3 re-elected to OWN board at annual meeting Jan. 27

       Three incumbents on the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) were re-elected by acclamation at the Jan. 27 meeting to three-year terms.
       They are Sean Chambers, a three-year member who has served as vice president for two years; Brad Collins, elected in January 2010 to finish out a previous member's term; and Chris Baum, appointed in August to finish out a previous member's term (he's also been serving as the board secretary).

Re-elected: Chris Baum (left). Brad Collins and Sean Chambers.
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       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside. There are nine board members in all.
       The three re-electees were asked for their thoughts about being on the OWN board.
       Chambers, a water company project manager, said he got interested in the organization after moving to the West Bluff area off Seventh Street in 2003. He was especially interested in OWN's efforts - which are continuing - to work with the city to create a historic overlay that would allow tax credits for improvements to older homes in much of the older Westside. “OWN acts as a conduit to information, to the city and back to the neighborhood,” Chambers said, noting that he tries to represent neighbors who are interested but don't generally attend meetings. “In general, I want to support the work OWN does,” he said. “I feel we do a lot of good for the neighborhood.”
       Collins, a seven-year resident, is a property manager, retired from the U.S. Army, who lives in the one-time Arensdale area west of 31st Street. “The Westside is probably the most unique neighborhood in the city of Colorado Springs,” Collins said. “There is not another area in the city that even comes close to the character and charm this neighborhood has to offer. It is exactly these attributes that I would like to see promoted to encourage redevelopment, renovation and economic growth on the Westside. I would like to see OWN continue to be one of the conduits for the neighborhood to bring these goals to a reality.”
       Baum is a retired Navy officer, computer engineer and resident of Crown Hill Mesa since 2009. He believes that OWN “serves a useful purpose in canvassing the Westside for opinions, aggregating those opinions into positions, and presenting those positions to the city, county and state.” In working with the board, he said he will “strive to maintain the diversity of the neighborhoods while making it easy for businesses and new communities to relocate and start up here. I would push to keep the government out of the way of progress.”

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