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Follow Up - 19 Townhomes Approved by P&Z

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Follow Up - on the the story posted August 9, 2018 regarding the Planning & Zoning Commissions approval of the sight plan and development on six parcels located behind the Loveland post office. Tonight the Loveland City Council will hold a public hearing and then vote on granting an easement to the developer that will allow for the construction of the 19 town homes.  

At the last council meeting Councilman Tim Butler stated " he was excited for City Council to hear about the project, which is developing an overgrown area that wasn't being used. He anticipated that this development would jump start development along Loveland Madeira Rd." 

Councilman Kent Blair asked about access to this development along W Loveland Ave. " Mr. Kennedy stated that the access would be next to the State Farm Insurance Building" and that " the access would be right turn only in and out of the development." See attached

Will this proposed development bring new development to Loveland Madeira Rd? What affect will this development have on the traffic patterns of W Loveland Ave and Loveland Madeira Rd? Council recently decided to spend $128K of taxpayer money to hire a firm to complete another comprehensive plan, does this develop fit into this proposed comprehensive plan? 

If you have an opinion on this development project let your voice be heard this evening, Tuesday August 14, 2018,  at the 7pm - Loveland City Council Meeting held at City Hall. 

Eye On Loveland - Pamela Gross Gross - President 

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Original Post - The Planning & Zoning Commission on July 11, 2018 approved the site plan request for 19 residential units on Main and Hill Streets. The three bedroom townhomes will be constructed on six parcels located in an area behind the Loveland Post Office. Attached

A portion of the proposed development extends partially onto city owned property and requires an easement to be granted from City Council. A public hearing has been scheduled for the next council meeting on August 14, 2018. Attached

If you have an opinion and would like your voice to be heard on this development, please attend the Tuesday - August 14, 2018 council meeting held at city hall at 7pm. If you would like to speak regarding this or any other matter, you must sign in to speak during the open forum section of the meeting. 

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New Development - 19 Townhomes Approved by P&Z

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The Planning & Zoning Commission on July 11, 2018 approved the site plan request for 19 residential units on Main and Hill Streets. The three bedroom townhomes will be constructed on six parcels located in an area behind the Loveland Post Office. Attached

A portion of the proposed development extends partially onto city owned property and requires an easement to be granted from City Council. A public hearing has been scheduled for the next council meeting on August 14, 2018. Attached

If you have an opinion and would like your voice to be heard on this development, please attend the Tuesday - August 14, 2018 council meeting held at city hall at 7pm. If you would like to speak regarding this or any other matter, you must sign in to speak during the open forum section of the meeting. 

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The Illusion of Transparency

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Transparency, this word conjures up all kinds of meanings and feelings. During an election year, it’s all we hear about, how lacking it is in government and we need more of it but what does it mean? Defining transparency is not as easy as you may think.  For most people transparency means disclosure, openness and accountability.

When it comes to government, I believe transparency means helping the public understand how and why decisions are made and having a discussion on the reasoning of that decision making. It is being transparent about your intentions.  

So, how is our newly elected council doing on their promise of transparency and public awareness?    Have the lofty words been followed by action? Let’s take a look at the decisions, policy changes and actions during the first six months of their tenure. You can then decide if this is more, less or the same transparency as the previous council majority.

One of the first actions of this “new “council was to raise water and sewer rates. Originally this rate hike was being pushed through without public input by Rob Weisgerber, Kathy Bailey and Ted Phelps during the “old” council but pushback resulted in a public hearing being scheduled so the public could have a discussion on the rate increase. The new council subsequently passed the increase without any real comments from them explaining their decision or plans for future innovation so that additional increases are not the norm.

Legislation was introduced regarding the Farmers Market without public       input.  The ordinances were subsequently passed by suspending council rules thereby making any discussion nonexistent.

Emails sent to council members seeking information and understanding on city matters and votes are routinely ignored by members – Kathy Bailey, Rob Weisgerber, Ted Phelps, Neil Oury, Tim Butler and Kent Blair. Should the residents expect their elected representatives to respond to inquiries regarding their decision making?  

Information that was once readily available on the city website is no longer accessible. An individual seeking council or committee packets, and minutes for previously held meetings (older than 2018) must now go through the clerk of council.  

Public records requests seeking information are often deemed overly broad, even though the city policy states that requests “should be interpreted liberally in favor of disclosure.”  Some requests not deemed overly broad are not complied within the city’s stated policy “reasonable period of time.” There are outstanding requests that are over six months old and several council members – Rob Weisgerber, Ted Phelps and Kent Blair have not responded to any of the public records requests.  

The Bike Trail Connector project was moving forward without any public input or discussion. It was actually another publication that brought this matter to the public’s attention. It was only after there was considerable chatter from the public regarding the project that council scheduled a public hearing.  During the public forum, Mayor Bailey referred to the information disseminated to the public as “fear mongering.” One public speaker took great offense at her statement and demanded a public apology.  

Several people spoke during open forum about acknowledging June 1st as Gun Violence Awareness Day. At the next meeting additional speakers spoke again on the subject and council member Kent Blair read a heartfelt statement on gun violence.  There was no discussion or comments from the other council members, the Mayor simply went on with the agenda.

Every year council presents the Rockwood Community Service Award to a distinguished member of the community, this year there were two nominations. However, only the nomination supported by the majority of council was discussed because no member of the council majority made a motion to allow a discussion on the nomination of the second distinguished individual.

It’s easy to talk about transparency and engaging the public in decisions, particularly at election time, it is delivering on the promise that is the challenge. From this person’s humble perspective the first six months of the Bailey administration has been incredibly non engaging and anything but transparent. What do you think? Send me your comments – eyeonloveland@gmail.com

Pam

Pamela Gross

President, Eye On Loveland

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Kent Blair: An Objective Choice?

Kent Blair: An Objective Choice?

Mayor Kathy Bailey said she interviewed everyone who applied for the vacant council seat. Isn't it interesting that she picked Kent Blair, who filed papers to run as a candidate in the November election but withdrew his name so he wouldn't jeopardize the election of the four male candidates running as a team. 

Isn't it interesting that Mayor Bailey picked Kent Blair and she was one of the members of his nominating committee. Does this sound like an objective choice? Please read below for the full story and then you decide. 

Kent Blair Council Appointment

Kent Blair Council Appointment

On January 9, 2018 resident Kent Blair was appointed by Mayor Kathy Bailey to serve out former Mayor Mark Fitzgerald’s elected council term that expires in 2019. It was the first time since August 14, 2017 that Loveland has a full seven member council.

Eye On Loveland is committed to improving the political discourse by improving the public’s access to public information in a thoughtful, honest and respectful manner. So, let’s examine the facts regarding Mr. Blair’s mayoral appointment to Loveland Council.

On August 1, 2017 Mr. Blair signed a nominating petition declaring his candidacy for Loveland City Council. The nominating petition listed Kathy Bailey as a member of the committee representing the candidate. Typically the candidate seeking the office will gather their nominating signatures in person, as did most of the the other candidates, however the secretary and official spokesperson for the Loveland Community Heartbeat PAC, Haile Rebeccaschild collected Mr. Blair’s nominating signatures and signed as the circulator on his petition.