Emergency Response to TrailMark:
West Metro Fire and Rescue Contract Terminated
The TrailMark HOA Board has learned that the Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA) which provided TrailMark with emergency response from West Metro Fire & Rescue (WMFR) has been canceled. The city provided notice that this IGA will be terminated in March 2016. The City and WMFR entered into this contract in 2013. The contract provided for first responder fire and emergency medical services by WMFR for the TrailMark and Loch Moor subdivisions. (WMFR's station is closer to TrailMark and Loch Moor than Littleton Fire & Rescue's (LFR's) closest station.) The agreement also provided LFR employees utilization of West Metro’s state-of-the-art training facility and participation in training sessions. In exchange for these services/benefits, the City was paying approximately $317k/year. The HOA Board will pursue this issue and will provide updates as information becomes available.
Posted July 27, 2015
The HOA Board met Thursday evening, July 23rd with Mr. Mark Relph, Public Works Director for the City of Littleton.
Here are highlights of the discussions from the meeting:
1. Crosswalks. Mr. Relph reviewed the current placement of crosswalks and noted that, based on the sidewalk locations and traffic flow, the current crosswalk set up is satisfactory. He also noted that the medians provide clear views of oncoming traffic, which is a primary safety concern.
2. Large cracks in the asphalt. Mr. Relph noted that the City is aware of the asphalt breakdown in TrailMark. He stated that the cracks were not primarily due to soil issues, but rather, due to the asphalt itself. Evidently, the original asphalt was not mixed correctly, which allowed it to break down and develop large cracks. The City is working with an asphalt specialty company who will be demonstrating the appropriate methods to fix these types of large cracks. It involves removing about 3 feet of the current asphalt, placing a special mesh in the removal area, and re-asphalting. The company will demonstrate this method to the City next week. Mr. Relph stated that he believes both the large cracks and smaller cracks will be fixed in the fall, weather permitting. If not this fall, for sure next spring. Mr. Relph also noted that some concrete work has already begun in TrailMark to fix broken curbs and gutter areas.
3. The Board informed Mr. Relph that the Safety Committee is currently investigating two unmarked intersections within TrailMark that residents are concerned about, and that the Safety Committee will be in contact to discuss next steps in deciding what, if any, remediation needs to take place.
4. Snow removal. There was discussion regarding the inadequate snow removal in TrailMark. Mr. Relph indicated that he would find out specifically what the City had contracted to be done in our neighborhood. The Board noted that very few streets are plowed; we would like to see more streets plowed and earlier plowing as well.
Posted July 27, 2015
The HOA Board met with Mark Barons, City of Littleton's Neighborhood Resources Coordinator and Ryan Thompson,
City of Littleton's Mediation Program Coordinator.
1. We discussed how communications between the Neighborhood Resources Dept. and Littleton residents occur. Mr. Barons encouraged us to try out "Next Door," a private, social media site (similar to Facebook), where Littleton community news is posted. Information regarding city events, police and fire department news, etc. is posted to this site. Residents can ask questions, provide feedback, and learn about what is happening using this site. He encouraged us to spread the word - there are currently 2,800 Littleton participants on Next Door already. To join Next Door, go to https://trailmark.nextdoor.com/login/?next=/news_feed/.
2. If you look on the City of Littleton's website, a Neighborhood Congress has been established for Littleton's neighborhoods. The mission of Neighborhood Congress is to serve as liaisons between neighborhoods and the city government. For this purpose, the City is divided into 7 sections, and 25 resident volunteers are currently on the "Congress." 4 of the 25 are from our TrailMark neighborhood, so we are well represented. Activities for this group may include giving input to an updated Comprehensive Plan - the City's current plan is 30 years old. Comprehensive plans include general plans regarding development, re-development, transportation corridor discussions, light rail plans, shopping center locations, etc. At this writing, only 1 meeting has been held. We discussed having the Board reach out to the 4 TrailMark members, and asking them to provide a short write-up after these meetings, so that we can post the news on the website and Facebook.
3. Mr. Barons also mentioned the following 3 types of grants that we should all be aware of:
a. Small community building grants (grants up to $500). These are available for
things such as block parties, to improve community interaction.
b. Large community grants (grants up to $9,999). These larger grants may be used
for projects such as replacing the signage at the front of a neighborhood.
c. Placemaking grants. These grants are for transforming unused spaces into
useable spaces such as a public garden or shielded picnic area.
At the beginning of the year, $25K is set aside for each of these types of grants. Proposals should be submitted by March 1 next year (2016), and monies will be allocated. Mark noted that 2015 funds are pretty well depleted, but keep these grants in mind for next year. Additional information can be found on the City's website.
4. We had a long discussion with Ryan Thompson regarding the free mediation services provided by the City. Mediation services are for neighbor disputes, resident vs Board disputes, neighborhood vs City disputes - anytime a mediator is needed. We discussed the possible need for Mr. Thompson's services during Board meetings in a facilitator capacity, and he explained what his role would be. The board will decide if we would like to have mediation/facilitation services, and if so, send an invitation for the next meeting.
Posted July 23, 2015
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TrailMark Tracks - Summer 2015
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Upcoming Events 2015
8/30 - TrailMark Concert Series - Coverado
5:30 pm at Hogback Hill Park
9/8 - Newsletter Content Due
9/10 - HOA Board Meeting
6:30 pm at TrailMark Learning Center
9/11 - Newsletter Published
9/15 - TMMD Regular Meeting
6:30 pm at TrailMark Learning Center
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