Evergreen Local Improvement District - Upcoming Community Town Hall Meeting

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With her last issue of JustAroundHere.com, Linda Kirkpatrick spoke her mind very candidly. Downtown Evergreen is deteriorating, the volunteer spirit is dying, and unless something is done Evergreen is on its way to becoming a ghost town. Hopefully the passage of the ELID tax (which won't be on the ballot this year, but perhaps November 2018 according to the Canyon Courier ), then maybe things can start to change for the better.

The making of a ghost town
Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on Monday, July 24 2017.

These photos could very well become the new picture postcards of Evergreen. They tell a story about how a ghost town looks in its early stages of neglect and deterioration.

There isn’t any clout in working with State and Federal entities to repair flood-damaged bridges. Nearly four years after flooding, we are still looking at cones, barriers and a one-lane bridge leading to the Lake House. Barriers along the lake trail keep visitors and locals alike from walking around the lake because of erosion undermining the embankment.

There aren’t any teeth. Volunteer groups have tried and tried over the years to address the issues but have been relatively unsuccessful at getting much done, whether it be improving sidewalks or crosswalks, or getting flood damage fixed.

It was an entrepreneurial spirit that enabled downtown Evergreen to become a wonderful collection of little shops and places to gather years ago. But the volunteer spirit that has kept downtown alive is about to die – just like the time and temperature sign owned by Evergreen National Bank. It went out nearly a year ago and has never been lighted since.

There isn’t any muscle – except for those flexed between landlords who don’t speak to each other or property owners who have been at odds with the county over private matters for decades. Evergreen suffers as a result.

I’m hopeful that the proposed Local Improvement District (LID) will help reverse some of the neglect that’s occurring, give Evergreen a lift, and rise above the individual squabbles that have taken their toll on Downtown Evergreen.

A multi-page informational piece being distributed by the Ross-Lewis Trust (the main landlord in downtown) is designed to elevate their image as the organization that’s been trying to accomplish things, while taking an adversarial position on the proposed Local Improvement District (LID).

There was a time when the Ross-Lewis Trust brought life and vibrancy to downtown. Under the leadership of Leo Bradley, positive things happened. What the Ross-Lewis Trust has allowed to happen in the past decade would make Leo roll over in his grave. Their demonstration of concern for Evergreen is certainly nothing to write home about, but if you want to do so, I have some picture postcards you can use.

More photos and info at the article linked above. If you care about Evergreen, please Share and get involved. Tell your neighbors to research what the Local Improvement District will do (and not do) and to support it.
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Evergreen Local Improvement District Workshops 2018

Be a Part of the Future of Evergreen
Each workshop session, going from 6:00-8:00pm, will be discussing projects in that general area.
Jan 9th: Bergen Park, hosted by Center for the Arts Evergreen
Jan 23rd: North Evergreen, hosted by Congregation Beth Evergreen
Feb 6th: El Rancho, host location to be determined
Feb 20th: Downtown, host location to be determined

The Evergreen Local Improvement Disitrct (ELID) is a means for identifying and funding needing infrastructure improvement projects within Evergreen that are otherwise not being addressed. The ELID initiative is being facilitated by a grassroots coalition of local volunteers working with the Jefferson County Commissioners in addition to other key County staff to create this District.

More info at EvergreenLID.org
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Reminder: the next ELID Workshop is tomorrow at Congregation Beth Evergreen.

The locations have been set for the final two workshops. They will be at Evergreen Country Day School on February 6th and at Evergreen High School on February 20th.
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Reminder: final workshop is tonight at Evergreen High School from 6-8pm.
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From Rachel Nicks on our Facebook Page:
Just a reminder to sign the petition to support ELID (the Evergreen Local Improvement District)

You DO NOT need to be a resident of Evergreen to do this – only someone who thinks that communities should have safe sidewalks throughout the commercial centers. If they have ever visited Evergreen, they are impacted by this ;) Remember- if your child is going to be able to vote in November, they are eligible to sign this too!

The submittal deadline is tomorrow morning, so time is of the essence to do this today. Thanks!

For more information on elid visit www.evergreenlid.org

ELID – Evergreen Local Improvement District
www.evergreenlid.org

To sign the petition to show your support visit...
www.ipetitions.com/petition/yes-for-elid
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