million dollars in critical infrastructure updates that need to be done in the next 5-10 years. While our budget is balanced for our operations, there is no plan for how to pay for these major improvements. I’ll make sure we have a balanced budget that takes into account capital improvements.
- City Council needs to provide our city with a strategic plan for budgeting instead of relying on an operations plan from city staff. I’ll work to get that done.
- We need to find creative ways to pay for the infrastructure improvements. Reclaiming the biogas we currently burn off at the wastewater treatment plant is one smart proposal that is currently on the table. An 8 million dollar investment will provide us with a revenue stream of 1-2 million a year that could be reinvested in our infrastructure.
Englewood’s long-term health depends on being an inviting business and investment location that retains its small-town charm. Outside developers bring much-needed investment and revenue opportunities into our city, but with a risk of losing our small-town feel and overwhelming our infrastructure. At the same time, I want my children to grow up in a city where they can start a business out of the garage without being burdened by unnecessary regulations and bureaucratic roadblocks. That will be a balancing act, and we need the whole community — residents, businesses, and government — working together to make the right decisions.
- We need to make sure future developments fit Englewood’s unique culture. On council, I will encourage development projects that are a good fit.
- The 3400 block of South Broadway is becoming a true walkable downtown, but there’s more work to do. On council I would advocate for increasing the aesthetic appeal of 3200-3400 blocks of South Broadway. That area should be a destination for the south metro area for drinks and dining. This will increase tax revenue and make Englewood a better place to live.
- We should make Englewood the best possible place to start a small business in the metro area. Community development has done a lot of work in this area already, let’s do more to make it a place for businesses to start and thrive.
People love living in Englewood; it’s the kind of place you can call home. But with changing demographics and rapid development we need to build stronger neighborhood identities and a richer community culture. A whole lot of this is done at the grassroots level, and it’s the kind of thing I’ve been doing in my own neighborhood since I moved to Englewood. On Council, I will work create policies that will inspire and support a strong neighboring culture.
- We need to build on the good things we have going on: National Night Out, Fourth of July, and the Neighborhood Rehab Project. Investment in these types of programs builds community identity and culture.
- Research has demonstrated that good neighboring cuts city costs. When neighbors know each other, there is decreased crime which means less work for the police. And when neighbors care for each other, the load on code enforcement goes down.