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I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to serve the Louisville Community as City Council Ward 1 Councilwoman. Twenty years ago, when I moved to Louisville with my 3 year old son, I purchased and Land-marked my 1905 home. I opened the BOOK CELLAR in 2003 and soon moved to a Main street where I had gathered several friends and investors to purchase the building. I also recruited a young store owner to open The Singing Cook which continues as a vibrant Main Street Business. For many years I have been a member of the Downtown Business Association, The Chamber of Commerce, CCTV54’s Board of Directors, and collaborated with BVSD on many fundraisers, reading programs, Trip Trackers, music /sports/arts silent auctions and book fairs. Being a single parent and small business owner, I made time to be involved in many city council meetings and the marketing of a newly growing downtown. My expertise in both large and small businesses gives me the unique ability to help on City Council, with focus on BUSINESS RETENTION, ECONOMIC INCLUSION and my personal passion, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY. Running a small business and my experience with REVLON, a fortune 500 corporation, provided a solid background in budgets, marketing and operations and I succeeded in maintaining that same focus with my own business. I was an active member of the Downtown business association
and joined with other small business owners in coordinating our efforts to make, “Old Town” a destination for retail shopping, dining and strolling.
In fact over the years I attended many City Council meetings on a variety of topics from advocating for small businesses, historical designations, downtown congestion, environmental
concerns, parking issues, and most recently airplane noise.
After all these years I still love Louisville and look forward to participating in the future of our town in a more direct way, as your City Councilwoman.
When elected, focusing my time and efforts towards recruiting new businesses and supporting existing businesses is a primary part of my platform in emphasizing “business retention and economic inclusion.” One of my central ideas is to design a plan that will provide multiple scenarios of incentives that will not increase taxes.
With the Kohl’s property owner’s plan to put in three to four boutique stores, and with my retail experience in both a Fortune 500 company and a successful small business, I can make experienced suggestions to the city and the Economic Developer in their exploration to find the right fit for the Louisville business community on McCaslin Boulevard.
I would also like to initiate a regular, in-depth progress report on business development, new business prospects, and the health of existing businesses.
As a council member I would like to see more ideas and proposals on how to reuse, reduce, and recycle in homes and businesses. For example, since Colorado is a leader in environmental protection, Louisville could create its own program that provides rebates for sustainable products such as solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and low-energy heating and air conditioning units.
With the growth and changes we continue to face in Louisville, I would like to see the parking issue to be a continuous part of the conversation with our businesses and the community.
Questions and Answers
1. Stance on a plastic bag fee/tax for Louisville.
2. Stance on working towards getting an underpass across S. Boulder Road to Old Town.
3. Stance on sustainable development in Louisville.
I have had several residents ask about a plastic bag fee and I support it. I visited a friend in San Francisco recently and saw what a difference it made. Our neighbor Boulder has successfully reduced bag waste and I hope Louisville will too.
The underpass will be a priority for me. It is unfortunate that the original forecast was far below actual current costs. I plan to work with the city finance manager and review our master budget to see where we might find the funds we will need. Waiting will only only mean higher costs.
Sustainable development will be a very important issue with the new Nawatny Ridge project facing us at the previous Conoco Phillips site. I have attended both meetings and already worked with our city planner to understand the importance of the future impact of this high density campus. I hope to fully disseminate ongoing information to my ward 1 residents and Louisville residents. I am an analytical person and will research all ways to keep our town sustainable.
I encourage you to watch the League Of Women Voters forum posted on the city website. It will give you a closer look at all of the candidates
Your support and contributions will help Barbara get to City Council.