Ward 3: McGovern wants council to find areas of agreement
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Even though she’s running unopposed, that doesn’t stop Ward 3 City Council write-in candidate Chris McGovern from sharing fresh ideas and strong opinions.
McGovern has lived within the downtown ward since 1985. So when she saw that nobody was going to run for the seat that Councilwoman Jean Martensen is leaving, she felt it was her duty to step in.
“I was asked to step forward,” McGovern said. “I actually declined four times, but then when no one stepped forward, I did.”
McGovern, who declined to give her age, said she’s not a really competitive person at heart and admitted that she wouldn’t have become a candidate if someone else was in the race.
Now that she’s in, however, McGovern has plenty to say about what’s going on in the city.
She’s glad to see progress being made on the efforts to relocate Highway 82.
“That is just crucial to town,” she said.
McGovern is a write-in candidate because she entered the race after the regular filing deadline. But if she gets just one write-in vote, she wins the Ward 3 seat because all candidates have to file an affidavit of intent to run – even in a write-in campaign – and nobody else entered.
An attractive place for business
McGovern said she’s hoping members of council will work together “to find areas of agreement.”
She’s served on a handful of boards for the city over the years, and while some of the changes she’s helped to make are small, she says they’re important.
McGovern said she would like to help make Glenwood Springs an attractive place for new businesses.
“I encourage businesses to relocate here,” she said.
She also said although Glenwood Springs’ reputation of being the retail hub of the region seems to be fading, city leaders shouldn’t let it go without a fight.
“We shouldn’t just give up our status as retail hub,” she said. “The entertainment industry is great, but you don’t give up one sector just because you have another. You try to keep them all healthy.”
On the hot-button issue of certificates of participation that are proposed to pay for a municipal golf course and other recreational amenities, McGovern said the city has a lot of needs and wants.
“We have to look at some creative ways to finance them,” she said, “with the caveat that you don’t put the city in financial danger.”
McGovern also expressed some concern about conflicting geological reports on the land proposed for the golf course.
On the subject of financing, McGovern said she was “shocked” when the Glenwood Meadows metropolitan taxing districts were recently approved in about a half-hour by City Council.
The decision gave the developers of Glenwood Meadows $24 million in bonding capacity to install infrastructure at the coming retail center.
“I never heard about this,” she said. “I think we’ll probably be getting some legal advice from the city attorney.”
McGovern also has her share of thoughts on what should be done after she takes office.
“I would like to revisit some of the parking issues,” she said. “There are more two-hour parking spaces but shoppers can’t find them. Also the yellow paint – every year they seem to add some to every corner.”
McGovern said a downtown parking structure is on her list of wants, and she had an idea on what to do with the retail space that will be built as part of the new downtown fire station.
“Why don’t we condominiumize them and put them back into the property tax base?” she asked.
In general, McGovern said she just wants to help keep her city healthy, vibrant and beautiful.
“What City Council should do is make it a place where people want to live,” McGovern said.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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