reakfast with the metro area mayors

Local mayors participate in roundtable discussion

Posted 11/28/16

Recently, Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said, a lady walked in to the Arvada police station and stated all she wanted to do was give somebody a hug for the good work the officers have been doing.

“And that,” Williams said, “is the result of …

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reakfast with the metro area mayors

Local mayors participate in roundtable discussion

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Recently, Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said, a lady walked in to the Arvada police station and stated all she wanted to do was give somebody a hug for the good work the officers have been doing.

“And that,” Williams said, “is the result of community policing.”

To discuss some important issues going on in local cities, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce hosted its last 3rd Friday Breakfast of 2016 with a Mayor’s Round Table on Nov. 18 at the Arvada Center.

Five mayors introduced their cities to the approximate 200 attendees, and discussed topics relevant to their cities, the state and touched on some national issues.

Participating mayors were Williams, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay, Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison and Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan.

The chamber presented three questions to the mayors, during which each one was allotted time to answer in brief. The three questions were based on homelessness, attainable housing and supporting local police and the safety of the community.

“The good news is, nationwide, the chronically homeless number declined and the unsheltered homeless declined even further — by 25 percent,” Sloan said. “The bad news is that Colorado is one of the states where homelessness increased. And, in fact, the states that we share that sad distinction with, we also share rapidly rising housing costs.”

One thing the City of Wheat Ridge is considering to address attainable housing is allowing Accessory Dwelling Units, which are independent housing units created within a single family home or on the lot.

Currently, the neighboring cities of Arvada, Golden and Lakewood, and unincorporated Jefferson County, allow them.

“What we need to do is speak with each other,” Jay said. “Density is the key to helping us with our housing crisis. That is, of course, with realizing if it’s environmentally a good fit.”

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