Longmont City Council Open Forum

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City Council (Photo by Longmont Observer)

On Tuesday, June 4, Longmont City Council held the second community open forum of the year.

More than 20 people signed up to speak to council.

Among the speakers were several representatives supporting a performing arts center. The group informed council that they had reached their goal $75,000 to support a feasibility study. This number only pays for half the expected costs. The remainder of the costs are expected to come from the City of Longmont and other organizations.

Mayor Brian Bagley explained that council’s support for the study was to learn the best ways of supporting the proposed performing arts center with conference facilities in order to make it successful.

Other residents and groups came forward to discuss environmental topics in the City of Longmont.

Representatives from Stand With Our St. Vrain Creek, an advocacy group working towards protecting the St. Vrain River corridor, encouraged council to hold off on accepting and/or processing any new development applications until the Longmont Land Use Code amendments are adopted.

The delegates’ concerns are that the current code does not adequately protect the riparian way.

Another resident proposed that the city develop a local public transit system to combat climate change and global warming by reducing Longmont’s dependency on cars.

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