OWN to discuss election, overlay, 2035 forecast

       Looking ahead to its January election, the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board plans to set up a nominating committee again this year to help find and work with potential candidates for the three open board seats.
       A discussion of the “nomcom” strategy is on the agenda for OWN's board meeting Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the West Intergenerational Center, 25 N. 20th St.
       OWN President Welling Clark urged interested residents of the older Westside to attend the meeting, if they would like to be on the board, help with the nomcom or just get caught up on OWN activities.
       Other agenda items will include OWN's year 2035 Small Area Forecast concerns - which have put OWN at odds with Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) staff at times - and an update on the efforts of the Historic Overlay Guidelines Committee, which has been working since September with contracted architect Al Feinstein to prepare a draft set of guidlelines as a step in creating a historic overlay zone for the older Westside.
       The OWN election will be Jan. 10 at the membership meeting at the West Center. Up for grabs will be the seats held by Clark (District 5), Bunny Blaha (District 3) and Kristine Van Wert (At-Large 2). Terms are for three years. Anybody in the OWN Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA) can come to the meeting and vote.
       The OWN bylaws allow a candidate nominating committee to be formed, but doesn't dictate exactly how it needs to function, Clark pointed out. In accordance with the rules, it will consist of six citizens (ideally one from each of the six OWN districts), with help from the vice president (Amy Filipiak) and two board members who are to be appointed to the nomcom Dec. 13, Clark said.
       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       For more information, call Clark at 471-4023.

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