Utilities, Code Enforcement at OWN

       Representatives of Springs Utilities and City Code Enforcement will speak at the next membership meeting of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) Thursday, Sept. 13.
       The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Gold Hill Police Substation's community room, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
       Speaking from 7 to 8 p.m., the Utilities speaker (name unavailable at press time) will be a conservation specialist who will discuss winterizing and energy conservation, according to a Utilities spokesperson.
       Jeff Robinson, scheduled from 8 to 8:45 p.m., will be the speaker from Code Enforcement. He said he will give an “overall presentation of what Code Enforcement does.” Included will be information about how Westside residents can help Code Enforcement as volunteers, primarily through removal of illegal signs and reinspections of properties with overgrown weeds.
       At its August meeting, the OWN board worked out details related to a contract with the city in which architect Al Feinstein will begin working up design guidelines as part of a historic overlay effort for the older Westside.
       According to board member Dave Hughes, after the necessary paperwork is completed, Feinstein should start his efforts in mid-September. He is expected to have draft guidelines and a list of qualifying structures ready for public review in early 2008.
       Under a plan concept approved earlier this year by City Council, Feinstein will be paid through a combination of city funds and a State Historic Fund grant.
       The area being studied has about 3,600 residences.
       Also at the meeting, Bunny Blaha was appointed to the OWN board.
       Blaha, who has been volunteering with OWN for the past year, replaces the late Jim Larsen, who had represented District 3. She will serve until the annual election in January.
       Larsen, a retired firefighter, died Aug. 7.

Westside Pioneer/press release