Guest Speaker – Councilwoman Robin Kniech – Discussion of the General Obligation (GO) Bond
Robin is one of two ‘at-large’ councilpersons in the Denver City Council since 2011. She provides an annual newsletter, which was passed out to the meeting attendees.
At the outset of her service in 2011, Denver was in a very challenged posture (like many post-recession cities). For example, library hours were sporadic, construction was just beginning to reawaken and unemployment hovered around 10%. The environment has considerably changed for the positive today. The prior period has surfaced today in current voids in spending gaps and project delays and cancellations.
Robin spends most of efforts with ‘big picture’ issues, although she periodically gets involved in smaller specific projects. A good example of the former is that every square foot of development in Denver pays a fee toward a low-income housing fund; the first time ever. This is particularly pertinent as HUD is cutting back on this kind of disbursements.
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JJ Niemann, INC President, welcomed all and thanked Brookdale for hosting and providing food and beverages
Barbara Aragon from Brookdale facility welcomed INC and advised tours were available to any who had interest.
Councilman Paul Kashman, District 6 gave an overview about the international diversity within his district the University Park area. He told us South High School represents students from 70 countries and has an immigration-welcome attitude and focus.
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INC’s special program for the January monthly meeting featured an impressive panel of speakers who addressed how to get neighborhoods engaged with their neighborhood organizations.
The meeting was appropriately held at The Hub at Northfield, a unique community center that also houses the District 5 Cop Shop. The Hub lends bikes, has storytelling for children, hosts community meetings and presents meetings on various safety issues. The Hub also works with public transit to bring shoppers into the mall area by ground transportation.
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Delegate/member Meeting Minutes January 14, 2017
The Community Hub at Northfield
Motion passed: Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) opposes Denver Zoning Code Text Amendment #11, the Pre-Existing Small Zone Lots Parking Exemptions Amendment, and strongly urges City Council to extend the moratorium, as necessary, for permits for Small Lot Parking Exemptions which is due to expire March 30, 2017 and search for a more equitable solution with balance between the parking requirement constraints of development and the associated impact of increased neighborhood street parking.
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October Delegate Meeting was held in SW Denver and welcomed a new member to our INC board of directors.
Brett Crimmel – Lead Pastor of Forefront Church (video)
Cathy Heikkinen, President, Harvey Park Improvement Association
Councilman Kevin Flynn, Denver City Council District 2
Meeting minutes for September 10, 2016, delegate meeting: Approved: 20 yes, 1 abstain.
Tom Mobley, President of Harkness Heights, nominated to fill one of the vacant Board of Director positions replacing Luchia Brown who resigned earlier in 2016.
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Our November Delegate Meeting was held at the Rita Bass Center and featured a change to our INC By-laws and a panel discussion about interacting with homeless neighbors.
The meeting was hosted by Denver Health at Rita Bass Trauma Center Auditorium. Elbra Wedgeworth, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer and former City Council President 6000 employees get trained as paramedics, EMT, and young people can join earlier to build the pipeline of trained EMT. Scholarship program for youth.
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In the 32 years he’s lived on Humboldt Street, David Engelken has seen many changes in his neighborhood. He remembers the early ’90s, when prostitutes and drug dealers occupied the brownstones across the street from his house. A decade later, he helped secure the area’s historic designation.
Now Engelken, the vice president of the Humboldt Street Neighborhood Association, and some of his neighbors are taking up a new fight — Engelken’s hardest in the name of the neighborhood yet, he says.
In August, Denver City Council approved a seven-month moratorium on the city’s small-lot parking exemption. The exemption allowed development projects on lots smaller than 6,250 square feet in mixed-use zoning districts to forgo parking in their design. Enacted in 2006, the exemption applied exclusively to the East Colfax Avenue business corridor, to encourage redevelopment on “challenging small lots” in the area, says Andrea Burns, spokeswoman for the city’s Community Planning and Development Department.
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