‘The Evergreen Motel is not for sale!’
Littleton. Blighted slums all along Santa Fe Drive and Littleton Boulevard. Who knew? As a property owner in the area, when invited by postcard to an Urban Renewal Authority (LIFT) meeting during the summer, I was surprised to see how much of our fair city was to be declared a slum. My property, built in 1954, along with quite a number of not-so-new and nearly new establishments and some that are still under construction, all included.
Not to worry, they said, “We’re here from the government and we’ve come to help.” New sidewalks, better infrastructure, etc. No property takings, no eminent domain, all funded with tax increment financing (look that one up). Wow, free money! Blight and slum are just technical terms in the law. “To become blighted is a great benefit, and those not included will be clamoring to join up.”
I admit to being a bit skeptical and I tend to do things at a pace I can afford without outside help. The appearance of our property is improving daily, and we are doing it on our own. I stood up and asked to be excluded from all this benefit. Told to write a letter, I did so and it was ignored at first, flatly rejected the following month.
This week, clarity prevailed. City Councilman Stein phoned me at home and expressed interest in buying my blighted property, as he is himself a developer. He claimed to have no knowledge of the urban renewal plan, as it has not yet been before the City Council for approval. Did City Council not appoint these people to begin with? It’s out there in the city newsletters, on the websites, maps and all, but he wants to buy it because he thinks it’s “interesting.” I replied, “THE EVERGREEN MOTEL IS NOT FOR SALE!”
So, I guess I really had nothing to worry about all along. One of our elected officials is willing to just come along and buy it for redevelopment. He will be involved in approving the plan, and there’s no conflict here? I remain skeptical.
…and the City Council remains puzzled why they are not trusted.
James A Donnelly
Matt Crane, our widely respected county clerk
We are fortunate in Arapahoe County. Matt Crane, our county clerk, delivers outstanding customer service throughout his department. Of vital importance is the department’s role in ensuring fair, secure, accurate and reliable elections.
Since he became our county clerk, Matt Crane has enhanced access to the department’s services online and at the four offices. You can easily find lots of useful information on the department’s website.
Matt Crane added more ballot-drop locations. He also decreased wait-time at voting centers, improved the provisional ballot process and expanded training for election judges.
Matt is designated as a Certified Elections Administrator both by the National Elections Center and the Colorado Department of State. Colorado county clerks chose him as Vice President of their Association of the Colorado County Clerks Association.
Let’s choose Matt Crane to continue serving as our county clerk.