Loveland has grown by 50% since I arrived over twenty years ago. Councils past have had to wrestle with the challenge of maintaining services and amenities as the city has grown to over 75,000 people.
Some don’t like the growth. The reality is that communities either grow or they die. No community can stay the same for long. The rural Minnesota town where I grew up is the perfect example of a community in decline -losing 1/3 of its population. Restaurants and retail have virtually disappeared and the places I remember growing up no longer exist. Does a vibrant Loveland sound more appealing?
I am running for re-election to continue working on the issues of concern to Lovelanders: traffic, affordable housing, homelessness, water, community growth and others. For the past 4 years, the majority of council has worked as a bipartisan body to accomplish many initiatives for the betterment of Loveland and its citizens.
During my 29 years serving as a Naval Officer, I worked for many excellent leaders and had the privilege to lead many men and women. I would be honored to represent you in leading Loveland for another four years.
Please vote for me, Steve Olson, as your city councilor for Ward Three.
With only two North-South and two East-West roads through Loveland, we need creative solutions to avoid gridlock, especially with the high traffic to Estes Park in summer.
Maintenance of city streets and other infrastructure projects compete for funds with city programs such as the Library, Chilson Recreation Center, Parks and others. All of these are paid for with sales tax revenue.
As an experienced leader I want to strike a balance between infrastructure needs, city amenities, and operations.
One consequence of growth is an increase in the cost of living, especially the price of homes, making homeownership beyond reach for some.
I want to continue our city's longstanding commitment to partnerships with the Loveland Housing authority and the Loveland Habitat For Humanity.
I believe together we can work to develop innovative ways to expand these programs for our citizens and increase the inventory of available affordable housing.
While there are individuals, families and veterans who are homeless in Loveland, the city has avoided the crisis faced in other cities by taking proactive measures to assist those who desire to escape homelessness.
Many organizations provide a variety of services to assist our homeless citizens. I want to continue to develop the city's partnership with local non-profits, faith based organizations, and private businesses to assist those who desire to escape homelessness.
A guest speaker in one of my Colorado water classes stated “we don’t have a water problem, we have a water storage problem." This statement has been validated over and over by those in the profession of water management.
Colorado water law is complicated and though we have made strides by starting the long delayed Chimney Hollow Reservoir project, we still have a long way to go.
I want to see the continuation of Loveland’s partnership with local water managers to safeguard our water resources long into the future.
Past councils recognized the need for new development to pay it’s own way. Various fees are collected to pay for roads, water, sewer, parks, the library and other services but
have the consequence of raising the price of homes in Loveland.
While ensuring that increased demand for services is paid for by new development, we need positive solutions to address negative unintended consequences.
Our city needs smart growth.
I would welcome your concerns and solutions for our great city.
Please send me your comments via my contact page.