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Email Alerts

Easily stay abreast of what you care about most in Jamestown.

Email Alerts enables you to easily stay informed about Jamestown area matters. See the About section below for more information. To easily stay informed about national legislation and to have a voice with your representatives, visit IssueVoter.org which helped inspire Email Alerts.

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When you subscribe by clicking the Get Email Alerts button above, you’ll first select the specific topics of interest to you. Then you’ll receive brief and informative emails in your Inbox about upcoming events or decisions ONLY when it relates to one of your topics.  You’ll only receive a few emails at any one time.

Email Alerts is designed to help with some existing residents’ engagement and government transparency opportunities. It’s inspired by two factors: one national (IssueVoter.org) and one local (Jamestown’s Comprehensive Plan concerning residents’ involvement and having a greater voice in their town’s governance, starting with staying informed).  To find out more see below for “What is the origin, role and benefits of Email Alerts?”

For your convenience, to ensure that you know what’s going on, and to give you an opportunity to have a say in the issues that matter to you. You can easily email your representatives (using the email links in the sidebar) and/or know when you should attend a town board meeting to make your voice heard.

Because we’re starting with a few volunteer “correspondents,” the alerts currently being posted fall into these categories:

  1. Upcoming Jamestown board meeting agenda items related to your interests (so you can know if your attendance at the board meeting is warranted).
  2. Decisions made by the board related to your interests (as reported by our “correspondents” attending town board meetings).
  3. Other newsworthy items related to your interests that show up on our radar, e.g., county issues that affect the local community.

NOT COVERED at this time are community updates, special presentations, and “Discussion” agenda items (we encourage people to attend meetings to participate in those), and town business that’s relatively mundane but important to running the town (for example, votes on contracts or reauthorizing collection of property taxes).

Alert coverage depends on the availability of volunteer correspondents. As the number of Email Alerts subscribers and volunteer correspondents increases, we’ll consider extending to other opportunities. Drop us a line if you’d like to find out more about being a volunteer correspondent.

Email Alerts is a collaborative effort of the Jamestown Speaks core team, correspondents, and community advisors. The following describes its origins, the role of email alerts, and benefits.

Origins

Email Alerts is inspired by two factors, one national and one local. . .

First, there’s a new national website called IssueVoter.org that enables people to selectively opt in to following the U.S. Congress on issues of interest by receiving email alerts on upcoming legislation and outcomes.

The second factor is the (draft) of Jamestown’s updated Comprehensive Plan that acknowledges the need to expand opportunities to:

“Create a more open, transparent, participatory and inclusive local government.”

” . . . seek the involvement of diverse groups of residents on community issues and in Town-sponsored activities,” and

” . . . expand opportunities for all residents to have a voice in the community, and monitor and acknowledge the desires, needs, and suggestions of all community members.”

We believe that residents will be supported in having a voice by being well informed in the first place about what’s going on. That’s where Email Alerts comes in.

The Comprehensive Plan also acknowledges the limited town resources and encourages citizen volunteers to help get things done. In fact, some things like Email Alerts may only get done because of volunteers.

With these inspirations, the Jamestown Speaks team realized that a scaled-down town version of IssueVoter.org could be implemented on the Jamestown Speaks website in what we have called the “Email Alerts” feature. In doing so, we hope to contribute to helping to satisfy some of the residents’ engagement and government transparency opportunities outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.

The Role of Email Alerts

The question also comes up: The town publishes Agendas and meeting minutes. What benefit does Email Alerts provide? First, we want to be clear, the purpose of Email Alerts is NOT to replace or supplant what the town does. The town publications are the official record.

Email Alerts is only intended to provide some newspaper-like reporting functions—if Jamestown had a newspaper.

Benefits

The benefits are:

  • Focus on what matters to you: Town government does a lot, but some residents may only be interested in their own hot-button issues. By signing up for alerts on specific topics, it’s much easier for you to stay abreast of what you care about vs. waiting for and culling through meeting minutes to discover the outcomes that are of interest to you.
  • Easily know what’s being addressed at upcoming board meetings on topics that are important to you. For better or worse, most residents do not attend town board meetings and, we suspect, don’t watch for the board meeting agendas that are published shortly before board meetings (at least 24 hours in advance by law). By receiving Email Alerts on upcoming agenda items that come right to your Inbox, you’ll know what’s upcoming and can decide on short notice whether it’s important enough for you to attend and have a voice. We hope this will actually increase attendance at board meetings.
  • Easily keep informed about legislative outcomes on topics that are important to you. We suspect most residents are not constantly visiting the town website to look for newly-published meeting minutes. By receiving alerts on legislative outcomes, you’ll know what’s been decided on many town board agenda items.
  • Receive timely outcome alerts. Because of the thorough process that the board goes through to approve minutes before they are published, it can be a month or more before outcomes are made available on the town website. Although we’re not yet in a position to commit to a specific timeliness, we anticipate that we can report on outcomes within days of a board meeting, resulting in faster awareness.
  • Easily keep track of bottomline outcomes. Often people just want to know the bottomline: What was decided on Issue X? Email Alerts will report a brief outcome summary so you know the decision and how the board voted. The details about how the issue came about and the discussion leading up to it is not in our purview. We’ll stick to brief summary statements of the outcomes and who voted and how. If we happen to report something significantly wrong, we’ll correct it as soon as it’s brought to our attention with a follow-up alert. If you do want to know more about an outcome you can easily contact your representatives by email using the links we provide, or you can be on the outlook for the minutes when they are published.
  • Easily see all the published alerts at any time. All the Email Alerts that have been published are readily available at any time by going to the Alerts tab of the Jamestown Speaks website. There you’ll find a chronological list of all the published alerts (by title) that’s easy to scan; you can expand a title to read the complete alert, including town board vote outcomes when there was a vote. By clicking the View Outcomes Only button, you can also access a filtered list of just outcomes. The Email Alerts feature was started in the Fall of 2016 so the alerts are all subsequent to that.
  • Easily contact your representatives. Do you have something to say to your town representatives before a vote is taken or about an outcome? Do you know who your town representatives are? It’s easy to communicate with them by email by going to the Alerts tab of the Jamestown Speaks website and using the contact links in the sidebar.

