Freda Miklin | Greenwood Village

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Representing Our District

  1. Attended 100% of City Council meetings, as well as 100% of all work and study sessions held.
  2. Offered strong support to the continuing effort to modify and increase the on-going maintenance of the Greenwood Gulch wetlands in the Preserve neighborhood. In 1998 through the combined efforts of The City, the EPA and Urban Drainage, Greenwood Gulch in this area was extensively modified to create a more diverse community, featuring a wetlands. Unfortunately, this initial design did not anticipate the overgrowth that occurred, and has resulted significant deposition of sediment from upstream areas over the past 18 plus years. In 2015 I agreed to become very active when neighbors approached me with their concerns over the deteriorating situation with the trail and wetlands. I arranged for these interested neighbors to establish a dialogue with our Public Works Department and Parks, Trails and Recreation, which continues today in an effort to mitigate the issues associated with the original design and deposition. We are now nearing the 90% design level for the revised design and hopefully will initiate construction on a revised low-flow crossing between Filing 1 and Filing 2 this year. After years of minimal attention to maintenance in this area, I am pleased to support achieving mitigation to problems building up since the original modification in 1998.
  3. Responded personally to every letter, email and telephone call I received from residents of our district and virtually all that I received from Village residents in other districts. Answered questions, explained policies, and listened to the concerns of everyone who contacted me.
  4. Provided ongoing communication, as promised, by creating and sending the only regular quarterly newsletter in any district, with information about events and policies of interest to District One residents
  5. Attended numerous charitable events with Mayor Rakowsky, supporting the American Cancer Society, South Metro Fire Protection District Foundation, Cops, Socks and Sandwiches, all artist openings at the Curtis Arts Center, and a GV Police Department program on Elder Abuse.

Supporting Neighbors by Solving Problems

  1. Met with neighbors whose street was being used by out-of-area visitors, for parking while using the High Line Canal, making it very difficult for residents and their guests to park near their homes. We created an ordinance to provide permit-only parking near homes adjacent to public trail access. We are also working to provide alternative parking for trail users in the same area.
  2. Met with neighbors to work out the best way for residents with recognized disabilities to live alongside other traditional families, and have the needs associated with their disabilities met. After multiple neighborhood input meetings, and consultation with several lawyers, we created an ordinance to establish a procedure for evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations requiring exceptions to the Village’s zoning code, as required by federal law.
  3. Met with residents of our rural area gravel roads, and got their input on what should be the priorities addressed in the coming rehabilitation of those roads. Made sure they were kept apprised of the Public Works’ Department’s plans and timing for addressing those issues that were identified.
  4. Initiated the re-evaluation and removal of problematic edge medians at three intersections on Holly, due to continued damage from traffic since initial construction in 2000. New designs, including bike lanes, at each intersection will be safe, attractive and accessible. This project, valued at $1 million, was included in the Village’s Capital Improvement Program, and is being completed in summer, 2017
  5. Initiated the evaluation of adding a dedicated eastbound right-turn lane at northbound Holly and Belleview. Village engineers determined this reconfiguration would improve traffic flow and safety, particularly for schoolchildren, at that intersection. This project, valued at $340,000, was included in the Village’s Capital Improvement Program, and is being completed in summer, 2017.
  6. Met with neighbors who live on a residential street experiencing heavy and dangerous cut-through traffic, along with Public Works executive and managing traffic engineers, to determine the best way to minimize and slow-down motorists using their street to avoid a traffic signal at a busier intersection. Short-term and long-term solutions were identified, and are being implemented and evaluated for effectiveness, along with acceptability to residents.
  7. Met with neighbors to work out the best way for residents with recognized disabilities to live alongside other traditional families, and have the needs associated with their disabilities met. After multiple neighborhood input meetings, and consultation with several lawyers, we created an ordinance to establish a procedure for evaluating requests for reasonable accommodations requiring exceptions to the Village’s zoning code, as required by federal law.
  8. Facilitated the Village taking responsibility for ongoing maintenance and replacement of Stop signs throughout the Preserve. Although that is standard practice throughout the Village, it had been an HOA responsibility in this neighborhood. I also facilitated the installation of Speed Limit signs, which had never been placed in most of the neighborhood since it was built over 25 years ago.