Prioritize engagement with residents and businesses
Ward 5 residents deserve someone who cares about their issues, will listen to them and will fight every day to make their lives better. Carrie commits to having an open door, and an open ear to listen, and act on the concerns of the community. Carrie will work to increase civic engagement, so that all residents have an opportunity to shape the policies and direction of the town.
Elected officials are to serve their community, not the other way around. I became interested in elected service when a candidate knocked on my door, and asked my opinion about what issues were affecting my family. That candidate later became my state representative, and continued to seek my input about how legislation would impact my family. While we didn’t always agree on issues, I always felt as if my representative heard my concerns, and considered my position before deciding. I commit to being that type of leader.
Collaborate to solve traffic problems
As Windsor grows, traffic congestion is an increasing problem. From business development at all four corners of the town, to new neighborhoods, and the necessity to travel outside Windsor for work, shopping, and services, traffic congestion is a concern of many residents. Given the constraints of existing development, traffic congestion will be remedied only with a collaborative approach that includes resident, business, and developer input, cooperation with neighboring communities, and the work of our Town’s public works department. In addition to developing new arterial routes, and expanding roads, we also must explore options to to connect our community with transit in neighboring communities, and along the I-25 corridor.[/fullwidth]
I moved back to Windsor because I wanted and safe and friendly community to raise my children. I love that the community allows my children to go to the park, library, and recreation center alone. I want to ensure that we continue to have a safe community for our children, and that we continue to partner with law enforcement to maintain the safe community we currently have. We also need to maintain community services such as the recreation center, pool, sporting facilities, parks, and library. These amenities are some of what makes Windsor a first-class place to live. As the town grows, I commit to Ward 5 that I will fight to ensure these vital amenities remain in our neighborhood, and not relocate newer developments. As development continues, and the town grows, we must also ensure we have the infrastructure to support our population amidst new development. The Town Board must continue to take actions to protect our supply of clean and affordable drinking water. We must continue to ensure we maintain police staffing to protect our growing community, and we must work with the Fire District to maintain the excellent services we have today. These actions will ensure that Windsor remains the first-class town we know and love.
Protect neighborhoods and promote safety
Windsor has a sales tax bleed problem, the tax dollars our residents spend support other communities, not our own. We need to have town structure that minimizes regulations that stifle business development, while maintaining necessary regulations to protect residents’ quality of life.
We must respect our history, and honor the character of the town while ensuring our town is appealing to the 2017 consumer and resident. People love Windsor, and more people want to live here. We must balance the growth to ensure the town maintains its character, while supporting growth at a rate the residents desire. We cannot shut down development, but we must ensure we maintain the character of the community we love.
Windsor, like much of Northern Colorado, is part of an emerging housing crisis. Middle class families are being priced out of the housing market. Our young people cannot return to the community after college, and our public servants — teacher, law enforcement and fire fighters — cannot afford housing in our community. We must ensure we have diverse housing that is attainable to a variety of income levels. We must be a community that has housing for families, single adults, seniors and empty-nesters. The town board must support projects that provide diverse housing options — including multi-family housing. The community must also look at private and public partnerships to ensure the backbones of our community are not priced out of the housing market.