Bottomline, our goal is to help support an informed citizenry and promote citizens’ engagement. We think Email Alerts will help in that regard.

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/ Alert, Money Matters, Outcome

The following items were approved at the 9/11/17 town board meeting:

  • 16% water fee increase for the capital improvement reserve fund was approved, to be phased in over 3 years starting on January 1, 2018.
  • 7% post-flood temporary water fee increase was made permanent.
  • Establishment of a water operation fiscal policy was approved.
  • As part of the above, there is a provision that the water fee for the capital improvement reserve fund will be revisited every two years.

NOTES

During the meeting it was said that new water fee payment options are available, including:

  • Paying monthly instead of quarterly
  • Payment by credit card
  • Payment online

Contact the Town Clerk for more information about these options.

Votes on the water fee increases:

Tara Schoedinger: Absent
Carolynn Donadio: For
Chad Droste: Against
Vic Harris: For
Ken Lenarcic: Against
Michael Box: Absent
Heather Yahnke: For
/ Alert, Outcome, Parks & Open Space

The following items were addressed at the 9/11/2017 town board meeting:

  • Six volunteers were approved to serve on the Open Space Stewardship Advisory Committee
  • A status report was presented about the solar generator (aka Solar Garden) that was proposed for the East end of Elysian Park. Since it was first proposed the company has withdrawn their proposal. However, the due diligence to assess the proposal raised some interesting points and unresolved questions about the use of town open space. The complete report can be seen by clicking here.

Votes on approval of advisory committee volunteers:

Tara Schoedinger: Absent
Carolynn Donadio: For
Chad Droste: For
Vic Harris: For
Ken Lenarcic: Abstain
Michael Box: Absent
Heather Yahnke: For

/ Alert, Outcome, Quality of Life

At the 9/11/2017 town board meeting the board adopted an ordinance to address the issue of junk and/or abandoned cars within Jamestown. Interested parties should contact the Town Clerk for a copy of the ordinance and the specifics. Some of the highlights are:

  • The ordinance applies to vehicles on town public property.
  • There are detailed definitions in the ordinance of what types of vehicles and situations are covered. Included are vehicles that are inoperable, no license or an invalid one, etc.
  • There is a specific process for dealing with such vehicles, including some or all of written notification/request to move the vehicle, ticketing by the Boulder County Sheriff, towing by the sheriff at the owner’s expense, fines, and imprisonment.

Votes on the abandoned/junk ordinance:

Tara Schoedinger: Absent
Carolynn Donadio: For
Chad Droste: For
Vic Harris: For
Ken Lenarcic: Abstain
Michael Box: Absent
Heather Yahnke: For

/ Alert, Town Operations, Upcoming

The following topics are on the 9/11/17 town board mtg. agenda:

  • Approval of staffing grant extension
  • Direction regarding town contractor ACE Engineering
/ Alert, Parks & Open Space, Upcoming

The following updates are on the 9/11/17 town board meeting agenda:

  • Update on the Solar Garden proposal. For those not familiar with the term Solar Garden, it is a solar generator that was proposed for the East end of Elysian Park aka the big park. Solar Gardens are like rooftop solar collectors, only bigger.
  • Anvil Picnic Table Project Update
  • Community Gardens update
/ Alert, Quality of Life, Upcoming

The following item is on the 9/11/17 town board meeting agenda:

  • Junk and Abandoned Vehicles: Discussion and approval of Ordinance 09-03, 2017, An Ordinance Regulating Vehicles on Public Property
/ Alert, Money Matters, Upcoming

At the August board meeting, two votes on water-related fee changes were postponed because of technical wording issues in the ordinances. The following postponed items are now up for a vote at the 9/11/17 town board meeting:

  • Increasing Water Rate 16%: Discussion and approval of Resolution 08-17, Series 2017 – A Resolution amending Addendum B water fees, service charges, and penalties rev 4 to Waterworks Ordinance 1, 2015 to add water operations fiscal policy
  • Increasing Eligibility for Lower Water Rates for Low Income Households: Discussion and approval of Resolution 08-18, Series 2017 – A Resolution amending Addendum B water fees, service charges, and penalties rev 4 to Waterworks Ordinance 1, 2015 to modify water rates