Arvada resident Ethan Lutz didn’t always see himself following in the footsteps of his mother and father, who are both involved in the local government of their Alaska town. But after Lutz and his …
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Arvada resident Ethan Lutz didn’t always see himself following in the footsteps of his mother and father, who are both involved in the local government of their Alaska town.
But after Lutz and his family moved to Arvada three years ago, he quickly realized his neighbors were looking for change — and he wanted to be a part of it, he said.
“I’ve heard about a lot of things from the different neighborhoods, from affordable childcare to the Jefferson Parkway, and they’re all important to me,” he said. “I’m interested in the things people actually talk about on a day-to-day basis with their neighbors.”
Lutz is running for the District 2 seat on city council in the 2019 election. He currently works as a service leader for an oil and gas service company, where he has been employed for eight years. Lutz moved to Arvada three years ago, drawn to the city for the many friendly-family activities it has to offer, he said.
While he hopes to see city council address large-scale issues in the community, he also believes council members and staff can do a better job listening when citizens bring smaller issues to the table, such as requests to update infrastructure at individual intersections.
“I would be looking forward to the phone ringing and people calling me with smaller things,” he said. “And some of those things are things I notice — I have a keen attentional to detail.”
If elected, he hopes to quickly address these smaller concerns by including the needed updates in existent city plans, which are reviewed and edited often, he said.
He aims to ensure housing development does not outpace the city’s need for housing; to promote commercial development, especially in areas such as west Arvada; and to verify that, should the city choose to contract a single waste hauler, the hauler chosen provides the best possible pricing and customer service.
He would also look into improving transportation and reducing traffic congestion, he said. He suggested the city collaborate with RTD to create additional, and more wide-reaching, Arvada bus routes.
The Jefferson Parkway, a toll road that planners aim to build through northwest Arvada, might also help solve the city’s traffic problem, he said.
However, the plan “is one of those things that constantly needs to be evolved,” he said, referring to potential safety concerns. A portion of the parkway site recently tested for elevated levels of plutonium waste from former nuclear weapons plant Rocky Flats. Analyzers are working to confirm the test results’ validity.
Council should collaborate with parkway planners to address citizen concerns, perhaps by realigning part of the parkway, Lutz said, even as some planners have said they are against the idea.
“You can’t just say that’s absolutely out. Plans always need to be adjusted,” he said. “We need to look at the next steps and make sure we are taking the right steps.”
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