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Thursday, January 19,2012

Longmont wants input on 1st & Main

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Longmont residents are being invited to weigh in on the proposed redevelopment of the First and Main intersection as a transit area.


Options for the revitalization effort, which was prompted in part by the Regional Transportation District’s long-term plans for a commuter rail station at the site, include housing, bike trails, walking paths, restaurants, retail and light manufacturing uses. The closure of the nearby Butterball plant has only added to the opportunities to regenerate the area, officials say.

The city is hosting a “community roundtable” discussion about the project from 6 to 8 p.m. on

Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Longmont Public Library, Meeting Rooms A and B.

City officials say they expect to have the study done by April 2012.

Local transit users met with First & Main planners on Dec. 8 to discuss improvements, and came up with several suggestions, including higher-frequency buses with more visibility along Main; a cross-town shuttle with a fixed route serving the hospital, Main, the senior center and the library; more flexible shuttle routes and Call-n-Ride; and coordination with Boulder County on including local Longmont service in the new service to Lyons that starts Jan. 22.

For more information, see the First & Main project website at To receive periodic updates about the project or to contact the project team, email

Grants benefit human services, youth

The City of Boulder’s Department of Housing and Human Services is allocating almost $2.4 million to support the nonprofit community in 2012.

This year, the Human Services Fund will allocate nearly $2.2 million to nonprofit agencies to support basic needs and prevention and early intervention programs for Boulder residents. In addition, the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) has awarded $218,404 in grant funds to 13 nonprofits.

The Human Services Fund was established in 1992 to help ensure that basic health and safety needs of residents are met, and to support programs that help residents remain self-sufficient. For a list of funded agencies and programs or more information on how to apply, see or call 303- 441-4059.

The YOP recommendations are made by a 16-person board of city high schoolers appointed by the city manager. Annual grants to local youth-serving organizations are provided for educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Youth who benefit from the funds perform local volunteer work in exchange for the support.

For more information on the agencies and programs funded or to apply for future grants, go to or call 303-441-4349.

Lafayette credit rating soars

While some countries’ credit ratings have seen downgrades recently, City of Lafayette officials were notified last week that its City Water Enterprise Fund Bonds have been issued a AAA rating, the best possible rating from Standard and Poor’s.

S&P affirmed Lafayette’s water bonds to be of an “outstanding status with a stable outlook” based on very strong cash position, strong coverage of future maximum annual debt service based on 2010 financial results, and a stable customer base.

“This is a phenomenal event for a small town like Lafayette,” says Robert Wright, Lafayette finance director. “Most large cities don’t have the distinction of earning a AAA rating. For consumers who may not understand the significance of this accomplishment, an AAA rating is the gold standard of bond ratings. It’s comparable to earning a perfect 850 on a consumer credit score.”

In 2011, the city began planning to issue new bonds for the water fund to save money through lower interest rates. As a result of the rating, the increased value of the bonds combined with the lower interest rate is expected to save Lafayette taxpayers more than $1 million over the next 15 years.

Conservation nominations due Jan. 31

The Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department is accepting nominations for the annual Land Conservation Awards until Jan. 31.

Anyone may nominate individuals, families or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the county in the areas of environmental stewardship or historic preservation.

Special consideration will be given to land conservation or historic preservation activities that particularly affect unincorporated Boulder County and for activities that demonstrate ongoing effort. One-time efforts resulting in lasting benefits to the county’s environmental landscape will also be favored.

Other award selection criteria include conservation activities that are a model for others or that increase public awareness of land conservation.

People may not nominate themselves, nor can they nominate organizations of which they are an officer or director. Projects of federal, state, county, special district or municipal government agencies are not eligible.

The county commissioners will present the awards in April at the county Parks and Open Space headquarters in Longmont.

For more information, or to download the application, visit, or contact Vivienne Jannatpour at or 303-678- 6277.



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