Arvada Fire election eyes term limits

Sara Van Cleve
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Arvada Fire Protection District is hosting an election May 7 to determine term limits for board members.

The election — which is open to registered voters living in or with property in the district — will ask voters if current term limits that apply to the board of directors for the fire district should be eliminated.

The regulations in the district’s constitution limit board members to two consecutive four-year terms. After serving two terms, board members must wait four years before being eligible to serve another two terms.

Board members are elected by the residents and property owners of the district.

“Why we’re doing this is because in today’s age, we’re having a hard time finding people interested in serving in a volunteer capacity,” said Arvada Fire spokesman Scott Pribble. “We give a small honorarium for board meetings, but there are other meetings and functions the board is expected to attend they aren’t paid for. It can be hard to find someone willing to meet those requirements.”

The issue is going to the voters because it would change the district’s constitution.

“We are asking for the voters of our special district to change the constitution and any time we make a decision like that, we have the voters do it,” Pribble said. “That is part of our constitution — the voters of the entity can choose to circumvent the requirements.”

The election is being held in May as opposed to November for two reasons, Pribble said.

First, it is state law that elections for board of directors of special districts be in May when electing new members, so it is a tradition for the district to have elections in May.

Second is the cost.

“With November county elections, we pay a portion of the total cost,” Pribble said. “It’s less expensive to do it on our own without going through the county.”

Because the election is not county-coordinated, the fire district cannot access the database of voters who opt for a mail-in ballot.

Therefore, to receive a mail-in ballot, voters must submit an application.

The application can be found on Arvada Fire’s website, www.ArvadaFire.com, under the headline “Special Election” on the main page.

Applications may be completed online or by hand.

If the application is completed online, the voter must print out and sign the form. Electronic signatures are not accepted.

Voters can return the application by scanning and emailing it to the Designated Election Official Jennifer Enochs at elections@arvadafire.com or faxing it to 303-432-7995.

Applications can also be mailed or dropped off in person to AFPD-DEO, 7903 Allison Way, Arvada, Colo. 80005.

Mail-in ballot applications must be received by the designated election officer no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

A physical polling place will be set up for residents as well.

All registered voters living in or with property in the district can go to Arvada Fire Headquarters, 7903 Allison Way, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, to cast their vote.

Voters must bring a valid photo ID to vote.

The boundaries of the district are roughly Clear Creek, Sheridan Boulevard to the east, 86th Parkway to the north and Standley Lake and Highway 93 to the west.

A map of the district is available on Arvada Fire’s website.

“The best way to find out if you are a resident of the district is to go to your tax bill and it will show you’re paying the taxes for the district,” Pribble said.

For more information, visit www.ArvadaFire.com or call 303-424-3012.