Accomplishments While Serving on City Council

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  • Businesses of Thornton Advisory Commission (BTAC), initiated and worked with Council to approve this Commission. BTAC represents the business community and makes recommendations to City Council on issues impacting the business community’s success in the city.
  • Was involved in the establishment of the Vendor Fee Program which uses a portion of the sales and use tax vendor fee previously retained by the vendor to directly assist City businesses. The program provides grants to businesses who wish to make exterior/exterior improvements, purchase equipment for the business, graffiti removal, funds free business development counseling through a partnership with the North Metro Small Business Development Center and provides funding to bring in additional shoppers to our businesses through the Shop Thornton Campaign.
  • Thornton Arts and Culture Center. Was involved in the decisions that established this facility, which was the first of its kind in Thornton.
  • A Fifth Ambulance was added to increase emergency medical response to residents by our Fire Department First Responders.
  • Community Gardens, Beekeeping and Chickens. Community gardens, beekeeping and raising chickens in residential yards were all approved.
  • Margaret Carpenter Rec Center Outdoor Completion. The pond, paddle boat area, b-ball courts, shuffle board, pavilion, seating, additional tennis courts, dancing waters, children’s playground, outdoor amphitheater and installing the Carousel were all completed that finished the Rec Center.  Plans were discussed and put into the build an Active Adult Center near one of the parks and it is currently being built
  • Thornton Trailwinds Park Phase I. This is Thornton’s largest city park on Holly Street and 136th  Built soccer playing fields, a skate park, restrooms and dog park.
  • Thornton Cares Program designed to assist residents during the economic crisis.
  • Advocated for transportation funding by working with outside entities and stakeholders for: the I-25 Managed lanes, Call-n-Ride bus service for the residents living in the West side of Thornton, the 104th Avenue bridge widening project and collaborative work with RTD to bring FasTraks to Thornton.
  • Consolidated Service Center. Worked with District 12 Adams Five Star Schools to share the building and operation of the Center that has saved mutual taxpayers dollars every year.
  • Aquatics Center Facility. Collaborated with District 12 Adams Five Star Schools in the construction and operation of the Veterans Aquatics Center Facility at Thornton Trailwinds Park and Open Space.
  • Veteran’s Memorial. City Council supported providing funding to finish the Veteran’s Memorial when the money had been taken and worked with the Thornton Veteran’s Memorial Foundation to get it completed. The memorial is located on the North side of the Veteran’s Aquatics Center Facility.
  • Chapter 18 of the City Development Code. Supported Council changes regarding Transit Oriented Development Districts (TODs) which allows Thornton to have a better opportunity to compete for federal grant monies for transportation projects.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units: Initiated discussion and subsequent City Council approval for accessory dwelling units to be allowed if certain lot criteria is met to enhance existing residential housing and to allow new homes to have attached accessory dwelling units as a part of the builder plan.
  • Economic Development: List the number of jobs created, new businesses that came into the city.  Reviewed the Comprehensive Plan with citizen input.
  • Annual Budget Review: Worked with City Council members and City staff to do a line item budget review, engaged in discussion and provided recommendations based on the ongoing City work plan so that the annual budget was approved.
  • City Council and Staff Advance: Participated in each annual advance weekend meetings to discuss the City work plan for the coming year. The work plan model that Thornton uses is now also used by many other cities for their annual project and planning purposes.  The work plan allows City departments and staff to know what is on the plan as well as what has been added to the plan and where in the process each project is.
  • Thornton Community Band: Supported the creation of the Thornton Community Band.  The band plays at the 4th of July celebration and holds a variety of concerts for the public to attend each year.
  • 4th of July In Thornton and City Festivals: Support and attend City festivals as well as the 4th of July celebration.  Encouraged and approved the City having fireworks during the time when other communities canceled their fireworks due to dryer than normal weather conditions and burn bans.  Thornton holds three annual festivals – ThorntonFest in May, HarvestFest in September and WinterFest in December for residents and non-residents to enjoy.
  • Other City Events: Movies in the Park in the summer, Thornton’s Trunk Or Treat Halloween event for children, Paws for A Dip – dogs can swim on the closing day of the outdoor swimming pool, Thornton’s Got Talent – acts and bands apply to perform, WinterFest 5k run, Easter Egg Scramble and the Lion’s Club relays events occur now annually with City Council’s approval.