Speeding issue needs a multi-faceted approach
Having spent 30-plus years in traffic enforcement throughout the state of Colorado, I would suggest that traffic laws, in general, are in place to gain “voluntary compliance.” In other words, compared to all drivers, only a small percentage violate the laws to the extent of receiving citations.
Dealing with residential/subdivision speeding issues, I believe a multi-faceted approach is required. Asking city council to simply reduce the speed limit or requiring local police to enforce the speed limit in a particular area will have limited effect. A formula that I had some success with in Weld and Larimer counties requires the residents of the subdivision, city council and local law enforcement to work together.
First, it has to be determined that some within the subdivision are regularly speeding. Many times those not trained in estimating a vehicle’s speed have nothing to base their opinions on. So one of the first issues to deal with is asking law enforcement to determine if the issue is real or perceived.
Assuming the speeding issue is real, the next step would be to conduct a meeting of the Home Owners Association or a public meeting with as many residents as possible. At the meeting, a city council member along with a command officer of the local law enforcement agency having responsibility for traffic operations should be in attendance.
At the meeting you should have the ear of the “majority,” but most likely not that of those ignoring the speed limit. After the meeting, a letter from the HOA or a knock on the door of those offending, and a few hours of enforcement so as not to be seen as an idle threat is needed. That will result in an attitude adjustment.
Bob Parish, Windsor
Foundation gives thanks to community for good year
As 2012 comes to an end, I want to thank everyone who helped make “The Season of Celebration” for The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County such a wonderful success! There are many accomplishments worth mentioning; however, I will just select a few highlights.
2012 was the 15th anniversary for The Community Foundation. Since 1997, our foundation has helped people invest in Weld County by:
n Promoting philanthropy by working with donors to establish the funds that make it possible to distribute charitable grants, scholarships and program support.
n Developing partnerships by working with others as partners and leaders on endeavors.
n Providing leadership to other nonprofit organizations and the community by facilitating philanthropy and providing life-changing grants.
The Community Foundation serving Greeley and Weld County has disbursed $900,818 to date for 2012 in grants, scholarships and program assistance.
The Community Foundation has awarded cumulative grants of more that $13 million since 1997.
The Foundation provides capacity-building workshops for local nonprofits and their board members to help strengthen the sector.
I have been honored to serve as board chairwoman for the foundation this past year. Now that my term is ending, I am looking forward to working with Mike Payne, incoming board chairman, our fantastic board members and the foundation’s exceptional employees in 2013.
Thank you Greeley and Weld County for your continued support. Without you it would not be possible!
Karen D. Burd, Eaton