Arvada

Reflections on the year 2013

Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, guest column
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An improving economy positively impacted the Arvada community in a number of ways in 2013. Beginning with economic development, a significant project was approved for the area formerly known as the Arvada Triangle. Now renamed Ralston Creek, this area to the east of Independence and West 58th will be redeveloped with a new Wal-Mart that will revitalize the shopping center to the north and west along with new development.

In northwestern parts of our community, residential development returned with progress within Candelas and Leyden Rock.

This fall, in August, the City Council approved an agreement to help finance expansion of the Gross Reservoir in cooperation with Denver Water, enabling Arvada to have the water necessary for current service demands and to support future growth.

However, perhaps one of the most memorable events of the year served as a reminder of why Arvada constantly reinvests in public infrastructure. In September, when Colorado received historic rainfall, flooding resulted throughout many Colorado communities. Property damage was limited in Arvada primarily because improvements completed during the previous 10 years were able to convey the water downstream within planned floodplains that protected homes and businesses. One of these projects is the improvements along Ralston Creek near Garrison Street that removed 90 properties from the floodplain just this past year.

Along with projects and programs, Arvada never rests in seeking ways to continuously improve our organizational and service effectiveness. In 2013 Arvada embarked on a new way of doing business — FOCUS.  This integrated performance management system is not a project with a defined end date. Instead this is a change for how our city staff looks at what we do each day. It provides data for decision making and helps drive funding for the many programs Arvada citizens want and need. We are making this important philosophical change to allow Arvada to prepare for the future, while also directly showing our citizens the value they receive for their investment.

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