Gunbarrel Neighborhood Explores Road Options - Niwot Votes
BY KIM GLASSCOCK
Deteriorating subdivision and local access roads were on the agenda in May for Niwot residents and homeowners in the Gunbarrel Estates neighborhood.
Homeowners in the Gunbarrel Estates neighborhood met on May 10 to explore options for rehabilitating their subdivision roads.
Niwot resident Dick Piland, who is heading information efforts about Niwot’s proposal to create a PID, presented information about options for paying for road rehabilitation which included creating a PID, a hybrid PID or a local improvement district, according to Gunbarrel Estates road committee member Michelle Boyd.
“We’re in the education and signature gathering phase,” Boyd said. Two community meetings already have been held to discuss the roads situation and options for addressing it, she said.
Gunbarrel Estates needs 200 signatures on a petition asking the Boulder County Commissioners to form a special district to fund road improvements. There are about 330 households in Gunbarrel Estates and about 80 signatures have been collected so far.
Boyd said the homeowners association will work with the county to identify costs for the various types of improvement districts and will present those options to the community so homeowners can decide which option to put on the ballot.
Two additional community meetings are planned, and the homeowners association is considering a survey to get word out about the petition and the road situation.
Niwot residents have until Monday, June 4, to return advisory ballots asking them to decide whether they want to form a public improvement district to raise tax revenues to be used to fix Niwot’s deteriorating subdivision and local access roads.
A majority of those voting in the advisory vote must approve forming the PID in order for Boulder County Commissioners to agree to put the question on the November ballot. The advisory ballot results are expected to be released June 15.
At the same time, the Niwot Community Association must collect 200 signatures by July 1 on a petition asking that the district be formed.